German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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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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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

GERST 1115

Sports are never just entertainment. They also create communities of fans – fanatics –with values and rituals that closely resemble religious movements. The guiding principle behind this writing seminar ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

GERST 1118

Why do we play games and why do we have fun with them? What makes us winners and losers? This course will explore various approaches to games and humans at play. We will try to understand why people play ... 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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GERST 1190

How could a just God create a world full of incomprehensible suffering? Finding solutions to this persistent question seriously preoccupied enlightenment thinkers who promised to make the world more coherent.  ... view course details

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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

  •  5870GERST 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.

  •  5871GERST 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.

  •  5872GERST 1210  DIS 201

  •  5873GERST 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

  •  5865GERST 1220  LEC 001

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

  •  5866GERST 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.

  •  5867GERST 1220  DIS 201

  •  5868GERST 1220  DIS 202

  •  5869GERST 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

  •  5897GERST 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

  •  5880GERST 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

  •  5881GERST 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

  •  9213GERST 2040  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000, or placement by examination (placement score and CASE). Satisfies Option 1. Students must take one of the following courses as a prerequisite for Study Abroad in a German-speaking country: GERST 2020, GERST 2040, or GERST 2060.

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

  •  7575GERST 2060  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000 or placement by examination (placement score and CASE). Students without previous knowledge of Business German are welcome. Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Students must take one of the following courses as a prerequisite for Study Abroad in a German-speaking country: GERST 2020, GERST 2040, or GERST 2060.

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

  •  5860GERST 3080  SEM 101

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

GERST 3260

This course examines German history and culture from the margins. Looking at „oddballs, outcasts, and rebels" in German literature and film from the 19th to the 21st  century, we will study representations ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16371GERST 3260  SEM 101

  • Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: one course at the 3000-3209 level in German or placement exam.

GERST 3552

Marx is often read primarily as an economic and political theorist or even as a social activist. This course will instead cast him as, first and foremost, a philosopher. Beginning with Marx's early encounters ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 3252

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17833GERST 3552  LEC 001

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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  • 16372GERST 3581  SEM 101

  • University Course. Taught in English.

GERST 3800

This seminar will explore the unique "Kafkaesque" universe of metamorphoses, labyrinthine systems of law and (in)-justice, and uncanny societies of humans and animals. Focusing on Franz Kafka's novels ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 3688

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16377GERST 3800  SEM 101

  • Readings and discussions in English. Students proficient in German at the upper intermediate level or higher may opt to do a substantial portion of the reading in German.

GERST 4250

This is an introduction to the three 'master thinkers' who have helped determine the discourses of modernity and post-modernity. We consider basic aspects of their work: (a) specific critical and historical ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 4250GOVT 4735

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16378GERST 4250  LEC 001

  • This is a lecture course, but there will be plenty of time for discussion. Formerly GERST 4150 – students who previously took GERST 4150 cannot enroll in this course. Film-screening one evening night per week, TBA.

GERST 4312

In retrospect, was film anything more than some highly flammable strips of celluloid? Taking its cue from the "digital turn," this course rephrases a traditional question asked in film theory about the ... view course details

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  • 16381GERST 4312  SEM 101

  • Taught in English. Film screening one evening night per week TBA.

GERST 4414

When we speak, we think of our voice as natural to us. This course will interrogate the basis of this assumption by focusing on the voice as a trained cultural technique.  In this course, we will look ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 4414

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16391GERST 4414  SEM 101

  • Texts and discussions in English.

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

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17216GERST 4520  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17217GERST 4520  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Lischke, G

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

  •  7711GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Gilgen, P

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  • 18075GERST 4530  RSC 702

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  • 18076GERST 4530  RSC 703

    • TBA
    • Adelson, L

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  • 18077GERST 4530  RSC 704

    • TBA
    • Waite, G

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

  •  5878GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • McBride, P

  • Prerequisite: GERST 4530.

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8818GERST 4540  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17188GERST 4540  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Adelson, L

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18078GERST 4540  IND 604

    • TBA
    • Waite, G

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

  • 16787GERST 6131  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Smyth, D

GERST 6210

The "autobiographical" spans millennia and encompasses a vast array of seemingly dissimilar authors and modes of writing: Marcus Aurelius' Meditations, Augustine's and Rousseau's Confessions, Montaigne's ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6032

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16386GERST 6210  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

  •  5861GERST 6320  SEM 101

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

GERST 6586

This is an advanced graduate seminar exploring the work of three important twentieth century political theorists: Carl Schmitt, Leo Strauss, and Hannah Arendt.  We will engage their work chronologically ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GOVT 6586

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18235GERST 6586  SEM 101

GERST 6630

This graduate seminar provides a basic introduction to the thinking of Nietzsche and Heidegger, and to the latter's interpretation and appropriation of the former. A major concern is the articulation of ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6630

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16385GERST 6630  SEM 101

GERST 6866

Focusing on a range of theories and practices from the historical avant-gardes (futurism, surrealism, constructivism) and their political cognates (fascism, capitalism, communism) to the 21st century's ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6866ROMS 6866

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17724GERST 6866  SEM 101

GERST 6910

This course takes as its point of departure the foundational questions that have informed interdisciplinary inquiry into vision and visuality in recent decades: What is an image? How do images produce ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARTH 6910COML 6142

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16388GERST 6910  SEM 101

GERST 7000

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9940GERST 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

  •  5882GERST 7540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Waite, G

  • Enrollment limited to graduate students.

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10156GERST 7540  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Adelson, L

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

  •  5883GERST 7541  IND 601