Summer 2013

German Summer Session 2013

German Special Summer Session

June 24 - September 13, 2013

GERMAN 001A. Intensive Elementary German (15 units)

Karina Deifel, teaching from June 24-July 19, 2013
Lauren Nossett, teaching from July 22-August 16, 2013
Jesse Goplen, teaching from August 19-September 13, 2013

M-F 12:10-2:40P
Room 144 Olson
CRN 60280

Description:  For a full description, see the listing for this class at Summer Special Session.

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 15 hours.

Prerequisite: None.  (Not open to students who have completed German 1, German 2, or German 3)


Option 1: New “bundle” textbook, which includes the required Instant Access Code for all of your homework and lab assignments, from the UCD bookstore: Vorsprung: A Communicative Introduction to German Language and Culture, 3rd Edition by Thomas Lovik, J. Douglas Guy and Monika Chavez (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2013).

Option 2: Used textbook (make sure you get the 3rd edition), and, separately, a new Instant Access Code. The UCD bookstore sells these Access Codes separately for those who have obtained a used textbook. If they are out of Access Codes, have them order you one. If you want to order the Access Code directly from the publisher (a bit more expensive than the bookstore), order this from Cengage Learning ( Quia Instant Access Code for Lovik/Guy/Chavez Vorsprung: A Communicative Introduction to German Language and Culture, 3rd Edition.

Option 3: Buy the Instant Access Code from the bookstore or online, just like you would for option 2, and then, instead of getting the regular, hard-cover textbook, buy the eBook version of Vorsprung, 3rd Edition. If you are considering the eBook, you need to be sure that you will be able to bring your laptop/ipad/tablet, etc. to class every day.

German Summer Session I

June 24 - August 2, 2013

GERMAN 118C. Nazi Society and Cultures (4 units)
Winder McConnell

TR 8:00-10:30A
244 Olson
CRN 53288

Description: Unlike most history courses on Nazi Germany, this course (held entirely in English) deals with the aesthetics of National Socialism. How did Hitler and the Nazi Party view art, architecture, sculpture, film and music during their twelve-year reign (1933-1945)? Particular attention is paid to artists such as Arno Breker (sculpture), Leni Riefenstahl (film), and Albert Speer/Hermann Giesler (architecture). Students will have the opportunity to view a considerable amount of video material about – and also from – the period. By the conclusion of the course, students should be thoroughly familiar with topics such as:

  • Traditionalism vs. Modernism (Folk art, “degenerate” art)
  • Monumentalism in architecture, sculpture, etc.
  • Hitler as an artist
  • Propaganda as an art
  • Art and the people
  • Innovations in film (Leni Riefenstahl)
  • The responsibility of the artist

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

Prerequisite: Background in modern European history; German 118B recommended; No knowledge of German required.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities and Writing Experience.
GE credit (New): World Cultures and Writing Experience.


  • B. John Zavrel, Arno Breker: The Divine Beauty in Art (West Art Publishing, 1986)
  • Frederic Spotts, Hitler and the Power of Aesthetics (Overlook, 2009)

German Summer Session II

August 5 - September 13

***German 112, "Heroes and Villains: Escapism in Post-1945 Germany" was cancelled on June 24, 2013***