Courses Spring 2016

 
   

GER 1120 - Elementary German I, multiple sections

Instructor: TBA

For more information, contact:

Ray Hattaway

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 or GET 3524.

   

GER 1120 - Elementary German II, multiple sections

Instructor: TBA

For more information, contact:

Ray Hattaway

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 or GET 3524.

   

GER 2220 - Intermediate German, multiple sections

Instructor: TBA

For more information, contact:

Ray Hattaway

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 orGET 3524.
   

GER 3310 - German Grammar

Intermediate German Grammar. A comprehensive review and practice of German language.

Course meetings: Tu/Th 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Classroom: DIF 114

Instructor: Ray Hattaway

Phone: 644-8191

Email: rhattawa@fsu.edu

This course focuses on the rules of German grammar and syntax and employing them correctly in speaking and writing. It and offers a comprehensive intermediate program for students having completed the minimum of GER 2220 or the equivalent and are at the Intermediate level. Students will review their basic understanding of German Language and expand their skills in detail at the intermediate level. In addition, the students will practice correspondence and speaking skills as needed in communicative activities, e.g., essays, letters, resumes, interviews, presentations, etc. This course also serves to further improve the students' language skills from the intermediate level toward the advanced level. This will be done through grammar exercises, reading, writing, listening and conversation. By reviewing previous grammar points and by adding more detailed explanations students will be able to work on the intermediary level of language learning. Students will be given ample opportunity to develop their ability to write and converse in German at this level on topics of general interest. Students will increase and improve their competence and proficiency in all aspects of German grammar.

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

   

GER 3500 - German Studies

"Made in Germany:" Ideas, Inventions, and Events in German Culture

Course meetings: Mo/We/Fr 12:20 - 1:10 pm

Classroom: DIF 129

Instructor: Dr. Christian Weber

Phone: 645-7842

Email: cweber@fsu.edu

This course serves as an introduction to the study of German culture. The course provides students with an understanding of major events in the modern history, culture, literature, and politics of German-speaking countries.

Emphasis is put on increasing students' German reading skills and their ability to discuss and write on literary and cultural topics. Students will be also introduced to basic tools of literary analysis and interpretation.

The course is taught in German.

Prerequisite: GER 2220 or placement test or instructor's consent. This course is mandatory for the German major.

   

GER 3780 - Phonetics

Course meetings: Tu/Th 12:30 - 1:45 pm

Classroom: BEL 118

Instructor: Dr. Birgit Maier-Katkin

Phone: 644-8399

Email: bmaierkatkin@fsu.edu

This course increases competence and proficiency in the German language. It acquaints students with the fundamentals of English-German comparative phonetics. The primary objective of this course is to strengthen and increase student's previous abilities in the German language and to perfect competence and proficiency in German pronunciation and speaking. The course provides ample opportunity to practice spoken German and helps students to improve their ability to speak German with a close to native pronunciation. A course pack will be required.

Prerequisite: GER 1121 or placement test or instructor's consent.

   

GET 3130 - Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation

Passion and Imagination in German Literature

Class meetings: Tu/Th 2:00 - 3:15 pm

Classroom: DIF 129

Instructor: TBA

For more information, contact:

Dr. Birgit Maier-Katkin

Phone: 644-8399

Email: bmaierkatkin@fsu.edu

What are 'passion' and 'imagination'? What is the role of both in the literary articulation of ideological and political issues? And how do the two concepts play out in literary texts about gender and cultural difference? Engaging with the passionate and imaginative aspects of classical works of German literature will prompt our discussions and expand our knowledge about how passion and imagination continue to enrich our lives today.

The course introduces students to masterpieces of German literature from the nineteenth century to the present. As it uses works by authors of various ethnic, minority, and gender backgrounds that bring forth German representations of gendered or cultural Others and transcultural issues, the course enables students to develop critical competence in both literary analysis and diversity in Western (here: German) culture.

The course fulfills the Liberal Studies requirements: "Area IV: Literature W" and "Cultural Practice Y." The course offers credit for German majors and minors. It is taught in English and has no prerequisites.

   

GEW 4591 - Studies in an Author or Theme

GEW 5595 - Studies in a Theme

Transnational German Literature

Course meetings: Tu/Th 3:35 pm - 4:50 pm

Classroom: DIF 214

Instructor: Dr. Birgit Maier-Katkin

Phone: 644-8399

Email: bmaierkatkin@fsu.edu

This course presents students with works of German literature and film in which ethnicity, transnationalism, and cross-cultural experience is expressed, reflected, and constructed in German culture. We will look at German-Turkish, German-Japanese, Afro-German, German-Russian and German exile writers and filmmakers. Issues of identity in the context of transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, otherness, immigration, integration and borderland will be raised. We will read German literature and view films to address questions such as: What is meant by ethnic (or minority) literature? How do ethnic works express the experience of Fremdheit and Fremdsein? What does it mean to be the Other, to be different, to live "in-between" cultures? How do terms like grenzenlos (borderless), Grenzland (borderland), and Grenzübergänge (border crossings) play a part in literature, film, and critical inquiry.

The course is taught in German. Prerequisites: Two 3000-level courses or instructor permission.

   

GEW 4592 - Studies in a Period or Movement

GEW 5208 - Studies in a Genre

Cinema of Prostitution and Corruption: The (Re)Presentation of Women in German Film

Course meetings: Mo/We 3:35 - 4:50 pm

Classroom: DIF 129

Instructor: Dr. Christian Weber

Phone: 645-7842

E-mail: cweber@fsu.edu

This course explores one very prominent theme in German Cinema: Prostitution. Why does German film from the 1920s to the present showcase so many prostitutes? And why is the prostitute such an attractive figure in (not just German) film? We will investigate these questions by observing the role of women in films from three different eras: the Weimar Republic (Sternberg, Pabst), the German Democratic Republic (Maetzig, Wolf), and the New German Cinema (Fassbinder). Our focus will be especially on the extraordinary career of Rainer W. Fassbinder, who is the culmination point of this theme in German cinema. If time permits, we will also discuss his influence on international film-makers such as Pedro Almodovar, Fatih Akin, and Francois Ozon.

Taught in English. Undergraduate students who have taken at least two 3000-level courses and all graduate students with an interest in the topic are welcome!

   
 
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