Courses Fall 2017


GER 1120 – Elementary German I, multiple sections

Instructor: TBA

For more information, contact:

Ray Hattaway

Office: Diffenbaugh 316B

Phone: 644-8191

Email: rhattawa@fsu.edu

Introduction to German. Oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed.

May not be taken by native speakers. Students with more than two years of high school German or the equivalent should consult the department for placement. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1110, 1111, 1121, or 2220. Can be taken concurrently with GET 3130, GET 3524, or GEW 4592.


GER 1121 – Elementary German II, multiple sections

Instructor: TBA

For more information, contact:

Ray Hattaway

Office: Diffenbaugh 316B

Phone: 644-8191

Email: rhattawa@fsu.edu

Introduction to German. Oral comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing are stressed.

Prerequisite: Ger 1110 or 1120. May not be taken by native speakers. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1110, 1111, 1121, or 2220. Can be taken concurrently with GET 3130, GET 3524, or GEW 4592.


GER 2220 – Intermediate German, multiple sections

Instructor: TBA

For more information, contact:

Ray Hattaway

Office: Diffenbaugh 316B

Phone: 644-8191

Email: rhattawa@fsu.edu

Serves as final semester of the language requirement and as the transition to upper-level study. Contemporary reading matter, including films, slides, and recordings, serves as the basis for discussion. Prerequisite: GER 1121. May not be taken by native speakers. May not be taken concurrently with GER 1110, 1120, and/or 1121. Can be taken concurrently with GET 3130, GET 3524, or GEW 4592.

 


GER 3400 – Composition and Conversation

Course meetings: Mo/Wed 3:35 – 4:50 pm

Classroom: DIF 232

Instructor: Dr. Birgit Maier-Katkin

Office: Diffenbaugh 368
Phone: 644-8399
Email:  bmaierkatkin@fsu.edu

The objective is to bring the students language skills from the intermediate level to the beginning advanced level. The course gives students an opportunity to develop their ability to write and converse in German at a beginning advanced level on topics of general interest. A student entering the advanced level can narrate and describe events in the present, future, and past (e.g., talk about past events, discuss plans, retell a story). In addition, students can express opinions (e.g., have an argument, participate in a discussion) as well as ask and answer questions and initiate, continue, and close a conversation. A student at the beginning advanced level can speak and write with enough grammatical accuracy that errors do not interfere with comprehension and do not contain mistakes made by beginners.

This course is required for German majors, in addition it fulfills FSU’s Oral Communication Competency Requirement.

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or placement test or instructor’s consent.


GET 3524 – German Cinema

Course meetings: Tu: 5:15 – 7:30pm/ Thur 5:15 – 6:15pm

Classroom: BEL 001

Instructor: Dr. Christian Weber

Office: DIF 316c

Phone: 645-7842

Email:  cweber@fsu.edu

Germany experienced no less than five major regime changes during the past twentieth century: from the German Empire to the Weimar Republic and the Nazi-Regime to Germany divided in Socialist GDR and Capitalist FRG. Eventually, it was reunited in its present state called the Berlin Republic. The country has lived through the decisive struggles of the modern and postmodern age: the rise of nationalism, war, women’s emancipation, social clashes, race issues, the ‘Nazis’ and the Holocaust, ideological conflicts between communism and capitalism, migration and immigration, etc. Accordingly, German cinema underwent strange transformations. This course examines its fascinating history from the silent era to the present and showcases some of the world’s greatest directors (e.g. Murnau, Sternberg, Lang, Fassbinder, Herzog, and Wenders) and their films.

This course meets the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century competencies in the area of Thoughtful Patrons of and Participants in Cultural Practices and Diversity in Western Experience. It also offers credit for German majors and minors.


GER 3502 – Topics in German Studies: German Fantasies of the Wild West

Course meetings: Tu/Thur 12:30 – 1:45 pm

Classroom: DIF 114

Instructor: Dr. A. Dana Weber

Office: DIF 316

Phone: 644-8192

Email: aweber@fsu.edu

The course introduces to Germany’s most beloved fantasy, the Wild West, and its “Other,” the “Indian,” in literary texts, films, comic books, and performances from the nineteenth century to our time. We will engage with the making of cherished cultural clichés and their effects on concepts and practices of cultural difference. Through readings, screenings, discussions, and creative assignments, students will increase their knowledge of German-speaking cultures by an element that is as pervasive and well-liked as Christmas and Oktoberfest traditions. In the process, they will improve their analytical, reading, speaking, and writing skills. The course it taught in German. All course materials will be available on Blackboard.

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or placement test or instructor’s consent. The course offers credit for German majors and minors.


GER 3930 – Special Topics: Language and Society

Course meetings: Mo/Wed/Fr 12:20 – 1:10 pm

Classroom: DIF 114

Instructor: Dr. Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe

Office: DIF 362

Email:  tsoldatjaffe@fsu.edu

Course description: TBA. The course offers credit for German majors and minors.


GER 4420 – Advanced Composition

Class meetings: Tu/Th 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Classroom: DIF 232

Instructor: Dr. A. Dana Weber

Phone: 644-8192

Email:  aweber@fsu.edu

The course aims to develop students’ ability to write in German at an advanced level. Students will be introduced to the most common essay forms: the review, the report, the journal, the case study, the essay, the research paper outline, and the debate. By practicing grammatically correct German writing, students will increase their compositional skills and their linguistic knowledge and also develop personal writing styles. All course materials will be on Blackboard.

The course fulfills the Liberal Studies requirements: “Upper Division Writing” (approval by Fall 2017). It also offers credit for German majors and minors.

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or placement test or instructor’s consent.


FOW 5025: Introduction to Critical Theory

Class meetings: Tu/Th 2:00 – 3:15 pm

Classroom: DIF 210

Instructor: Dr. Christian Weber

Phone: 645-7842

Email:  cweber@fsu.edu

The “Critical Theory” course offers graduate students in the Department of Modern Languages the opportunity to think deeply about what literature and culture mean, and what we do as scholars of literature, language, and culture. We survey such theories as aesthetics, narratology, psychoanalysis, and deconstruction, but also investigate new trends such as ecocriticism, animal studies, and digital humanities.

This course is designed exclusively for graduate students.

MATERIALS

Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism Second Edition, by V. Leitch et al., 2nd edition. ISBN: 978-0-393-932928

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, Second Edition by J. Culler. ISBN: 978-0-19-9691340


IFS 3043 – German Society Through Film: The Legacy of Nazi Crimes Against Humanity (Honors)

Instructor: Birgit Maier-Katkin
Office: Diffenbaugh 368
Phone: 644-8399
Email:  bmaierkatkin@fsu.edu

This course explores cinematic responses to Nazi crimes against humanity in German society. Drawing on the perspectives of victims, perpetrators, bystanders, helpers, resisters, and members of subsequent generations, the course investigates how cultural memory is created to reveal a multiplicity of voices and to reflect on the indelible mark of the Nazi past in Germany. This course is taught in English. It is an E-Series Honors course, in addition if fulfills FSU´s Ethic and Social Responsibility and Cross-Cultural Requirement.


GER 5060 – Graduate Reading Knowledge in German

Course meetings: Tu/Thur 5:15 – 6:30 pm

Classroom: DIF 232

Instructor: Ray Hattaway

Office: Diffenbaugh 316B

Phone: 644-8191

Email: rhattawa@fsu.edu

The focus of this course and/or exam is to enable students to develop techniques essential in attaining a proficiency in the reading and translation of German language.  With the assistance of a good dictionary and traditional resources, students will be able to read and understand scholarly material in their respective fields.  This course offers students a way to adequately prepare for the GER 5069 Graduate Reading Knowledge Exam (German) (please see below).
Texts: Richard Alan Korb, Jannach's German for Reading Knowledge, (6th edition - previous editions will not work) // Good German/English dictionary (required).


GER 5069 – Reading Knowledge Examination

Course meetings: TBA

Classroom: TBA

Instructor: Ray Hattaway

Phone: 644-8191

Email: rhattawa@fsu.edu


GER 5940 – Teaching Practicum

Course meetings: TBA

Instructor: Dr. Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe

Email:  tsoldatjaffe@fsu.edu