Courses Taught in German

German 101-1,2,3 Beginning German
The Beginning German sequence offers students a systematic introduction to German language and culture emphasizing the four modalities: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Prerequisite in German: None.   
 
German 102-1,2,3 Intermediate German 
The Intermediate German sequence offers students a systematic review of German language and culture. The pedagogy fosters learning in the four modalities: speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Prerequisite in German: 101-3 or equivalent.
 
German 115: Intensive Beginning German through Musical Journeys in Vienna
This interdisciplinary course offers musically interested students the opportunity to acquire German language skills through an immersion in the musical and cultural history of Vienna. 
 
German 201-0 Focus Reading
This course is for students in intermediate German who would like to explore German texts in addition to taking a language course. Examines contemporary German culture. Prerequisite in German: German 102-1. Will not count for the language requirement. Not open for students who already had one 200-level German course. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.
 
German 203-0 Focus Speaking 
Practical training in communication skills with the sole emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking. Prerequisite in German: German 102-2. Will not count for the language requirement. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.
 
German 205-0 Focus Writing 
This course is designed for students who wish to further written proficiency in German. The course will focus on the analysis and production of portraits, descriptions of places, narratives, newspaper reports, reviews of films and cultural events, reports, argumentative essays, advertisements, and interpretations of literary works. Prerequisite in German: German 102-3. May be repeated for credit with change of topic.
 
German 207-0 Current Events in German Media
Exploration of current events in a variety of German media (newspapers, TV, Internet, etc.). Topics include politics, music, film, sports, and literature.  Prerequisite in German: German 102-3.

German 209-0 German in the Business World 
German language study oriented toward business. Emphasizes business-related communicative situations such as social interactions with customers, business travel, basic business letters. Prepares students for the Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf exam. Prerequisite in German: one 200 level course in German.
 
German 211-0 German Culture Through Film
Introduction to 20th-century German cinema. Discussion of German identity, culture, history, and politics. Course emphasizes cultural knowledge and German language skills. Prerequisite in German: One 200 level course in German. (Distro Area VI)

GERMAN 213-0 Politics, History, and Culture in 21st-Cen­tury Germany
In-depth cultural and linguistic exploration of current issues (e.g., integration of foreigners, multicultural life) in Germany. Prerequisite: 102-3 or consent of instructor. (Distro Area III)

German 221-1 Introduction to Literature: 1800-1900 
Introduces students to representative texts and writers of 19th century German literature and familiarizes them with literary analysis and literary genres. Prerequisite in German: One 200 level course in German. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 221-2 Introduction to Literature: 1900-1945 
Introduces students to representative German texts and German writers of the first half of the 20th century marked by the demise of the German Empire in the course of the First World War, the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), and the Rise and Fall of the “Third Reich”. Prerequisite in German: One 200 level course in German. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 221-3 Introduction to Literature: 1945-today 
Introduces students to representative short stories by major German-speaking authors’ writing from 1945 through the present. The stories selected are representative of a dynamic period in German literature and highlight important social, political, and intellectual issues. Prerequisite in German: German 102-3. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 223-0 Contemporary Austrian Literature 
Overview and introduction to contemporary Austria: the land, its people, and cultural institutions through newer writers such as Hackl, Handke, Haslinger, Helfer, Jelinek, Nöstlinger, Reichart, Schlag, and Turrini. Prerequisite in German: One 200 level course in German. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 227-0 Popular Literature as Cultural History 
Study of popular German texts of the last 100 years. Course provides insights into the cultural and historical fabric of 20th and 21st century Germany; discussion of popular culture’s role in society and introduction to theories of popular literature. Prerequisite in German: One 200 level course in German. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 245-0 Special Topics in German Literature and Culture 
Studies of a major author, a prominent theme in German literature or culture, a movement, or a genre. May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite in German: One 200 level course in German.
 
German 303-0 Speaking as Discovery 
A course to improve listening comprehension and speaking skills to the advanced level of German. Content focuses on exploring standpoints, developing arguments, and expressing points of view through current cultural texts and news broadcasts. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in listening, reading, and speaking.
 
German 305-0 Writing as Discovery
Practice of advanced and sophisticated structures of written German through a series of linguistic exercises. Students will work on a biographical piece of writing over the length of the quarter. Prerequisite in German: High intermediate skills in reading, writing, and speaking.
 
German 307-0 German Media 
Current political, socioeconomic, and cultural events in Germany and Europe. Topics from German-language media, including newspapers, magazines, Internet sources, and news broadcasts. Discussion of journalistic differences among media sources. Prerequisite: high-intermediate skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking.
 
German 309-1 Advanced Business German: the German Economy 
Students will acquire a solid understanding of Germany’s economy, its current problems, German business practices, and differences to the US system. This course starts preparing students for the internationally recognized exam Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International. Prerequisite in German: High intermediate skills in reading, writing and speaking.
 
German 309-2 Advanced Business German: Marketing and Management 
Students will gain skills to function in a multitude of German business contexts such as management or marketing. They will also increase their cross-cultural knowledge and intercultural competency. Course prepares students for the internationally recognized Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International. Prerequisite in German: High intermediate skills in reading, writing and speaking.
 
German 321-1 Reason, Revolution, and Despair: 1800-1900 
Discussion of key texts in German intellectual history from the Enlightenment to the pre-revolutionary period in the 1830s. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area IV and VI)
 
German 321-2 Myth and Modernity: 1900-1945 
Discussion of key texts to acquaint students with the literature and thought as well as the events and ideologies that helped shape the cultural, political and social life in Germany during a period that saw the rise and final collapse of  the imperial tradition, a short-lived experiment with democracy during the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), and the rise of the Nazi state. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area IV and VI)
 
German 321-3 Recoveries and Transitions: 1945 - Present 
Examination of relationship of literature (and film) with socio-political sphere post 1945. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area IV and VI)
 
German 323-0 Rhyme and Reason - German Poetry 
Introduces students to German poetry from the early 18th century to the present. Concentrates on main formal categories of poetry (meter, rhyme, verse, and poetic genres) as well as main topics and themes of German poetry. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 327-0 Expressionism 
Focuses on German Expressionism in its most extreme literary and artistic reactions to the impact of modernity, war, and revolution and on the individual and collective experience in Berlin from 1910-1920. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 329-0 Brecht: Theater, Film, and Media 
Introduction to Bertolt Brecht’s theatre in the 1920s and early 1930s during the Weimar Republic. Historical critical review of the still evolving media of film and radio. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 331-0 Shattered Worlds: Representation after the Shoa
Examination of the role of German literature and art in creation of historical consciousness in postwar period. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 333-0 Literature of a Divided Nation 
Study of literature and culture of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) within the social, political, and historical context. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 335-0 Minority Voices in Germany 
Study of minority literatures in Germany (including Turkish, Italian, Afro German, and Jewish discourses) within social, political and historical context. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area VI)
 
German 337-0 Science and Culture in Germany 1780 - 1880 
Exploration of key texts popularizing major scientific innovations, such as rational mechanics, analytical chemistry, thermodynamics, and evolutionary biology, in their cultural context. Prerequisite in German: High Intermediate skills in speaking, advanced skills in reading and writing. (Distro Area IV and V)
 
German 345-0 Topics in German Literature and Culture 
In-depth study of topics in German literature and/or pivotal periods in German culture. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Prerequisite in German: Advanced skills in speaking, reading and writing.
 
German 398-0 Undergraduate Seminar (1–3 units) 
Advanced work through supervised reading, research, and discussion. Prerequisite in German: Advanced skills in speaking, reading and writing.
 
German 399-0 Independent Study 
Open to outstanding German majors with senior standing. Prerequisite in German: Advanced skills in speaking, reading and writing.