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

  • 17746GERST 1109  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17747GERST 1109  SEM 102

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17748GERST 1109  SEM 103

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

GERST 1121

Germany's capital is a city that constantly reinvents itself. This course will offer a glimpse into Berlin's rich history in the 20th and 21st centuries—from the rise of the metropolis during the Weimar ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17750GERST 1121  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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

  • 17751GERST 1170  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17752GERST 1170  SEM 102

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17753GERST 1170  SEM 103

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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

  •  5297GERST 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.

  •  5298GERST 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.

  •  5299GERST 1210  DIS 201

  •  5300GERST 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

  •  5292GERST 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.

  •  5293GERST 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.

  •  5294GERST 1220  DIS 201

  •  5295GERST 1220  DIS 202

  •  5296GERST 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

  •  5321GERST 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

  •  5304GERST 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

  •  5305GERST 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

  •  7848GERST 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

  •  6880GERST 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

  •  5287GERST 3080  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • 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 3350

Focus on Kafka's literary, theatrical, political, historical, religious, personal and intellectual environment and its impact on his literary productions. Topics of discussion include: the individual versus ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16638GERST 3350  LEC 001

  • Readings and discussion in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisites: one course on the GERST 3000-3209 level or placement by examination.

GERST 3525

This course introduces the New German Cinema (1962-85), an influential movement of West German filmmakers including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog, Alexander Kluge, Margarethe von Trotta, and ... view course details

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  • 16692GERST 3525  LEC 001

  • Taught in English. Screenings in German with English subtitles.

GERST 3561

Psychoanalysis considers the human being not as an object of treatment, but as a subject who is called upon to elaborate an unconscious knowledge about what is disrupting her life, through analysis of ... view course details

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  • 17619GERST 3561  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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  • 16640GERST 3581  SEM 101

  • Taught in English.

GERST 4245

This seminar offers a systematic introduction to methods of literary interpretation from Romanticism to the present, with a particular emphasis on the German roots of hermeneutics and critical thought. ... view course details

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  • 16713GERST 4245  LEC 001

  • Taught in English.

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.  ... view course details

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  • 16717GERST 4260  SEM 101

  • Taught in English.

GERST 4285

This course introduces the canon of medieval German literature: lyric poetry (Minnesang), Arthurian romance (Gottfried's Tristan, Wolfram's Parzival, Hartmann's Iwein), and the heroic epic (Nibelungenlied). ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: GERST 6285MEDVL 4295

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16943GERST 4285  SEM 101

  • Taught in English. Anchor Course. Reading knowledge of Middle High German is not required; some exposure to the language will be facilitated with the aid of bilingual editions.

GERST 4290

Spinoza was excommunicated, wrote under death threats, and has remained a scandal to philosophy, psychoanalysis, politics, ethics, literature. "Every philosopher has two philosophies, his own and Spinoza's" ... view course details

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  • 16636GERST 4290  SEM 101

GERST 4411

There is an astonishing discrepancy between our perception of the Holocaust as a central event of the twentieth century and its marginal place in postwar culture.  It is during those years, nevertheless, ... view course details

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  • 16632GERST 4411  SEM 101

GERST 4473

This course combines Jewish religious history with studies in the philosophy of modernity, focusing on changing conceptions of time and history.  We will interrogate possible or implicit connections between ... view course details

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  • 17154GERST 4473  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

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

  •  6979GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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

  •  5302GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

  • Prerequisite: GERST 4530.

GERST 4635

A far-reaching distrust and crisis of authority seems to be coextensive with the European Enlightenment and modernity—but what is authority? Amidst the different attempts at definition and classification, ... view course details

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  • 16526GERST 4635  SEM 101

GERST 6160

The seminar will examine how space is represented in literary texts and pursue the question whether literary language can be connected to spatial features that are unique to prose, poetry and other poetic ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6130

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16646GERST 6160  SEM 101

  • Discussion in English; texts available in both German and English.

GERST 6245

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  • 18087GERST 6245  SEM 101

GERST 6285

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  •   Combined with: GERST 4285MEDVL 4295

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18086GERST 6285  SEM 001

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

  •  5288GERST 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

  • 16649GERST 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 6411

There is an astonishing discrepancy between our perception of the Holocaust as a central event of the twentieth century and its marginal place in postwar culture.  It is during those years, nevertheless, ... view course details

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  • 17950GERST 6411  SEM 101

GERST 7000

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7993GERST 7000  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Fleming, P

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

GERST 7473

This course combines Jewish religious history with studies in the philosophy of modernity, focusing on changing conceptions of time and history.  We will interrogate possible or implicit connections between ... view course details

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  • 17170GERST 7473  SEM 101

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

  •  5306GERST 7540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Gilgen, P

  • Enrollment limited to graduate students.

GERST 7541

The course consists of a bi-weekly workshop series focusing on a range of interdisciplinary topics and sponsored by the Institute for German Cultural Studies (IGCS). Speakers include prominent scholars ... view course details

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  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5307GERST 7541  IND 601