Winter 2016

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German 002. Elementary German (5 units)

Section Instructor Day/Time Room CRN
01 Lauren Nossett  MTWRF 8:00-8:50A 251 Olson Hall 26362
02 Monika Sierkowska MTWRF 9:00-9:50A 251 Olson Hall 26363
03 Brandon Winter MTWRF 10:00-10:50A 251 Olson Hall 26364
04 Astrid Exel MTWRF 11:00-11:50A 251 Olson Hall 43458

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.

Prerequisite: German 001.

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

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


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German 021. Intermediate German (4 units)
Karina Deifel

MWF 9:00-9:50A
159 Olson Hall
CRN 26366

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 and World Cultures.

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: Goethe's Faust (4 units)
Cameron Mortimer

MWF 11:00-11:50A
233 Wellman Hall

Course Description: This course builds on the skills you have acquired in German 21.  It is the completion of 2nd-year proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in German.  In this course we will read and discuss the entire first part of Goethe’s Faust, view several stage and film productions of the work, and investigate the author’s and work’s historical and literary contexts.  And of course, we will continue to work on our grammar along the way.

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; Writing.


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German 101A. Survey of German Literature, 800-1800 (4 units)
Carlee Arnett

TR 10:30-11:50A
7 Wellman Hall
CRN 43459

Course Description: This course will acquaint students with literary works from 800-1800.   This includes the older Germanic languages like Gothic, Old High German and Middle High German.  We will also talk about the development of the German language and the history that influenced language.  We start off with runes and charms and end with young Goethe.  On the way, we will discuss the Nibelungenlied, Humanism, Mathias Claudius, and Moses Mendelssohn.

Prerequisite: German 22.

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

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours.


  • Gudrun Clay, 1000 Jahre Deutsche Literatur [2nd Edition]  (Focus Publishing, 2008) 

German 104. Translation (4 units)
Kirsten Harjes

TR 12:10-1:30P
261 Olson Hall
CRN 43460

Course Description: This translation course is taught in seminar style, and is designed for upper division German majors and minors. Interested heritage speakers from other departments as well as graduate students with German language research needs are also welcome. We will work on German-to-English translations of a variety of literary texts from 800CE to the present. Genres include prose, poetry, drama, movie scripts, and song lyrics. Students will begin to learn how to address typical grammatical road blocks in German-to-English translation while refining their German reading skills. The selection of texts represents a brief review of the cultural historical epochs covered in German 101A and 101B, although these classes are not required for 104. Students with a special interest in certain texts or genres other than the ones chosen by the instructor may be accommodated; please contact the instructor if you are in this situation.

Prerequisite: German 022 or consent of instructor (

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

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Writing.


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German 131. German Lyric Poetry (4 units)
Gail Finney

TR 1:40-3:00P
25 Wellman Hall
CRN 43461

Course Description: Lyric poetry is the jewel in the crown of the German literary tradition. This course will treat some of the best-known German lyric poetry from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, including works by Goethe, Schiller, Hölderlin, Heine, Hofmannsthal, Rilke, Benn, Brecht, and others. Close readings of the texts will seek both to illuminate the ways in which universal themes are variously treated by different eras and to highlight characteristically German features.

Readings are found in a bilingual (German and English, facing page) anthology. Course is conducted 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/Discussion - 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Walter Kauffman, Twenty-Five German Poets: A Bilingual Collection  (W.W. Norton & Company, 1976)  

German 142. New German Cinema (4 units)    ENGLISH-LANGUAGE COURSE  No German Required   [Cross-listed with FMS 142]
Kirsten Harjes

TR 9:00-10:20A
166 Chemistry Building
CRN 43755

Course Description: This course provides an introduction into German cinema of the 1970s to the present. Weekly lectures and films will emphasize two periods in particular: “New German Cinema”, a cinematic movement between 1965 and 1982 dominated by a handful of well-known filmmakers and cinematic styles, and German film of the 1990s and early 2000s, in particular the "Berliner Schule". The class will provide a survey with an emphasis on the work of Werner Herzog from his early contribution to "New German Cinema" to his recent work on the documentary genre, on films from the "Berliner Schule" featuring German unification, and on German-Turkish film since the early 2000s. All class materials, assignments, and discussions will be in English.

Prerequisite: None. Knowledge of German not required.

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

Format: Lecture/Discussion - 3 hours; Writing.


  • A Course Reader


German 291. Foreign Language Learning in the Classroom (4 units)
Carlee Arnett

W 12:10-3:00P
5 Wellman Hall
CRN 43463

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of the field of second language acquisition (SLA) as well as the approaches to university-level foreign language instruction in the United States with an eye to highlighting the theoretical notions underlying current trends in classroom practices across commonly taught foreign languages. Course objectives are the following: (1) to acquaint students with issues and research in foreign language teaching; (2) to show ways of using that research to achieve more effective classroom instruction; (3) to develop students’ skills in evaluating teaching performance and instructional materials; and (4) to prepare students for continued professional development, including the use of technology in the classroom. Class meetings will consist of lectures by the course instructor and invited guest speakers, student-led discussion, and short presentations and/or demonstrations by students and the instructor. Students will participate in a class wiki; prepare their own classroom materials; evaluate the instructional materials developed by others; and complete a final exam. (Same course as French 291 and Spanish 291.)

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor (

Format: Lecture - 3 hours.


  • Jeannette Littlemore, Applying Cognitive Linguistics to Second Language Learning and Teaching  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011)  

German 297. German-Jewish Culture: Co-Constitutionality and its Discontents (4 units)
Sven-Erik Rose

R 2:10-5:00P
412B Sproul Hall
CRN 26444

Course Description: The most widespread association people have with German-Jewish culture is undoubtedly the Holocaust, the cataclysm that brought this culture to an end. But if we remember only the Holocaust, we forget what this extraordinarily creative tradition contributed to Jewish, German, and world culture. For 150 years—between the late 1700s and the rise of the National Socialists to power in 1933—Jews in the German cultural orbit produced a body of works and ideas that have left an indelible mark on our modernity. An astonishing number of the salient currents in modern Jewish life have their origins in Germany. The Jewish Enlightenment in the late 18th century had its center of gravity in Berlin in the circle around the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. It was a Viennese playwright and journalist, Theodor Herzl, who invented political Zionism at the turn of the 19th to the 20th century. It was a Viennese Jewish doctor, a contemporary of Herzl’s—Sigmund Freud—who invented psychoanalysis.

In this course, we will explore the complex dynamics of German-Jewish culture in primary works by German and Austrian Jewish authors and intellectuals, and also in works by certain non-Jewish authors who treated (images of) Jews in key texts, including G. E. Lessing, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, and Adalbert Stifter. Our survey of German-Jewish textual culture will venture into multiple genres and discourses (poetry, drama, essay, novel, short story, philosophy, psychoanalysis, historiography, theology, and political theory), registers (from high to middle-brow culture), and periods and movements (Enlightenment, Realism, Modernism).

In addition to the authors and thinkers already mentioned, we will engage with works by Salomon Maimon (the brilliant and scurrilous black sheep of the Jewish Enlightenment), Heinrich Heine, Leopold Kompert, Karl Emil Franzos, Arthur Schnitzler, Richard Beer-Hofmann, Joseph Roth, and Else Lasker-Schüler. Alongside our reading of primary texts, we will also read and critique relevant recent scholarship and an array of meta-discursive reflections, from different periods, on the location and role of Jews and Jewishness in modern German culture by diverse thinkers including Moritz Goldstein, (who provocatively claimed in 1912 that Jews had become the custodians and arbiters of German culture, even as they were denied any rightful claim to this role), Hermann Cohen (who saw Judaism as an ethical religion only, not a nation, and perceived a profound affinity between Jewish ethics and the Kantian ethical legacy), Hannah Arendt (who analyzed the social position of the Jew according to her types of the Parvenu and the Pariah), Gershom Scholem (who said the supposed German-Jewish Dialogue had only been a Jewish Monologue all along), George Mosse and David Sorkin (who each discern versions of a socio-cultural paradox whereby Jews acculturate into a German ideology of Bildung in ways that mark them as Jews, albeit, in Sorkin's phrase, "invisibly to themselves"), and Steven Aschheim (who has advocated moving beyond the paradigm of acculturation and proposed an alternative conception of the "co-constitution" by Jews and non-Jews of modern German culture).

All readings can be read either in German or in English. Discussions will be in English.

Format: Seminar- 3 hours; Term Paper.


  • Sigmund Freud, Moses and Monotheism, translated by Katherine Jones  (Vintage Books, 1955)
  • Arthur Schnitzler, The Road into the Open, translated by Roger Byers  (University of California Press, 1991)
  • Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism, translated by Allan Arkush  (Brandeis University Press, 1983)
  • Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Nathan the Wise, translated by Ronald Schechter  (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004)
  • Arthur Schnitzler, Professor Bernhardi and Other Plays, translated by G.J. Weinberger  (Ariadne Press, 1993)
  • Solomon Maimon, Solomon Maimon: An Autobiography, translated by J. Clark Murray  (University of Illinois Press, 2001)