Courses (catalog)

Fall 2015

  • 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 · J. Schicker
  • GERM 105: Berlin Program: 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 · L. B. Tang, D. Tompkins
  • 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; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · L. B. Tang, 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 equivalent 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 equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · L. B. Tang, D. Tompkins
  • 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. B. Tang, D. Tompkins
  • 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 equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2015 · L. B. Tang, 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 equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2015 · L. B. Tang, D. Tompkins
  • GERM 400: Integrative Exercise

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

Winter 2016

  • GERM 102: Elementary German

    Further study of the basic structural patterns of the German language. Prerequisites: German 101 or equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2016 · L. B. Tang
    Extended departmental description for GERM 102

    Taught by Lydia B. Tang

  • 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 equivalent 6 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2016 · J. Schicker
  • GERM 400: Integrative Exercise

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

Spring 2016

  • 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 equivalent 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · J. Schicker
  • GERM 233: Schiller!

    Why would people want to make, much less steal, a bust of a long-dead German author? What could he have done that inspired such admiration? This class introduces students to Friedrich Schiller "poet, philosopher, historian, and Carleton icon” with a focus on his groundbreaking dramatic work. We will analyze and occasionally also perform scenes from Schiller's contributions to the European stage, ranging from Storm and Stress plays to Classical and Romantic tragedies, to historical dramas. Students will consider Schiller's writings through the lenses of politics, family relationships, and revolution, and also explore his productive friendship with Goethe. Taught in English. 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · L. B. Tang
  • 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 253: In the Shadow of Goethe and Schiller: German Women Writers around 1800

    In the German literary sphere around 1800 female authorship was viewed as a transgression. At a time when Goethe and Schiller created texts that would soon dominate the German canon, women were routinely warned of the dangerous side effects of reading, and declared unfit to produce any work of literary merit. This course is structured around a diverse group of women writers who, while remaining under the radar of readers and critics, devised successful strategies for writing. We will analyze their poetic production, with particular attention to biography, gender, and society. Taught in German. Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 3 credit; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2016 · L. B. Tang