GERMAN 232 - Second-Year Course
Winter 2021, Section 006 - News and Media in the German-Speaking World
Instruction Mode: Section 006 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Lang Req
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GERMAN 230 or RCLANG 291.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
GERMAN 221 or 231; or assignment by placement test.
Other Course Info:
All sections of GERMAN 232 address special topics, e.g., music, philosophy, science, current political issues, etc. F, W, Sp, Su.
Lang Req:
This course is part of the Language Requirement sequence.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:


This course will take an in-depth and factual look at current events as reported in German-language media, and also at the media themselves. It will involve analysis of all forms of media, including social media.

Every week we will focus on one major news event. News topics will include everything from current events, literature, science, politics, major historical anniversaries, human interest stories, sports and the arts. Current events will provide the background information and opportunities for open but guided discussions. We will look at what the news reporting reveals about the culture of the German-speaking countries, and how this culture shapes the reporting of news stories from other countries and cultures in the German-language media. In this context, we will also discuss media bias. Each week, we will include a segment on “This Week in History” as it relates to current events.

The necessary vocabulary and grammar will be provided along the way.

Course Requirements:

Course group projects will include an online press conference, a TV news hour with different kinds of news reports, and mock “live” news coverage of a current event.

Grades will be based on participation, homework, quizzes, presentations/projects, and essays.

Class Format:

Instruction Mode: As a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning.

Learning Mode: Because this is a conversation class, we will have required synchronous discussions and activities. This course will use Canvas for all asynchronous online components. Required synchronous meetings with the instructor will be conducted through Zoom. Students should have access to a camera and microphone.

Course Testing/Assessment: Assessments and homework will be asynchronous. This work will be submitted via Canvas during a designated time frame.


GERMAN 232 - Second-Year Course
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
TuWThF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (REC)
TuWThF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
003 (REC)
TuWThF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
004 (REC)
TuWThF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (REC)
MTuWTh 9:00AM - 10:00AM
006 (REC)
TuTh 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Note: The course instructor will work around evening exam conflicts in other classes--email for an override.
007 (REC)
MTuWTh 2:00PM - 3:00PM

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