Spring 2020

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
GRMN 102-01 German in Everyday Life
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
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   KADE SEM
GRMN 102-02 German in Everyday Life
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
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   KADE SEM
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   KADE SEM
GRMN 202-01 Intermediate German II: Mediated German Cultures
Instructor: Antje Pfannkuchen
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   ALTHSE 07
GRMN 215-01 German Environments
Instructor: Antje Pfannkuchen
Course Description:
Known for their contemporary environmentalism, German-speaking cultures have a long cultural history that speaks to complex understandings and relationships with nature. At times ideological, political, religious, spiritual, and critical, it is a turbulent history. This course will focus on the environment in German-speaking cultures while posing questions about how cultures relationship to the environment is informed by and informs contemporary German-speaking cultures. Topics might include understanding the significant role of nature in Romanticism that continues to influence concepts today, the industrialization of Central Europe, 20th and 21st century environmentalism, or the ways in which media (i.e. literature, film, music) underscore or contradict certain assumptions about nature. This course may be taught in German or in English.Prerequisite: GRMN 202 if offered in German, or permission of the instructor. No prerequisite, if offered in English.
1330:MR   KADE SEM
GRMN 250-01 Austrian Literature, Film and Culture
Instructor: Kamaal Haque
Course Description:
NOTE: Taught in English.Austria is often thought of, when at all, as the land of the Alps and Arnold Schwarzenegger. But of course it is so much more. In this course we will explore Austria's rich traditions of literature, film and culture. Topics will include the multi-ethnic Hapsburg Empire, the role of Germany in Austrian identity, the Third Reich, and the mountains versus cities as sites of identity. Course and readings are in English.
1500:MR   BOSLER 213
GRMN 350-01 Contemporary German Literature
Instructor: Sarah McGaughey
Course Description:
An examination of topics related to German literature or culture. Topics may include major German writers, periods of German culture, and intellectual and social movements. Prerequisite: Study in Bremen or permission of instructor.
 
GRMN 400-01 Contemporary German Literature: From Abbas Khider to Julie Zeh
Instructor: Sarah McGaughey
Course Description:
In this course we will study the German-language literary imagination of the 21st century. We will explore a wide range of topics in contemporary German literature such as the German unification, nature, exile and multicultural identities, remembrance, post-feminism, and contemporary myths. Readings will be chosen collaboratively by the instructor and the students. We will read some of the authors who have spent time at Dickinson. This course is taught in German.
1330:W   KADE SEM
GRMN 500-01 Advanced German: German for Academic Use
Instructor: Antje Pfannkuchen
Course Description: