Courses in Germanic Languages and Literatures

Dutch Courses (Division 357)

111. First Special Speaking and Reading Course. (4). (FL).

This course provides the student with the basic grammar of the Dutch language. We mainly use the monolingual course-book LEVEND NEDERLANDS (LIVING DUTCH) and each lesson from the book will consist of everyday conversation, a grammatical explanation, exercises, a coherent word list, questions about the conversation, discussion, and homework. To enliven the class the teacher will provide the students with songs, newspaper articles, comics, etc. Films and video will be used where possible. The students are strongly advised to visit the cultural meetings organized by the Netherlands America University League. Books: LEVEND NEDERLANDS, Cambridge University Press, New York; W. Z. Shetter, INTRODUCTION TO DUTCH, Nijhoff, The Hague; P. de Kleijn, E. Nieuwborg, BASISWOORDENBOEK NEDERLANDS, Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1983; J. Hulstijn, M. Hannay, An ENGLISH SELF-STUDY SUPPLEMENT TO LEVEND NEDERLANDS, Amsterdam, 1981. Also recommended: B. C. Donaldson, DUTCH REFERENCE GRAMMAR, The Hague, Nijhoff, 1981. (Broos)

231. Second-Year Dutch. Dutch 112 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).

The course will start with an overview of the basic grammar of the Dutch language. We will develop skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening by means of texts to be announced. Comics, songs, newspaper articles, and literature will enliven the course and introduce the students to contemporary Dutch society. Students are strongly advised to visit the evenings organized by the Netherlands America University League. Books: P. de Kleijn, E. Nieuwborg, BASISWOORDENBOEK NEDERLANDS, Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1983; J. Hulstijn, M. Hannay, AN ENGLISH SELF-STUDY SUPPLEMENT TO LEVEND NEDERLANDS, Amsterdam, 1981; and, B. C. Donaldson, DUTCH REFERENCE GRAMMAR, The Hague, 1981. (Broos)

339. Independent Study. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

This course serves the needs of students who wish to develop special topics not offered in the Dutch Studies curriculum. It may be a program of directed readings with reports, or it may be a research project and long paper. Courses in the past covered different areas like Dutch-Indonesian literature, the language of Rembrandt and his contemporaries, Dutch between English and German, etc. Courses must be supervised by a faculty member and the student must have the faculty member's agreement before electing the course. (Broos)

480. Modern Dutch Literature. Dutch 231 or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course will examine the poetry and prose of both The Netherlands and Belgium in modern times. The reading of poems, short stories, novellas, etc. in the original language will provide the student with material for discussion about authors, opinions, place and points of view of Modern Dutch literature. Topics in the past have included modern Dutch poetry, Dutch colonial literature, the legacy of Anne Frank: World War II in modern Dutch literature. In cooperation with the writer in residence, the student will have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with the author about his or her work. The course will be conducted totally in Dutch. (Broos)

491. Colloquium on Modern Dutch Culture and Literature. (3). (HU).

This course is conducted in English by the annual visiting writer-in-residence, usually a well known novelist or poet chosen by the Dutch Ministry of Culture to represent The Netherlands. The difference from ordinary literature and creative or news writing courses is that you will meet an esteemed writer and have the opportunity to exchange views on culture, literature, the practice of writing, communication, etc. both American and Dutch. Students are encouraged to bring in their own writing for reviewing and critical assessment. The course has not the ordinary professorial approach and is open to all lovers of texts, literary or otherwise, both American and European. Regular class attendance and participation in class discussions followed by at least one substantial paper will be required.

German Courses (Division 379)

101. Elementary Course. No credit granted to those who have completed 100. (4). (FL).

First course of a two-term sequence in contemporary elementary German. The first-year program is designed to develop basic proficiency in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading German. Students are provided with opportunities to practice using German in a range of situations frequently encountered in German- speaking cultures. Traditional whole class instruction is supplemented with communicative activities involving pairs or small groups of students and with selections from the DEUTSCH DIREKT! video series. It is highly recommended that students use taped exercises available in the Language Laboratory. There are two quizzes, four chapter tests, a midterm, and a final examination. In addition, students write one short composition and present a brief dialogue in German.

102. Elementary Course. German 101 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 100. (4). (FL).

Second course of a two-term sequence in contemporary elementary German. See German 101 for a general description. Course requirements include three quizzes, three chapter tests, a midterm, and a final examination. In addition, students write two short compositions, present a brief dialogue in German, and read selections that explore some cultural differences between life in German-speaking countries and the United States.

103. Review of Elementary German. Assignment by placement test or permission of department. No credit granted to those who have completed 100 or 102. (4). (FL).

Course for students who have had two to three years of high school German or one or more terms of college German NOT at The University of Michigan - but who are not yet at second-year proficiency in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading German. Students use German in a range of situations frequently encountered in German-speaking cultures. Traditional whole class instruction is supplemented with communicative activities involving pairs or small groups of students and with selections from the DEUTSCH DIREKT! video series. It is highly recommended that students use taped exercises available in the Language Laboratory. There are two quizzes, five tests, a midterm, and a final examination. In addition, students write two short compositions, present a brief dialogue in German, and read selections that explore some cultural differences between life in German-speaking countries and the United States. These sections meet FIVE times per week. Students can enroll in 231 upon completion of this course.

111. First Special Reading Course. Undergraduates must obtain permission of the department. (4). (Excl).

The objective of this course is to teach students to read simple German expository prose. Course content focuses on an introduction to the essentials of German grammar and syntax both in class lectures and in texts. Students are required to read but not to write and speak German. The course uses traditional methods of instruction which present rules of grammar and syntax as well as a basic vocabulary. Since much memorization is necessary, it is essential that students have time to do required course work which averages about twelve hours each week exclusive of class time. Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation, three one-hour examinations devoted to specific problems of grammar and vocabulary, and a final examination requiring the translation of sight passages without the aid of a dictionary. The class is taught in English, and the course text is Jannach, GERMAN FOR READING KNOWLEDGE, (third edition). There are no course prerequisites, but German 111 is open only to graduate students who wish to fulfill a German foreign language requirement and to advanced undergraduates in special programs who already have met the LSA foreign language requirement. Undergraduates must receive departmental permission prior to electing the course. (Hofacker)

230. Intensive Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed 221, 222, 231, or 232. (8). (FL).

This course provides highly motivated and linguistically talented students the opportunity to complete the two-term intermediate German sequence in one term. The second-year program is designed to increase students' proficiency in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading German. Students are expected to increase the level of accuracy at which they can express themselves and the range of situations in which they can function in German-speaking cultures. They will be able to read, comprehend, and discuss a large variety of texts from commonly read West German periodicals, prose selections, as well as one longer literary text WITH the benefit of English equivalents for complicated passages. Traditional whole class instruction is supplemented with communicative activities involving pairs or small groups of students and with selections from the DEUTSCH DIREKT! video series. There are three hourly tests, a midterm, and a final examination for each term sequence. Students write and rewrite five essays on topics of personal interest; two other essays are written in class. The language of instruction is German.

231. Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed 230 or. (4). (FL).

First course of a two-term sequence in contemporary intermediate German. The second-year program is designed to increase students' proficiency in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading German. Students are expected to increase the level of accuracy at which they can express themselves and the range of situations in which they can function in German-speaking cultures. They will be able to read, comprehend, and discuss a large variety of texts from commonly read West German periodicals. Traditional whole class instruction is supplemented with communicative activities involving pairs or small groups of students and with selections from the DEUTSCH DIREKT! video series. There are four hourly tests, a midterm, and a final examination. In addition, students give a three-minute oral presentation in German on a topic of personal interest and write three essays related to class readings. The language of instruction is German.

232. Second-Year Course. German 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed 230 or 236. (4). (FL).

Second course of a two-term sequence in contemporary intermediate German. See German 231 for a general description. Students will be able to read, comprehend, and discuss short German prose as well as a longer work WITH the benefit of English equivalents for complicated passages. There are two quizzes, two hourly tests, a midterm, and a final examination. Students will give a five-minute oral presentation in German on a topic of personal interest and write and rewrite three essays related to class readings; the fourth and last essay is written in class. The language of instruction is German.

305. Practical German. German 232 or the equivalent. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May be elected for credit twice.

Course designed for students who want to improve their confidence and proficiency in conversational skills. Emphasis will be placed on using German in specific real-life situations and learning the appropriate phonological, morphological, and syntactical structures needed in those situations. Outside readings serve as the basis for class discussion. The class will frequently be divided into small groups to pursue areas of special interest. The credit/no credit grades are based on attendance, homework, and in-class participation. Students must attend at least 80% of the sessions to receive credit for the course. Classes meet twice a week for one hour.

325. Practice in Writing and Speaking German. German 232 or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (Excl).

The sequence of German 325 and 326 is primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German. One hour each week is devoted to a systematic grammar review including translation from English to German. The remaining class time is devoted to German conversation based on readings and topics chosen at the discretion of the individual instructor. A German essay of one or two pages is assigned approximately every week. One or more five-minute oral presentations may be required. There are midterm and final examinations.

326. Practice in Writing and Speaking German. German 232 or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (Excl).

Except by special permission of the instructor, only students who have completed German 325 should elect 326. See 325 for the description.

350. Business German. German 232. (3). (Excl).

This is an introduction to the vocabulary, practices and procedures found in German business activity. Included are the nomenclature of office procedure, business letters and reports. In addition the course examines the German educational and political system from the standpoint of business practices, such as merchandising and advertising. The reading consists of the reading of actual business, merchandising and advertising material. There is a midterm and a final examination, and the writing of papers and translations during the course is required. The text consists largely of a course pack and a basic text. (Fabian)

381. Eighteenth to Nineteenth-Century Drama. German 232 or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (HU).

This course provides an introduction to German literature of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries through several of the great classical dramas. In conjunction with German 382, 383, 384, or 385 this course can be elected in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a German concentration or for a German teaching major or minor. The course will begin with the reading of Lessing's lively comedy set against the backdrop of the Seven Years' War, MINNA VON BARNHELM. Our second text will be the best known in this entire period, DIE GRETCHEN-TRAGODIE from Goethe's FAUST. The third play will be by Friedrich Schiller, to be chosen according to the background of the class. Our final play will be Kleist's PRINZ FRIEDRICH VON HOMBURG, an astonishingly "modern" drama, which depicts the existential struggle of a young man in confrontation with death. The emphasis of the course is on the analysis of the works, mainly in class discussion. Students will write two short interpretive papers and a final exam. (Grilk)

384. Short Fiction: Romanticism to Realism. German 232 or permission of chairman. (3). (HU).

Drawing on novellas by the great masters of 19th-century German prose, this course provides carefully paced reading practice at the third year level. Included are works by Ludwig Tieck, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Eichendorff, Kleist, Grillparzer, Droste-Hulshoff, Keller, Meyer, and Gerhart Hauptmann. Chosen to be representative of the most significant writers of this period, these works encompass Romanticism, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism, the first phase of "modern" German literature, and should provide a comprehensive and aesthetically rewarding survey of the main trends and currents by covering the aims of the Romantics, pre-Freudian psychological writing, 19th-century sociological problems, painting and music of the period. Discussion is emphasized. A course pack is available. A term paper and a final exam are required. (Section 001 Dunnhaupt; 002 Cowen)

415. The German Language Past and Present. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).

The objectives of German 415 are to introduce students to the assumptions, terminology, and methodologies of both descriptive and historical linguistics, and to apply these to a survey of the historical background of German from pre-literate times to the present, with emphasis on the emergence of the standard literary dialect. Although our main concern will be the internal structure of the language, we will relate this to the cultural context in which it has evolved. Instruction is through lectures and discussions. Evaluation will be based on homework problems, quizzes, short papers, and a final examination. Students should have attained at least fourth-term proficiency in German. (Kyes)

425. Intermediate Composition and Conversation. German 325 and 326; or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).

Various approaches are used to improve the student's written and spoken German. Each week a composition of at least two pages is assigned. Sometimes the instructor assigns a specific topic while at other times students select their own topics. Occasionally students are required to listen to a tape on some aspect of German history or culture and to use it as a departure point for an essay. Class discussions are based on topics selected by the instructor and the students. Brief presentations by individual students are required. German is used exclusively in class. The final course grade is based on compositions as well as participation in discussion. German 425 is regularly offered during the Fall Term while German 426 is regularly offered during the Winter Term. German 426 may be taken independently of 425. (Weiss)

431/Education D431. Teaching Methods. Senior standing; and candidate for a teaching certificate. (3). (Excl).

This course is designed to provide students with an historical overview of approaches to the teaching of the German language in the United States. Current theories of second language acquisition (SLA) will be discussed. Students are expected to develop a critical awareness of the assumptions underlying these theories. Emphasis will be placed on the practical applications of SLA theory to the German language classroom. Students are expected to visit at least five beginning German classes and provide written analyses of their classroom observations. They will practice the teaching approaches discussed during the term by introducing dialogues, preparing discussions of reading selections, explaining grammatical concepts, and/or presenting exercises in simulated or real classroom situations. Under the guidance of faculty members, students will assist in the development, preparation, and production phases of test writing at the elementary or intermediate level. The final grade is based on these criteria: two tests (20%), a midterm examination (15%), a final examination (25%), class discussion (10%), analyses of classroom observations (10%), and a practical (20%). Most reading assignments will be in English; class discussions will be in German and in English. All Teaching Assistants enrolled for this course must also participate in the week-long orientation workshop provided by the Department prior to the start of the Fall Term. (Denk)

456. Nineteenth Century German Theatre. 3 years college German; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The readings usually consist of works by Grabbe, Buchner, Hebbel, Grillparzer, Hauptmann, and Hofmannsthal. Discussion is encouraged. Students are responsible only for a thorough knowledge of the individual plays, but these works will be used as a starting point to illustrate the main movements as well as authors of the century. There will be a midterm, a final and a term paper (in English or German) on a play read in class. The class will be conducted in German, but students contribute in English if they desire. (Cowen)

459. The Literature of the German Democratic Republic. Senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

The course provides an introduction to the social and political structure of East Germany as a basis for the understanding of the literature. A survey of the literature of the GDR from its founding in 1949 until the present includes prose, poetry and drama by a spectrum of authors ranging from party-liners to oppositional writers who later were forced to leave the country. Since most of the works read are not widely available in English translation, a reading ability in German comparable to that of a 300-level literature course is necessary. Instruction is by lecture, usually in German, and class discussion is conducted in English or German, according to the preferences of individual members. A midterm and final examination are required; in addition, undergraduates write an eight-page, graduates a twelve-page term paper. The selection of works read will vary with the availability of editions, but prose works by Christa Wolf, Herman Kant and Ulrich Plenzdorf are included. Instructional aids, including slides, are employed. (Hofacker)

491. German Honors Proseminar. Senior Honors standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Completion of the sequence of German 491 and 492 is required for an Honors concentration in German. Interested students not already in the German Honors concentration program should apply to Professor Crichton for admission (minimum 3.0 GPA with at least 3.5 in German). In German 491 students will read and discuss a selection of German dramas, novellas, short novels, and poems from the age of Goethe to the present. The course gives students experience in the analysis of various literary genres and acquaints them with representative works by major authors from various literary periods. While they are by no means restricted in their choice of a topic for the Honors thesis (492, Winter Term) to the works of authors discussed in 491, some students may find that their search for a topic which they would like to explore in greater depth is facilitated by the broad spectrum offered in 491. Class discussion is in German. Each student gives an oral introduction to one of the works discussed. There are two interpretive papers totaling about 20 pages. No examination. (Crichton)

540. Introduction to German Studies. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

The course is an introduction to research methods and bibliography as they pertain to the study of the Germanic languages and literatures. It surveys the various sub-fields of German literary studies, and students, according to their interests, may investigate various approaches to Germanic philology and linguistics. It thus equips beginning graduate students with a broad perspective of the field of Germanic studies and the research tools that they will be using in their more advanced courses. Much of the work for the course will be carried out in the library, in order that students may become thoroughly familiar with the sources available to them. In addition, several colleagues with expertise in specific areas genre, periods, theoretical approaches, etc. will describe their kinds of research to the students. The course is required of all beginning graduate students in the department and it is also open to seniors who are ready for graduate work. (Grilk)

German Literature and Culture in English

Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.

330. German Cinema. (3). (HU).

This course traces the development of the German cinema in its social, political and cultural context. It presents major films and filmmakers in relation to their historical circumstances and to developments in the other arts. The subject matter falls into three periods: The Expressionistic period of film making following World War I up to 1933, the era of the Third Reich from 1933 to 1945, and from 1965 to the present. Filmmakers discussed include F.W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, G.W. Pabst, Volker Schlondorff, R.W. Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders. The films cover various genres of fictional and documentary approach. Ten to twelve films will be shown. There will be some opportunity for additional viewing on an individual basis. The course will consist of lectures and directed discussions. The required readings consist of secondary material on the cultural background of the German cinema, and commentaries on the films and film makers. Students will write five short (two to four page) papers and a term paper. The films will be viewed in VHS format. (Fabian)

401. German Thought from Meister Eckhart to Hegel. (3). (HU).

In this course we shall focus upon the main figures in German thought from its beginnings in mysticism to the last of the great systematic philosophers: Luther, Leibniz, Kant, Fichte, Schelling, Schiller, and Hegel. Particular attention will be paid to the structural interrelatedness of Kant's three Critiques, and to the post-Kantian attempts to extend and modify his program. Other thinkers to be covered include Meister Eckhart, Lessing, Herder, Goethe, and Novalis. There will be two lectures per week, plus one discussion section: about two-thirds of the material covered in lectures will be assigned as reading. One research/interpretive paper will be required. The course is intended as an introduction to this important tradition for German majors and non-majors alike. Lectures and discussions will be conducted in English; no previous training in philosophy is necessary. German majors will be asked to read some assignments in the original. (Amrine)

446. Contemporary German Literature in English Translation. Junior standing. (2). (HU).

This course will introduce students without a knowledge of German to the current literary scene in the German speaking countries. Leading writers of fiction (Canetti, Boell, Grass, Handke), of drama (Weiss, Hochhuth, Bernhard, Kroetz), and of lyric poetry (Krolow, Celan, Bachmann, Enzensberger) will be analyzed in a comparative fashion (especially trends in the U.S. and Great Britain) and in the context of social developments since WWII. Class discussions, short reports, one substantial paper, final exam. (Seidler)

Scandinavian Courses (Division 471)

103. Elementary Swedish. (4). (FL).

For students with little or no previous study of Swedish, this course provides a basic introduction to Swedish grammar and vocabulary, with the emphasis placed on developing communicative language skills. Extensive practice in listening, speaking and reading. The students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, assignments and tests. The teacher is a native speaker from Sweden.

105. Elementary Danish. (4). (FL).

For students with little or no previous study of Danish. This course provides a basic introduction to Danish grammar and vocabulary, with emphasis placed on developing communicative language skills. We shall, as soon as possible, move away from "constructed" texts over to authentic material, i.e., short stories, newspaper and magazine articles, videos, lyrics to popular songs, etc. Course grade is based on class participation, homework (translation exercises, grammar, composition) and tests, including midterm and final exam. The teacher of this course is a native speaker from Denmark. (Hurop)

233. Second-Year Swedish. Swedish 104. (4). (FL).

This course covers the material of a second year course in Swedish language. The emphasis is on speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills. Readings are selected (for oral commentary) from contemporary Swedish prose, poetry and politics. Both books and newspapers are used. All instruction will be in Swedish and tests and examinations will be given at regular intervals. Grades will be determined on the basis of class participation and tests. Students needing Swedish 103 and 104 or the equivalent for entry into this course can meet the prerequisite by passing an examination given by the instructor. The teacher is a native speaker from Sweden.

235. Second-Year Danish. Danish 106. (4). (FL).

The purposes of this course are 1) to develop the speaking, listening, reading and writing skills acquired through Danish 105/106 or the equivalent, and 2) to provide insight into Danish history, literature and culture. Instruction will be based on a Danish TV- series spanning the years 1929-1947. This series, although fictitious in character, provides the student with a good understanding of the factors that helped shape the Danish society of today. Students are required to attend the weekly video-showings (W 10-12) outside the class periods. The course pack material will comprise a wide selection of texts dealing with the period, i.e., history, literature and contemporary articles from newspapers and magazines. Course grade is based on class participation, homework (translation exercises, composition, grammar) and four tests, including midterm and final exam. In addition, each student reads a book on his/her own and submits a short report toward the end of the term. Students needing Danish 105 and 106, or the equivalent, for entry into this course can meet this requirement by passing an examination to be given by the instructor, who is a native speaker from Denmark. (Hurop)


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