Spring Courses

Primarily for Undergraduates

GRMN0110  Intensive Beginning German                                           Jane Sokolosky
An intensive, double-credit language course that meets five days a week for 9 hours and focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and the cultures of the German-speaking countries. At the end of the semester, students will be able to communicate successfully about everyday topics relating to the university, jobs, daily life and traveling. Ideal for undergraduate students interested in learning German for study abroad or for concentration requirements and for graduate students interested in starting their foreign language requirements. The course is designed for new students of German, regardless of any previous experience with German.

S01         MWF     1-1:50; 2-2:50
C01        TuTh      9-10:20
C02        TuTh     1-2:20

GRMN0200  Beginning German                                                            Jane Sokolosky
A course in the language and cultures of German-speaking countries. Four hours per week plus regular computer and listening comprehension work. At the end of the year, students will be able to communicate about everyday topics and participate in the annual film festival. This is the second half of a year-long course. Students must have taken GRMN0100 to receive credit for this course. The final grade for this course will become the final grade for GRMN0100.

S01         MWF      9-9:50, T 12-12:50
S02         MWF      11-11:50, T 12-12:50
S03         MWF      12-12:50, T 12-12:50

GRMN0400  Intermediate German II                                                Jane Sokolosky
An intermediate German course that stresses improvement of the four language skills. Students read short stories and a novel; screen one film; maintain a blog in German. Topics include German art, history, and literature. Frequent writing assignments. Grammar review as needed. Four hours per week. Recommended prerequisite: GRMN0300. WRIT

S01         MWF      10-10:50, Th 12-12:50
S02         MWF      1-1:50, Th 12-12:50

 GRMN0600B  Was ist Deutsch?                                                         Thomas Kniesche
In this course we will examine some of the ideas and myths that became entangled with the emerging notion of a "German" identity in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Some of the terms that we will discuss include 'Kultur,' 'Bildung', 'Freiheit' and 'Gesellschaft,' all of which have rich semantic histories. Conducted in German. Recommended prerequisite: one course in the GRMN0500 series. WRIT

S01         MWF      10-10:50

 GRMN1440V  Armut/Poverty                                                             Thomas Schestag
, according to a legend told by Diotima in Plato’s Symposium, is the son of Poverty – Penia – and Resoure – Poros –. Poverty is the other side of the development of (economic, linguistic) wealth and riches. Our seminar will unfold certain aspects of (the love for) this other side. Readings include texts by Bonaventura (Apologia pauperum/Defense of the Mendicants), Hans Sachs (Die tugentreich fraw Armut), Heinrich Heine (Die schlesischen Weber), Franz Grillparzer (Der arme Spielmann); fairy tales by the Grimm brothers; Karl Marx; Bertolt Brecht (Vom armen B.B.), Walter Benjamin (Erfahrung und Armut), and Martin Heidegger (Die Armut).
S01         TuTh      10:30-11:50       

GRMN1900K  Heinrich Heine und Deutschland                         Thomas Kniesche
Heinrich Heine (1797-1856) has filled many roles in the history of German culture: a poet who wrote some of the most “Romantic” poems in the German language; an author who effortlessly switched between journalistic and literary writing; and a “wound” (Theodor W. Adorno) that cannot stop refusing to heal. We will conduct extensive readings from Heine’s poetic, essayistic, and narrative oeuvre which will result not only in a better understanding of the development of post-classical German literature, but also in a deeper knowledge of German culture as a whole.

S01         MWF      2-2:50

SWED0200  Beginning Swedish                                                              Ann Weinstein
Swedish 200 is a continuation of Swedish 100, with the same goals, materials and methods. It may also be suited to students with some prior background in Swedish.
S01         TuTh  4-6:30

Primarily for Graduates

GRMN2340D      Nietzsche's Philology                                              Thomas Schestag
In September 1869, Friedrich Nietzsche delivers his inaugural lecture as a professor of philology at the University of Basel: Homer und die klassische Philologie. Our seminar will reconsider the Homeric question as it unfolds in Giambattista Vico (Scienza nuova), and Friedrich August Wolff (Prolegomena ad Homerum); its transformation in Nietzsche’s inaugural lecture; and the continuous quest for philology in Nietzsche’s later writings.                                                

S01           W   3-5:30






GRMN0200 Beginning German