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Summer and Fall 2017 Courses

Summer 2017

GER 101, 102, 103  First Year German (5 credits each)
CRNs: 40981, 40982, 40983
Complete the entire first year of German in just nine weeks!
This intensive series is designed to provide you with a foundation in German language and culture. You will learn to communicate in German using the four skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading. Through videos, readings and class discussions you will be introduced to various aspects of culture in German-speaking countries. 101-103 are structured according to international standards (ACTFL and EFR proficiency guidelines) to provide you with transparency and clear goals and to signal to you, other universities, and employers around the world that you have mastered basic German.

GER 201, 202, 203   Second Year German (4 credits each)
CRNs: 42110, 42111, 42112
This sequence is designed to provide you with a foundation in German vocabulary, grammar, and culture.  You will have the chance to expand your vocabulary and your knowledge of structures in a unifying context with engaging cultural topics brought to you in authentic readings and engaging videos. You will learn to discuss in German and continue to prepare for participating in the larger academic and intellectual discourses at the University of Oregon and beyond. As we have done in the 100 series, we will use as much German as possible right from the start and we will help you to do the same. Your active participation will quickly yield results!

GER 223  Germany: A Multicultural Society (4 credits)   ONLINE!   Vogel
CRN: 40984.  Taught in EnglishThis course fulfills the Arts and Letters (A&L) as well as the Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP) requirement. Course dates are July 24-August 20.
This course examines the multiethnic complexities of German, Austrian, and/or Swiss societies through the writings of African, Turkish, or Jewish Germans as well as contemporary films on the topic. This course introduces students to the political and social challenges faced by post-unification Germany. We will consider the historical, socioeconomic, political and cultural issues of minority populations. As we study the various groups we will investigate the way in which they have helped to redefine what counts as “German” today. Period of focus varies.
Note: This course takes place entirely online, with assignments delivered, submitted, and graded via CANVAS and email. I will hold office hours in 208 Friendly Hall every Monday. If you are not attending classes on the UO campus, please contact me immediately to set up alternative forms of communication. Lectures will be a combination of video presentation and audio lectures; assignments include weekly journal entries, discussion board postings, close reading projects, and essay exams. Weekly modules organize this class, and you are responsible for keeping up with the work.

GER 355 German Cinema  (4 credits)  Vogel
CRN: 40985; Taught in EnglishThis course fulfills the Arts and Letters (A&L) as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. Course dates are June 26-July 23.
In-depth analysis of various facets of one of the greatest traditions in world cinema. Topics include film and the Third Reich, cinema and technology, German filmmakers in American exile, German New Wave.

 

Fall 2017

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GER 101 First Year German  (5 credits)
CRNs: 17241, 17242, 17243, 17244, 17245, 17246. This series is designed to provide you with a foundation in German language and culture: you will learn to communicate in German using the four skills: listening, speaking, writing and reading. Through videos, readings and class discussions you will be introduced to various aspects of culture in German-speaking countries. 101-103 are structured according to international standards (ACTFL and EFR proficiency guidelines) to provide you with transparency and clear goals and to signal to you, other universities, and employers around the world that you have mastered basic German.

SWED 101 First Year Swedish  (5 credits) Mier-Cruz
CRN: 15742. The goal of this course is to introduce Swedish as it is used in everyday contexts, such as talking about yourself, finding your way around, and describing your immediate surroundings. The course will be taught in a communicative way. In-class activities and homework will focus on speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. To succeed in this course, you must actively participate. Class will be conducted primarily, but not exclusively in Swedish. You will be expected to attend class regularly, to prepare for class daily, and speak as much Swedish as possible.

CAS 101H Reacting to the Past (4 credits) Ostmeier
CRN: 16727; Taught in English. This course satisfies the Social Science (SSC) requirement.
In this course you will study, act, and play. You’ll meet with suffrage, labor and women’s movement activists. Organize, publicize, and participate in a woman suffrage parade. Debate with anarchists, recruit villagers for the strike of silk workers, advocate for birth control, and join the salons of the avant-garde in New York and Berlin.

GER 198 Advising Workshop (1 credit) Librett
CRN: 12699; This one-hour workshop meets for just one hour total in a term. It is required of German majors, and should be completed at least two terms prior to your intended graduation.

GER 201 2nd Year German  (4 Credits)
CRN: 12702, 12703, 12704, 12705. Willkommen zurück in Deutsch 201! You have advanced to the fourth quarter of a two-year sequence designed to provide you with a foundation in German vocabulary, grammar, and culture. Congratulations on belonging to this select group! What will we do this year? In German 200 you will have the chance to expand your vocabulary and your knowledge of structures in a unifying context with engaging cultural topics brought to you in authentic readings and engaging videos. You will learn to discuss in German and continue to prepare for participating in the larger academic and intellectual discourses at the University of Oregon and beyond. As we have done in the 100 series, we will use as much German as possible right from the start and we will help you to do the same. Your active participation will quickly yield results!

SWED 201  Second Year Swedish  (4 credits) Mier-Cruz
CRN: 15743; The goal of this course is to continue introducing Swedish as it is used in everyday contexts, such as talking about what you like to eat, traveling around Sweden, and describing your immediate surroundings. It will be taught in a communicative way i.e. in-class activities and homework will focus on speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills. To succeed in this course, you must actively participate. Class will be conducted primarily, but not exclusively in Swedish. You will be expected to attend class regularly, to prepare for class daily, and speak as much Swedish as possible.

GER 221 Postwar Germany (4 credits) Bayerl
CRN: Lecture 12706 + discussion. Taught in English. Satisfies Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement.
This course explores notions about East/West and reunited German culture and society as reflected in a series of narratives, films, and essays. How do these reveal changing ideas in Germany about the connection between the past and present, about authority, rebellion, the desire for fulfillment? The narratives and films address issues that have helped shape the ways Germans think today. They also highlight ongoing debates over concepts of national “unity.”

GER 251 Sexuality (4 credits) Boos
CRN: 12711; Taught in English. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement as well as the Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP) requirement.
The history of German Literature and thought has been intertwined with the historical formation of sexual discourse and contemporary debates on sexuality. This course traces the dynamics of sexual relations and policies through the rapidly changing cultural and political landscape of modernity. We will examine pioneering and provocative works from nineteenth to twenty-first century German artists and thinkers to understand how sexual norms and gender roles are (re)negotiated and (re)constructed over time by established institutional practice and social resistance to it. We will become familiar with new forms of representation and interpretation in contexts such as the emergence of psychoanalytic thought, the German avant-garde, the theme of incest, queer film, and social advocacy for homosexual and transgender rights.

SCAN 251 Text and Interpretation: Masks and Ecstatic Experience (4 credits) Stern
CRN: 15454; Taught in English. This course satisfies both the Arts and Letters (A&L) and the International Cultures (IC) group.
This class is about stories It is about how we tell them, what they mean to us, and how narrative permeates the very fabric of our understanding of the world. Considering this and remembering that our “universe” of stories includes narratives that we have been told, read, and told ourselves; we can safely say that we are not the authors of our entire sense of the world. This raises several interesting questions about the relationship between and “self” and the “other.” Some of these questions include: Are our stories our own? Who speaks for us? How do I know who I am? What obligation, if any, do I have towards others? To what extent are we determined by history? What is the relationship between speech and experience?
It is my hope that we can begin to answer these questions and raise other ones that will enable us to understand better the process through which we try to make sense of the world. In order to approach these questions, we will read and analyze a series of literary and philosophical texts and we will also view two films. Please note that all course material highlights the difficulty of interpretation. In other words, our goal is to develop the critical thinking skills that enable us to more accurately read our experiences and understand representations of our environments. With this goal in mind, I have decided to introduce you to a number of works that interrogate the notions of identity, authority, and truth. In other words, we will use the texts in our course as examples for an investigation of how narratives construct or if you prefer, color, our sense of “reality.” Texts in the course include: H.C. Andersen’s “The Snow Queen, Isak Dinesen’s (Karen Blixen’s) “The Blank Page” and “Roads Round Pisa,” Soren Kierkegaard’s “Fear and Trembling,” Selma Lagerlöf’s “The Saga of Gösta Berling,” and two tales by Edgar Allen Poe, “William Wilson” and “The Man of the Crowd.” We shall also watch two films, Reprise by Joakim von Trier and Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal.

SCAN 259 Vikings Through Icelandic Sagas: The Twilight of the Family Saga (4 credits) Gurley
CRN: 16062; Taught in English. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement.
Of the entire corpus of medieval European literature, there is nothing quite like the ‘Sagas of the Icelanders’ or ‘family sagas.’ Falling somewhere between historical novel and prose epic, these fusions of history, genealogy, vita, and legend are composed against the grain of European aesthetics. The products of an experimental commonwealth that flourished in letters, they are long, prose narratives written in a vernacular tongue, saturated with an inexhaustible violence, recounting the exploits and affairs of Iceland’s greatest families. In this course we will explore the notion that by the time we get the heyday of sagas production in the middle of the 13th century, the art form is already in decay. The pressure brought on by the decline of the commonwealth, the subsequent subjection to the Norwegian crown, and the popularity of continental romance see the end to this native art form; but, not before it gives us some of medieval literature’s brightest stars and roughest outlaws: Egill Skallagrimsson, Thorstein the Staffstruck, Gisli Sursson, Gunnar of Hlidarend, and Burnt Njal. The primary texts will be supplemented with secondary readings, including selections from the Book of Settlements and the Great Icelandic Law Code, The Gray Goose.

GER 311 Intermediate Language Training  (4 credits)
CRN: 12712; This course satisfies the Arts & Letters (A&L) requirement.
Cultural intersubjectivity is part of the background knowledge that enables speakers of a language to communicate with another. Students of German are therefore better able to speak German if they share the cultural knowledge of the Germans, Austrians, and Swiss. German 311 is part of a year-long sequence (Ger 311 through Ger 313) which seeks a balance between working with intellectually stimulating content and practicing the skills needed to communicate on an intermediate to advanced level in a foreign language. The course is designed to allow students to access cultural and communicative contexts in order to establish an understanding of the relationship between the basic linguistic skills (speaking, writing, reading, and listening) and the cultural presuppositions (knowledge of history, art, film, politics, and music) that exist in the German speaking countries. In this way, German 311 prepares students for the literature and culture courses for the German or German Studies minor and major. Even as a non-major, however, this is an ideal course for a student who wants to take an advanced language class that trains his or her linguistic skills within the context of actual linguistic and cultural practices as German 311 provides you with meaningful opportunities to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define German literature and German area studies.

GER 340 Introduction to German Culture and Society (4 credits) Librett
CRN: 16057; Taught in German. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement.
This course examines the cultural and social history of German-speaking peoples through the interpretation of texts from various discourses; above all, the literary discourse, but also the visual arts, music, philosophy, psychology, theology, social theory, and history. The course provides the student with an overview of the histories of ideas, aesthetic forms, and sociopolitical conflicts (and solutions, proposed and real) in their complex interpenetration. The course treats German culture and society prior to the modern period. Prereq: two years of college German.

GER 357 Nature, Culture, and Environment (4 credits) Boos
CRN: 16859; Taught in English. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement.
In Germany, forests have long played a significant but variable role in the cultural imagination. The woods of the fairy tales are occupied by cannibalistic robbers, grandmother-devouring wolves, and wicked witches who cage and fatten orphaned children. This view of the forest as an obscure and ominous place dates back to Roman depictions of expansive forests populated by savage Germanic tribesmen living on the edges of the earth. Around the time when the Brothers Grimm collected and codified Germany’s folklore and fairy tales, Romantic poets glorified the forest, which they envisioned as a sacred space providing shelter, healing, and unmediated access to a pristine and spirituality-infused natural world. This view of the forest as a refuge from human civilization (and contamination) is still very much alive in present-day Germany, where virtually every town has forests on its outskirts, originally planted to provide timber for construction. Today, Germans still love to walk in the woods, and the forests are well kept and easily accessible. With a focus on literary, philosophical, and scientific texts, this course will examine how writers, theorists, and political figures theorized and, in some cases, capitalized on Germany’s ambivalent relationship with its forest – conceived as a metaphor of freedom (whereby the promise of freedom is both spiritual and political) and invoked (by the Nazis) as a symbol of Germany’s eternity. We will also examine how in the 1970s, Waldsterben, “forest death,” became a key political issue that galvanized the environmental movement and brought it to the forefront of mainstream politics. Finally, we will read Peter Wohlleben’s international best seller The Hidden Life of Trees. Reflecting on just how much humanity can learn from forests, Wohlleben characterizes trees as social, and indeed sentient, beings.

GER 401 Research (1-16 credits) Staff CRN 12716

SCAN 401 Research (1-16 credits) Staff CRN 15457

GER 403 Thesis (1-12 credits) Staff CRN 12717

SCAN 403 Thesis (1-12 credits) Staff CRN 15458

GER 405 Reading (1-16 credits) Staff CRN 12718

SCAN 405 Reading (1-16 credits) Staff 15459

SWED 405 Reading (1-16 cr) Staff CRN 15744

GER 409 Practicum (1-4 credits) Staff CRN 12720

SCAN 409 Practicum (1-3 credits) Staff CRN 15460

GER 411 Advanced Language Training (4 cr) Vogel CRN: 12721

GER 460 Doppelgänger in German Literature (4 credits) Mathäs
CRN: 16060; Taught in German. The concept of the Doppelgänger in German literature represents a model for the individual in crisis. It has permitted German writers to explore the inner conflicts of a self, torn between fantasy and reality, desire and restraint. The course will focus on poems and short narratives by 18th, 19th, and 20th century German authors. We will read texts by Droste-Hülshoff, Heine, Tieck, Kleist, Keller, Storm, Hofmannsthal, Kafka, and Hesse. In connection with these literary texts we will also discuss theoretical works by Otto Rank, Freud, and Lacan. These texts will enable us to reflect on the Doppelgänger-motif with regard to ideas about aesthetics, gender, and identity.

GER 470 German for Reading Knowledge I (4 credits) Klebes
CRN: 17070; Taught in English. Intensive practice in grammar; reading texts in the student’s own field. Primarily for graduate students in other disciplines. Recommended for students who want extra training in translation. This course is taught in English in an intensive workshop approach.

Graduate Courses

GER 503 Thesis (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 12722

GER 560 Doppelgänger in German Literature (4 credits) Mathäs
CRN: 16061; Taught in German. The concept of the Doppelgänger in German literature represents a model for the individual in crisis. It has permitted German writers to explore the inner conflicts of a self, torn between fantasy and reality, desire and restraint. The course will focus on poems and short narratives by 18th, 19th, and 20th century German authors. We will read texts by Droste-Hülshoff, Heine, Tieck, Kleist, Keller, Storm, Hofmannsthal, Kafka, and Hesse. In connection with these literary texts we will also discuss theoretical works by Otto Rank, Freud, and Lacan. These texts will enable us to reflect on the Doppelgänger-motif with regard to ideas about aesthetics, gender, and identity.

 

GER 570 German for Reading Knowledge I (4 credits) Klebes
CRN: 17122; Taught in English. Intensive practice in grammar; reading texts in the student’s own field. Primarily for graduate students in other disciplines. Recommended for students who want extra training in translation. This course is taught in English in an intensive workshop approach.

GER 601 Research (1-6 credits) Staff CRN: 12724

GER 603 Dissertation (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 12725

GER 605 Reading (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 12726

GER 608 College Doctoral Presentation (1-2 credits) Staff CRN: 12727

GER 608 College Curriculum Development (4 credits) Staff CRN: 12728

GER 609 Practicum (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 12729

GER 609 Practicum Language Teaching (1-16 credits) Vogel CRN: 12730

GER 610 Teaching Methodology (4 credits) Vogel
CRN: 12731. The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the theory and practice of foreign language pedagogy and to guide you along your first quarter of teaching at the University of Oregon. The course will provide you with the theoretical background of most recent trends in foreign language teaching methodologies. The theoretical foundation will be applied to the teaching of the four skills such as speaking, listening, reading and writing and the teaching of culture to help you develop a repertoire of teaching techniques and strategies in any of these areas. This will allow you to develop your own philosophy of foreign language teaching and match your own teaching style considering the needs of a diverse student body.
Course Goals:
Demonstration of an understanding of current theories of second-language acquisition research
Lesson plan design that reflect current SLA theory and practice
Design and/or selection of the most appropriate assessment tools for the FL class
Use of technology as a tool for professional development and to promote student learning
Development of the ability to reflect on teaching, to research issues pertaining to daily teaching practice, and to make changes and adjustments as warranted

GER 622 Drama (4 credits) Klebes
CRN: 16526. This seminar will chart the development of the genre of tragedy alongside the philosophical consideration of the tragic in the German tradition. Starting out with Lessing’s conception of Bürgerliches Trauerspiel, we will go on to consider the importance of the tragic in German idealism, the impact of psychology in the later 19th century on tragic drama, and the powerful re-emergence of the tragic as a cultural signifier around 1900. We will examine plays by Lessing, Schiller, Hölderlin, Kleist, Hebbel, Hofmannsthal, and others. The philosophers and theoreticians whose work will help guide our analyses will include Hegel, Nietzsche, Benjamin, Szondi, and Cavell. All class discussion and reading (with a few exceptions) will be in German.



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