German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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GERST 1102

What might be revolutionary about the power of writing to rearrange what society considers 'normal'? How can stories change our view of events?  This course will explore theoretical discussions about modern ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17376GERST 1102  SEM 101

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GERST 1109

How did bawdy tales of peasants using magic to climb the social ladder get transformed into moral lessons for children?  The answer lies in Romanticism and its appropriation of the imagination as a force ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17379GERST 1109  SEM 101

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  • 17507GERST 1109  SEM 102

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GERST 1113

The rise of online media in the late twentieth century has led to the formation of alternative public spheres, with new opportunities for active participation open to anyone with internet access and basic ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17385GERST 1113  SEM 101

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GERST 1150

Friedrich Hölderlin, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Paul Celan are arguably the most influential lyric poets to have written in German.  Although each responded to events of his day (the French Revolution, First ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17634GERST 1150  SEM 101

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GERST 1170

A basic understanding of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud is a prerequisite for participating in critical debates in the humanities and social sciences.  Our seminar will explore key terms in the revolutionary ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17383GERST 1170  SEM 101

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  • 17384GERST 1170  SEM 102

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GERST 1210

Students develop basic abilities in listening, reading, writing, and speaking German in meaningful contexts through interaction in small group activities. Course materials including videos, short articles, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5575GERST 1210  LEC 001

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  •  5576GERST 1210  LEC 002

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  •  5577GERST 1210  DIS 201

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  •  5578GERST 1210  DIS 202

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GERST 1220

Students build on their basic knowledge of German by engaging in intense and more sustained interaction in the language. Students learn more advanced language structures allowing them to express more complex ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5570GERST 1220  LEC 001

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  •  5571GERST 1220  LEC 002

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  •  5572GERST 1220  DIS 201

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  •  5573GERST 1220  DIS 202

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  •  5574GERST 1220  DIS 203

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GERST 1230

Students continue to develop their language skills by discussing a variety of cultural topics and themes in the German-speaking world. The focus of the course is on expanding vocabulary, reviewing major ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5603GERST 1230  SEM 101

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GERST 2000

Content-based language course on the intermediate level. Students examine important aspects of present-day German culture while expanding and strengthening their reading, writing, and speaking skills in ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5585GERST 2000  SEM 101

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5586GERST 2000  SEM 102

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GERST 2002

This course prepares students to undertake a one-week research trip to Germany during spring semester. Students will choose and investigate a research topic that will allow them to delve into questions ... view course details

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  • 1 Credit Sat/UnSat

  • 18005GERST 2002  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Matthias, G

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GERST 2060

Learn German and understand German business culture at the same time.  This is a German language course that examines the German economic structure and its major components: industry, trade unions, the ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7567GERST 2060  SEM 101

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  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000 or placement by examination. Students without previous knowledge of Business German are welcome. Satisfies Option 1.

GERST 3080

In this course, we will encounter German culture of today in and through Web 2.0. No technical knowledge is required since, in the process, a solid base of knowledge concerning the use of media will be ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5564GERST 3080  SEM 101

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  • Taught in German. Satsfies Option 1. Prerequisite: GERST 2020, GERST 2040, GERST 2060, or equivalent or permission of instructor. This course may be counted towards the requirement for 3000-level language in the major.

GERST 3221

This course will 1) allow students to gain an overview of the epochs of German literary history from Weimar Classicism to the 1950s, and 2) introduce students to methods of interpretation, particularly ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16371GERST 3221  SEM 101

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GERST 3300

The course looks at 1968 and 1977, two historical moments, which, by challenging state authority, raised the questions if the West German political institutions and the public would live up to new democratic ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16359GERST 3300  SEM 101

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GERST 3530

Survey of European social theory from Hegel to Foucault (via Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Weber, and the Frankfurt School). view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture. Discussion optional. Combined with: PHIL 2240

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9029GERST 3530  LEC 001

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  •  9031GERST 3530  DIS 201

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GERST 3550

An introduction (without prerequisites) to fundamental problems of current political theory, filmmaking, and film analysis, along with their interrelationship.  Particular emphasis on comparing and contrasting ... view course details

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  • 16360GERST 3550  SEM 101

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  • Students must attend film screenings on Monday or Wednesday evening from 7:30 - 10:30 in Kaufmann Auditorium in Goldwin Smith Hall.

GERST 3560

An interdisciplinary study of metropolitan life focusing on Berlin and Vienna (1890-1999) and on contemporary global mega-cities as major contexts of artistic modernity and historical change. Topics of ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 3700

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8944GERST 3560  SEM 101

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GERST 3581

What role should imaginative arts play in debates about transnational migration, one of the principal factors re-shaping community and communication today?  Focusing on literature and film from the late ... view course details

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  • 16378GERST 3581  SEM 101

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GERST 4231

Between the end of the nineteenth century and the second World War, the Jewish intellectual appears as a new figure of European societies, quickly becoming a major actor in public spheres.  During those ... view course details

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  • 15780GERST 4231  LEC 001

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GERST 4260

In recent years literary representations and philosophical discussions of the status of the animal vis-à-vis the human have abounded. In this course, we will track the literary phenomenology of animality. In ... view course details

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  • 16374GERST 4260  SEM 101

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GERST 4413

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars in ... view course details

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  • 17418GERST 4413  SEM 101

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GERST 4520

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5584GERST 4520  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Gilgen, P

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9487GERST 4520  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Staff

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GERST 4530

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7745GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Gilgen, P

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GERST 4540

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5583GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Schwarz, A

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17179GERST 4540  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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GERST 4550

At the end of the Great War, Europe became the realm of a new relationship among violence, culture, and politics. From 1914-1945, the continent witnessed an extraordinary entanglement of inter-state wars, ... view course details

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  • 18102GERST 4550  SEM 101

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GERST 6050

This seminar examines Goethe's and Schiller's literature and thought through the question: What is Classicism? How does it differ in style, principle, content and form from both what came before (e.g. ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16383GERST 6050  SEM 101

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GERST 6100

The terms "Marx" and "Marxisms" have meant different things to different people, beginning with Marx himself and continuing in his legacy today.  As obviously, this legacy remains global (Europe, North ... view course details

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  • 16385GERST 6100  SEM 101

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GERST 6131

Reading, translation, and English-language discussion of important texts in the German philosophical tradition. Readings for a given term are chosen in consultation with students. view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 4003PHIL 6030

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5897GERST 6131  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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GERST 6231

Between the end of the nineteenth century and the second World War, the Jewish intellectual appears as a new figure of European societies, quickly becoming a major actor in public spheres.  During those ... view course details

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  • 15784GERST 6231  LEC 001

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GERST 6241

Spring Topic: Kant's 1st Critique. view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 6240

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

  •  8470GERST 6241  SEM 101

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GERST 6320

Emphasis on development of the specialized vocabulary of student's field of study. view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5565GERST 6320  SEM 101

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  • Limited to graduate students. Prerequisite: GERST 6310 or equivalent.

GERST 6400

The goal of this seminar is to analyze selected works of modernist fiction in order to assess the stylistic qualities that constitute their specifically modernist character. Concentrating on novels ranging ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16394GERST 6400  SEM 101

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GERST 6413

This extraordinary figure died in 1941, and his death is emblematic of the intellectual depradations of Nazism. Yet since World War II, his influence, his reputation, and his fascination for scholars ... view course details

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  • 17420GERST 6413  SEM 101

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GERST 7540

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5587GERST 7540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Fleming, P

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GERST 7541

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5588GERST 7541  IND 601

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