German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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GERST 1103

Why is it easier to imagine the end of the world than the end of capitalism? What prevents us from joining oppositions to capitalism after the 2008-09 economic crisis? Have all utopias died with state ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

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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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

GERST 1160

The popularity of serial storytelling is evident today in the proliferation of serial television, films, popular literature, and podcasts, but the history of the serial reaches back to 19th century literature ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

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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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17673GERST 1170  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

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

  •  5064GERST 1210  LEC 001

  • Intended for students with no prior experience in German or with LPG score below 37 or SAT II score below 370. Must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion.

  •  5065GERST 1210  LEC 002

  • Intended for students with no prior experience in German or with LPG score below 37 or SAT II score below 370. Must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion.

  •  5066GERST 1210  DIS 201

  •  5067GERST 1210  DIS 202

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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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5059GERST 1220  LEC 001

  •  5060GERST 1220  LEC 002

  • Prerequisite: GERST 1210, LPG score of 37-44, or SAT II score of 370-450. Must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion.

  •  5061GERST 1220  DIS 201

  •  5062GERST 1220  DIS 202

  •  5063GERST 1220  DIS 203

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

  •  5092GERST 1230  SEM 101

  • Limited to students who have previously studied German and have an LPG score of 45-55 or an SAT II score of 460-580. Successful completion of GERST 1210, 1220 and 1230 satisfies Option 2.

GERST 2000

Students examine important aspects of present-day German culture while expanding and strengthening their reading, writing, and speaking skills in German. Materials for each topic are selected from a variety ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5074GERST 2000  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: GERST 1230, or LPG score of 56-64, or SAT II score of 590-680 or placement by examination. Satisfies Option 1. A content-based language course on the intermediate level.

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5075GERST 2000  SEM 102

  • Prerequisite: GERST 1230, or LPG score of 56-64, or SAT II score of 590-680 or placement by examination. Satisfies Option 1. A content-based language course on the intermediate level.

GERST 2040

This course aims at sharpening your awareness of personal and cultural subjectivity by examining texts in a variety of media against the backdrop of cultural, political, and historical contexts.  We will ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16472GERST 2040  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000, or placement by examination (placement score and CASE). Satisfies Option 1 and is the prerequisite for Study Abroad in a German-speaking country.

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

  •  6886GERST 2060  SEM 101

  • 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

  •  5053GERST 3080  SEM 101

  • 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 3410

When the American TV series "Holocaust" was broadcast in West Germany in 1979, more than 20 million people watched. Journalists and historians were baffled by the viewers' deeply emotional response, since ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16473GERST 3410  LEC 001

  • Prerequisites: Any German course in the 3000-3200 level or equivalent, by placement test or permission of instructor. Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1.

GERST 3522

This course examines the origins, evolution, and contemporary resonance of film noir. Beginning with a look at expressionist and crime films of Weimar Germany, we will then examine a body of classic films ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 3522VISST 3522

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16475GERST 3522  SEM 101

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 and one discussion. Combined with: PHIL 2240

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7803GERST 3530  LEC 001

  •  7805GERST 3530  DIS 201

GERST 3640

When did the Self become a central topic for literature? When did fiction begin to describe the individual, its soul and psychic life? This course will trace the history of the individual in German and ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 3689

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16480GERST 3640  SEM 101

GERST 4010

The most intense public encounter between Existentialism and Marxism occurred in immediate post-WWII Europe, its structure remaining alive internationally. Existentialist questions have been traced from ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 4015

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16483GERST 4010  SEM 101

GERST 4170

Discussion of an advanced topic in German philosophy. view course details

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  • Topic: Kantian Approaches to Self-Consciousness

  • 16680GERST 4170  SEM 101

GERST 4420

What makes a German world?  The defeat of the Third Reich in 1945 and the collapse of communist Europe in 1989 were geopolitical events that still reverberate in German culture, as authors consider the ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16474GERST 4420  SEM 101

  • Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: Any 3000-level course taught in German, or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Required readings and discussion in German.

GERST 4440

This course will examine intersections of film history and the environment. Using German cinema as a case study, we will look at how moving image media have negotiated ecological issues from the early ... view course details

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  • 16477GERST 4440  SEM 101

  • Weekly film screening, TBA.

GERST 4506

This course offers an exploration of the European temporal imagination, or the ways that questions and concerns about time have been integral to both cultural self-understanding and philosophical reflection. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4503SHUM 4506

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17475GERST 4506  SEM 101

GERST 4520

Undergraduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

GERST 4530

The Reading Course is administered by the director of the honors thesis.  It carries 4 hours credit, and may be counted towards the work required for the German Major.  The reading concentrates ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  7030GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Gilgen, P

GERST 4540

The thesis is to be written on a subject related to the work done in GERST 4530.  A suggested length for the thesis is 50-60 pages. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5072GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Schwarz, A

  • Prerequisite: GERST 4530.

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8880GERST 4540  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

GERST 6230

This anchor seminar offers an interdisciplinary examination of the fin-de-siècle as a crucial turning point in literature, art (painting, music, theater), architecture, psychoanalysis as well as literary ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16482GERST 6230  SEM 101

  • Anchor course.

GERST 6241

Discussion of an advanced topic in German philosophy. view course details

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  • Topic: Kantian Approaches to Self-Consciousness

  •  7600GERST 6241  SEM 101

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

  •  5054GERST 6320  SEM 101

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

GERST 6340

This graduate seminar introduces major authors, themes, and problems in European--also German--literature, philosophy, art, and critical theory from ca. 1770 to 1830. This, our own, legacy includes: Europe ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16485GERST 6340  SEM 101

  • Most readings in German, though some translations exist; discussions in English. This is a German Studies Anchor Course, but students in other disciplines and languages are encouraged to participate.

GERST 6440

This course will examine intersections of film history and the environment. Using German cinema as a case study, we will look at how moving image media have negotiated ecological issues from the early ... view course details

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  • 16479GERST 6440  SEM 101

  • Enrollment limited to 20 students. Weekly film screening, TBA.

GERST 6490

Formations of progressive or revolutionary hope have become increasingly rare and are often replaced, for many working out of the German critical tradition, by critique of Enlightenment. This ... view course details

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  • 16486GERST 6490  SEM 101

GERST 6560

This course investigates the emergence of aesthetics as its own philosophical discipline at the end of the eighteenth century.  In a first phase, we will examine the rationalist articulation of aesthetics ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 6560PHIL 6951

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17896GERST 6560  SEM 101

GERST 6720

With the end of the cold war and the growth of globalization, new questions and anxieties arise about "the future" in German culture and European life in an interconnected and precarious world, about utopia, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16496GERST 6720  SEM 101

  • Reading knowledge of German and graduate status or instructor permission required. Discussion in English.

GERST 7000

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18223GERST 7000  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Fleming, P

  • Independent Study for non-degree visiting graduate students accepted into the PIRIP

GERST 7540

Graduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5076GERST 7540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Waite, G

  • Enrollment limited to graduate students.

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19025GERST 7540  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Groos, A

GERST 7541

Bi-weekly workshop series on a range of interdisciplinary topics sponsored by the Institute for German Cultural Studies that include invited speakers to present and discuss their work-in-progress from ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5077GERST 7541  IND 601