Winter '00 Course Guide

Courses in German (Division 379)

Winter Term, 2000 (January 5 April 26, 2000)

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German 101. Elementary Course.

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

Credits: (4).

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

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

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

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

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German 102. Elementary Course.

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

Credits: (4).

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

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

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German 102. Elementary Course.

Section 100.

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

Credits: (4).

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

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

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German 103. Review of Elementary German.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Juerg Friedrich (jfriedri@umich.edu)

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

Credits: (4).

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

German 103 provides a review of the fundamental components of the German language for students who have had prior German language instruction before entering the University of Michigan.

The course focuses systematically on all four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and aims to take advantage of the cognitive advantages adult language learners have over children. This means focusing on material that will engage learners' interest, creativity, and sense of humor, as well as on the development of effective language learning strategies. The course will include in particular a series of videotaped lectures by distinguished University of Michigan German studies faculty on culture, history, economics, philosophy, music, linguistics and literature, televised over UMTV, which will give students a taste of how they can eventually take advantage of the wide range of language opportunities at the University of Michigan, such as the specialty 232 courses (see above) and the subsequent sequences of courses in areas of study ranging from Business and Science to Literature and Philosophy.

By the end of the term, students will have been exposed to all the essentials of German grammar, which will then be reviewed and extended in the third and fourth terms. Students will be able to cope with a variety of conversational situations and written texts. In particular, they will have the necessary "survival skills" for a visit to a German-speaking country, as well as a foundation for doing intellectual work in German.

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German 112. Second Special Reading Course.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 111 or the equivalent (placement test). (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 class. Course requirements include daily preparation and recitation, one examination following the completion of the grammar review, and one examination during the reading of assigned texts. The final examination requires the translation of sight passages with the aid of a dictionary. This course does not satisfy the LS&A foreign language requirement.

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

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Germany and the New Europe

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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German 206. Conversation Practice.

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The unwritten German class! In this course, you will dramatize everyday situations that ask for spontaneously expressing an opinion or formulating an argument. The topics that nourish our discussions are both inclusive and inconclusive: current cultural events, German etiquette, popular magazines. By cross-analyzing various resources, you will hone your conversation skills while you learn simultaneously about German cultural institutions. Although far from being exclusive, this class may address in particular those of you who are currently enrolled in German 221, 231, or 232 and those who intend to participate in the junior-year-abroad program. Graduates of previous German 305 classes are regretfully barred from this course.

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German 231. Second-Year Course.

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

Credits: (4).

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

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

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

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

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

Interest in the course content is the most effective motivation for language study, and students can emerge from 232 with the genuine pride in what they are able to do with their German. More generally, students should be ready by the end of the course 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 Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm: Their Lives, Scholarship, and Collection of Fairy Tales.

Instructor(s): Bruce Spencer (bspencer@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will explore the lives of the nineteenth-century scholars Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm and their ever-popular collection of fairy tales. The primary goal of the course will be to situate the most famous work of the Brothers Grimm into their wide-ranging scholarly interests.

The course will include an introduction to their lives and scholarship. Both the intellectual motivations behind the fairy tale project and the manner in which the tales were collected will be explored in depth. The course will devote significant time to the tales themselves, including many that are not well-known in the U.S.

A wide range of materials and assignments will be employed in the course. Required texts include an edition of the tales and a course pack containing excerpts from biographies of the Brothers Grimm, passages from the Grimms' scholarly publications and personal correspondence, and exercises to improve students' reading and writing skills.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 002 The German Conception of History.

Instructor(s): Andrew Donson (donson@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This special theme section explores the problem of History in modern German culture. Modern historical science emerged in German-language Europe in the nineteenth century, and its development was linked to the process of nation-building particular to Germany. Today, too, discussions of German politics, national identity, and culture are saturated with the "problem" of recent German history, in particular the shadow of the Nazi past.

In this course, we will explore the language of German history as it moved through various stages: Romantic notions of the Volk community; the link between emergent German "historicism" and the conservative ideal of the authoritarian State, Nietzsche's dramatic repudiation of historicism right up through the fiery public "Historians' Debate" of the 1980s about the significance of the Holocaust and the right of the Germans to a "normal" history. Students will work through the texts with the assistance of a computer module which will help make connections between the texts and also provide glossary definitions, maps and timelines, visual and audio-visual sources, and workbook exercises.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 003 Wagner's Ring

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will focus on Wagner's RING: DAS RHEINGOLD, DIE WALKUERE, SIEGFRIED, and GOETTERDAEMMERUNG. Readings in German will include portions of the libretti of the operas, highlights of Wagner's biographies, background readings on culture, musical history, and background for the story lines. Guest lecturers will include specialists in music and vocal instruction. Our goal is to perform some arias in class. The language of instruction is German.

Students will be evaluated on class participation, grammar exercises, essays, oral presentations, a final exam. There are no musical prerequisites for this section.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 004 Contemporary German Society.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 005 Mathematical and Scientific German.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course serves as an excellent 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); 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.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 007 Mathematical and Scientific German.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

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

This course serves as an excellent 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); 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.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 008 Classics of German Literature.

Instructor(s): Juerg Friedrich (jfriedri@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This section offers an introduction to German literature through the reading of some of the most important texts in German (as well as world) literature. Our readings will proceed backwards, from Dürrenmatt (20th century) to Lessing (18th century), passing by such other eminent authors as Kafka, Heine, Goethe, and Schiller.

Through these texts we will not only deal with literary history, but also touch upon political and social developments, and central issues of German culture. In Pursuit of this goal we will read the texts at a moderate pace to allow ample opportunity for exploring their meaning and discussing them under a large variety of aspects and perspectives. This means that class participation will be strongly encouraged and, in order to improve both speaking and writing skills in German, a fair amount of writing will be integral to the course.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 009 Art History.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed as an introduction to some of the central issues of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art history in Germany. The course devotes special attention to the relationship between visual and linguistic and literary forms of expression. We will look at artwork that seeks to translate literary texts into a visual medium, but we will also consider the relationship between more theoretical written texts and the visual manifestation of these ideas.

In addition to texts from within the discipline of art history, we will consider the writings of artists themselves, and examine how these writings reinforce as well as complicate the meanings we seek in visual representation. The course includes numerous slide presentations, the examination of images in the University Museum collection, and a trip to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Taught in German.

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German 232. Second-Year Course.

Section 010 Art History.

Instructor(s): Weiss (mrlatham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 221 or 231 or the equivalent (placement test). No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in 230 or 236. (4). (LR). All sections of German 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed as an introduction to some of the central issues of nineteenth- and twentieth-century art history in Germany. The course devotes special attention to the relationship between visual and linguistic and literary forms of expression. We will look at artwork that seeks to translate literary texts into a visual medium, but we will also consider the relationship between more theoretical written texts and the visual manifestation of these ideas.

In addition to texts from within the discipline of art history, we will consider the writings of artists themselves, and examine how these writings reinforce as well as complicate the meanings we seek in visual representation. The course includes numerous slide presentations, the examination of images in the University Museum collection, and a trip to the Detroit Institute of the Arts. Taught in German.

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German 243(442). Faust.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Frederick Amrine (amrine@umich.edu)

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

Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 Tragicall 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 as they raise. No knowledge of German required (but German concentrators will be required to read Goethe and Mann in the original).

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German 306. Conversation Practice.

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students entering this stage of the German conversation cycle do not need to have taken German 305. This course harbors all of you who are presently or have previously been enrolled in a German 325 (or higher) class. The goal of this course is to increase your confidence in speaking on any topic. Henceforth, we will speak on any topic that relates to current cultural events. This course focuses on finding synonyms and varying the spoken styles which are necessary to fully appreciate life in German-speaking communities.

In addition, creative and compositional exercises (concocting and completing prose and poetry; writing extemporaneous letters) will alternate with impromptu conversational situations. You are expected to learn, apply, and expand vocabulary. In addition to energetic class participation and perennial e-mail contact (in German) with the instructor or/and with fellow students, short oral presentations complete the requirements.

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German 319. German for Engineering and Industry (LAC).

Section 001 (Drop/Add deadline=January 25).

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (1). (Excl).

Mini/Short course

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course, students will work on the linguistic skills needed for an internship (or permanent employment) with a German engineering or manufacturing company. Readings will include excerpts from technical manuals and company memos. In the second half of the term, students will choose readings individually in accordance with their specific interests; ideally, they will choose materials provided by an employer with whom they have arranged or are trying to arrange an internship.

Students will be required to develop personalized weekly vocabulary lists based on their readings, and to use these to write a journal of dialogues or memos. The course will include one or more guest lectures in German and English by employees of area businesses with connections to Germany, such as Daimler-Chrysler. The course is intended for concentrators and non-concentrators with a particular interest in science who wish to maintain or augment their German or intend to pursue internships in Germany.

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German 320. German Expressionism in English Translation.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001.

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

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

Foriegn Lit

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course offers an introduction to the extremely broad dimensions of Expressionism. The intention of this course is to focus on the integrations that different movements and their representative artists tried to effect in their art.

Expressionism was, among other things, an effort to break down the barriers that separate one artistic medium from another, and the barriers that separate art from life. In this course, we will investigate theoretical and critical writings by poets and painters, poetry and theatrical works written by visual artists, paintings produced by musical composers, and political actions and manifestos undertaken by writers and publishers. We will also look at synthetic artworks, from the illustrated texts produced by writer/artists to the stage compositions and colored-light music that were proposed as new and revolutionary art forms. In addition to poetry and other literary texts, the course will examine Expressionism in the visual arts, in theater and film, and in music.

Particular attention will be given to the efforts of Expressionist artists to form communities and develop publics, and the political commitments behind these notions of community. We will also examine the confrontation of Expressionism with the First World War and the failed revolution of 1918, two monumental events that led in many ways to the death of Expressionism. Finally, we will look at the assessments that followed the death of Expressionism in both the famous "Expressionism Debate" of the 1930's and the National Socialist attack on Expressionism as a "Degenerate Art." All readings and discussions in English.

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German 326. Intermediate German.

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be repeated once for credit, provided the topic is different, with permission of department.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is designed to improve proficiency in written and spoken German. Up to one-third of class time will be spent on grammar review and a weekly composition provides the opportunity to practice grammatical rules and to develop stylistic flexibility. Class activities are informal and varied, but German is used throughout the meetings. There will be ample opportunity for group discussions as well as for brief presentations by each student. Audio and video tapes will be used repeatedly during the term.

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German 326. Intermediate German.

Section 001 The World According to Alma.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be repeated once for credit, provided the topic is different, with permission of department.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

As we read selections from Alma Mahler Werfel's autobiography, Mein Leben, we shall look into the lives and works of artists, writers, composers, and political figures with whom she came into contact, including her several lovers and spouses, and try to understand one of the paradoxes of early 20th-century Vienna, namely how art could flourish so brilliantly in the shadow of impending chaos. Readings from Alma's autobiography will be supplemented by videos, paintings by Oskar Kokoschka, Gustav Klimt, Egon Scheele, musical compositions by herself, Arnold Schönberg, Alban Berg, Ernst Krenek and Gustav Mahler, and passages from the works of contemporary writers and political figures.

Class time will be devoted to students' oral presentations, viewing videos and paintings, listening to music, surveying the politics and society of the time, and discussions. Matters of grammar and style will be treated according to the needs of the students. Requirements: one brief oral presentation per week, active participation in class discussions, one short written report every second week, and one 10-page term paper. Alles auf Deutsch, natürlich. Required text: a course pack. Optional but strongly recommended: Martin Durrell, Hammer's German Grammar and Usage, 3rd ed., and a good German-English/English-German dictionary.

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German 326. Intermediate German.

Section 002 German Youth Cultures.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be repeated once for credit, provided the topic is different, with permission of department.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Love Parade, Fettes Brot, and Lodown: Youth cultures, their terminologies and styles, develop and disappear quickly. 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 326. Intermediate German.

Section 003 Alltagsdeutsch.

Instructor(s): Roy Cowen (rcowen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be repeated once for credit, provided the topic is different, with permission of department.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course addresses the needs of students who have a command of the essentials of grammar, but would like to improve their active knowledge of what could be called "bread and butter" German, albeit as that which is necessary in the "Land der Dichter und Denker."

Consequently, the emphasis will be on the students' participation through speaking and writing; culled from newspapers, factual prose and literature, the readings will be chosen less for their exclusively informational value than for the opportunity they also offer for discussion. Not quizzes and tests but papers will be stressed. German is the language in the classroom, and all papers will be rewritten to incorporate all changes suggested and all corrections made.

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German 326. Intermediate German.

Section 004 Freud.

Instructor(s): Eric Hub (ehub@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 232. (3). (Excl). May be repeated once for credit, provided the topic is different, with permission of department.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course, we will read and discuss a manageable amount of Freud texts in the original. The goals of the course are to learn about Freud, ourselves, and to speak and write in German. Rather than quizzes and tests, papers and presentations will be stressed. German is the language in the classroom and all papers should be rewritten to incorporate all changes suggested and all corrections made. Grammar and questions of written style will be reviewed according to the needs of the class.

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German 329. Independent Study.

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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German 351. Practice in Business German.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 349 or 350, and internship in a German-speaking country. (3). (Excl). (EXPERIENTIAL).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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German 382. Nineteenth to Twentieth-Century Drama.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Roy Cowen (rcowen@umich.edu)

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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 concentration 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, Dürrenmatt, 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.

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German 383. German Lyric Poetry.

Section 001.

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

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

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 406. Conversation Practice.

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

Credits: (1).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No katzenjammer! The final etappe in the tour de conversation will equally stress the practical and informative needs of students who may work, study, or simply live (factually or imaginatively) abroad. You will learn how to compose a résumé and how to address specific professional or academic situations. The latter fields will provide much fodder for our conversations which will also include a wide array of cultural topics in German-speaking communities.

The course aims to provide an ample range of stylistic registers and make you feel comfortable in using them. This class is restricted to students who have already completed a 300-level German conversation course and who have also reached the 325-level course plateau. Various presentations and vigorous discussions will establish the formal requirements of this class.

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German 415. The German Language Past and Present.

Section 001.

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

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

Upper-Level Writing

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

Course Homepage: www-personal.umich.edu/~rqueen/TEACHING/Ger415

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 426. Advanced German.

Section 001.

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course aims at a higher level of proficiency than German 425. Readings focus on the history, culture, and politics of the German-speaking countries in the twentieth century up to the present. They include articles, stories, and poems and are supplemented by films and audiocassettes. Written assignments consist mainly of weekly compositions. Students are expected to give several brief presentations and lead the subsequent discussion. The final grade is based on the compositions as well as class participation. German will be used exclusively in this class.

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German 430/Bus. Admin. 499. Doing Business in German.

Section 001 Advanced German for the Business Professionals

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: German 350, or one 300-level courses beyond German 232. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goals of German 430 are to increase the level of proficiency in all four areas of German (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) while expanding and expounding on particular topics and areas of interest in the German business world. In addition to becoming more competent in appropriate interactive forms and practices of the German business world, such as forms of communication, organization, and negotiation, students will also delve into such other aspects of German business as business technology, product fairs, partnership in the EU, trade, raw materials and protection of the environment, agriculture, marketing and advertisement, competition, and some very German concepts such as "Mitbestimmung" and "Berufslehre."

This course further develops the student's competence to function both knowledgeably and culturally correct in a German business setting. The materials used in the course consist of a course pack, German business texts from major German professional journals and newspapers, German business reports, and videotapes. Short papers and one term research paper will be required, as well as oral reports on findings of the papers and on other topics of interest. The course is conversation-oriented, and will be conducted in German.

This term, German 430 will also include a two-week unit on producing Power Point business presentations. This unit will be offered through the computer lab in the LRC.

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German 449. Special Topics in English Translation.

German Literature and Culture in English

Section 001 Sports and Culture in Advanced Industrial Democracies.

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

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

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Few things have characterized mass culture in the 20th century more consistently and thoroughly than sports. Particularly in their team variety, there is not one industrial country in the world that does not possess at least one major team sport which has attained hegemonic dimensions in that country's culture in the course of this passing century.

There can simply be no doubt that team sports as a form of mass culture have been among the most essential ingredients of public life in the 20th century. Why has this been the case? And how did this happen? Moreover, why did the United States deviate from the rest of the industrial world not in terms of the presence of such sports, but in their number and kind? Briefly put, why are baseball, football and basketball (as well as hockey to a certain extent) the hegemonic team sports that defined American mass culture throughout the 20th century, whereas no other industrial country has more than two such hegemonic team sports, most often indeed only one soccer. Why has this sports map remained so stable throughout a highly volatile and ever-changing century? Will this stability persist into the new millennium or will new forces challenge these hegemonic sports and contest them in their respective cultural space?

In answering these questions, the course will proceed in the following manner: In the first section, we will look at the phenomenon ubiquitous to all advanced industrial societies where disorganized contests, competitions and games mutated into what we have come to know as modern team sports. In this segment, we will see how this transformation was identical in every industrial society and should thus be seen as a fine gauge of modernity: These disorganized games become bureaucratized, ordered, codified, rule-bound by the elites and upper middle class segments of industrial societies between 1860 and 1900. However, these games, though now codified and routinized, still remain part of leisure activities of a small privileged group in society. Once, however, they become embraced by the male, industrial working class, they enter the realm of professionalism, of vocation, of commodification. The industrial working class is the subject that leads these amateur games towards professional sports and thus to an integral part of modern mass culture.

In the second part, we will look at how similar and congruous the development in the United States was with this trajectory, yet how the content emerged so differently. We will dwell briefly on what makes the United States similar and what renders it different vis-à-vis other advanced industrial democracies.

The third segment will look in detail at the four North American culturally hegemonic team sports: baseball, football, basketball in the United States; ice hockey in Canada.

The fourth part will analyze the development of soccer tellingly called "football" by the rest of the world in England.

The last section will look at the world in the context of globalization and ask whether new structures might be emerging that will challenge the old; or whether these new developments will exist alongside the old in a much less significant and culturally powerful manner.

Course Requirements: Two five-page papers on the course readings during the term; and a take-home final at the end of the course during the examination period.

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German 454. German Romanticism.

Section 001.

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of this course is to introduce the students to German Romanticism, one of the more important movements in German literary and cultural history. Readings will consist primarily of fiction (Novalis, H.v. Ofterdingen; E.T.A. Hoffmann, Bergwerke zu Falun; C. Brentano, Geschichte von dem braven Kasperl und dem schönen Annerl; A.v. Chamisso, Peter Schlemihls wundersame Reise; H.v. Kleist, Michael Kohlhaas; J.v. Eichendorff, Taugenichts) and a representative selection of poetry, but the students will also become familiar with other cultural contributions made by German Romanticism. Grades will be based on two papers as well as class participation.

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German 457. Twentieth Century German Fiction.

Section 001 New Women, New Novels

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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

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

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German 492. German Honors Proseminar.

Section 001.

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

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.

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German 499. Seminar in German Studies.

Section 001 The Politics of Fascism and Right-Wing Movements

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

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

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

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will analyze a very particular form of political participation, namely the social and historical aspects of fascism and right-wing movements. What is fascism? When does it arise? Who are its supporters? Who are its beneficiaries? What is its relationship to established political institutions? Above all, what is its relationship to that ubiquitous and fascinating social process known as "modernization"? Was it a unique phenomenon "in its own time and place" (i.e., the Europe of the 1920s and 1930s) or does it continue to exist albeit bearing different names and altered disguises?

The course is divided into two sections. The first section will illuminate certain key aspects of fascism and right-wing movements in a general comparative framework. The emphasis will be on concepts and analyses rather than descriptions and events per se. Still, this section of the course will be deeply anchored in history and empirical reality. We will mainly, though not exclusively, use Germany as our empirical case during this first segment of the course.

The second section will concentrate on a few countries other than Germany, so that we can compare and contrast realities of fascism which we discussed in the first, conceptual part of the course with the help of added examples. The countries discussed will be Austria, Spain, Italy, Romania, Hungary, Argentina, Japan, and Russia. We will end the course with a discussion of the New Right forms of contemporary right-wing politics so that we can have a fine temporal comparison with the original fascism fifty years later and thus answer the question better as to whether fascism was something unique in its time or rather a larger and more lasting phenomenon of political rule.

Course requirements: There will be an in-class midterm examination. In addition, there will also be a final paper which will be due on the last day of our class meeting. The paper should be double-spaced, typed and not exceed twenty (20) pages. It should be on a topic which involves the concepts and materials used in the course. The exact topic will have to be approved by the instructor.

All books used in this course will be available at the bookstore and will also be placed on reserve in the library.

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