Information for Prospective Students Information for First-Year Students Information for Transfer Students Information for International Students Learning Communities, Study Abroad, Theme Semester Calendars Quick Reference Forms Listings Table of Contents SAA Search Feature Academic Advising, Concentration Advising, How-tos, and Degree Requirements Academic Standards Board, Academic Discipline, Petitions, and Appeals SAA Advisors and Support Staff

Fall '00 Course Guide

Note: You must establish a session on wolverineacccess.umich.edu in order to use the link "Check Times, Location, and Availability". Once your session is established, the links will function.

Courses in German (Division 379)

This page was created at 3:58 PM on Wed, Dec 13, 2000.

Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 December 22)

Open courses in German

Wolverine Access Subject listing for GERMAN

Take me to the Fall Term '00 Time Schedule for German.

To see what has been added to or changed in German this week go to What's New This Week.


German 101. Elementary Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: All students with prior coursework in German must take the placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 100 or 103. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/101/Kursseite.html

German 101 is an introductory course for students who have not previously studied German. Few things are more fun and exciting than learning a new language for the first time, and we hope students will approach the course in this spirit. The course focuses systematically on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and aims to do this by taking advantage of the cognitive advantages adult language learners have over children. This means focusing on material that will engage learners' interest, creativity, and sense of humor, as well as on the development of effective language learning strategies.

The course will include in particular a series of videotaped lectures by distinguished University of Michigan German studies faculty on culture, history, economics, philosophy, music, linguistics, and literature, televised over UMTV, which will give students a taste of how they can eventually take advantage of the wide range of language opportunities at the University of Michigan, such as the specialty 232 courses (see below) and the subsequent sequences of courses in areas of study ranging from Business and Science, to Literature and Philosophy.

By the end of the term, students will have a firm foundation in some of the fundamental elements of German grammar and will be able to understand and respond appropriately to a variety of texts and basic conversational situations.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

German 101. Elementary Course.

Section 007 Music Students Only.

Instructor(s): Daniel Richards

Prerequisites & Distribution: All students with prior coursework in German must take the placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 100 or 103. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/101/Kursseite.html

This section is intended specifically for Music students and is open to others only by permission of the instructor. It will follow the same basic syllabus and philosophy described above for the "regular" 101 sections, but we will use every opportunity to set the course in a musical context and take advantage of students' musical abilities.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

German 102. Elementary Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 101. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 100 or 103. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/102/Kursseite.html

German 102 is the continuation of German 101; please see above for a description of the general philosophy underlying this course. By the end of the term, students will have been exposed to all the essentials of German grammar, which will then be reviewed and extended in the third and fourth term. Students will be able to cope with a variety of conversational situations and written texts. In particular, they will have the necessary "survival skills" for a visit to a German-speaking country, as well as a foundation for doing intellectual work in German.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

German 103. Review of Elementary German.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Assignment by placement test or permission of department. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 100, 101, or 102. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/103/Kursseite.html

German 103 provides a review of the fundamental components of the German language for students who have had prior German language instruction before entering the University of Michigan. The course focuses systematically on all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and aims to take advantage of the cognitive advantages adult language learners have over children. This means focusing on material that will engage learners' interest, creativity, and sense of humor, as well as on the development of effective language learning strategies.

The course will include in particular a series of videotaped lectures by distinguished University of Michigan German studies faculty on culture, history, economics, philosophy, music, linguistics and literature, televised over UMTV, which will give students a taste of how they can eventually take advantage of the wide range of language opportunities at the University of Michigan, such as the specialty 232 courses (see above) and the subsequent sequences of courses in areas of study ranging from Business and Science to Literature and Philosophy. By the end of the term, students will have been exposed to all the essentials of German grammar, which will then be reviewed and extended in the third and fourth terms. Students will be able to cope with a variety of conversational situations and written texts. In particular, they will have the necessary "survival skills" for a visit to a German-speaking country, as well as a foundation for doing intellectual work in German.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

German 111. First Special Reading Course.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Undergraduates must obtain permission of the department. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objective of this course is to teach students to read simple German expository prose. Students are introduced to the essentials of German grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, both in class lectures and in texts. The class is taught in English, and students are required to read but not write and speak German. This is a fast-paced course with a substantial workload, intended for students with some experience in language learning, and is therefore recommended only to graduate students who wish to meet a German foreign language requirement and to advanced undergraduates who have already met the LS&A foreign language requirement. Course requirements include daily assignments, quizzes, a midterm on grammar and vocabulary, and a final examination requiring the translation of sight passages without the aid of a dictionary. The course does not satisfy the LS&A foreign language requirement.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

German 171/Hist. 171. Coming to Terms with Germany.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Germany and Europe in the 1990s.

Instructor(s): Andrei Markovits (andymark@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will look at the problems and politics of contemporary Germany through the prism of history. By looking at previous political regimes which governed Germany just in the 20th century absolute monarchy, unstable liberal democracy, totalitarian fascism, stable liberal democracy, bureaucratic communism the course will shed light on the vicissitudes of the "German Question" and its importance for European politics as a whole.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 180. First Year Seminar.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 The German Language and Culture in the United States.

Instructor(s): Robin Queen (rqueen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. Taught in English. No knowledge of German is required. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~rqueen/TEACHING/180

Between 1700 and 1950 over 7 million German-speaking immigrants came to the United States. What happened to their culture and language once they got here? In this seminar, we will explore the experience of German immigrants to the United States, looking especially at the social, political, and historical processes that affected the maintenance and loss of the German language and German culture in the United States. The seminar will include fieldtrips to towns such as Frankenmuth, MI. The course will be based primarily on discussion and brief lectures. Students will produce regular short written assignments and two 6 page essays. No knowledge of German is required.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 180. First Year Seminar.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 002 Literature and Culture of War in Germany.

Instructor(s): Timothy Bahti (timbahti@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. Taught in English. No knowledge of German is required. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is a seminar that studies the literature and cultural representations of war from a country that has experienced and forced others to experience war in a way perhaps more massive than any other. Drawing upon poetry, drama, prose fiction, journalism, and philosophy, but also painting, film, and architecture, we shall examine the different ways war is represented the different values and hopes and fears that are attached to it from the Thirty Years War in the 17th century to the aftermath of World War Two and the Holocaust. Students will participate regularly through discussion and class presentations, and there will also be several written assignments.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 205. Conversation Practice.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 102 or 103. Students previously enrolled in a 300- or 400-level German conversation course may not register for German 205 or 206. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be included in a concentration plan or minor in German.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The objective of this course is to overcome the silence which you may experience when attempting to articulate everyday needs in German. In this course, you will hone your German conversation skills by learning basic idiomatic expressions and by building a fundamental vocabulary. In-class and out-of-class exercises will place you inside a bank where you may open an account or order checks (without financial allowances); you will find victuals on the food market or an apartment on the housing market; you will learn both to describe physical discomfort and to get your hair trimmed without physical discomfort.

In addition, newspaper or magazine articles along with films and music segments may illustrate the German cultural landscape at large. Active class participation, occasional vocabulary quizzes, and short oral presentations establish the course requirements.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

German 221. Accelerated Third Semester German.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Placement test. No credit granted to those who have completed German 230 or 231. Four credits granted to those who have completed German 102 or 103. (5). (Excl).

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/221/Kursseite.html

This course combines an intensive review of basic grammar with more advanced practice in the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). Substantial emphasis will be placed on providing a firm grammatical base, and on reading, discussing, and writing about authentic German texts from a variety of fields ranging from natural and social science to history, literature, and the arts. By the end of the course, students will be able to read and write about short texts from periodicals and textbooks, and from classic texts by Nietzsche and others independently, so that they will be able to pursue their own specific interests in German 232 and beyond. Requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing, learning vocabulary, etc.), regular attendance, video assignments, tests, and quizzes. Instead of a final examination, students will work in groups to produce short videos, which will be screened on the last day of classes.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

German 231. Second-Year Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 102 or 103, or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230 or 221. (4). (LR).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/231/Kursseite.html

In this course, grammar and vocabulary from the first year will be reviewed and extended. Greater emphasis will be placed on reading German texts and talking and writing about them in German. Reading texts include both short literary works and non-fictional texts from a variety of fields ranging from history to science and the arts.

By the end of the course, students will be able to read and write about short texts from periodicals and textbooks, and classic texts by Nietzsche and others, independently, so that they will be able to pursue their own specific interests in German 232 and beyond. Course requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing, learning vocabulary, etc.) regular attendance, video assignments, tests, and quizzes.

Instead of a final examination, students will work in groups to produce short videos, which will be screened on the last day of classes. By the end of the course, students should be quite familiar with all the basics of German grammar, and be able to survive and converse fairly comfortably in a German-speaking country. In particular, they should be ready to embark on an introduction to the study in German of an academic discipline of their choice in one of the specialty 232 courses.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

German 232. Second-Year Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, <i>e.g.,</i> music, philosophy, science, current political issues, <i>etc.</i>

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course, students complete the four-term introductory language sequence by selecting one of several "special topics" courses intended as an introduction to the study of an academic discipline, such as Music, Philosophy, History, or Science, in German. Students should emerge from the course prepared and motivated to do work (or read for pleasure) in German in this field throughout their academic career and beyond. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange their schedules so they can enroll in the section whose topic interests them the most, in order to get the maximum benefit from this course.

Interest in the course content is the most effective motivation for language study, and students can emerge from 232 with the genuine pride in what they are able to do with their German. More generally, by the end of the course, students will be ready to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany, and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the assistance offered by the German department and by the Office of International Programs in this regard.

The special topics and course requirements for this term's sections are given below.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 001 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: Their Lives, Scholarship, and Collection of Fairy Tales.

Instructor(s): Mark Pierce

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, <i>e.g.,</i> music, philosophy, science, current political issues, <i>etc.</i>

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will explore the lives of the nineteenth-century scholars Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and their ever-popular collection of fairy tales. The primary goal of the course will be to situate the most famous work of the Brothers Grimm into their wide-ranging scholarly interests. The course will include an introduction to their lives and scholarship. Both the intellectual motivations behind the fairy tale project and the manner in which the tales were collected will be explored in depth. The course will devote significant time to the tales themselves, including many that are not well-known in the U.S. A wide range of materials and assignments will be employed in the course. Required texts include an edition of the tales and a course pack containing excerpts from biographies of the Brothers Grimm, passages from the Grimms' scholarly publications and personal correspondence, and exercises to improve students' reading and writing skills.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 002 Contemporary German Society & Business Culture.

Instructor(s): Janet Van Valkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, <i>e.g.,</i> music, philosophy, science, current political issues, <i>etc.</i>

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

While building a basic vocabulary and reviewing essential grammar appropriate to this level, students will be reading a variety of authentic texts dealing with such current issues as German's geographic location; Germany's recent history and the need to come to terms with its past; the reunification of "the two" Germanys and repercussions thereof in contemporary German society and business world; foreigners in German society and workplace; and the evolution of the European Union.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 003 Mathematical and Scientific German.

Instructor(s): Kevin Amidon (ksamidon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, <i>e.g.,</i> music, philosophy, science, current political issues, <i>etc.</i>

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves as an introduction to the tools that are vital for pursuing further science-based work in German practical or academic. Recently, one of the reasons why students have taken this course has been to prepare themselves for summer internships available with German companies or for study abroad in technical and scientific fields.

In addition to reading various scientific articles, we will go on excursions to the Hands on Museum, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History, students will have the opportunity to present some fun experiments in groups; there will be an elementary math lesson (or more if the class is interested) as well as presentations by other guest speakers, etc.

In addition, we will pause along the way to consider the nature of science and the cultural values that can underlie it, as well as the ethical implications that a rapidly increasing amount of technology and knowledge has on our society today. The necessary vocabulary and grammar will be provided along the way. No background in math or science is assumed. Grades will be based on participation, homework, quizzes, presentations/projects, and exams.

By the end of the course, students will be ready to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany, and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the assistance offered by the German department and by the Office of International Programs in this regard.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 004 Mathematical and Scientific German.

Instructor(s): Eric Klingerman

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, <i>e.g.,</i> music, philosophy, science, current political issues, <i>etc.</i>

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves as an introduction to the tools that are vital for pursuing further science-based work in German practical or academic. Recently, one of the reasons why students have taken this course has been to prepare themselves for summer internships available with German companies or for study abroad in technical and scientific fields.

In addition to reading various scientific articles, we will go on excursions to the Hands on Museum, and the Exhibit Museum of Natural History, students will have the opportunity to present some fun experiments in groups; there will be an elementary math lesson (or more if the class is interested) as well as presentations by other guest speakers, etc.

In addition, we will pause along the way to consider the nature of science and the cultural values that can underlie it, as well as the ethical implications that a rapidly increasing amount of technology and knowledge has on our society today. The necessary vocabulary and grammar will be provided along the way. No background in math or science is assumed. Grades will be based on participation, homework, quizzes, presentations/projects, and exams.

By the end of the course, students will be ready to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany, and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the assistance offered by the German department and by the Office of International Programs in this regard.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 005 Resistance in Nazi Germany.

Instructor(s): Helmut Puff (puffh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in German 230. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, <i>e.g.,</i> music, philosophy, science, current political issues, <i>etc.</i>

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Germany during the Third Reich was by far not the monolithic society which Nazi ideologues had envisioned. Despite an ever-tightening grip on the population opposition to the regime took on many forms, from civil disobedience to violent opposition. Moreover, such resistance originated from different backgrounds, political as well as religious. In this section we will explore the historical situation by analyzing first hand documents and by studying modern textbook narratives. A film portrait of "The White Rose," a students' resistance group, will serve as an introduction to the constraints of everyday life in a dictatorship. By investigating historical moments of resistance and opposition we will also become familiar with history as an academic discipline, its terminology, its sources, its writing, its methods.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 300. German Grammar and Composition.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Kalli Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course seeks to increase the accuracy of students' grammar and vocabulary through conversation, writing, and reading. The content of the course is focused on everyday life, cultural trends, and current events in Germany. Texts to be read include journalistic prose, material from the Internet, movies, and popular music. The course will also provide a systematic review of German grammar. The course is intended for students still wishing or needing a systematic review of German grammar and practice in composition after having satisfied the language requirement.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 305. Conversation Practice.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232; concurrent enrollment in a 300-level course is encouraged but not necessary. Students who have previously participated in a 400-level German conversation course may not register for German 305 or 306. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. This course does not satisfy the language requirement. May not be included in a concentration plan or minor in German.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of this course is to increase students' confidence in speaking on any topic and, therefore, the course will focus on a variety of topics ranging from practical language situations to current cultural events to areas of students' academic interests. Students will work on expanding vocabulary, finding synonyms, and understanding/using varying spoken styles, which are necessary to appreciate life in German-speaking communities. The materials for the course will come from German websites as well as various materials from the instructor. Course requirements are: energetic class participation, thorough preparation, e-mail in German with the instructor and fellow students, and oral presentations.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 310. Readings in German Culture.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Residence in Max Kade German House; others by permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of four credits. May not be elected more than once in the same academic term.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is intended as a first introduction to German cultural history. Each week, students will learn about a major figure or movement in German cultural history. Music, philosophy, literature, and film will each be represented every term. Specific topics will vary each time the course is offered in order to take advantage of relevant performances, exhibitions, and lecturers, and in order to make it possible for students to retake the class. The course is conducted in English, but students have the option to do some reading and writing in German. Course requirements include active participation, weekly readings of 10-30 pages, a journal on these readings, and a 3-4 page final paper.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

German 325. Intermediate German.

Section 001 Murder, Ethics and the Law

Instructor(s): Hubert Rast (hubrast@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of six credits. May be elected more than once in the same academic term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What should we do with murderers? Kill them? Imprison them for life? Is murder acceptable under certain circumstances? Is capital punishment murder? What is the relationship between "duty" and murder? These and similar questions will be pursued in this course on ethical and moral issues and their relationship to the law. We will deal with ethics and questions of personal responsibility under dictatorship (we will read excerpts from the Eichmann and the Nürnberg trials, that deal with the crimes committed under the Nazi Regime, as well as the trials of Honnecker and Krenz, the disposed leaders of the former GDR). We will study in depth Fritz Lang´s classic film M and read Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play Der Richter und sein Henker (The Judge and his executioner).

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 325. Intermediate German.

Section 002 Introduction to German Literature

Instructor(s): Silke-Maria Weineck (smwei@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of six credits. May be elected more than once in the same academic term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course, we will read German literary texts from different genres and time periods: lyrical poetry, short plays, and short stories. The goal of the course is to perfect students' knowledge of the German language, to introduce them to a selection of seminal German literature, to teach them how to read literature, and, most importantly, to engage with the ideas that arise from the texts. Authors: Goethe, Büchner, Keller, Kafka, Rilke, Celan, Bachmann.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 325. Intermediate German.

Section 003 The German Language Through Space and Time.

Instructor(s): Robert Kyes (rlkyes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of six credits. May be elected more than once in the same academic term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of this section of German 325 is to acquaint students with the discourse and methods of German dialectology and language history. We shall survey the historical development of German and its dialects from the beginnings to the present day, in the context of changing sociological, political, economic, and cultural environments. As we study the changes in vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar of German, we shall also examine illustrative texts from a variety of genres, translate the older ones into modern German, and compare their features with those of modern German.

Toward the end of the course, we shall turn our attention to East and West, political Left and Right, generations, and genders, and how those divisions are reflected in language behavior. Class discussions will be based primarily on assigned readings in Stedje, Die deutsche Sprache gestern und heute, on the illustrative texts in the course pack, and on homework problems. Grammar will be reviewed as required. Students will present several oral reports in class and write approximately one short essay every second week. Active participation in class discussions is expected. The language of instruction, discussion, class presentations, and essays is German.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

German 325. Intermediate German.

Section 004 The Bauhaus and Its Public.

Instructor(s): Michael Latham (mrlatham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of six credits. May be elected more than once in the same academic term.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines the often vexed relationship between the Bauhaus and its respective publics in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin, as well as the broader German public outside of its various host cities. Using as our textbooks, the series of Bauhausbuecher published between 1925 and 1931 which were understood to serve as a form of public outreach as much as a pedagogical program we will also consider other dimensions of the relationship between the Bauahus and the public: from performances and festivals in Weimar and Dessau to the experimental Haus am Horn in Weimar and the Toerten-Settlement in a working-class suburb of Dessau.

We will give particular attention to the changing pedagogical and sociopolitical objectives of the school, and to its relationship with the German Communist Party and the National Socialist government that would close the school and drive most of its masters and students out of Germany. Readings by Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Laszls Moholy-Nagy, Kasimir Malevich, Theo van Doesburg, Piet Mondrian, others. All readings in German; discussions in German and English.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 329. Independent Study.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of chairman. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (1-4; 1-2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Independent study for students who need work in a certain area to complete their degrees and are unable to acquire it from a regularly scheduled course.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 5, P/I

German 350. Business German.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Janet Van Valkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course introduces students to the language of business German and gives them insight into Germany's place in the global economy. While covering topics which are necessary and appropriate for students planning a career in international business, the course also teaches and practices the skills essential to function proficiently and appropriately in the world of German business. After an introduction to the geography and economics of the 16 German states, students concentrate on such areas of interest as: company structure and practices; finance and banking; industry; communication and transportation; ecology; and Germany in the European and global business worlds. Emphasis is placed on cultural aspects of Business German. Students are encouraged to understand and function appropriately within the framework and culture of the German business world.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

German 351. Practice in Business German.

Instructor(s): Janet Van Valkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Internship in a German-speaking country. (3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course allows students to receive credit for an internship in a German-speaking country completed previous to registering for the course. During the term, the student will complete and turn in a three part report written in German. Part one will be a research paper on the city, area, and country where the student completed the internship. Part two will be a research paper on the company or business which provided the internship. Part three will be a longer journal concerning the daily conduct of the internship and the living situation. Finally, the student will make an oral presentation concerning the internship to either the 350 or the 430 Business German Class.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

German 375/Scandinavian 375/MEMS 375/Rel. 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Astrid Beck (astridb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Scandinavian 375.001.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

German 382. Nineteenth to Twentieth-Century Drama.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Silke-Maria Weineck (smwei@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides an introduction to German drama of the 19th and 20th centuries, reflecting aesthetic, cultural, and political shifts during the period. We will play special attention to the role of history, science, and sex. Readings include plays by Büchner Woyzeck, Hebbel Judith, Wedekind Frühlings Erwachen, Brecht Mutter Courage, and Frisch Andorra. The course is taught in German with occasional English excursions.

Requirements: two papers (~8pp), attendance, participation. In conjunction with German 381, 383, 384, or 385, this course can be taken in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a German concentration or for a German teaching major or teaching minor.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 384. Short Fiction: Romanticism to Realism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hermann Weiss (hfweiss@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course provides an introduction to some of the major figures and movements in German literature from the end of the eighteenth to the second half of the nineteenth century through the study of selected masterworks of short fiction. Furthermore, it offers the students the opportunity to gain some insight into the cultural as well as the social and political trends of this period. The readings consist of short works of fiction by such authors as L. Tieck, E.T.A. Hoffmann, J.v. Eichendorff, H.v. Kleist, G. Büchner, A.v. Droste-Hülshoff, F. Grillparzer, and G. Keller, G. Hauptmann. German will be used as much as possible in this course. The course grade will be based on class participation and two papers.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 401/Hist. 416. Nineteenth-Century German and European Thought.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Scott Spector (spec@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German concentrators must be concurrently enrolled in German 403. (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Between the upheavals of the French Revolution and the First World War, the European nations witnessed an utter transformation of their world. The relations of the person to the nation, to the state, to history, and to the physical world were rethought from top to bottom. Our exploration of modern ideas and cultural movements will take us from rationalism to racism, and from utopian ideologies to the birth of psychoanalysis. Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, a midterm exam, several short quiz and take-home assignments, and a final paper.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 405. Conversation Practice.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 305 or 306. (1). (Excl). Offered mandatory credit/no credit. May not be included in a concentration plan or minor in German.

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will emulate a German-speaking environment that practices everyday, professional, and academic situations. Practicing the effective presentation of reports or the negotiation of disputes will offer ample space for integrating advanced clusters of cultural topics in German-speaking communities. The discussion of articles and shorter texts about current events in Germany will complement the creative reenactment of particular conversational situations. Discussions include verbal synopses of text plots and arguments. Short oral presentations and a final group project establish the formal course requirements.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

German 425. Advanced German.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Hermann Weiss (hfweiss@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 325/326. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Various approaches will be used to improve the students' written and spoken German. Weekly compositions and subsequent rewrites form an important part of the course work. Most of the topics are assigned by the instructor, but occasionally students may select their own topics. This course also involves readings in nineteenth and twentieth century history and literature in preparation for class discussions, as well as viewings of films and other visual materials. Several presentations are required of each student. German is used exclusively in this course. The final grade is based on the compositions as well as participation in the discussions. German 426 may be taken independently of German 425.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 449. Special Topics in English Translation.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 The Emigration of German Modernism.

Instructor(s): Michael Latham (mrlatham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

How did New York become the center of modern art in the post-war years? Chicago the center of international architecture? What did the Container Corporation of America have to do with the arranging the marriage of commerce and modernism, and with promoting the concept of corporate culture? How did significant holdings in 20th century European art end up in such unlikely places as Detroit, Minneapolis and St. Louis? This course follows the emigration of artists associated with German Expressionism and the Bauhaus into exile from Hitler's Germany and relocation in the United States. We will direct particular attention to the development of new institutions for instruction in art and design; mass production and industrial design, and the uneasy relationship of commerce and culture at mid-century. Readings, artworks, architecture and design by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Laszls Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Josef and Anni Albers, Max Beckmann, Oskar Kokoschka, others. All readings and discussions in English.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 465/MEMS 475/Hist. 485. Marriage and Marital Life in History: Medieval and Early Modern Germany.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Helmut Puff (hell@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Marriage is one of the most central institutions in human societies. Contrary to previous generations, however, today we are beginning to look upon marriage as an institution subject to historic change. In the union of husband and wife gender relations are defined, reenacted and, at the same time, constantly reconstructed. But how was the female sphere defined in the fifteenth century? Did the Reformation affect society's understanding of matrimony? What was married life like in a world where two out of four children were likely to die? Where, and when, do we encounter love-matches? We will explore marriage discourse and policies in a culturally well-defined context, Western Europe, especially the German-speaking countries between ca. 1350 and 1600. By examining the depiction of marriage in literature and art of the age we will come to a more complex understanding of what marriage was supposed to be and what it really meant. This course will be of interest to German, History, MARC, and Women's Studies concentrators. No German required.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 491. German Honors Proseminar.

Section 001 The Twentieth Century: Literature and Genocide

Instructor(s): Hubert Rast (hubrast@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior Honors standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Completion of the sequence of German 491 and 492 is required for an Honors concentration in German Studies. Interested students are encouraged to contact the Honors Concentration Advisor for admission into the program (minimum 3.0 GPA with at least 3.5 in German) for Fall term of their senior year, preferably but not necessarily as early as Winter term of their sophomore year. German 491 is regarded as a preparatory term in anticipation of 492 (Winter), in which each student writes an Honors thesis. The kinds of work to be read will be determined in part by the perceived needs of the students, geared possibly toward already-identified thesis topics and/or toward intensified focus on reading literary texts, acquiring and honing interdisciplinary research skills, and developing a persuasive and sustained argument. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with a broad range of interests from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds.

Regardless of ultimate subject matter, the intent of the seminar will be to increase students' critical reading abilities in their chosen field of interest and their familiarity with secondary literature, source material, and contemporary scholarship. Requirements for the course include at least one oral presentation (depending on the number of participants) and two papers (to total about 25 pages, in German or English). Students are urged to contact the Honors Concentration Advisor in advance of the Fall term to arrange an interview in which particular individual needs and interests will be discussed, so that the course may be tailored to fit each group.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 3

German 499. Seminar in German Studies.

Section 001 Management and Marketing.

Instructor(s): Janet Van Valkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One year beyond German 232. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course offers authentic information and terminology as they apply to professional practices in the fields of company structure, management and marketing in the German-speaking world. Using authentic situations and materials, the students become acquainted with the forms, roles and related organizations of German companies. These are followed by management and manager skills, marketing and advertising in German companies. The course includes the essential cross-cultural aspects of doing business in/with Germany and is interactive. German is the language of instruction.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 503/EducationD 500. Teaching German/Applied Linguistics.

Section 001 Applied Linguistics for Teachers of German.

Instructor(s): Robert Kyes (rlkyes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior or senior standing. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

If one source of difficulty in the acquisition of a foreign language is the structure of the foreign language itself, especially where it differs significantly from the structure of one's native language, then the teacher of the foreign language should be aware of those differences and be prepared to address them directly or indirectly in the classroom.

The primary goal of the course will be to undertake a systematic comparison of the structures of American English and German in order to identify these areas of potential difficulty for the American learner of German, and to devise approaches for dealing with them. We shall focus on the structures of pronunciation, word formation and inflection, sentence formation, discourse, and semantics. Going beyond a simple contrastive analysis, however, we shall also consider learner-strategies that are independent of structural discrepancies between first language and second language.

Our approach will be eclectic, touching upon several models of linguistic description structural linguistics, cognitive grammar, dependency grammar, developmental linguistics, etc. and will not be keyed to any single theoretical dogma. We shall consider several relevant issues: children's acquisition of language, circumstances prohibiting children's acquisition of language, adult acquisition strategies, Gastarbeiterdeutsch, language contact phenomena in general, and especially the social implications of adherence/non-adherence to the perceived Standard.

Students should have a good command of English and German. Previous coursework in linguistics is not required. There will be homework problems, frequent short written exercises, a short mid-way paper, a final paper of approximately 20 pages, and an oral presentation of the final paper. Students will also be asked to lead discussions on topics of special interest to them.

German 503 is open to graduates and undergraduates, and counts toward the 30-hour German concentration as well as the 18-hour German minor. It also counts toward the Education School's requirements for Teaching Certificate candidates in German.

The required text is Anthony Fox, The Structure of German (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990), plus a course pack (at Accu-Copy). Additional articles and book-chapters will be available in the Department Seminar Library.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

German 540. Introduction to German Studies.

Section 001 Meets with History 591.002.

Instructor(s): Scott Spector (spec@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided

Check Times, Location, and Availability

Page


This page was created at 3:58 PM on Wed, Dec 13, 2000.


lsa logo

University of Michigan | College of LS&A | Student Academic Affairs | LS&A Bulletin Index

This page maintained by LS&A Academic Information and Publications, 1228 Angell Hall

Copyright © 2000 The Regents of the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA +1 734 764-1817

Trademarks of the University of Michigan may not be electronically or otherwise altered or separated from this document or used for any non-University purpose.