German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

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

  • 17752GERST 1109  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Larsen, S

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17753GERST 1109  SEM 102

    • MW
    • Pirozhenko, E

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17754GERST 1109  SEM 103

    • TR
    • Sommer, A

  • 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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17460GERST 1170  SEM 101

    • TR
    • McBride, D

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17461GERST 1170  SEM 102

    • TR
    • Yigit, E

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17462GERST 1170  SEM 103

    • MW
    • Krieger, W

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5226GERST 1210  LEC 001

    • R
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • 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.

  •  5227GERST 1210  LEC 002

    • R
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • 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.

  •  5228GERST 1210  DIS 201

    • MTWF
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  •  5229GERST 1210  DIS 202

    • MTWF
    • Davenport, J

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5221GERST 1220  LEC 001

    • T
    • Lischke, G

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

  •  5222GERST 1220  LEC 002

    • T
    • Lischke, G

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

  •  5223GERST 1220  DIS 201

    • MWRF
    • Lischke, G

  •  5224GERST 1220  DIS 202

    • MWRF
    • Mandych, M

  •  5225GERST 1220  DIS 203

    • MWRF
    • Winarto, E

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5250GERST 1230  SEM 101

    • MTWF
    • Giannuzzi, M

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5233GERST 2000  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • McBride, D

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5234GERST 2000  SEM 102

    • MWF
    • Friedman, D

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7685GERST 2040  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Aupiais, J

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6768GERST 2060  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Lischke, G

  • 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 2703

From hieroglyphs to HTML, ancient poetry to audiotape, and Plato's cave to virtual reality, "Thinking Media" offers a multidisciplinary introduction to the most influential media formats of the last three ... view course details

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  •  9256GERST 2703  LEC 001

    • MWF
    • Born, E

GERST 3013

This 1-credit optional course aims to expand the students' vocabulary, and advance their speaking and reading skills as well as enhance their knowledge and deepen their cultural understanding by supplementing ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1 Credit Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Introduction to Comparative Government & Politics

  •  9597GERST 3013  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Lagodny, J

  • Conducted in German. Co-requisite: GOVT 1313.

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5216GERST 3080  SEM 101

  • Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: GERST 2020, 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 3330

Yes, it is true: most of German lit deals with the bleaker side of life but also (and because of it) presents us with marvelous examples of great humor, satire, jokes and comedy. From slap stick, political ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17291GERST 3330  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Schwarz, A

GERST 3512

The search for the active, good, or just life has increasingly come under pressure by the socio-political and economic conditions in late Capitalism or, in Deleuze's term, the "society of control." The ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 3512ROMS 3512

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17287GERST 3512  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Siegel, E

GERST 4002

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17292GERST 4002  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Adelson, L

GERST 4210

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4251GOVT 4015ROMS 4210

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17328GERST 4210  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Waite, G

GERST 4351

This seminar explores what German literature and thought, especially the tradition of Critical Theory, can teach us about living in the anthropocene. Taking off from Kant's four questions for ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4996COML 6895GERST 6351

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17283GERST 4351  SEM 101

    • M
    • Fleming, P

GERST 4413

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

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  • 17044GERST 4413  SEM 101

    • T
    • Boyarin, J

GERST 4520

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

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6866GERST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5231GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

  • Prerequisite: GERST 4530.

GERST 4648

With a focus on the pivotal period from the invention of photography until World War II, this course examines the economy of work within modern visual culture. It addresses the mediation and representation ... view course details

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  • 17014GERST 4648  SEM 101

    • R
    • Williams, A

GERST 4649

The concept of tradition often takes a back seat to modernity, but what does it mean to be part of a tradition? How does tradition revitalize and challenge received views and stimulate individual talent? ... view course details

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  • 17028GERST 4649  SEM 101

    • W
    • Redfield, J

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6631GOVT 6706SPAN 6100

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17305GERST 6100  SEM 101

    • T
    • Waite, G

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17294GERST 6230  SEM 101

    • T
    • Siegel, E

GERST 6320

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

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5217GERST 6320  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • Leonard, S

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

GERST 6351

This seminar explores what German literature and thought, especially the tradition of Critical Theory, can teach us about living in the anthropocene. Taking off from Kant's four questions for ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4996COML 6895GERST 4351

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17285GERST 6351  SEM 101

    • M
    • Fleming, P

GERST 6413

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

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  • 17048GERST 6413  SEM 101

    • T
    • Boyarin, J

GERST 6510

After having been reduced to a mere ideological formation of bourgeois origin, aesthetics has recently made a strong comeback in the field of theory. This course probes the reasons for this historical ... view course details

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  • 17300GERST 6510  SEM 101

    • W
    • Gilgen, P

GERST 6525

What are the emotive forces that drive, inform, enable, disrupt, violate or energize narrative structures and the stories we tell? Critics from Sorel, Benjamin, Schmitt, Arendt to Derrida, Zizek and Balibar ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6137

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17295GERST 6525  SEM 101

    • R
    • Schwarz, A

GERST 6648

With a focus on the pivotal period from the invention of photography until World War II, this course examines the economy of work within modern visual culture. It addresses the mediation and representation ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17018GERST 6648  SEM 101

    • R
    • Williams, A

GERST 6649

The concept of tradition often takes a back seat to modernity, but what does it mean to be part of a tradition? How does tradition revitalize and challenge received views and stimulate individual talent? ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 17031GERST 6649  SEM 101

    • W
    • Redfield, J

GERST 7540

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

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5235GERST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5236GERST 7541  IND 601

    • F
    • McBride, P