Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
GRMN 102-01 German in Everyday Life
Instructor: Sarah McGaughey
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the German language and culture of daily life. It focuses on the acquisition of language skills, such as speaking, reading, writing, and listening and does so while also learning about aspects of every-day cultures in German-speaking countries. Classes are small and emphasize communication. After successfully completing German 101 and 102, students are expected to have reached a basic level of intercultural and cross-cultural competence, that is, to be able to communicate with members of German-speaking cultures with an awareness of differences in language and culture. Classes meet five times a week. Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
0930:MTWRF   BOSLER 214
GRMN 102-02 German in Everyday Life
Instructor: Sarah McGaughey
Course Description:
This course is an introduction to the German language and culture of daily life. It focuses on the acquisition of language skills, such as speaking, reading, writing, and listening and does so while also learning about aspects of every-day cultures in German-speaking countries. Classes are small and emphasize communication. After successfully completing German 101 and 102, students are expected to have reached a basic level of intercultural and cross-cultural competence, that is, to be able to communicate with members of German-speaking cultures with an awareness of differences in language and culture. Classes meet five times a week. Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
1030:MTWRF   BOSLER 214
GRMN 201-01 Intermediate German I: Contemporary German Cultures
Instructor: Andrey Kukhtenkov
Course Description:
What did the Brothers Grimm do besides collecting fairy tales? How do narratives inform national identity? Why do Germans return their empty bottles to the store? Students approach such questions, which touch on language, culture, economics, geography, history, and more, through a variety of media in this course. At the same time, students review grammatical structures, expand their knowledge of stylistic forms, and practice various registers of written and spoken German. German 201 aims to develop students skills to understand and reflect upon German-language culture at a basic intermediate level. Classes meet four days a week. Prerequisite: 102 or 103, or permission of the instructor. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.
1030:MTWR   BOSLER 313
GRMN 202-01 Intermediate German II: Mediated German Cultures
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
Course Description:
What was occupied Vienna like in post-WWII Central Europe? How does a film convey fear? Is German academic writing different from how I write papers at Dickinson? Posing these or similar questions, this course builds students basic intermediate level of cultural and linguistic skill and explores the challenges of understanding and communicating with various media in colloquial, academic, and professional contexts. As it does so, students will acquire a better understanding of contemporary and historical issues, anxieties, and desires in the German-speaking world. There will be a special focus on writing in different modes, as this is a writing in the discipline (WiD) course. Prerequisite: 201, or permission of the instructor.
0930:MTWR   KADE SEM
GRMN 210-01 Exploring German Cultures
Instructor: Sarah McGaughey
Course Description:
In this course, students learn about key periods and topics of German-speaking cultures in their historical contexts. The course exposes students to various cultural forms such as music, literature, art, and patterns of daily life. It provides students with a basic level of understanding of German cultures and allows them to reflect on German cultures in English. Classes meet three days a week. Offered in English. This course counts toward the German minor. The course will count for the German major, if taken as FLIC. Prerequisite, if taken as FLIC: 202, or the equivalent.
1330:MR   LIBRY ALDEN
GRMN 251-01 Goethe Forever
Instructor: Antje Pfannkuchen
Course Description:
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is the German Shakespeare, celebrated, copied, parodied, and even still read until the present day. The range of his work stretches from novels, novellas and poems to travel journals, theater plays and scientific treatises. Some Goethe quotes have become part of everyday German language, and all German school students have had to memorize parts of his work. In this class, we will study some of the best-known Goethe writings and also adaptations by Goethe's admirers and critics. Prerequisite: 202. Taught in German.
1330:TF   BOSLER 321
GRMN 400-01 Mountains in the German Cultural Imagination
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
Course Description:
In this course, we will examine how mountains are transformed from places of terror in the pre-modern period to places of pleasure and leisure today. We will consider how the presence of mountains informs German, Austria and Swiss self-identity and will talk about the ecological, economic and touristic challenges facing mountains in general and the Alps in particular. Topics will also include: how the Nazis appropriate the mountains for their propaganda purposes, how and why a Himalayan mountain has come to be known as "Der Schicksalberg der Deutschen," and the discovery of the iceman "tzi" in the Alps. We will look not only at non-fiction texts, but the mountains in fiction, film, music and visual art, as well.
1330:W   KADE SEM