Winter 2015

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German 002. Elementary German (5 units)

Section Instructor Day/Time Room CRN
 01  Brandon Winter   M-F 8:00-8:50A  167 Olson  76233
 02  Giovanna Montenegro  M-F 9:00-9:50A  167 Olson  76234
 03  Giovanna Montenegro  M-F 10:00-10:50A  227 Olson  76235

Course Description: This is the continuation of German 001 in areas of grammar and the basic language skills, and the second course in the Elementary German series.

Course Placement: German 001.

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

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


Option 1:

  • Thomas Lovik, Douglas Guy and Monika Chavez, Vorsprung [3rd Edition] (Heinle Cengage Learning, 2013)
  • Quia Access Code for all of the homework and lab assignments (course code provided by instructor)

Option 2:

  • eBook version of Vorsprung [3rd Edition] (order ISBN10:1-133-60735-7 at; it should cost about $117). If you are considering the eBook, you must be sure that you can bring your iPad/laptop to class every day.
  • Quia Access Code for all of the homework and lab assignments (course code provided by instructor)

German 010. Fairy Tales (4 units)    ENGLISH-LANGUAGE COURSE  No German Required
Elisabeth Krimmer

TR 10:30-11:50A
Medical Science Room C
CRN 76237

Course Description: The course introduces students to the genre of fairy tale with a particular focus on the lives and works of the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Walt Disney. We will discuss different versions of these tales, including visual and filmic adaptations (Disney movies, French films, Hollywood feature films such as Pretty Woman and Enchanted), and we will situate all tales in their respective cultural and political contexts. Throughout we will pay particular attention to the construction of race, gender, sexuality, and power in these tales. Students will also get to know different theories of and approaches to folk tales and fairy tales, including historical and psychoanalytic analysis. The fairy tales to be discussed include Hansel and Gretel,Snow WhiteSleeping BeautyCinderella and Little MermaidNO KNOWLEDGE OF GERMAN REQUIRED.

Prerequisite: None.

GE credit (Old): Arts & Humanities, Diversity and Writing Experience.
GE credit (New): Arts & Humanities, Visual Literacy and Writing Experience.

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


  • The Classic Fairy Tales, edited by Maria Tartar (Norton Critical Editions, 1999)

German 021. Intermediate German (4 units)
Katja Herges

MWF 9:00 - 9:50A
217 Olson
CRN 76238

Course Description: Review of grammatical principles by means of written exercises, expanding of vocabulary through readings of modern texts.

Prerequisite: German 020.

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

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Extensive Writing.


  • Tobias Barske, et al., Denk Mal! Deutsch ohne Grenzen - with SuperSite Access  (Vista Higher Learning, 2012)

German 022. Intermediate German (4 units)
Amila Becirbegovic

MWF 11:00 - 11:50A
207 Wellman
CRN 76239

Course Description: This course is the continuation of German 021 and wraps up the Intermediate German sequence with an exploration of post-WWII German literature. We will review grammatical principles by means of written exercises and expand vocabulary through readings focused on writers from the influential literary association known as Gruppe 47 (Group 47). The course will focus on various post-1945 writers associated with the group, including texts by Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass and Ilse Aichinger, among others.

Prerequisite: German 021.

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

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Extensive Writing.


  • Heinrich Böll, Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum  (Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, 1995)
  • Short stories and poems will be available on SmartSite


German 103. Writing Skills in German (4 units)
Kirsten Harjes

MWF 10:00-10:50A
261 Olson
CRN 76262

Course Description: This course focuses on German writing skills in different media and genres: emails, letters, résumés, job applications, essays and essay abstracts, term papers, film reviews, and journalistic articles. The course helps students expand vocabulary, improve grammar skills, and raise their awareness of styles and cultural issues related to writing for various audiences and purposes. At the end of the quarter, participants should be able to write a variety of texts in German.

Prerequisite: German 022 or consent of instructor (

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

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Extensive Writing.


  • Pennylyn Dykstra-Pruim and Jennifer Redmann, Schreiben Lernen: A Writing Guide for Learners of German  (Yale University Press, 2011)

German 120. Survey of German Culture (4 units)
Kirsten Harjes

MW 12:10-2:00P
129 Wellman
CRN 93215

Course Description: This course provides an overview of major social-political and cultural movements, conflicts, and debates in East and West Germany from the immediate post-war years up to the present. We will examine the work of well-established authors, song writers, journalists, and other public intellectuals, as well as emerging trends in popular culture in music, sports, cuisine, film/TV, and street art.

Prerequisite: German 022 or consent of instructor (

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

Format: Lecture - 3 hours; Discussion - 1 hour.


  • A Course Reader

German 129. Postwar Women Writers (4 units)
Karina Deifel

MWF 11:00-11:50A
7 Wellman
CRN 93216

Course Description: Selection of major women writers in both (former) Germanies, Austria, and Switzerland since 1945. Considers such issues as the impact of the women's movement on writing in German, the existence of "feminine writing," the concept of a feminist aesthetics, the treatment of the female body and female sexuality in literature, women and the peace movement, East vs. West German writers and the effects of unification, and the status of minority women writers in Germany (Jewish, Turkish-German, Afro-German).

Prerequisite: German 022.

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

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Extensive Writing.


  • Elfriede Jelinek, Theaterstücke (rororo, 1992)
  • Farbe bekennen: Afro-deutsche Frauen auf den Spuren ihrer Geschichte, edited by Katharina Oguntoye, et al. (Orlanda Frauenverlag, 2007)
  • Postwar Women's Writing in German, edited by Chris Weedon (Berghahn Books, 1997)

German 144. Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (4 units)    ENGLISH-LANGUAGE COURSE  No German Required   [Cross-listed with HUM 144]
Sven Erik Rose

TR 10:30-11:50A
2016 Haring
CRN 93217

Course Description: The esteemed French philosopher Paul Ricoeur famously characterized the triumvirate of modernist master-thinkers Karl Marx (1818-1883), Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), and Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) in terms of a “hermeneutics of suspicion.” By this Ricoeur meant that Marx, Nietzsche and Freud, each in his own way, are all modern detectives of sorts: they look at what is happening on the surface of things as so many dissembling fictions that individuals and societies perpetuate in order to keep hidden various kinds of unsettling "deep" truths that actually structure our desires and morals, our culture and politics, our identities and consciousness, our very sense of who we are. In this course we will explore the ways that Marx, Nietzsche and Freud each develop modes of analysis to unveil the deeper, latent meanings and forces that they understood to reside behind or beneath our consciousness (or false consciousness).

According to Marx, the social structure in capitalist societies appears to be "natural," and thus ineluctable, but is in fact an effect of historically contingent production forces and the specific--and changeable--relations between people that the capitalist systems of production engenders. One of the chief obstacles that Marx identifies as standing in the way of revealing the true secrets of the capitalist world is how what he memorably calls "commodity fetishism" creates a powerfully seductive optical illusion that makes it exceedingly difficult for us to understand how the world we live in actually works. One of Marx's goals is to try to break this spell.

In his genealogy of modern moral conscience, Nietzsche diagnoses Judeo-Christian values as merely the deformed and "unhealthy" response of the weak to the experience of being dominated by the strong. While the strong do not need to resort to specious moral values, the weak do, for morality allows them to wage war by other means. They "triumph" in their goodness, even as they are defeated in terms of a real contest of strength and power. In this way, Nietzsche purports to discover the "will to power" as the true force that drives human culture, even as what he saw as his own "decadent" culture has resorted to elaborate and convoluted strategies to dissemble this fundamental truth. For Nietzsche, the very way we understand ourselves to be moral beings keeps us from seeing the truths that moral values work to keep hidden.

Freud’s “detective work” is legendary: his case studies read like detective novels, as do his later mythic genealogies of modern civilization. Without question, Freud's claims to diagnostic mastery are at their most hubristic in The Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1901), in which he interprets the seemingly slightest and most banal gestures and slips of the tongue as windows onto the workings of the unconscious and its teeming and unruly desires. Freud invented psychoanalysis to try, like Marx and Nietzsche, to develop techniques for negotiating the thorny problem that the things our very consciousness tells us are true about ourselves are in fact distortions of radically different realities. Psychoanalysis refuses to take consciousness at face value and searches for ways to glimpse and analyze the workings of the unconscious.

Prerequisite: None.

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

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


  • Friedrich Nietzsche, Basic Writings of Nietzsche, translated by Walter Kauffman  (Modern Library, 2000)
  • Sigmund Freud, The Freud Reader, edited by Peter Gay  (W.W. Norton & Company, 1995)
  • Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Marx-Engels Reader [2nd Edition], edited by Robert C. Tucker  (W.W. Norton & Company, 1978)


German 297. Reading Freud (4 units)
Sven Erik Rose

R 2:10-5:00P
412B Sproul
CRN 76316

Course Description: One of the towering figures of twentieth-century intellectual history, Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) has indelibly influenced disciplines and discourses constitutive of our modernity, from medicine to critical and literary theory to popular culture and popular conceptions of the self. He has also, however, shared the fate of other cultural icons in becoming far more widely "known" than actually read. In this course, we will try to forget what we know about Freud and read his works. While we will note how certain works by Freud have become key texts for later psychoanalytic theorists, our focus will remain squarely on the intricacies and textures of Freud's oeuvre. We will read works from Freud's early to late career, including his monumental The Interpretation of Dreams (1900); selections from The Psychopathology of Everyday Life(1904), Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious (1905), and Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality(1905); the case studies; the major meta-psychological papers; a range of Freud's papers on sexuality, and other essays that have been extremely influential for literary and cultural criticism such as “Screen Memories” (1899) and "The Uncanny” (1919). We will also explore Freud's seminal text on trauma, Beyond the Pleasure Principle (1920) and two of his diagnoses of the origins and dynamics of civilization: Totem and Taboo (1913) and Civilization and its Discontents (1930).

Prerequisite: None.

Format: Seminar - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Sigmund Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria  (Touchstone Books, 1997)
  • Sigmund Freud, Three Case Histories  (Touchstone Books, 1996)
  • Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle [The Standard Edition], edited by James Strachey  (W.W. Norton & Company, 1990)
  • Sigmund Freud, Totem and Taboo [The Standard Edition], translated by James Strachey  (W.W. Norton & Company, 1990)
  • Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams: The Complete and Definitive Text, translated by James Strachey  (Basic Books, 2010)
  • Sigmund Freud, Civilization and its Discontents, translated and edited by James Strachey  (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010)
  • Sigmund Freud, Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, translated by James Strachey  (Martino Fine Books, 2011)

German 390B. Teaching of German (2 units) 
Carlee Arnett

Day/Time TBA
Room TBA

Course Description: Theoretical instruction in modern teaching methods and demonstration of their practical application.  Required of new teaching assistants. (S/U grading only)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (

Format: Lecture - 2 hours.


  • None