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Fall Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in German


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Fall Academic Term, 2003 (September 2 - December 19)


At every level of our language program, we strive to appeal to the cognitive abilities and intellectual curiosity of adult students. Our language courses focus systematically on the development of all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), while emphasizing context and meaning at all levels and in all spheres of the language acquisition process. It is fundamental to our program that all language courses encourage students to explore other world-views and learn to think critically about culture.

The goals for the first two years of language study include increasing the level of proficiency in beginning and intermediate language students, working towards a closer fit with the developing Language Across the Curriculum (LAC) program, and meeting the needs and interests of the majority of students so that they will find the language requirement stimulating and useful. We believe that language learning is and should be fun in every sense of the word, and we hope that our courses live up to this. Our special topics courses (GERMAN 232) are meant to provide an introduction to the discourse and substance of various disciplines in German and thus become stepping stones to LAC courses and to coursework outside of the German concentration proper. These special topics include courses on German politics and economics, history, music, art, anthropology, film, literary topics, engineering, and mathematical and scientific German. Upon completion of the fourth-term course, students are strongly encouraged to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany. The German department and the Office of International Programs provide extensive assistance to students interested in doing this: students who go each year come back excited about their experience, and speaking excellent German.

Intermediate and advanced courses are designed both to enhance language skills and to explore central issues in all areas of German Studies. These courses are open not just to concentrators and minors but also to all students who meet prerequisites regardless of concentration area. Students who enter the University with a background in the German language are strongly urged to continue their study of the language without interruption during their first and second years.


GERMAN 100. Intensive Elementary Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: (8). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 101, 102 or 103.

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/german/100/001.nsf

This is an intensive introductory course equivalent to the first two terms of college German and is intended 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 proceeds at a rapid pace, so regular attendance is imperative. 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.

Required Texts:

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

Recommended:

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition
  • Zorach: English Grammar for Students of German, 4th Edition
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning
  • Vocabulary tapes for Vorsprung (Available at the LRC)
  • Lovik/Guy/Chavez Vorsprung Computer Study Modules (available for IBM or Mac)

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.

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GERMAN 101. Elementary Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: All students with prior coursework in German must take the placement test. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 100 or 103.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/101/

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 GERMAN 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 Text, Houghton Mifflin
  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez: Vorsprung Workbook, Houghton Mifflin
  • Course pack (Available at Excel; 1117 South University; 996-1500)
  • Audiotape Program Accompanying Vorsprung (Available at the LRC)

Recommended:

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition, Macmillan
  • Zorach/Melin: English Grammar for Students of German, 4th edition, Olivia & Hill
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning McGraw-Hill
  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez: Vorsprung Computer Study Modules (IBM or Mac)Houghton Mifflin
  • Vocabulary tapes for Vorsprung (Available at the LRC).

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GERMAN 102. Elementary Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 101. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 100 or 103.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/102/

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 Textbook
  • Lovik, Guy & Chavez Vorsprung Workbook
  • 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, 4th Edition
  • Brown: A Practical Guide to Language Learning
  • Vocabulary tapes for Vorsprung (Available at the LRC)
  • Lovik/Guy/Chavez Vorsprung Computer Study Modules (available for IBM or Mac)

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.

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GERMAN 103. Review of Elementary German.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Assignment by placement test or permission of department. (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 100, 101, or 102.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/103/

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 GERMAN 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.

Required Texts:

  • Widmaier/Widmaier, Treffpunkt Deutsch 3rd Ed., Textbook, Houghton Mifflin
  • Widmaier/Widmaier, Treffpunkt Deutsch 3rd Ed., Workbook, Houghton Mifflin
  • Course pack. Available at Excel, 1117 South University, phone 996-1500

Recommended Texts:

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition, Macmillan
  • Zorach, Melin, English Grammar for Students of German, 4th Ed. Olivia & Hill
  • Brown A Practical Guide to Language Learning, McGraw-Hill
  • Widmaier/Widmaier Treffpunkt Deutsch 3rd Ed., CD-ROM, Prentice-Hall
  • Widmaier/Widmaier Treffpunkt Deutsch 3rd Ed., Tutorial Software — Mac or IBM, Prentice Hall.

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GERMAN 171 / HISTORY 171. Coming to Terms with Germany.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — Germany and the New Europe.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

Foreign 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.

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GERMAN 205. Conversation Practice.

Instructor(s):

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

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.

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GERMAN 212 / SOC 212. Sports and Society.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 — Sports and Culture in Advanced Industrial Democracies.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

See Sociology 212.001.

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GERMAN 221. Accelerated Third-Semester German.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Placement test. (5). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed GERMAN 230 or 231. Four credits granted to those who have completed GERMAN 102 or 103.

Credits: (5).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/231/

This course combines an intensive review of basic grammar with more advanced practice in the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). It covers the same content as GERMAN 231, but with an extra day of class each week for additional review and speaking practice, so that by the end of the academic term, students in GERMAN 221 and 231 will be at the same level. The course includes a selection of recent feature films such as Lola rennt, as well as a variety of shorter video clips and movie excerpts. Readings will be taken from print and online sources and will cover a variety of fields and themes ranging from popular culture, contemporary social issues and history to classical music, art, poetry, and a short text by Nietzsche. By the end of the course, students will be quite familiar with all the basics of German grammar, and be able to survive and hold conversations in a German-speaking country. They will be comfortable surfing the web in German, and able to read and write independently about short texts covering a wide range of topics, 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. A $250 prize is awarded each term for the best final video in GERMAN 221/231.

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 GERMAN 221/231 course page]:

  • Widmer, Uris, Liebesbrief fuer Mary, Diogenes, Zuerich
  • Brothers Grimm, Grimms Maerchen
  • Frisch, Max, Andorra, Suhrkamp
  • Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
  • Brussig, Thomas, Am kuerzeren Ende der Sonnenalle
  • Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland/Alice im Wunderland, dtv bilingual edition (dtv 9244)

Other Recommended Texts:

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition, Macmillan
  • Zorach/Melin: English Grammar for Students of German 4th Edition, Olivia & Hill
  • Wells, Larry D. Arbeitsbuch (workbook with additional exercises to accompany Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik).

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GERMAN 230. Intensive Second-Year Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 102 or 103. (8). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 221, 231, or 232.

Credits: (8).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/230/

This is an intensive intermediate course, equivalent to two terms of second-year college German, which will reinforce and extend the grammar, vocabulary, speaking, and reading skills developed in first-year German. There will be a wide variety of readings, ranging from newspaper articles to literary, historical, philosophical, and scientific texts, and students will read (and watch the movie version of) a humorous novel about growing up in the DDR, Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee. There will also be an entertaining and interesting variety of German movies and videos. The course proceeds at a rapid pace, so regular attendance is imperative. Other course requirements include daily homework assignments (reading, writing, learning vocabulary, etc.), 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 ready to pursue an internship or study abroad in Germany, and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the assistance offered by the department and the Office of International Programs in this regard.

Required Texts:

  • Course pack (Available at Excel; 1117 South University; 996-1500)
  • Thomas Brussig: Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (available at the bookstores)

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 "Reading Journals"

  • Widmer, Uris, Liebesbrief fuer Mary, Diogenes, Zuerich
  • Brothers Grimm, Grimms Maerchen
  • Frisch, Max, Andorra, Suhrkamp
  • Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
  • Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland/Alice im Wunderland, dtv bilingual edition (dtv 9244)

Other Recommended Texts:

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition, Macmillan
  • Zorach/Melin: English Grammar for Students of German 4th Edition, Olivia & Hill
  • 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: 1

GERMAN 231. Second-Year Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 102 or 103, or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230 or 221.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/231/

In this course, the four basic language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) developed in the first year will be reviewed and extended. The course includes a selection of recent feature films such as Lola rennt, as well as a variety of shorter video clips and movie excerpts. Readings will be taken from print and online sources and will cover a variety of fields and themes ranging from popular culture, contemporary social issues and history to classical music, art, poetry, and a short text by Nietzsche. By the end of the course, students will be quite familiar with all the basics of German grammar, and be able to survive and hold conversations in a German-speaking country. They will be comfortable surfing the web in German, and able to read and write independently about short texts covering a wide range of topics, 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. A $250 prize is awarded each academic term for the best final video in GERMAN 221/231.

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 GERMAN 221/231 course page]:

  • Widmer, Uris, Liebesbrief fuer Mary, Diogenes, Zuerich
  • Brothers Grimm, Grimms Maerchen
  • Frisch, Max, Andorra, Suhrkamp
  • Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen
  • Brussig, Thomas, Am kuerzeren Ende der Sonnenalle
  • Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland/Alice im Wunderland, dtv bilingual edition (dtv 9244)

Other Recommended Texts:

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition, Macmillan
  • Zorach/Melin: English Grammar for Students of German 4th Edition, Olivia & Hill
  • Wells, Larry D. Arbeitsbuch (workbook with additional exercises to accompany Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik).

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GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230. All sections of GERMAN 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

In this course, students complete the fourth-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 GERMAN 232 with 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.

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GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 001 — Contemporary German Society and Business Culture.

Instructor(s): Janet K VanValkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230. 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.

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GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 002 — Contemporary German Society and the European Union.

Instructor(s): Peggy M Wunderwald-Jensen (pwjensen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230. 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 topic-oriented vocabulary and reviewing essential grammar appropriate to this level, students will be reading and discussing a variety of authentic texts dealing with Germany's geography, economic situation, the situation of foreigners, the reunification of "the two" Germanys and repercussions thereof in contemporary German society. Furthermore, students will get an insight into the evolution, the decision-making process, and current issues of the European Union.

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GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 003 — Mathematical Scientific German.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230. All sections of GERMAN 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/german/232/003.nsf

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.

Required Text:

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

    Recommended Texts:

  • Webster's New World German Dictionary, Concise Edition;
  • Zorach: English Grammar for Students of German

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    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). (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230. 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.

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    GERMAN 232. Second-Year Course.

    Section 005 — Introduction to German Film.

    Instructor(s): Dorothea M Von Herder (dvherder@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (LR). May not be repeated for credit. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230. 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 fourth-term course provides a creative and entertaining approach to the field of Film Studies in German. Students will read articles on film criticism (English and German) as well as view and discuss German film classics of various periods and genres. In the hands-on part of the course students will shoot a short movie (10-15 min) based on a self-produced script. Workshops in shooting and editing video will be provided. Grades will be based on participation, homework, quizzes, presentations, essays, and the script/video-project.

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    GERMAN 300. German Grammar and Composition.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Karl-Georg Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

    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 is intended for students still wishing or needing a systematic review of German grammar and practice in composition after having satisfied the language requirement.

    Recommended Text: Martin Durrell. Hammer's German Grammar and Usage. Fourth Edition. Chicago: McGraw-Hill, 2002.

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    GERMAN 300. German Grammar and Composition.

    Section 002.

    Instructor(s): Maike Ahrends (ahrm@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

    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.

    Textbook:
    Martin Durrell. Hammer's German Grammar and Usage. Lincolnwood: NTC, 1997.

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    GERMAN 305. Conversation Practice.

    Instructor(s):

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

    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.

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    GERMAN 310. Studies in German Culture.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001 — (Drop/Add deadline=September 22).

    Instructor(s):

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Residence in Max Kade German House; others by permission of instructor. (1). (Excl). May be repeated for credit for a maximum of 4 credits. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

    Foreign LitMini/Short course

    Credits: (1).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    No Description Provided. Contact the Department.

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    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Instructor(s):

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

    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 GERMAN 325 aims to introduce students to the study of a specific discipline in German.

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    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 001 — German Film Classics in Context: Fritz Lang's "M".

    Instructor(s): Johannes von Moltke (moltke@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    This course is devoted to the sustained exploration of one of the most famous German films, Fritz Lang's thriller M from 1931. The film has been hailed for its masterful plot, its enduring images, its innovative use of sound, its memorable acting. We will study each of these aspects in detail, familiarizing ourselves with basic aspects of film analysis. The film also stands out for its historical relevance: drawing on contemporary newspaper reports about a serial killer, Lang condensed current cultural, social, and political discourses into a modernist artwork. In this sense, the film works like a key to an historical period — a fiction that tells us about the cultural and political realities of the Weimar Republic on the eve of Fascism. In order to further situate Lang's film in that historical context, we will be reading selected texts from the period, including reviews of the film, texts by and about Fritz Lang, newspaper reports, essays, and short stories. Finally, we will also place M in film historical context by looking at a number of other films from the Weimar era.

    The class will provide and quiz basic terms for film analysis, include regular writing assignments such as screening reports, a film review, and short sequence analyses, as well as a midterm and final exam. Taught in German.

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    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 002 — German for Engineering I.

    Instructor(s): Hartmut Maria Rastalsky (hmr@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/325/lehrerseite.html

    This course will introduce students to German engineering discourse. It is the first course in a two-course sequence designed to prepare students for internships and jobs requiring some knowledge of technical German, and for study abroad in a technical field in a German-speaking country. We will read and discuss texts on "how things work," sections of textbooks on Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, and passages from more specialized engineering texts. We will devote several class sessions to exploring the website of the Deutsches Museum München , and will generally make extensive use of the web. The course will also include guest lectures by faculty from technical fields and by visitors from industry. Vocabulary building will be emphasized strongly; grammar will be reviewed as needed. There will be a lot of partner and small group work during class time, in order to maximize students' opportunities to practice speaking and to help each other master the material. Student tasks and the instructor's expectations will be based on the assumption that the majority of students will previously have had (no more than!) the equivalent of four terms of college German, and that students are open to and interested in the study of scientific and technical concepts, but the course has no specific scientific or technical prerequisites.

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    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 twice for credit.

    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.

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    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 004, 006 — German Youth Cultures.

    Instructor(s): Karl-Georg Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    Love Parade, Fettes Brot, and Lodown: Youth cultures, their terminologies and styles, develop and disappear fast. They stress difference, creativity, and-above all-individuality. Through their multifariousness, German youth cultures and the concomitant aesthetic are loosely defined, and this facet sustains the flexible component in our class. This course delves then into the popular forms, creative activities, and political orientations of youths within the 80s and 90s. Encountering these specific cultural manifestations (music, film, publications), we will try to find a methodology pertinent to approach this "deutsche Besonderheit — der Mythos Jugend" (Griese). The formal requirements include readings, weekly essays, short grammar tests, motivated physical and oral presence.

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    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 005 — Germany's Travel Culture.

    Instructor(s): Maike Ahrends (ahrm@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    Have you ever heard of the reiselustigen Deutschen? This course will explore the role of travel culture in today's Germany by examining contemporary German literature, films (road movies etc.), newspaper articles, and music. More specifically, we will investigate the function of travelling in the process of constructing cultural and national identities. Additionally, the course will inform students about famous travel sites in Germany, including geographical, cultural, and political information on the metropolis Berlin as well as Hamburg, Germany's northern most city. Vocabulary building will be emphasized; grammar will be reviewed as needed. In order to maximize students' opportunities to practice speaking and to help each other master the material there will frequent partner and small group work during class time. The formal requirements include readings, journal writing, short quizzes, and engaged class participation.

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    GERMAN 325. Intermediate German.

    Section 006 — German Youth Cultures.

    Instructor(s): Karl-Georg Federhofer (kallimz@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    See German 325.004.

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    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.

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    GERMAN 330. German Cinema.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001 — Fritz Lang and the Cinema of Modernity.

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Laboratory fee ($50) required.

    Foreign Lit

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

    Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($50) required.

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    This course will present an overview of the films of Fritz Lang, a towering figure in the history of German cinema whose career in the silent and sound period traverses the film industries of Germany, France, and the United States. Through a close study of Lang's work and its contexts, we will explore its relation to German national identity and political culture, especially the rise of National Socialism. Situating his films in the culture of expressionism and the visual and intellectual production of the Weimar Republic, we will study the modernity of their crowds, machines, and urban criminal activity against the backdrop of readings by contemporaneous thinkers including Walter Benjamin, Siegfried Kracauer, Bertolt Brecht, Elias Canetti, and Oswald Spengler. Lang's Hollywood output will be interpreted as a test case for the viability of the notion of German exile cinema as a formative influence upon the development of Hollywood film genres such as film noir, as well as a more general challenge to thinking about his status as a film author. Course requirements: midterm, class presentation, active participation in discussions, and final research paper.

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    GERMAN 350. Business German.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Janet K VanValkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

    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.

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    GERMAN 351. Practice in Business German.

    Instructor(s): Janet VanValkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Internship in a German-speaking country. (3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be repeated for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    This course will give credit to a student for the completion of an internship in a German-speaking country.

    Requirements for receiving credit are as follows:

    1. The student will complete an eight-week (minimum) internship in a German-speaking country before registering for these three credits.
    2. The student will then complete a report/paper of at least 20-typed pages in German on this experience.
      1. Part 1 of the paper will describe the location of the internship. It will include information on the geography, history, population, major industries, social structure, politics, and culture of the area.
      2. Part 2 of the paper will be a 2-3 page description of the company or organization where the internship was completed. This part will include the elements of a "company presentation": location, history, major changes and developments, industrial branch, products, present legal form, number of employees, yearly turn-over, recent developments.
      3. Part 3 of the paper will be the student's personal account of the internship experience. This part should start with a description of a typical day for the intern: work hours, the facilities, the department, typical duties and activities, superiors, support staff, and co-workers, technologies, special events. If applicable, the student will compare and contrast the working situation and work-relationships in the United States and the location of the internship, noting similarities and differences between the two. The student may also include a description of the housing, as well as pictures and descriptions of travels or other non-work related activities and other mementos of the internship.
      4. Finally, the student will include a copy of any written summary or recommendation provided by the company upon the completion of the internship, as well as copies of thank-you letters written by the student to the company/department and to the landlord.
    3. During the registered term, the student will also make a ten-minute presentation in German about the internship experience to Business German students and potential interns.

    No regular class meetings are scheduled.

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    GERMAN 383. Learning to Read German Lyric Poetry.

    Section 001.

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 232. (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

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

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    German lyric poetry is as good as that of any Western literature. It is also often surprisingly easy to understand and appreciate, and it serves as an excellent tool for better learning the German language. In this course, we will introduce ourselves to German lyric poems from several centuries and from various forms, studying works on such topics as love, nature, war, religion, death, art, and history.

    The goal will be to provide confident and competent access to the breadth and variety of German lyric poetry. We shall speak and write as much German as the class participants wish. Students will be evaluated by regular course participation, oral presentations, two in-class tests, and a short final paper.

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    GERMAN 405. Conversation Practice.

    Instructor(s):

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

    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.

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    GERMAN 415. The German Language Past and Present.

    Section 001.

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: One year beyond GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

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

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the assumptions, terminology, and methods of descriptive linguistics, historical linguistics and sociolinguistics and to apply these to a survey of the German language in both its current and past states. We will be concerned with the internal structure of the language; however, we will relate the internal structure to the cultural and social contexts in which the language has evolved and in which it is currently used.

    We will pay particular attention to the differences between spoken and written varieties of German as well as the relationships between standard German and the many German dialects and regional standards. The class is oriented around group discussion, lectures, and presentations.

    Requirements include brief homework assignments and short essays, a midterm, a final term paper and an oral presentation of the final paper. Readings will be in German and English. No previous knowledge of linguistics is required.

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    GERMAN 425. Advanced German.

    Section 001.

    Instructor(s): Karein Goertz (goertz@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 325/326. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    Students will be exposed to a variety of styles of written and spoken German in order to improve their reading and listening abilities. Students' abilities to present an argument in writing persuasively and engagingly in German will be substantially improved. To this end, students will be required to do extensive writing, rewriting, and peer editing. One oral presentation is 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.

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    GERMAN 425. Advanced German.

    Section 002 — Gender Studies, Film and Contemporary Literature.

    Instructor(s): Kader Konuk (konuk@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 325/326. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    Students will be exposed to a variety of styles of written and spoken German in order to improve their reading and listening abilities. Students' abilities to present an argument in writing persuasively and engagingly in German will be substantially improved. To this end, students will be required to do extensive writing, rewriting and peer editing. One oral presentation is required of each student. The course will focus on Gender Studies, Film and Contemporary Literature. 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.

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    GERMAN 431. Business German: Management and Marketing.

    Instructor(s): Janet K VanValkenburg (jvv@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: GERMAN 350 or 430. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

    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 intended audience is the large (and growing) number of concentrators and minors seeking courses in Business German, as well as non-concentrators who undertake summer internships in German-speaking countries. The course will meet three hours per week in a discussion format.

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

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    GERMAN 449. Special Topics in English Translation.

    German Literature and Culture in English

    Section 001 — Franz Kafka in Context. Meets with College Honors 493.001.

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be elected up to three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

    Foreign Lit

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    Interpretation of one of the hallmark authors of modern Western literature, Franz Kafka, is notoriously difficult. While enduringly compelling, Kafka's literary work — in fact, all his writing, including his letters and diaries — seems elusively allegorical and challenging to decipher. Intriguing, too, is the unique historical situation in which Kafka lived as a German-speaking Jew in Prague in the last years of the multi-national Habsburg Empire and the early years of the Republic of Czechoslovakia. Kafka's personal writing (the diaries and letters, for example) is saturated with references to the questions of identity and ideology that haunted this epoch, but the creative fiction makes no explicit reference to it at all.

    For this course, we will be reading some of Kafka's short fiction, fragments, letters, and one novel, along with several full-length studies of Kafka's life and work and the historical contexts of these. The question we will be trying to answer throughout is: what is the relationship — if any — of the extraordinary writing of this author to the complex historical context in which it arose?

    The course entails substantial reading and a series of essay assignments.

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    GERMAN 457. Twentieth Century German Fiction.

    Section 001 — Berlin, Berlin!

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: One year beyond GERMAN 232. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

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

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    This course takes its title from a 1987 exhibit in celebration of Berlin's 750th anniversary. Despite the long history of this city, it has been a quintessentially "modern" metropolis for most of the 20th century. In this course, we will study the transformations of Berlin's urban landscape by looking at the city's cultural representations. How do poetry, short stories, novels, paintings, and films map the city? How have the city's division and reunification affected the production of Berlin's cultural image? The readings from different historical periods will focus on the history of Berlin and on changing representations of key urban sites such as Alexanderplatz, Potsdamer Platz, the Reichstag, or the wall. The remake of the film Sinfonie einer Grossstadt (1927/2002) will further help us to trace the most prominent historical and aesthetic changes from Weimar Germany to the present. Throughout the course, we will work on German grammar and vocabulary, write creative essays, and develop a final web project.

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    GERMAN 491. German Honors Proseminar.

    Section 001.

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

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior Honors standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit. Continuing Course. Y grade can be reported at end of the first-term to indicate work in progress. At the end of the second term (GERMAN 492), the final grade is posted for both term's elections.

    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 GERMAN 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.

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    GERMAN 517 / LING 517 / ANTHRCUL 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). May not be repeated for credit.

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

    Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

    See Linguistics 517.001.

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    GERMAN 531 / EDCURINS 431. Teaching Methods.

    [3 credits].

    Instructor(s): Hartmut Maria Rastalsky (hmr@umich.edu)

    Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing; and candidate for a teaching certificate. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.

    Credits: (3).

    Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/fall/german/531/001.nsf

    GERMAN 531 is open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates. Readings will be primarily in English; class discussion will be in German and English.

    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. There will also be a strong emphasis on introducing students to relevant instructional technology. Course requirements include regular reading assignments, regular class observations, several short presentations, quizzes, and a final project.

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