Courses (catalog)

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

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 · L. Butt, R. Paas
  • 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 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 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 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 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 400: Integrative Exercise

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

Winter 2016

  • 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 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 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 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 400: Integrative Exercise

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

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 appropriate placement score. 6 credit; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2016 · L. Butt
  • 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 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