Fall 2010

Lower Division Courses

German 1: Elementary German (5 Units)

STAFF (sec. 1, M-F 08:00 - 08:50, 217 Olson) CRN 65397

STAFF (sec. 2, M-F 09:00 - 09:50, 105 Wellman) CRN 65398

STAFF (sec. 3, M-F 10:00 - 10:50, 105 Wellman) CRN 65399

This is an introduction to German grammar and development of all language skills in a cultural context with special emphasis on communication.

Course Placement: Students who have successfully completed, with a C- or better, German 2 or 3 in the 10th or higher grade in high school may receive unit credit for this course on a P/NP grading basis only. Although a passing grade will be charged to the student's P/NP option, no petition is required. All other students will receive a letter grade unless a P/NP petition is filed. For more information, please contact the instructor or the German staff adviser directly.

Course Format: Discussion - 5 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.

Textbooks:

  • Thomas A. Lovik, Vorsprung, 2nd edition (Textbook)
  • Thomas A. Lovik, Student Activities Manual - Used with Vorsprung (Workbook)

German 2: Elementary German (5 units)

STAFF (M-F 09:00 - 09:50, 235 Wellman) CRN 65400

Course Description: Continuation of course 1 in areas of grammar and the basic language skills.

Prerequisite: course 2.

Course Format: Discussion - 5 hours; Laboratory - 1 hour.

Textbook:

  • Thomas A. Lovik, Vorsprung, 2nd edition (Textbook)
  • Thomas A. Lovik, Student Activities Manual - Used with Vorsprung (Workbook)

German 20: Intermediate German (4 Units)

STAFF (sec. 1, MWF 09:00 - 09:50, 103 Wellman) CRN 65402

STAFF (sec. 2, MWF 10:00 - 10:50, 103 Wellman) CRN 64503

Course Description: This is the first course of 2nd year German. Students will review grammar, and begin to read and discuss short, literary texts of cultural and historical interest. Class is conducted in German.

Prerequisite: course 3.

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Short papers.

Textbooks:

  • Rosemarie Morewedge and Larry Wells (eds.), Mitlesen/Mitteilen
  • Jamie Rankin and Larry Wells (eds.), Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik

German 21: Intermediate German (4 Units)

STAFF (MWF 11:00 - 11:50, 107 Wellman) CRN 65404

Course Description: In this course , student will have a complete review of grammatical principles by means of written exercises; expanding of vocabulary through a variety of readings of modern literary and non-literary texts. Reading and discussion in German and cultural phenomena; essays in German in conjunction with texts. .

Prerequisite: course 20 or consent of instructor.

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Short Papers.

Textbooks:

  • Rosemarie Morewedge and Larry Wells (eds.), Mitlesen/Mitteilen
  • Jamie Rankin and Larry Wells (eds.), Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik

Upper Division Courses

German 101A: Survey of German Literature, 800-1800 (4 Units)

Clifford Bernd, Professor (MWF 10:00 - 10:50, 117 Olson) CRN 82748

Course Description: This course, which is required of German Majors in Literature and in Area Studies, and recommended for those in Culture and Commerce, surveys the first millennium of German Literature from the Middle Ages to German Classicism. The rich tapestry of German literary history in an international social and cultural context will be illustrated by readings representative of the several periods and styles under discussion. GE Credit: ArtHum.

Prerequisite: course 22 or consent of instructor.

Course Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbook: a course reader (Will be available at Davis Copy Shop)

German 103: Writing Skills in German (4 Units)

Carlee Arnett, Associate Professor (MWF 09:00 - 9:50, 80 Social Science & Humanities) CRN 82752

Course Description: Practice in different kinds of writing, such as abstracts, correspondence, lecture summaries, analysis of or response to short literary texts.

Prerequisite: course 22 or consent of instructor.

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours.

Textbooks: A Course Reader.

German 109A: Business German (4 Units)

Elisabeth Krimmer, Associate Professor (TR 10:30 - 11:50, 141 Olson) CRN 82753

Course Description: This course focuses on German business practices and current economic, political and cultural issues relevant to conducting business in the German-speaking world. Exercises in cultural comparison aim to promote intercultural awareness and to set the stage for exploring business practices and language use in their cultural context. Assignments include role-play, reports, compositions and translations.

Topics will include, but not limited to:

  • Economic Geography: Germany, European Union
  • Germans at Work: Job Listings, Applications, Interviews; Management and Labor as Social Partners, Unions, Collective Bargaining, Strikes, Contracts; Buying and Selling; Business Structure; Business Correspondence; Banking and Finance; Marketing, Advertising
  • German Business Publications

 

Prerequisite: course 22 or consent of instructor. GE credit: ArtHum, Div.

Textbook:

  • Lehr, Kommunikation in der Wirtschaft

German 114: German Women & Films (4 units)

Elisabeth Krimmer, Associate Professor (TR 01:40 - 03:00, 105 Wellman) CRN 82754

Course Description: This course focuses on the changing conceptualizations of gender against the historical backdrop of 1) the Weimar Republic (gender experimentation and transgression; male anxiety in a Germany that lost the Great War) 2) the Third Reich (the question of fascist aesthetics; gender and Nazi ideology; genre questions: the documentary) 3) the post-war period: attempts to come to terms with the Nazi past (Vergangenheitsbewältigung; genre questions: the melodrama; women as victims and perpetrators); the economic miracle (women and the new economy) 4) terrorism in 1970s Germany (German terrorism and its link to the Nazi past; women as terrorists and icons of innocence) 5) recent internationally successful German films (ethnicity, the German-Turkish minority, Afro-Germans; sexual identities). Films to be discussed include: The Blue AngelGirls in UniformTriumph of the WillOlympiaThe Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni RiefenstahlGermany Pale MotherThe Marriage of Maria BraunI Am My Own WomanRun, Lola, RunNowhere in AfricaHead-OnMay Ayim-Hope in My Heart.

Prerequisite: None (The course will be taught in English).

Course Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • A Course Reader

 

 

Graduate Courses

German 240: German Verse Forms (4 Units)

Clifford Bernd, Professor (T 02:10 - 05:00, 412B Sproul) CRN 82749

Course Description: An inquiry into the genre par excellence of German literature. We will read and discuss nine famous masterpieces. Conducted in German. For more information, please contact the instructor directly (cabernd@ucdavis.edu).

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Course Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Extensive Term Paper.

Textbooks:

  • A Course Reader

German 262: Turn of the Century Culture (4 Units)

Gail Finney, Professor (W 02:10-05:00, 412B Sproul) CRN 82755

Course Description: Seminar investigates literary currents in Germany and Austria around 1900 against the background of contemporaneous developments in psychology, philosophy, music, and the visual arts. A primary goal will be to question the avowed opposition between the two dominant artistic currents of the time, naturalism and aestheticism, by uncovering the affinities between their surface differences. Authors treated include Hauptmann, Ibsen, Wedekind, Schnitzler, T. Mann, Musil, Ernst Rosmer (Elsa Bernstein), Hofmannsthal, Nietzsche, and Freud. Readings will be illuminated by theoretical writings of Emile Zola, Arno Holz and Johannes Schlaf, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Michel Foucault, Teresa de Lauretis, Charles Bernheimer, and others.

Topics to be discussed include: Freud’s theories of hysteria and of child and female sexuality; the literature of adolescent rebellion; literature and amorality; decadence and the dandy; Mann and Nietzsche on Wagner; theories of determinism; the worker as protagonist; Zola’s doctrine of the Experimental Novel; the femme fatale; the women’s movement; the New Woman; the psychologization of literature: Freud’s Dora vs. Schnitzler’s Else.

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Course Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Extensive Term Paper. Course will be conducted on a two-track basis. For students possessing a command of German, the German titles in the list below will be available in German in the bookstore. For students without a command of German, the titles below will be available in English in the bookstore.

Textbook:

  • Sigmund Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria
  • Henrik Ibsen, Four Major Plays
  • Frank Wedekind, Lulu
  • Frank Wedekind, Spring's Awakening
  • Gerhart Hauptmann, Three Plays: The Weavers, Hannele, The Beaver Coat
  • Robert Musil, Confusions of Young Torless
  • Arthur Schnitzel, Anatol
  • Arthur Schnitzel, Fraulein Else
  • Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories

Other Courses Taught by German Faculty

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