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 Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

Note: You must establish a session for Fall Academic Term 2001 on wolverineaccess.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

This page was created at 2:17 PM on Sat, Mar 17, 2001.

Fall Academic Term, 2001 (September 5 December 21)

Open courses in German
(*Not real-time Information. Review the "Data current as of: " statement at the bottom of hyperlinked page)

Wolverine Access Subject listing for GERMAN

Fall Term '01 Time Schedule for German.

What's New This Week in German.

Search the LS&A Course Guide (Advanced Search Page)


GERMAN 101. Elementary Course.

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.

Required Texts

  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez: Vorsprung
  • Dollenmayer & Hansen Arbeitsbuch for Vorsprung
  • Course pack (Available at Excel; 1117 South University; 996-1500)
  • Audiotape Program Accompanying Vorsprung (Available at the LRC)

    Recommended Texts

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition
  • Zorach: English Grammar for Students of German
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning
  • Vocabulary tapes for Vorsprung (Available at the LRC)

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

    GERMAN 102. Elementary Course.

    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.

    Required Texts

  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez: Vorsprung
  • Dollenmayer & Hansen Arbeitsbuch for Vorsprung
  • Course pack (Available at Excel; 1117 South University; 996-1500)
  • Audiotape Program Accompanying Vorsprung (Available at the LRC)

    Recommended Texts

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition
  • Zorach: English Grammar for Students of German
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning
  • Vocabulary tapes for Vorsprung (Available at the LRC)

    Recommended Texts for "Free Reading" [see description of "Language Learning Journal" online or in the first few pages of the course pack!]

  • Crossgrove & Crossgrove: Graded German Reader
  • Bürger: Münchhausens Abenteuer
  • Martin: Kein Schnaps für Tamara
  • Sempé/Goscinny: Asterix, Volume 1

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

    GERMAN 103. Review of Elementary German.

    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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    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 course 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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 172. History of German Cinema.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Johannes F Von Moltke

    Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($50) required.

    Foreign Lit

    Credits: (3).

    Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    This course surveys the history of the German cinema from its beginnings through the 1990s. We will look at films from the Weimar period, such as The Cabinet of Dr. Calegari and Nosferatu. We will ask how the Nazi Cinema generated its political messages through a careful blend of ideology and entertainment, which in many respects persisted well into the 1950s, and we will look at landmark productions from the DEFA film studios in East Germany, as well as of the New German Cinema in the West, where directors such as Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s. Finally, we will examine the current state of German cinema by looking at some recent productions. In addition to the historical survey, the class also serves as a basic introduction to the study of film.

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

    GERMAN 176. German and European Politics Since 1945.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001.

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

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

    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. Special attention will be given to Germany's political institutions, parties, interest groups, and policy-making processes in domestic and foreign relations. First- and second-year LS&A students, especially those hoping to fulfill the Social Science distribution requirement. The course will meet four hours per week, 2 hrs. of lecture plus 2 of discussion.

    There will be three papers, two 10-page papers during the course and one take-home final or research paper at the end. Weekly reading assignments will amount to ca. 100 pages.

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

    GERMAN 180. First Year Seminar.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001 Freud Exploring The Unconscious

    Instructor(s): Julia C Hell (hell@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.

    In this seminar, we will explore the work of one of the most influential German thinkers, Sigmund Freud. While many of the key concepts of psychoanalysis the unconscious, repression, melancholia, etc. are part of our daily language, major parts of the academic community in the U.S. dismiss Freud's theories as "unscientific." This course is directed against both the facile appropriation of Freud in the media, and the scholarly dismissal of his work. To do justice to Freud's radical insights into the workings of the human psyche, we will closely focus on some of his most central texts: the studies on hysteria, including the so-called Dora case; the three essays on sexuality; and the Traumdeutung/ Interpretation of Dreams. (The readings will also include some of his shorter pieces, such as "Mourning and Melancholia," or "Fetishism.") These in-depth readings will include articles by contemporary theorists critically discussing Freud's theses. Requirements: students will be asked to present the assigned reading materials on a regular basis; in addition, they will write three shorter essays (5 pages).

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

    GERMAN 180. First Year Seminar.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 002 Inventing Race.

    Instructor(s): Vanessa Agnew (vagnew@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).

    R&E First-Year Seminar,

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    This seminar deals with the emerging concept of race in late 18th- and early 19th-century Europe. Focusing on the work of key Enlightenment thinkers Linne, Buffon, Kant, and Montesquieu as well as the contribution made by travel writers and ethnographers, the seminar examines the way in which race was invented as a category. Study of the material highlights the tension between Enlightenment universalism and relativism and brings out the shifting criteria for the constitution of racial difference. The seminar goes on to examine the process whereby racial topologies were naturalized within the context of nascent anthropological, biological, and medical discourses and traces some of the social and political implications thereof. In confronting the issue of the social and historical constructedness of race, the seminar concludes with a brief examination of contemporary "race" thinking. Students will read texts by Appiah, Goldberg, Hooks, Fanon, and Wright and examine issues concerning the politicization of racial difference multiculturalism, identity politics, and xenophobia. The seminar emphasizes student participation. Students will be encouraged to discuss the material and to relate the readings to their own experiences. In addition to assigned readings, the seminar will include the use of visual media discussion of films, paintings, and museum exhibits. Assessment will take the form of oral presentations, class participation, written responses to assigned readings, and a longer essay. The instructor will be available to consult with students about their work and about the seminar in general.

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

    GERMAN 205. Conversation Practice.

    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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 221. Accelerated Third Semester German.

    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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 231. Second-Year Course.

    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.

    Required Text

  • Course pack (Available at Excel; 1117 South University; 996-1500)

    Recommended Grammar Text [All the grammar you are required to know is in the course pack and on the web, but this book is an excellent reference that would also be helpful to you in the future, and would provide information on many topics for which we do not have enough time in the course.]

  • Wells, Larry D. Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (grammar text), 2nd Edition

    Recommended Texts for "Language Learning Journals" [see description of "Language Learning Journal" online or in the first few pages of the course pack; more info on these books is on the main 221/231 course page]

  • Brothers Grimm: Grimms Märchen
  • Anne Frank: Tagebuch
  • Max Frisch: Andorra
  • Urs Widmer: Liebesbrief für Mary

    Other Recommended Texts

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition
  • Zorach: English Grammar for Students of German
  • Wells, Larry D. Arbeitsbuch (workbook with additional exercises to accompany Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik)

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

    GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

    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, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

    Credits: (4).

    Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/232Wissenschaftsdeutsch/Kursseite.html

    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: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

    Section 001 Contemporary German Society.

    Instructor(s): Janet K Vanvalkenburg (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, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

    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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

    Section 002 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, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

    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 003 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: Their Lives, Scholarship and Collection of Fairy Tales

    Instructor(s):, Erik Schleef (eschleef@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, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

    Credits: (4).

    Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~hmr/232Wissenschaftsdeutsch/Kursseite.html

    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 004 Mozart's Magic Flute.

    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, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

    Credits: (4).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    The course relies heavily on singing to become acquainted with the opera: by the end of the term, we will sing the entire opera. In addition, there will be one week of vocal instruction. Guest lecturers and performers will include musicologists, stage technicians, musicians, and specialists in Viennese culture. Readings in German will include the opera libretto, highlights in Mozart's biography, and the cultural and historical background of the work's origin. The language of instruction is German. Student evaluation is based on performance in class participation, regular grammar exercises, essays, oral presentations, and final exam. There are no musical prerequisites for this section.

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

    GERMAN 305. Conversation Practice.

    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: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 310. Readings in German Culture.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001.

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

    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.

    Foreign 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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    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 is primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German. Each section of 325 aims to introduce students to the study of a specific discipline in German.

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

    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 001 Berlin, Berlin

    Instructor(s): Kerstin Barndt (barndt@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.

    No Description Provided

    Check Times, Location, and Availability


    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 002 Legal German

    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.

    In this course, we will study in depth Fritz Lang´s classic film M and Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play Der Richter und sein Henker (The Judge and his executioner). We will analyze the similarities (and differences) between the criminal under-world and the criminal justice system. In addition, we will develop and perform a trial. Class is conducted in German. Requirements: 4 two-page papers.

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

    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 003 The German Language Through Space And Time.

    Instructor(s): Robert L 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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 004 Zurich and Berlin Dada

    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.

    Dada is a CLUB, founded in Berlin, which you can join without commitments. In this club every man is chairman and every man can have his say in artistic matters. Dada is not a pretext for the ambition of a few literary men (as our enemies would have you believe), Dada is a state of mind that can be revealed in any conversation whatsoever, so that you are compelled to say: this man is a DADAISTthat man is not; the Dada Club consequently has members all over the world, in Honolulu as well as New Orleans and Meseritz. Under certain circumstances to be a Dadaist may mean to be more a businessman, more a political partisan than an artist to be an artist only by accidentQto be a Dadaist means to let oneself be thrown by things, to oppose all sedimentation; to sit in a chair for a single moment is to risk one's life (Mr. Wengs pulled his revolver out of his pants pocket). A fabric tears under your hand, you say yes to a life that strives upward by negation. Affirmation negation: the gigantic hocuspocus of existence fires the nerves of the true Dadaist and there he is, reclining, hunting, cycling half Pantagruel, half St. Francis, laughing and laughing. Blast the aesthetic-ethical attitude! Blast the bloodless abstraction of expressionism! Blast the literary hollowheads and their theories for improving the world! For Dadaism in word and image, for all the Dada things that go on in the world! To be against this manifesto is to be a Dadaist!

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

    GERMAN 329. Independent Study.

    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: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 350. Business German.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Janet K Vanvalkenburg

    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. The course is organized around major business and economic topics, such as: the geography of business in German; the European Union and Germany's roll therein; trade; traffic and transportation, marketing, industry; money and banking; and ecology. In addition to the basic text, students will read actual business, merchandising, and advertising material, newspapers and magazines. There will also be short videos on business and related topics. There will be three major exams, a number of short reports, papers, and projects and a final exam. The language of instruction is German.

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

    GERMAN 351. Practice in Business German.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Janet K Vanvalkenburg

    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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001.

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

    Foreign 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 384. Short Fiction: Romanticism to Realism.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Hubert Rast (hubrast@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, and 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: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 405. Conversation Practice.

    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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 425. Advanced German.

    Section 001.

    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: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 431. Business German: Management and Marketing.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Janet K Vanvalkenburg

    Prerequisites & Distribution: German 350 or 430. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    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. This is then expanded with management and manager skills, marketing and advertising in German companies. The course includes the essential cross-cultural aspects of doing business in/with Germany. When possible guest speakers will be brought in to elaborate on topics being covered. The course will be interactive, and the language of instruction is German. The large (and growing) number of majors and minors seeking courses in Business German, as well as non-majors who undertake summer internships in German-speaking countries.The course will meet three hours per week in a discussion format.

    The course will have 2 major exams and a final exam, vocabulary quizzes, 3 required written reports of approximately 5 typed pages with brief oral presentations of findings, and one longer term report of at least 15 pages.

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

    GERMAN 444 / MEMS 443. Medieval German Literature in English Translation.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001 Of Knights And Lovers. Great Books of the German Middle Ages

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

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

    Foreign Lit

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

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    This course focuses on the great courtly epics of the German Middle Ages (1170-1230). We will read long excerpts from the Song of the Nibelungs, Erec, Tristan and Isolde as well as Parsifal books that tell spellbinding stories of ladies and knights, monsters and warriors. Authors such as Hartmann of Aue, Gottfried of Strasbourg, and Wolfram of Eschenbach revolutionized the art of storytelling. Their plots revolve around warfare and knightly honor, friendship and love, romanticism and adultery, individual growth and courtly etiquette.

    No prior exposure to medieval literature and history is required. Background readings as well as short lectures in class will introduce students to major themes such as feudalism, crusades, manuscript culture, or medieval authorship. This is a reading- and writing-intensive course. Class meetings are based on discussions of the assigned readings. Several essays and class participation will make up students' grades. No German required. All texts and classroom discussions are in English.

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

    GERMAN 449. Special Topics in English Translation.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001 Austria And The Nazi Past

    Instructor(s): Anton Pelinka

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

    Foreign Lit

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    No Description Provided

    Check Times, Location, and Availability


    GERMAN 457. Twentieth Century German Fiction.

    Section 001 New Women, New Novels

    Instructor(s): Kerstin Barndt (barndt@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: One year beyond German 232. (3). (Excl).

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

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    This course explores the history of German women's writing from the late 19th century to the present. The very notion of "women's literature" has always implied a specific gender politics which has often confined women to the realm of popular, low- and middle-brow culture. We will examine different strategies by which authors such as Gabriele Reuter, Else Lasker-Schüler, Frieda von Bülow, Vicki Baum, Irmgard Keun, and Ingeborg Bachmann challenged that conception of "women's literature". To explore the role of women's literature in articulating the "New Woman" we will closely analyze the texts themselves in cultural and sociopolitical contexts such as the emergence of the women's movement, German nationalism, colonialism, orientalism, and class politics. We will also look at their reception by feminists, other literary critics, and the growing (female) reading public.

    Class discussions, presentations, and papers will be in German. Readings will include German and English.

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

    GERMAN 491. German Honors Proseminar.

    Section 001.

    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: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

    GERMAN 499. Seminar in German Studies.

    Section 001 German Ethnicities in Literatur and Film

    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.

    No Description Provided

    Check Times, Location, and Availability


    GERMAN 517 / Ling. 517 / Anthro. 519. Principles and Methods of Historical Linguistics.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Sarah G Thomason (thomason@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Graduate standing, or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

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

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    See Linguistics 517.001.

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

    GERMAN 531 / EducationD 431. Teaching Methods.

    Section 001.

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing; and candidate for a teaching certificate. (3). (Excl).

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    This course is intended to provide the theoretical and practical foundations for the teaching of German as a foreign language in schools and colleges. The course will combine regular reading assignments with frequent class observations, and the preparation of sample lessons in order to generate a fruitful interplay between theory and practice. Course requirements include regular reading assignments, regular class observations, several short presentations, quizzes, and a final paper or project.

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

    GERMAN 540. Introduction to German Studies.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Edward Dimendberg (eddimend@umich.edu)

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

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

    German Studies, defined by its heterogeneity rather than by any single theoretical approach or unified object of exploration, has been the subject of animated debate over the last decade. This introductory course pursues three distinct but related goals. First, we will study some of the most important theoretical foundations of German and Cultural Studies: Nietzsche's concept of the death of God and its vast implications; psychoanalytic accounts of the economies of desire; and the Frankfurt School's explorations of ideology and culture. We will then trace these themes and their incarnations and modifications in various fields, such as literary and historical studies, studies in gender and sexuality, social and political thought, visual arts, and popular culture, seeking to gain an overview of the seminal work done in German Studies over the last decades. Third, we will take stock of the critical debate surrounding critical studies and ideally construct a preliminary working model of German Studies at the University of Michigan. Requirements: several article-length readings a week; two seminar papers of about ten pages each. One of these papers should sketch a specific project in German Studies, the other should be devoted to a critical theoretical exploration of German Studies itself. The last session of the term will be organized as a round-table discussion of that second set of papers.

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

    Graduate Course Listings for GERMAN.


    Page


    This page was created at 2:17 PM on Sat, Mar 17, 2001.


    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 © 2001 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.