112. Second Special Speaking and Reading Course. Dutch 111 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).
This course, a continuation of 111, proceeds with the basic grammar of the Dutch language. We will primarily use the monolingual text LEVAND NEDERLANDS (Living Dutch), in which each lesson consists of an everyday conversation, a grammatical explanation, exercises, a comprehensive vocabulary list of one topic, questions about the conversation, discussion and homework. To strengthen the command of the language, grammatical patterns in conversation will be emphasized. To enliven the class, the teacher will present the students with songs of Dutch singers and cabaret artists, and simple prose, which can serve as a starting point for conversation. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Broos)
232. Second-Year Dutch. Dutch 231 or the equivalent. (4). (FL).
This course, a continuation of Dutch 231, will further examine the particular difficulties and subtleties of Dutch grammar and style. Grammatical items introduced in previous courses will be reviewed where necessary. Introduction to contemporary Dutch society by means of songs, comics, newspaper articles, and literature will enliven the course, which will be conducted mostly in Dutch. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Broos)
339. Independent Study. (2-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
This course serves the needs of students who wish to develop special topics not offered in the Dutch Studies curriculum. It may be a program of directed readings with reports, or it may be a research project and long paper. Courses in the past covered different areas like Dutch-Indonesian literature, the language of Rembrandt and his contemporaries, Dutch between English and German, etc. Courses must be supervised by a faculty member and the student must have the faculty member's agreement before electing the course. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Broos)
492. Colloquium on Modern Dutch Culture and Literature. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
Section 001 – WORKSHOP FILMSCRIPT WRITING. A workshop on learning the elementary rules of scriptwriting by analysing two famous Dutch novels (in English) and their film adaptations. The students will have to write film scenes which will be discussed in class. At the end of the course they are supposed to write their own script, an adaptation of a short story. The workshop is given by Mia Meijer, Dutch Writer in Residence. Cost:1
495. Topics in Dutch Literature. Dutch 232 or equivalent. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.
The course will examine prose and poetry of both the Netherlands and Belgium. Issues like the influence of the Second World War, feminist writing, Dutch Indies Literature are among the many topics that will provide the students with material for discussion about authors, opinions, place and point of view of (modern) Dutch literature. In cooperation with the writer in residence, the student will have the unique opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with the author about his works. The course will be conducted totally in Dutch. [Cost:2] (Broos)
101. Elementary Course. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100. (4). (FL).
First course of a two-term sequence in elementary German. The first-year program is designed to develop the ability to understand and speak "everyday German," to develop reading and writing skills, and to get to know the German-speaking world through discussions, readings, and videos. Ample opportunity is provided to develop conversational skills in a wide variety of situations encountered in German-speaking cultures. Additional time outside of class is required to listen to cassettes, to watch videos, to read, and to study the structure of the German language. There are three major tests and a final. The language of instruction is German. [Cost:2] [WL:2]
102. Elementary Course. German 101 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 103. (4). (FL).
Second course of a two-term sequence in elementary German. See German 101 for a general description. [Cost:2] [WL:2]
103. Review of Elementary German. Assignment by placement test or permission of department. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 100 or 102. (4). (FL).
Course for students who have had two to three years of high school German or one or more terms of college German – not at the University of Michigan – but who are not yet at second-year proficiency. This course is designed to develop the ability to understand and speak "everyday German," to develop reading and writing skills, and to get to know the German-speaking world through discussions, readings, and videos. Ample opportunity is provided to develop conversational skills in a wide variety of situations encountered in German-speaking cultures. Additional time outside of class is required to listen to cassettes, to watch videos, to read, and to study the structure of the German language. There are three major test and a final. These sections meet FIVE times per week. Students may enroll in 231 upon satisfactory completion of this course. The language of instruction is German. [Cost:2] [WL:2]
112. Second Special Reading Course. German 111 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (Excl).
The objective of this course is to teach students to read German for research purposes with the aid of a dictionary. Course content includes an intensive review of grammar and syntax followed by translations from texts in the humanities, the natural and social sciences. Choice of reading texts is determined in part by the composition of the class. Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation, one examination following the completion of the grammar review, one examination during the reading of scientific texts. The final examination requires the translation of sight passages with the aid of a dictionary. The course prerequisite is German 111 or a placement examination (CEEB, GSFLT, or departmental). Like German 111, German 112 is open only to graduate students and undergraduates in special programs. [Cost:1] [WL:4] (Section 001 – Schelle; Section 002 – Hofacker)
113. Advanced Special Reading. Completion of German 112 with a "B" or the equivalent. (4). (Excl).
This course provides tutorial instruction and supervised reading of German in individual fields of specialization and interest. Accuracy and speed in reading and comprehension are improved through a developed greater skill in the interpretation of grammatical structure and in making logical choices when confronted by structural ambiguities. Required practice increases general and specialized vocabulary. Enhanced linguistic skill brings greater enjoyment and profit in the reading of German. Prerequisite is the completion of German 112 or an equivalent background. Course participants supply reading materials subject to the approval of the instructor. Access to an adequate dictionary is required. There are no examinations. [Cost:1] [WL:2]
230. Intensive Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 221, 222, 231, or 232. (8). (FL).
This course provides highly motivated students the opportunity to complete the two-term intermediate German sequence in one term. You will be expected to increase the level of accuracy at which you can express yourself and the range of situations in which you can function in German-speaking cultures. We will read and discuss a variety of brief fiction and non-fiction texts, e.g., fairy tales, short stories, newspaper and magazine articles. Toward the end of the term, we will read a longer literary work, such as DER RICHTER UND SEIN HENKER. There will be an extensive review of German grammar; however, the majority of the class time will be devoted to discussing the assigned texts and working on small group activities. Films, short videos, and contemporary German music will supplement classroom instruction. There will be weekly on individual readings and grammatical features as well as a comprehensive midterm and final. You will also have to write compositions regularly. The language of instruction is German. [Cost:2] [WL:2] (Gramberg)
231. Second-Year Course. German 102 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 221. (4). (FL).
First course of a two-term sequence in contemporary intermediate German. The second-year program is designed to increase students' proficiency in understanding, speaking, writing, and reading German. Students are expected to increase the level of accuracy at which they can express themselves and the range of situations in which they can function in German-speaking cultures. They will be able to read, comprehend, and discuss a large variety of texts. Traditional whole class instruction is supplemented with communicative activities involving pairs or small groups of students. There are three hourly tests and a final examination. In addition, students give a five-minute oral presentation in German on a topic of personal interest and write essays related to class readings. The language of instruction is German. [Cost:2] [WL:2]
232. Second-Year Course. German 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (FL).
Second course of a two-term sequence in contemporary intermediate German. See German 231 for a general description. The language of instruction is German. [Cost:2] [WL:2]
236. Scientific German. German 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 232. (4). (FL).
The purpose of this course is to provide basic practice in the reading and translation of texts primarily from the natural sciences. Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation. Students will also select and translate an outside article in their field. Quizzes are given in addition to a final exam. Texts supplied by instructor. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Paslick)
325. Practice in Writing and Speaking German. German 232 or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (Excl).
Section 001. The sequence of German 325 and 326 is required for concentration in German. It is primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German. A portion of each hour is devoted to a systematic grammar review. The remaining class time is devoted to German conversation based on readings and topics chosen at the discretion of the individual instructor. A German essay of two pages is assigned approximately every two weeks. One or more five-minute oral presentations may be required. There are midterm and final examinations. Cost:1 WL:4 (Schelle)
Section 002. The sequence of German 325 and 326 is required for concentration in German. It is primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German. One hour each week is devoted to a systematic grammar review including translation from English to German. The remaining class time is devoted to German conversation based on readings and topics chosen at the discretion of the individual instructor. A German essay of one or two pages is assigned approximately every week. One or more five-minute oral presentations may be required. There are midterm and final [Cost:2] [WL:2] (Grilk)
326. Practice in Writing and Speaking German. German 232 or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (Excl).
Section 001. German 326, a continuation of 325, is required for German concentrators. Except by special permission of the instructor, only students who have completed 325 should elect 326. The course is primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written and spoken German. One hour each week is spent on a systematic grammar review including translation from English to German. The remaining class time is devoted to German conversation based on readings and topics chosen by both students and the instructor. A German essay of one to two pages is assigned approximately every week. Two brief oral presentations may be required. There will be a midterm and a final examination. Text: Cochran's GERMAN REVIEW GRAMMAR, 3rd edition. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Scholler)
Sections 002 AND 004. The sequence of German 325 and 326 is
primarily intended to improve fluency and accuracy in written
and spoken German. One hour each week is devoted to a systematic
grammar review including translation from English to German. The
remaining class time is devoted to German conversation based on
a discussion of a reading text and of other topics chosen at the
discretion of the individual instructor. A German essay of one
or two pages is assigned approximately every week. One or more
five-minute oral presentations may be required. There are midterm
and final examinations. Cost:1 WL:2 (Dunnhaupt)
Section 003. This course, required for German concentrators, is designed to improve spoken and written skills. The prerequisite is 325 or permission of the instructor. The class will consist primarily of role-playing based on specific situations, and of discussion based on short readings from modern literature, newspaper articles, and texts on contemporary issues including politics, business, the environment, the women's movement, and problems/changes within German-speaking countries. Each week, the student will write a short essay (1-2 pages) based on the topic for the week, which will be debated in class. The grammar review will be coordinated with the topic of discussion. The student will be evaluated on class participation, papers, two oral presentations (group work is possible), and a midterm and final exam. Required texts are: SICHTWECHSEL and Cochran's GERMAN REVIEW GRAMMAR. Cost:2 WL:1 (Simpson)
329. Independent Study. Permission of chairman. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
Independent study for students who need work in a certain area to complete their degrees and are unable to acquire from a regularly scheduled course.
351. Business German. German 232. (3). (Excl).
The course is designed to introduce students to the terminology and practices of procedures used in German business, industry, trade, banking and insurance and the journals, newspapers and reports covering their activities. The subjects covered range from advertising to financial transactions and reports. The course is a continuation of German 350 which is not a prerequisite to 351. The text will consist of readings from actual German business reports and transactions taken from journals, newspapers and professional journals and advertising. The emphasis in the course will be on banking, commerce and international trade. There will be a selected list of outside reading in English such as William Manchester's THE ARMS OF KRUPP and others. [Cost:1] [WL:4] (Fabian)
382. Nineteenth to Twentieth-Century Drama. German 232 or the equivalent (placement test). (3). (HU).
The texts provide an introduction to German dramas of the 19th and 20th centuries. These dramas reflect not only the main literary but also the significant cultural and political trends of the period. In conjunction with German 381, 383, 384, or 385 this course can be taken in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a German concentration or for a German teaching major or minor. The emphasis is on the analysis of individual plays, but the instructor will include some biographical, literary and historical background. The texts are by Hauptmann, Schnitzler, Kaiser, Brecht, Durrenmatt and Frisch. The major language is German, but not exclusively. A term paper will be assigned. It may be in English. The final exam will consist of essay questions concerning the texts for the term. [Cost:1] [WL:4] (Cowen)
383. German Lyric Poetry. German 232 or permission of department. (3). (HU).
This course introduces students with a few years of the language to German lyric poetry from the age of Goethe to the present. Of the two texts used, Echtermeyer and Wiese's DEUTSCHE GEDICHTE is an anthology, W. Kayser's KLEINE DEUTSCHE VERSSCHULE a primer of poetics. We will supplement the anthology by mimeographed materials. From the primer we will learn – during the first half of the term - some of the principles of metrics and traditional poetic forms. But the main purpose and the focus of the course is on the analysis and interpretation of selected poems. The possibilities as well as the limits of interpretation and evaluation will be discussed. Published translations of selective poems will be criticized and our own English versions attempted. Method: Guided discussions (instructor will speak German, students have the choice) and occasional background lectures. Student evaluation: Two interpretive papers, a midterm, and a final exam, all to be done in English. [Cost:2] [WL:1] (Crichton)
385. Short Fiction: Naturalism to the Present. German 232 or the equivalent. (3). (HU).
The texts provide an introduction to German short stories and novellas of the twentieth century, from the periods before and between the world wars (Mann and Kafka) to recent prose fiction (Grass). In conjunction with German 381, 382, 383, or 384 this course can be taken in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a German concentration or for a German teaching major or minor. The emphasis is on the analysis of the individual works, but some historical and literary background material will be included. The texts read in recent terms were by Kafka, Mann, Musil, Boll, Durrenmatt and Grass. The major language is German, but not exclusively. Two short interpretive papers will be assigned for the term; they may be in English or German. The final exam will consist of essay questions concerning the texts for the term. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Grilk)
426. Intermediate Composition and Conversation. German 425 or the equivalent. (3). (Excl).
In this course various approaches will be used to improve the student's proficiency. Since only German is used in this class, it cannot be taken in fulfillment of the ECB requirement. Written assignments include a weekly composition of at least two pages. Occasionally students are required to listen to a tape on the history and culture of the German-speaking countries and to use it as a departure point for an essay. Video cassettes will also be integrated into the course. Each student is expected to give a brief presentation and lead the subsequent discussion. The final grade is based on compositions as well as class participation. German 426 may be taken independently of German 425. [Cost:1] [WL:3] (Weiss)
452. German Literature of the Eighteenth Century. Senior standing. (3). (Excl).
The course presents a selection of literary masterpieces which have a bearing on our time; plays, a novel (WERTHERS LEIDEN by Goethe) as well as selections of poetry. The assigned readings will be introduced and discussed in class. Concentrators in German are expected to read the texts in the original, non-concentrators have the option to consult a translation. The syllabus will be discussed at the first meeting. There will be a midterm and a final examination. Instructor will speak German, students have the option. Cost:1 WL:4 (Schelle)
454. German Romanticism. 3 years of college German; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
The objective of the course is to introduce the student to the contributions of romanticism to German literary and cultural history. Attention will also be paid to the social and political conditions of the period. Readings will primarily consist of selected fiction and poetry. Students are expected to have completed at least three years of college level German, or the equivalent. They will be encouraged to participate in class discussions for which there should be ample opportunity. Cost:1 WL:3 (Weiss)
492. German Honors Proseminar. Senior Honors standing. (3). (Excl). May not be repeated for credit.
German 492 can be elected only by students who have completed the Senior Honors Proseminar, German 491. In German 492, students write their Honors thesis on a topic of their own selection. Each student works under the supervision of a faculty member who has a research interest in the general area of the thesis topic. The grade is based on the quality of the thesis, which will be read by at least one faculty member in addition to the thesis director, and on the student's performance in an oral defense of the thesis before a faculty committee. An Honors citation is also awarded if the student's overall performance in 491 and 492 is judged to be of Honors caliber. [Cost:Independent Study – purchase of books is students' affair] [WL:3] (Fries)
499. Seminar in German Studies. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.
Section 001. DOING BUSINESS IN GERMAN: ADVANCED GERMAN FOR THE BUSINESS PROFESSIONS. (Gramberg)
504. History of the German Language. Graduate standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
In this course we will consider the development of the Germanic languages over time and space from the context of the social, cultural, religious and political factors which shaped central Europe. We will concentrate on the period up to and including the late middle ages, with particular emphasis on the prehistoric. The approach will be interdisciplinary, but will have as its focus an understanding of how language both shapes and mirrors the society in which it is embedded. The language data and many of the readings with which we will be working will be in German. Basic familiarity with linguistic terminology is helpful but not absolutely necessary: we will not be memorizing complex sound shifts, but looking at large-scale changes over space and time. Evaluation will be based on class participation, presentations, and (possibly) a final paper. Cost:2 WL:4 (Lippi-Green)
Courses in this section do not require knowledge of German.
320. German Expressionism in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; sophomores by permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
The course will examine the intellectual, social, and literary and political events in Germany from 1900 to 1930. The subjects covered will include the various forms of art and how they relate to each other and to the cultural and political climate of Germany during that time. Special emphasis will be given to those aspects of the period which eventually proved to be of significant influence on American culture. The format of the course includes lectures and discussion. Included in the course will be the viewing of films of the most important film directors of the time such as Lubitsch, Land, Murnau, Wiene, Pabts, Lamprecht, and Ruttmann, and films indicative of the period but not generally available such as: SIEGFRIED, NOSFERATU, ROSKOLNIKOW, THE CURSED, PANDORA'S BOX, PITZ PALU, and SPIES, among others. A term paper or a final examination will be required. [Cost:1] [WL:1] (Fabian)
375/Relig. 375/MARC 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (Excl).
See Religion 375. (Beck)
402. German Thought from Marx to Wittgenstein. (3). (Excl).
In this course we shall focus upon the main figures in German thought from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, and Wittgenstein. Other thinkers to be covered include the Left and Right Hegelians, Engels, Schopenhauer, Wagner, Husserl, Kandinsky, Benjamin, Bloch, and Adorno. There will be two lectures per week, plus one discussion section: about two-thirds of the material covered in lectures will be assigned as reading. One research/interpretive paper will be required. The course is intended as an introduction to this important tradition for German concentrators and non-concentrators alike. Lectures and discussions will be conducted in English; no previous training in philosophy is necessary. German concentrators will be asked to read some assignments in the original. This course may be used to satisfy, by petition, the Humanities distribution requirement. (Amrine)
442. Faust and the Faust Legend in English Translation. Junior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
We will begin by tracing the earliest versions of the Faust legend from the late Classical "myth of the Magus" to the sixteenth-century chapbooks. The main focus of the course shall be however the four central texts of the tradition: Marlowe's TRAGICAL HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS, Goethe's FAUST, A TRAGEDY (both Parts; tr. Arndt), Thomas Mann's DOCTOR FAUSTUS: THE LIFE OF THE GERMAN COMPOSER ADRIAN LEVERKUHN AS TOLD BY A FRIEND (tr. Lowe-Porter), and Mikhail Bulgakov's THE MASTER AND MARGARITA (tr. Glenny), and the fundamental theological, philosophical, aesthetic and social issues that they raise. No knowledge of German required (but German concentrators will be required to read Goethe and Mann in the original). May be used to fulfill, by petition, the Humanities distribution requirement. (Amrine)
448. Modern Classics in Translation: Mann, Kafka, Rilke, and Brecht. Upperclass standing; some practice in reading fairly difficult texts. (3). (Excl).
Intended for students interested in modern literature, but without a knowledge of German, the course will serve as a critical introduction to the work of four major writers of this century, Mann and Kafka, Rilke and Brecht. Though the texts used will differ from year to year, the pattern will be to read a novel (this year DR. FAUSTUS and THE TRIAL) along with some shorter prose texts by Mann and Kafka, as well as Rilke's only novel MALTE LAURIDS BRIGGE, and selected poetry (in translation by various American poets). Several plays by Brecht (this year: Galilei, the Caucasian Chalk Circle) will be analyzed along with some of his poetry and his theoretical writings on the theater. Students will participate in class discussion and will write one short interpretative paper on one work and one longer, researched paper on one author. There will be a final exam. Cost:2 WL:3 (Seidler)
449. Special Topics in English Translation. Junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
Section 001 – THE DRAMA OF PHYSICS. The purpose of this course is to demonstrate how an ancient, but ever more acute, conflict is reflected in dramatic literature – the conflict between scientific insight on the one hand and social, cultural, and political pressures on the other. Three German plays – all available in excellent English translations – will furnish the basis for extensive discussions of the problem: Brecht's historic drama on the life of Galilei, Kipphart's documentary play based on Oppenheimer's trial, and Durrenmatt's black comedy about the difficulties of three imaginary physicists during the cold war period. These readings will be supplemented by a course pack with selected papers and statements by Einstein, Hahn, Oppenheimer, Lawrence, Bethe, Sakharov, and others. No special knowledge of either German or physics is presupposed, even though both will prove useful. Short reports, an active part in class discussions, and one substantial term paper about one aspect of the problem will be expected. Cost:2 WL:3 (Seidler)
104. Elementary Swedish. Swedish 103. (4). (FL).
Second-term Swedish is intended for students with a previous knowledge of Swedish, up to a level of Swedish 103. The emphasis is placed on developing communicative language skills, both written and oral, review and extension of basic grammar. Oral, written and listening exercises will be employed in the classroom and the language lab. The textbook will be supplemented by newspaper articles, radio news, some Swedish poems, etc. The instruction will principally be in Swedish. Students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation. Students needing Swedish 103 or the equivalent for entry into 104 can meet this prerequisite by passing an examination by the instructor. Cost:1 WL:4 (Lundfall)
106. Elementary Danish. Danish 105. (4). (FL).
Second-term Danish is intended for students with some previous knowledge of the language up to the level of 105. The emphasis will be on the development of communicative language skills, but there will also be a review and an extension of the basic grammar introduced in Danish 105. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be used in class. The course will be taught on the basis of course pack, including newspaper articles, poems, and short stories by a.o. Benny Andersen, Nordbrandt Cecil Bodker, Piet Hein, Tove Ditlevsen, Klaus Rifbjerg, and Anne Linnet. Students are evaluated on the basis of class participation and examination. The instructor is a native speaker. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Skov)
234. Second-Year Swedish. Swedish 233. (4). (FL).
Fourth-term Swedish is intended for students with a previous knowledge of Swedish up to a level of Swedish 233. The emphasis is placed on further developing on both oral and written communicative language skills, review and extension of Swedish grammar, Swedish literature and Swedish civics (history, politics, traditions, etc.). Extracts from Swedish novels, poems, newspaper articles, and documentary articles will be used. Oral, written, and listening exercises will be employed. All instruction will be in Swedish. Students are evaluated on the basis of examinations and class participation. Students needing Swedish 233 or the equivalent for entry into 234 can meet this prerequisite by passing an examination by the instructor. Cost:1 WL:4 (Lundfall)
236. Second-Year Danish. Danish 235. (4). (FL).
Fourth-term Danish is intended for students with a previous knowledge of Danish up to a level of Danish 235. The course will continue the development of written and oral communicative skills, besides grammar review as introduced in Danish 235. Authentic readings are selected from Danish writers 1900-1990 (: Pontoppidan, Blixen, Branner, Martin A. Hansen, Vita Andersen). Danish civics (history, sociology, art, philosophy) are represented by names like Klovedal Reich, Malinovski, Hammerich, Holdt, Villy Sorensen. Instruction will be in Danish, and grades will be assigned on the basis of class participation, written essays, tests at regular intervals, and examination. Students who need Danish 235, or the equivalent, for entry into 236 may meet the prerequisite by passing an examination by the instructor. [Cost:1] [WL:2] (Skov)
430. Colloquium in Scandinavian Literature. Reading knowledge of a Scandinavian language. (3). (Excl). May be elected twice for credit.
Section 001. MODERN SWEDISH LITERATURE will provide an orientation of the literature in the Swedish language. The course will present important texts and their authors from the 1950s and up to the present day. A brief and general background of the main themes and developments of Swedish literary history will introduce Modern Swedish Literature. All texts, as well as analyses and discussions, will be dealt with in Swedish. Students with a high oral and written proficiency in Swedish are welcome. All texts, both prose and poetry, will be assembled in a course pack. Additional sources will be available in the Scandinavian or Graduate Library. Participants are expected to write and present an oral summary of a 15-20 page paper. There will be no written tests. Grades will be based on class participation, the paper and its oral presentation. (Lundfall)
Courses in this section do not require knowledge of a Scandinavian language.
331. Introduction to Scandinavian Civilization. (3). (HU).
The course provides the opportunity to become acquainted with the society and culture of modern Scandinavia: Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Iceland. No knowledge of a Scandinavian language is required. Readings and lectures are in English. Several lectures are by guest specialists in history, social issues, the arts and literature. Students will research current topics on Scandinavia for class discussion, write a term paper and final examination. Grades are based on class participation, oral report, term paper and final. (Marzolf)
422. Modern Scandinavian Literature in English. Junior standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Scandinavian 422 will provide an introduction to Scandinavian literature from the late nineteenth century up to present day. We will read texts by authors such as Herman Bang, I.P.Jacobsen, Henrik Pontoppidan, Knut Hamsun, William Heinesen, Karen Blixen, Par Lager kvist og Henrik Nordbrandt. We will concentrate the choice of texts on the genre of the short story, and along with our own careful examination of each text, we will focus on the general theoretical discussion of the genre and on the development of its special (or maybe not so special) narrative strategies. All texts will be read in English translation (Scandinavian version is available if wished) and will be assembled in a course pack. All discussions will be in English. Participants are expected to write a 10-15 page paper on a short story by one of the authors chosen and to present an oral summary in class. There will be no written tests. Grades will be based on class participation, the paper and its oral presentation. (Skov)
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