GERMAN 325 - Intermediate German
Spring 2019, Section 101 - The Hidden Life of German Bees
Instruction Mode: Section 101 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
GERMAN 230 or 232 or RCLANG 291 or the equivalent as per placement test results.
Other Course Info:
Taught in German.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:


In this course, students are provided the unique opportunity to explore the lifecycle, behavior, and cultivation of honeybees at a point in time when the future of the honeybee appears unclear. Massive die-offs have afflicted bee populations in some parts of the world, highlighting humans’ dependency upon honeybees to pollinate a vast array of fruits and vegetables — some 30% of the human diet, it is often claimed. While this unfolding situation is global in scale, ecological in character, and dynamic in terms of its volatility, the study of honeybees and their behavior also can be intensely local and strangely joyous, intimate, mysterious, and captivating.

Germany and German-speaking Europe provide the perfect cultural perspective from which to approach the relationship between bees and humans. Germany is one of the world’s largest consumers of honey and is home to the some of the world’s most renowned honeybee researchers and innovative beekeepers. Austria and Switzerland likewise offer strong beekeeping traditions and research accomplishments.

Over the course of the semester, students learn about bee anatomy and the inner workings of honeybee hives and the roles of queens, drones, and worker bees. Students learn in detail about the wonders of pollination, honey production, and swarm behavior. Students will be able to taste-test honey, examine honey comb, wax, nectar, and pollen, and handle and assemble modern beekeeping equipment. At the end of the term, we examine larger ecological questions such as large-scale commercial pollination, the use of pesticides and herbicides, the spread of bee diseases, and possible solutions to the mass death of honeybees.

Course Requirements:

Student grades will be based upon attendance, participation, four to five essays, and an exam.

Intended Audience:

The course is designed for students who are prepared for the 300-level of German, who wish to improve their language skills in the areas of speaking and writing, as well as reading and listening comprehension. Although the course primarily is about honeybees, the vocabulary and language skills learned apply to all levels of German.

Class Format:

Seminar format. All readings and discussions will be in German.


GERMAN 325 - Intermediate German
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
 In Person
MWF 10:00AM - 12:00PM

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