Spring 2021

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
GRMN 101-01 German in Everyday Life
Instructor: Ann Hudson
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.
1030:MTWRF   DIST
GRMN 102-01 German in Everyday Life
Instructor: Ann Hudson
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.
0830:MTWRF   DIST
GRMN 102-02 German in Everyday Life
Instructor: Ann Hudson
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   DIST
GRMN 201-01 Intermediate German I: Contemporary German Cultures
Instructor: Sarah McGaughey
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   DIST
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.
1030:MTWR   KADE SEM
GRMN 251-01 Architecture in the German-Speaking World
Instructor: Sarah McGaughey
Course Description:
This course examines architecture in the German-speaking world with an emphasis on the analysis and description of built spaces. While design, use, and the history of these spaces are the focus of the course, we may also explore policies and laws related to their construction. Topics may address architectural themes such as accessibility, environmental impact and sustainability, social class, regionalism, nationalism, internationalism, and transnationalism. We will also pursue projects that use our own experiences of built space to better describe and analyze those in the German-speaking world.
1330:MR   DIST
GRMN 251-02 Germany and the Cold War: Emergence, Duration and Demise of the Bipolar World Order of 20th Century
Instructor: Janine Ludwig
Course Description:
Part of the Globally Integrated Semester in Germany.This seminar covers the history of Germany throughout the 20th century. However, it is not a historic course in the strict sense, but has a cultural studies approach and pays attention to ideas, ideologies, value systems and political-intellectual movements: We try to understand how people have seen and felt about their time and the future and ask questions such as: What did they think about modernity, about their government; were they looking forward to the future or were they afraid of it? In a side aspect, we occasionally examine the images of America that Germans produced at different times. In a brief introduction, World War I, the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich are touched upon as developments that ultimately led to the Cold War. Then the division of Germany, Europe and the world into East and West is discussed, and finally the revolution of 1989, which contributed to the fall of the Soviet Union and led to German reunification as well as the eastward expansion of the European Union.
1030:TR   DIST
GRMN 350-01 German Music and Politics
Instructor: Amy Wlodarski
Course Description:
Cross-listed with JDST 316-01 and MUAC 354-01. This seminar explores how music has interacted with German politics, from the early 19th century to the reunification. Students will explore how culture mobilizes political agendas, how music can wound and sustain individuals in traumatic situations, and how the discourse around music reveals social biases, values, and perspectives. The specific themes of the course include the following: hero worship, nationalism, ethnic/racial theories, anti-Semitism, musical images of war, fascism, genocide, political critique, and censorship. All students will have the opportunity to research a facet of "political music" that aligns with their own cultural and musical interests, including those that lie outside the geographic borders of the course. Taught in English.
1500:TF   DIST
GRMN 400-01 America in Germany Literature and Film
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
Course Description:
America has fascinated and repelled people in the German-speaking world for centuries. This course will look at that attraction and disgust through a combination of literary and filmic texts. We will study topics such as the American Revolution, Native Americans, the Great Depression and post-war American culture as seen through German eyes. Literature includes works by Goethe, Karl May, Sealsfield, Jan Wagner and others. Films by Trenker, Wenders, Herzog and others. One highlight of the course will be the participation of Jan Wagner, our Max Kade Writer-in-Residence, who will join us for several sessions. His poetry and essays have been deeply influenced by American literature. Course taught in German.
1230:MWF   KADE SEM