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GERS
German Studies
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07/17/2024 at 10:30 PM
GERS103
Intensive Elementary German
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: Must have appropriate World Language Placement Test (WLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of German.
Credit only granted for: GERS103 or GERM103.
Formerly: GERM103.
Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of German-speaking world.
GERS141
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with: JWST281.
Credit only granted for: JWST281, GERM148Y or GERS141.
Introduction to the Yiddish language, with emphasis on speaking, reading, and writing skills. Students will also learn the history of the language, its significance to Jewish culture, its origins and basic structure.
GERS203
Intensive Intermediate German
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GERS103; or must have appropriate World Language Placement Test (WLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of German.
Credit only granted for: GERM203 or GERS203.
Formerly: GERM203.
Covers speaking, reading, writing, listening, and culture of German-speaking world.
GERS204
German Grammar Review
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GERS203; or Must have appropriate World Language Placement Test (WLPT) score.
Restriction: Must not be a fluent/native speaker of German.
Credit only granted for: GERM204 or GERS204.
Formerly: GERM204.
An in-depth study and analysis of selected grammatical topics in a contextualized framework.
GERS301
Conversation and Composition I: The German-Speaking World
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GERS204; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: GERM301 or GERS301.
Formerly: GERM301.
Practice in contemporary spoken and written German. Systematic review of grammar, and exercises in composition. Emphasis on cultural contrasts in the German-speaking world.
GERS302
Conversation and Composition II: Current Topics in German-Speaking Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GERS301; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: GERM302 or GERS302.
Formerly: GERM302.
Further practice in contemporary spoken and written German. Contemporary social, political, and cultural themes.
GERS322
Highlights of German Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: GERS302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: GERM322 or GERS322.
Formerly: GERM322.
Selected literary masterworks, social and cultural issues, and historical events in German-speaking countries from the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Junges Deutschland, Realism, Naturalism and its counter currents, Expressionism to the present. Taught in German.
Taught in German. Cross-listed with GERM322H.
GERS322H
Highlights of German Literature and Culture
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Prerequisite: GERS302; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Credit only granted for: GERM322 or GERS322.
Formerly: GERM322.
Selected literary masterworks, social and cultural issues, and historical events in German-speaking countries from the Enlightenment, Romanticism, Junges Deutschland, Realism, Naturalism and its counter currents, Expressionism to the present. Taught in German.
Taught in German. Cross-listed with GERM322.
GERS356
German for the Professions
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GERS301.
Credit only granted for: GERM319B, GERM356 or GERS356.
Formerly: GERM356.
An examination of the structures and work conditions of various industries in the German-speaking world including understanding and navigating company culture, professional development, and preparation for an internship or job where German is spoken.
GERS357
Professional Development: Skills for a Successful Job Search in Germany and the US
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Recommended: For student concurrently enrolled in GERS356.
Restriction: Only students currently enrolled in German courses at any level and German Studies majors and minors.
Additional information: The course is open to current students studying German at all levels. Students taking GERS356 are particularly encouraged to register for this course.
This 1-credit practical course introduces students to the work and graduate studies application process in Germany and the US and focuses specifically on developing effective cross- and intercultural communication skills to navigate the work-culture in Germany, creating a strong resume, refining interview skills in English and German, acquiring work-etiquettes, and building professional network connections in both countries.
GERS367
The Great Derangement: Climate, Art, and Literature
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU
Recommended: 200-level General Education and/or humanities course; and sophomore standing.
Cross-listed with: CMLT399E.
Credit only granted for: GERM399E, CMLT399E, or GERS367.
Formerly: GERM399E.
Additional information: Priority in enrollment will be given to German majors.
An investigation of the relationship between climate and art & literature. Introduction to ecological thinking followed by study of artistic and literary works thematically grouped by the four elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Readings from the German literary tradition (Goethe, Tieck, Stifter, Kafka, Frisch, Wolf) and contemporary research in the environmental humanities, with additional readings and viewings from elsewhere on the planet. Taught in English.
GERS378A
Special Topics in German Studies; The Rise of German Fascism
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Studies the rise of fascism in Germany from the early 20th century to 1933. Presentation of political and historical events in class complements primary focus on cultural production from the Weimar period, including: poems, short stories, novellas, films, artworks, public speeches, performances, diaries, journalism, and radio. Taught in English.
GERS378B
Special Topics in German Studies; New German Cinema
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Corequisite: GERS458C or CINE429N.

Provides supplemental instruction in German to students enrolled in GERS458C. Focal points of the course include cultivating vocabulary for analyzing cinema and media and developing knowledge of the particular historical and cultural contexts out of which the New German Cinema emerged. Taught in German.
GERS386
(Perm Req)
Experiential Learning
Credits: 3 - 6
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F
Prerequisite: Permission of ARHU-School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
Credit only granted for: GERM386 or GERS386.
Formerly: GERM386.
Internship and practicum.
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GERS442
Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: GERS320 or GERS322.
Credit only granted for: GERM442 or GERS442.
Formerly: GERM442.
Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Society analyzes gender and sexuality as key discourses for understanding German-speaking literatures, cultures, and societies. Topics include the history of sexuality; death and desire; and representations of gender in German literature. Taught in German.
Theme: Gender and War.
GERS458C
Literary or Media Genres; New German Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with CINE429N and GERS689N. Credit only granted for CINE429N, GERS458C, or GERS689N.

This seminar explores the internationally successful new wave of filmmaking that flourished in West Germany from 1962-1982. Focusing on the New German Cinema as a movement and genre, we will examine how the works of major auteur directors developed new aesthetic forms to engage with the Nazi past, colonialism and migration, feminist and queer liberation, and left politics. Taught in English.
GERS618
College Teaching of German
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Instruction, demonstration and classroom practice under supervision of modern procedures in the presentation of elementary German courses to college age students.
GERS689L
Special Topics - M.A. Level; Gender and Sexuality in German Literature and Society
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Theme: Gender and War.

Analyzes gender and sexuality as key discourses for understanding German-speaking literatures, cultures, and societies. In this course, we will examine desire and sexuality as cultural constructs in order to critically analyze the ways in which they are mobilized as forms of power in the service of competing political, social, and cultural agendas from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Taught in German.
GERS689N
Special Topics - M.A. Level; New German Cinema
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with CINE429N and GERS458C. Credit only granted for CINE429N, GERS458C, or GERS689N.

This seminar explores the internationally successful new wave of filmmaking that flourished in West Germany from 1962-1982. Focusing on the New German Cinema as a movement and genre, we will examine how the works of major auteur directors developed new aesthetic forms to engage with the Nazi past, colonialism and migration, feminist and queer liberation, and left politics. Taught in English.
GERS798
Master's Independent Study
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud, S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.
GERS799
Master's Thesis Research
Credits: 1 - 6
Grad Meth: S-F
Contact department for information to register for this course.