Courses Fall 2015

 
   

GER 1120: Elementary German I: Multiple Sessions

Ray Hattaway
Office: Diffenbaugh 316B
Phone: 644-8191
Email: rhattaway@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 1121: Elementary German II: Multiple Sessions

Ray Hattaway
Office: Diffenbaugh 316B
Phone: 644-8191
Email: rhattaway@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 Sessions

Ray Hattaway
Office: Diffenbaugh 316B
Phone: 644-8191
Email: rhattaway@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 or GET 3524.
   

GER 3400: Composition and Conversation

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

Mo/Wed 3:35 - 4:50 pm

DIF 124

Course description TBA.

   

GER 3502: Topics in German Studies: "Gender and Violence"

Dr. A. Dana Weber
Office: Diffenbaugh 316
Email: aweber@fsu.edu

Mo/Wed 5:15 - 6:30 pm

DIF 212

All versions of the "Bluebeard" story thematize cultural conceptions about "Gender" and "Violence," i.e., law, power, masculinity and femininity. In this course, students explore German literary versions of this tale by canonical German authors such as Ludwig Tieck, Georg Trakl, or Alfred Döblin alongside its retellings in fairy-tales and films. Students will improve their analytical and critical abilities as they explore these materials with the help of brief theoretical readings. Reading, essay writing, presentations, class discussions and projects will aid them in developing their German skills. As the course offers students insights into a major theme of German and Western culture, it also familiarizes them with core concepts from literary, feminist, and cultural studies and increases their knowledge of read, written, and spoken German.

The course is taught in German! Prerequisite: GER 2220 or Permission of the Instructor.

All readings will be available on Blackboard.

   

GET 3524: German Cinema

"Nationalists, Socialists and Democrats: The Many Faces of Germany on Film"

Dr. Christian Weber
Office: Diffenbaugh 316C
Phone: 644-8194
Email: cweber@fsu.edu

Tu 5:15 - 7:30 pm

Th 5:15 - 6:15 pm

HCB 216

Germany experienced no less than six different forms of state regime (German Empire, Weimar Republic, NS-Regime, Germany divided in Socialist Eastern and Capitalist Western states, Berlin Republic) during the past twentieth century. As such, it lived through the decisive struggles of the modern and postmodern age: nationalism, social clashes, race issues, the Holocaust, ideological conflicts between communism and capitalism, migration and immigration, deportation, women's emancipation, etc.

Accordingly, German cinema underwent strange transformations. This course examines the fascinating history of German cinema as an epitomic example of modern Western culture and invites students to reflect about and actively engage with many cultural topics in the form of writing film reviews and an in-depth analytical essay.

This course is taught in ENGLISH and open to all undergraduate students!

This course fulfills the multicultural requirement "Y": Diversity in Western Experience (Liberal Studies Area IV: Humanities and Fine Arts)

Required Text: Stephen Brockmann, A Critical History of German Film, Camden House, ISBN: 978-1571134684

   

GEW 5597: Studies in a Period - Special Topics

GEW 4592: Studies in a Period or Movement

"The Magic Spell of Poetry. Introduction to the Analysis and Interpretation of German Lyric Poetry"

Dr. Christian Weber
Office: Diffenbaugh 316C
Phone: 644-8194
Email: cweber@fsu.edu

Tu/Th 3:35 - 4:50 pm

WMS 209

This course serves as an introduction to the analysis and interpretation of German poetry. The term "introduction" has two meanings here: First, we will survey the basic terminology and concepts of literary analysis. Second, we will trace the crucial developmental stages and transitional phases of poetry by reading and interpreting some of the most brilliant German poems ranging from the medieval age to the present.

This course in taught in GERMAN!

Prerequisites for GEW 4592: GER 3400 and/or GER 3500 or Instructor's permission.

No textbook required, course material will be provided by instructor.

   

GEW 5595: Studies in a Theme

GEW 4930: Special Topics

"Performances of Otherness in German Culture and Theatre"

Dr. A. Dana Weber
Office: Diffenbaugh 316
Email: aweber@fsu.edu

Mo/Wed: 3:35 - 4:50 pm

DIF 212

German culture (especially acting theatre and opera) abound with roles of "strangers" and depictions of faraway fantastic lands. The course explores the German fascination with these alien and exotic figures and places. What has made them so attractive to German audiences throughout time? What do they tell us about the historical contexts in which they occur? Why does the fascination with the alien and exotic continue unbroken today, in our post-national, post-colonial, globalized era? Is performance the major medium to broadcast concepts of alterity and self-definition?

Students will become familiar with canonical prose and stage works by authors such as G. E. Lessing, W. A. Mozart, or Bertolt Brecht. With the help of brief theoretical readings, we will engage critically with how these works' politics of representation are linked with their enduring aesthetic, poetic, and political messages. Additionally, deep readings and analytical writing, interpretations, discussions, creative activities, as well as viewings of operas and films will increase learners' German skills as well as their ability of communicating in academic German.

The course is taught in German. Prerequisites: GER 3400 and/or GER 3500 or Instructor's permission.

Readings:

Lessing, G. E. Nathan der Weise. ISBN: 9783150000038

Brecht, Bertolt. Der gute Mensch von Sezuan. ISBN: 9783518188255

Mozart, W. A. Die Entführung aus dem Serail. ISBN: 9783150184004

All other readings will be provided on Blackboard.

   

IFS 3043: German Society through Film: The Legacy of Nazi Crimes Against Humanity

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

Mo 5:15 - 7:30 pm

Wed 5:15 - 6:15 pm

DIF 124

Course description TBA.

   

GER 4942: Internship in Applied German

Ray Hattaway
Office: Diffenbaugh 316B
Phone: 644-8191
Email: rhattaway@fsu.edu

Please contact Instructor.
   

GER 5060: Graduate Reading Knowledge

GER 5069: Reading Knowledge in Examination

Ray Hattaway
Office: Diffenbaugh 316B
Phone: 644-8191
Email: rhattaway@fsu.edu

Tu/Th 3:35 - 4:50 pm

DIF 124

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).

Texts: Richard Alan Korb, Jannach's German for Reading Knowledge, (6th edition - previous editions will not work) // Good German/English dictionary (required)

   

GER 4942: Internship in Applied German

Ray Hattaway
Office: Diffenbaugh 316B
Phone: 644-8191
Email: rhattaway@fsu.edu

Please contact Instructor.
   

GER 5940: Teaching Practicum

Ray Hattaway
Office: Diffenbaugh 316B
Phone: 644-8191
Email: rhattaway@fsu.edu

Please contact Instructor.
   
 
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