Courses fall 2020

GER 1120 – Elementary German I, multiple sections
For more information, contact:
Dr. A. Dana Weber
Office: DIF 316
Email: aweber@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 and GET 3524.

GER 1121 – Elementary German II, multiple sections
For more information, contact:
Dr. A. Dana Weber
Office: DIF 316
Email: aweber@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 and GET 3524.

GER 2220 – Intermediate German, multiple sections
For more information, contact:
Dr. A. Dana Weber
Office: DIF 316
Email: aweber@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 and GET 3524.

GER 3400 – Composition and Conversation
Tu/Thur: 12:30 – 1:45, LSB 214
Dr. Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe
Email: tsoldatjaffe@fsu.edu

This course is designed for students who have completed GER 2220 or the equivalent. The objective is to bring the language skills from the intermediate level to the beginning advanced level. Students have an opportunity to develop their ability to write and converse in German at a beginning advanced level on topics of general interest. Required for German majors; fulfills FSU´s “Oral Communication Competency Requirement.” TAUGHT IN GERMAN. Prerequisites: GER 2220, the equivalent, or Instructor permission.

GET 3005 - Interdisciplinary Explorations in German Culture: CULINARY CULTURE.
Tu/Thur: 2:00 – 3:15 pm, BEL 209
Dr. A. Dana Weber
Email: aweber@fsu.edu

In this course, students will acquire and apply knowledge from the field of German studies on the interdisciplinary topic of German Culinary Culture. Students acquire critical and creative thinking and key concepts and theories through readings and engaging with authentic cultural materials. They also conduct a fieldwork research project and present their findings at the Center of Global Engagement. The course fulfils the Liberal Studies requirement “Scholarship in Practice.” TAUGHT IN ENGLISH, NO PREREQUISITES.

GER 3440 – German Business: Culture, Language, and Practice.
Mo/We: 3:35 – 4:50 pm, SAN 103
Dr. C. Weber
Email: cweber@fsu.edu

Intermediate-level introduction to the German of the business world (speaking and writing). Students will gain a basic understanding of German business practices and the economic, political, social, and cultural structures of business in the German-speaking countries, compare them with developments in the European Union and the US, and examine selected German companies. TAUGHT IN GERMAN. Prerequisites: GER 2220, the equivalent, or Instructor permission.

GET 3524 – German Cinema
Mo 5:15 – 7:30 pm, Wed: 5:15 – 6:15 pm; Room: DIF 129
Dr. Christian. Weber
Email: cweber@fsu.edu

German cinema is one of the most distinct national cinematographic traditions. As a consequence of the historical tragedies their country and culture experienced, Germans constantly needed to renegotiate their cultural self-understanding, to handle the traumatic experiences of the recent past and to find solutions for a peaceful co-existence with other nations that had been perceived as essential threats at various points in time. This course explores German film as a great case study for how cinema as modern art form with tremendous stylistic and aesthetic power is involved in defining and constructing a national culture. TAUGHT IN ENGLISH. No prerequisites. The course fulfils the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century competencies in “Thoughtful Patrons of and Participants in Cultural Practices” and “Diversity in Western Experience” and also offers credit for German majors and minors.

GEW 4591 (Studies in Author/Theme)/ GEW 5208 (Studies in a Genre)
German Fairy Tales in Translation
TuTh 3:35PM - 4:50PM, DIF 234
Dr. Tatjana Soldat-Jaffe
Email: tsoldatjaffe@fsu.edu

We will read and analyze famous as well as little-known tales German fairy tale collections this semester. As an interdisciplinary course, we will investigate other storytelling forms, film, and the other arts. The focus on this course is how issues of power, gender, race, class, and justice play out in these surprisingly dense, meaningful, and very old stories. Why do we continue to tell and to know these tales? Why are some tales that were very famous in the nineteenth century largely forgotten today? Why do certain stories recur again and again in modern cultures?

This course will be taught in English. No prerequisites.

GEW 5597/4930 – (Special Topics)
Babylon Berlin.
Tu/Th: 5:15 – 6:30 pm, DIF 234
Dr. A. Dana Weber
Email: aweber@fsu.edu

This course explores film adaptation by the example of the successful German show Babylon Berlin that transfers Volker Kutscher’s thriller novels to television. We will examine both how Kutscher’s novels bring to life the Berlin of the 1920s compared to the city’s authors of that time; and how the Netflix series in turn adapts Kutscher’s current text by drawing on predecessors from Weimar culture. In this course, students will become familiar with a crucial era in Germany’s twentieth-century history through the echoes it has today. Students will also acquire a literary, theoretical, and cultural framework for intertextual and transmedial analysis. Taught in German. Prerequisites: two 3000-level courses or instructor permission.

GER 5060/5069 – Graduate Reading Knowledge in German
Mo/Wed 5:15 – 6:30 pm, Room: DIF 112
Dr. Ray Hattaway
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 5940 – Teaching Practicum
For more information contact: Dr. A. Dana Weber
Office: DIF 316
Email: aweber@fsu.edu

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