GERMAN 232 - Second-Year Course
Winter 2017, Section 005 - German Comics
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
See additional student enrollment and course instructor information to guide you in your decision making.

Details

Credits:
4
Other:
Lang Req
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230 or RCLANG 291.
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
GERMAN 221 or 231; or assignment by placement test.
Other Course Info:
All sections of GERMAN 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc. F, W, Sp, Su.
Lang Req:
This course is part of the Language Requirement sequence.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

This class will work on enhancing German-language skills through reading, analyzing and discussing German-speaking comics. The course frames comics as part of the visual arts and will help students develop the appropriate tools and language of visual analysis to analyze the material. Accompanied by short excerpts and lectures on comics theory, the course content will provide an overview of 20th-century German history as it has been reproduced in the comics medium, investigating questions of appropriateness, medium specificity, style and visual strategies.

We will begin with a brief history on the development of German-speaking comics through Swiss teacher Rudolf Töpffer and German authors Wilhelm Busch and Heinrich Hoffmann before moving into one of the most important antecedents of the graphic novel and inspiration for both Will Eisner and Art Spiegelman, the German Expressionist wordless novel.

In addition to looking at comics from specific periods of 20th-century German history, including East and West German comics, this class investigates two of the nation’s most significant historical periods as they have been represented in comics, Nazi Germany and the German Democratic Republic. Finally, we shall conclude with a look at the avant-garde comics and German-speaking comics journalism that began in the 1990s.

Due to time constraints and the complexity of the material, the German-speaking comics assigned in this class will be read in excerpts, all of which will be available on CTools.

Course Requirements:

Course assignments will include four short essays, content quizzes, a weekly comics journal (due every Friday by midnight), three grammar & vocab tests and one comic book report.

Intended Audience:

Fourth semester students of German Language

Class Format:

Four fifty-minute session per week

Schedule

GERMAN 232 - Second-Year Course
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
18496
Open
3
 
-
MTuTh 10:00AM - 11:00AM
F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (REC)
 In Person
11492
Closed
0
 
-
MTuWTh 4:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (REC)
 In Person
11493
Closed
0
 
-
TuWThF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (REC)
 In Person
11494
Closed
0
 
-
MTuWTh 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (REC)
 In Person
11495
Closed
0
 
-
MTuWTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (REC)
 In Person
16736
Open
8
 
-
TuTh 7:00PM - 9:00PM
007 (REC)
 In Person
25733
Open
4
 
-
MTuWTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Textbooks/Other Materials

The partner U-M / Barnes & Noble Education textbook website is the official way for U-M students to view their upcoming textbook or course material needs, whether they choose to buy from Barnes & Noble Education or not. Students also can view a customized list of their specific textbook needs by clicking a "View/Buy Textbooks" link in their course schedule in Wolverine Access.

Click the button below to view and buy textbooks for GERMAN 232.005

View/Buy Textbooks

Syllabi

Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for GERMAN 232 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi

CourseProfile (Atlas)

The Atlas system, developed by the Center for Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (Atlas)