Courses (catalog)

Please note: Course descriptions for 2015–2016 are still being finalized by the Registrar's office.
  • GERM 101: Elementary German

    This course stresses a firm understanding of the basic structural patterns of the German language through reading, writing, speaking, and listening drills. For students with no previous knowledge of German or for those whose test scores indicate that this is the appropriate level of placement. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · L. Butt, R. Paas
  • GERM 102: Elementary German

    Further study of the basic structural patterns of the German language. Prerequisites: German 101 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · L. Butt, R. Paas
  • GERM 103: Intermediate German

    Completion of the study of basic structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of a longer literary work. Prerequisites: German 102 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · L. Butt
  • GERM 105: Beginning German in Berlin

    This course is designed for participants in Carleton’s OCS Berlin program with little or no prior knowledge of German. Students will develop a basic foundation in the five skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and intercultural communication, with the goal of accomplishing a variety of basic everyday needs in Berlin. Topics will include communication with hosts, travel and transportation, shopping, and meals. Although students will be introduced to some fundamental grammar points, the emphasis is on the development of conversational abilities. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · Local Staff
  • GERM 140: Culture or Barbarity? The German Question

    German culture has had a profound influence on world history, but one often wonders how the culture that produced Goethe, Schiller, Luther, Beethoven, and Kant was also the source of some of the greatest atrocities of the twentieth century. We will attempt to understand the reasons for this dichotomy by considering the development of Germany within the context of Europe from Roman times to the present. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · R. Paas
  • GERM 175: Berlin Program: Berlin Field Studies in English

    Individually or in small groups, students will work on a major project that incorporates research done on-site in Berlin and during our travels. The main objective of the course is to interact with Berlin and Berliners (and Europe and Europeans). Possible topics include music, visual arts, immigration, media, politics, personal history topics, or Germany's role within Europe. Conducted in English. 6 credit; International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · L. Butt and D. Tompkins
  • GERM 204: Intermediate German

    In this course, students build on basic communication skills to engage in more in-depth spoken and written discussions of German-speaking culture. By analyzing longer and more challenging texts, films and cultural media, continuing grammar review, and writing compositions, students acquire greater facility and confidence in all four language skills (writing, speaking, listening, and reading).  Prerequisites: German 103 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · J. Lyon
  • GERM 205: Berlin Program: Intermediate Composition and Conversation

    This course is designed for students with intermediate proficiency in German, who wish to extend their knowledge of German language and culture through reading, discussions, and writing. Students will work on developing the ability to articulate opinions, exchange substantive information and to argue points of view; honing analytic and interpretive writing skills; and expanding their linguistic toolkit. The class format features discussions with grammar exercises interspersed as needed. Prerequisites: German 103 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · Local faculty
  • GERM 206: Composition and Conversation

    Short texts, films, video clips and other cultural materials serve as the basis for discussions of contemporary German and Austrian culture. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 207: Young Adult Literature

    The best current German-language literature for teen-aged readers treats serious topics with wit and sensitivity. These texts, many of which have won prizes, are linguistically accessible and written with flair. Readings and class discussions will be in German. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 208: German in Cultural Contexts

    In this course students continue to develop skills of narration, listening comprehension, and writing, while exploring issues of German cultural life. The theme of this year's course is "From Household Tales to Hollywood: German Fairy Tales and Their Cinematic Adaptations." This course juxtaposes some of the Grimm Brothers' most influential, fascinating, and disturbing fairy tales with their popular transformations on the screen. We will discuss the roles of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm as authors and collectors of folk tales in the nineteenth century, and explore other European and Arabic influences on the German Märchen tradition. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 209: Reading German

    This course is designed to help students make the transition to reading German texts of their own choosing in any academic discipline. May be retaken for additional credits. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 210: Coffee and the News

    This course is intended as a refresher course for students who have completed the basic language sequence and/or taken part in the German program. Practice in writing and speaking German. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 211: German Film After 1945: German Discussion Section

    This optional discussion section for German 219 offers course participants proficient in German the opportunity to apply their background in foreign languages and cultures to the topic of German postwar film. Students will discuss and engage with original texts from various German media that complement the required course readings, such as German film reviews, print and TV interviews, literary sources or short films. We will also critique subtitles and analyze the use of idiomatic German in selected scenes. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. Corequisite: German 219. 2 credit; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 219: "Good Bye, Lenin!" German Post War Culture, History and Politics through Film

    This course offers an introduction to German culture after 1945 through the lens of film. We will treat films over a broad range of topics, with a special emphasis on (1) the shifting angles from which filmmakers remember the Holocaust and World War II, (2) migration and multiculturalism, especially German-Turkish relations, and (3) reflections on the GDR past and on life in post-reunification Germany. The careful analysis of each film will be framed by a discussion of its socio-historical context, in order to reflect the unique manner in which cinema engages with historical, cultural and political debates. Taught in English. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2015–2016 · L. Butt
  • GERM 231: Damsels, Dwarfs, and Dragons: Medieval German Literature

    Around the year 1200 German poets wrote some of the most lasting works in the Western literary tradition. It was a time of courtly love and Arthurian romances, and themes vary widely from love and honor to revenge and murder. Special attention is given to the poetry of Walther von der Vogelweide and two major epics: The Nibelungenlied and Gottfried von Strassburg's Tristan and Isolde. In English translation. 6 credit; Humanistic Inquiry; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 247: Indo-European Folktales

    Since its publication in 1812, the Grimm Brothers' Children's and Household Tales found a readership that spanned countries, languages, and generations. Its universal appeal can be traced to its origins: it reflects not only the influence of early Nineteenth Century Germany, but also oral folklore traditions that go back thousands of years and range from as far away as Iceland, the Middle-East, and India. This course introduces students to a wide selection of these and other folktales from the Indo-European tradition as well as to numerous perspectives for understanding these folktales. We will examine the aesthetic, social, historical, and psychological values that these tales reflect, and will also discuss significant theoretical and methodological paradigms within folklore studies, including structural, socio-historical, psychoanalytic, and feminist perspectives. Finally, we will discuss the continuing influence of this folk tradition on popular and elite culture of our time. All readings, discussion, and coursework will be in English. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · J. Lyon
  • GERM 254: Berlin Program: The World's a Stage Theater in Berlin

    This course is structured around the theater productions of the fall season in Berlin. Our group will attend six to eight performances of German language plays, ranging from the Enlightenment to the post-war period. In preparation for each outing, students will read and discuss the original play, and study its historical and literary context. In the course of the term, we will hone our skills as theater spectators and learn how to describe and critique different performance styles and directorial choices. Prerequisites: German 103 or equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · L. Butt
  • GERM 263: Alternative Visions: Counter Cinema from New German Cinema to the Berlin School

    "The old cinema is dead! We believe in a new cinema!" This bold declaration, signed by a group of German filmmakers at the Oberhausen Film Festival in 1962, marks a radical break with German postwar film. Influenced by the French New Wave and the 1968 student protests, the directors of New German Cinema created works that were both artistically ambitious and socially critical. We will discuss iconic films of this period by directors such as Fassbinder, Herzog, Schlöndorff, and Wenders, and contrast their vision with the politics and aesthetics of a later generation of German filmmakers, the Berlin School. Conducted in German. Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent. 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · L. Butt
  • GERM 271: Iron Curtain Kids: Coming of Age in East Germany

    What was it like to grow up behind a wall, know Western music only through vinyl records from the black market, and revolt with HipHop, graffiti, and breakdance against a restrictive government? How did artists present life in block buildings, socialist youth groups, and a society without freedom of speech, travel, and expression? We will explore the youth culture of East Germany (1949-1989) through film, music, literature, and other media, compare it with today's world, and examine, e.g., Die neuen Leiden des Jungen W., Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee, Beat Music, and the movie Russendisko. Conducted in German. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · J. Schicker
  • GERM 272: The Latest--Current Themes in German Literature, Film and the Media

    In this course, students will read and discuss a number of new works from the German-speaking countries that deal with important contemporary issues--the pressures of growing up and finding a job in uncertain economic times, the catastrophe of 9/11, the ever-present theme of finding love, immigrant perspectives, the challenges of aging, etc. We will examine novels and stories that deal with these topics, but also articles in magazines (Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) and films, trying to understand how various genres and media differ in their approaches to our themes. At the center of our discussion there will thus be the question what forms of expression a society finds for the formulation of its most urgent challenges, and how these texts take part in the public debate. Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent (first-year students please talk to the instructor). 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · S. Leonhard
  • GERM 273: Mystery, Murder, Madness: Crime Stories in German Literature

    This course focuses on the rich German tradition of crime and detective stories, with a focus on the long nineteenth century. Contrasting authentic crime reports with fictionalized accounts of murder, rape, and mysterious occurrences, we will approach literary crime scenes as narrative spaces where contested concepts of truth, justice, and morality emerge, and where changing notions of perception come to the fore. Conducted in German. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · L. Butt
  • GERM 275: Berlin Program: Berlin Field Studies in German

    Individually or in small groups, students will work on a major project in German that incorporates research done on-site in Berlin and during our travels. The main objective of the course is to interact with Berlin and Berliners (and Europe and Europeans). Possible topics include music, visual arts, immigration, media, politics, personal history topics, or Germany's role within Europe. Prerequisites: German 103 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; International Studies, Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · L. Butt and D. Tompkins
  • GERM 305: Berlin Program: Advanced Composition and Conversation

    This course is designed for students with advanced proficiency in German, who wish to extend their knowledge of German language and culture through reading, discussions, and writing. Students will work on developing the ability to articulate opinions, exchange substantive information and to argue points of view; honing analytic and interpretive writing skills; and expanding their linguistic toolkit. The class format features discussions with grammar exercises interspersed as needed. Prerequisites: German 204 or appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · Local faculty
  • GERM 312: Rilke and His Circle

    Rainer Maria Rilke, perhaps the foremost poet of his century, lived among a variety of artists, thinkers, and writers. Among them are Rodin, Lou Andreas-Salome, and the Worpswede group of artists. We will follow the threads of Rilke's life and poetry, and see where they lead us. The course will center on Rilke's poetry and prose fiction, but will also include correspondence, and the works of some of Rilke's associates. Class discussions and primary readings will be in German (sometimes with English translations provided); some secondary readings may be in English. Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 320: Mystery, Murder, Madness: Crime Stories in German Literature and Film

    Following a trajectory from Friedrich Schiller's crime report Der Verbrecher aus verlorener Ehre to films of the Weimar Republic such as Caligari and M, this course focuses on the rich German tradition of crime and detective stories. We will approach this genre as a literary and cinematic space where contested concepts of truth, justice, and morality emerge, and where changing notions of perception come to the fore. Conducted in German. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 351: The Age of Goethe

    The literary movements of Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Classicism as seen through selected works of Goethe, Schiller, Lessing and Herder. Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Winter 2016 · L. Butt
  • GERM 354: Studies in Twentieth-Century Prose and Poetry

    An examination of the modern novella and lyric, including works by such authors as Kafka, Brecht, Hesse, Rilke, George, Hofmannsthal, Mann, Frisch, Wolf, Bäll, Frischmuth, Kaschnitz, and others, in their historical and cultural context. Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent. 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2015–2016
  • GERM 400: Integrative Exercise

    Examining an aspect of German literature across eras or genres. 6 credit; S/NC; offered Fall 2015, Winter 2016 · Staff