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Winter 2019

GER 102 First Year German (5 credits)
CRN: 23296, 23297, 23298, 23299, 23300, 26630
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 102 First Year Swedish (5 credits) Benjamin Mier-Cruz
CRN: 26404. Thorough grammatical foundation in idiomatic Swedish with emphasis on both reading and speaking.

GER 202 Second Year German  (4 Credits)
CRN: 23301, 23302, 23303
This is the fifth quarter of a two-year sequence designed to provide you with a foundation in German vocabulary, grammar, and culture. In German 202, 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 202 Second Year Swedish (4 credits) Benjamin Mier-Cruz
CRN: 26405. Review of grammar, composition, and conversation. Readings from contemporary texts in Swedish.

GER 220M/SCAN 220M From Kierkegaard to Kafka (4 credits)
Tuesday/Thursday 8:30-9:50 a.m. / Michael Stern
CRN: 26687/26688; taught in English.  Fulfills the Arts and Letters (A&L) as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. This course explores the connection between German and Scandinavian culture through the lens of an existential tradition expressed in philosophy, literature, drama, visual arts, and cinema. Course includes texts written by Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche, Franz Kafka, Martin Heidegger, Karin Boye, and Per Lagerkvist. Students will also see film by Ingmar Bergman and view paintings by various artists from Germany and Scandinavia.

GER 222 Voices of Dissent in Germany: The Holocaust and its Representations (4 credits)
Monday/Wednesday 12:00-1:20 p.m. plus Friday discussion / Matthias Vogel
CRN: 23305 + Discussion; taught in English. This course is a double dipper: it satisfies one Arts and Letters, and one Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance requirement. The Holocaust (sometimes called “the Shoah”) is the murder, during World War II, of approximately six million Jews and very large numbers of other “enemies” of the Nazi regime in Europe at the hands of the National Socialists. The course introduces questions surrounding the representation of these events in various forms. For example, how can one adequately represent this scale of violence and trauma? How can one understand and explain such events? What are the advantages and disadvantages of various types of representation? We will read a historical overview, a personal memoir from Auschwitz, fiction based on concentration camp experience, and some poems. We will consider also films and hear some music written to commemorate these terrible events. We will learn about German and Jewish history, about racism and violence, about human strengths and weaknesses, and about ideologies that produce violent scapegoating mechanisms. Lectures are supplemented by weekly discussion sections.

GER 250 Culture of Money (4 credits)
Monday/Wednesday 2:00-3:50 p.m. / Martin Klebes
CRN: 23310; taught in English. Fulfills the Arts and Letters (A&L) as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. This course presents a concise intellectual history of German-speaking culture from the 16th century to the 19th century that puts a primary focus on economic thinking. Through a combination of broader historical readings, close readings of literary and philosophical texts, and an analysis of visual art and music, we will trace development of religion, science, literature, art, and philosophy during this time. How do these fields reflect the transformation of economic and social values from the Reformation through the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Industrial Revolution? Authors and artists to be investigated include Luther, Dürer, Lessing, Kant, Goethe, Chamisso, Keller, and Marx. This course assumes no prior knowledge of German, but you will learn about (and learn to pronounce!) a few key German words and phrases that are central to our reading.

GER 312 Intermediate Language Training (4 credits)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9:00-9:50 a.m. / Lisa Hoeller
CRN: 23311.  This course satisfies one Arts and Letters requirement.  Extensive practice in speaking and writing German, and complex grammatical structures in writing.

SCAN 317 Directors, Movements, and Manifestos: The Invention of Youth (4 credits)
Tuesday/Thursday 2:00-3:20 p.m. / Michael Stern
CRN: 26693; taught in English. This course satisfies the International Cultures (IC) requirement. This course also fulfills a Cinema Studies Core B requirement. In this course, we will explore Scandinavian cinematic representations of youthful figures and of adults who cannot escape their youth. Our purpose is to interrogate the relationship between how cinema helps to create enduring images of these figures, and how cinema, as mass commercial culture is shaped by the emergence of the young consumer. In order to conduct our survey, we have purposely avoided selecting films from the archives of the “Nordic film course” as such. Instead, we selected a variety of films from the last three decades that either have enjoyed broad international circulation or have been popular in Scandinavia itself. In this way, we can explore the international dimensions of the interest in youth culture while at the same time we can discuss how the construction of childhood and of “the teenager” in popular culture inflects both our own experiences and those of young people in Scandinavia.

SCAN 343 Norse Mythology (4 credits)
Monday/Wednesday 12:00-1:20 p.m. / Gantt Gurley
CRN: 26685; taught in English.  Satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. This course also fulfills Folklore and Public Culture degree requirements. This course will be a critical evaluation of the religious beliefs in Scandinavia from prehistory through the Viking Age. We will examine very thoroughly three mythological texts: The Edda, The Prose Edda, and Ynglinga Saga. To facilitate our study of the primary sources of Norse mythology we will make use of both Indo-European data and Scandinavian folklore and belief. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to broaden their understanding of the primary materials by introducing many of the scholarly debates and trends of the field.

SCAN 354 Genres in Scandinavian Literature: Crime Fiction (4 credits)
Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:20 p.m. / Benjamin Mier-Cruz
CRN: 26691; taught in English. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. Scandinavian crime fiction is a worldwide phenomenon that has sparked endless film and television adaptations and original series across the globe. It is curious that the Nordic region, often considered to be utopian, is home to such violent and provocative page-turning material. The fictional representations of crime, detective work, legal proceedings, and punishment in Nordic noir are as thrilling as they are critical of society. Indeed, blockbuster series like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy and Kurt Wallander mysteries show that beneath the glossy surface of Nordic exceptionalism lies a dark underworld of corruption, exploitation, and violence. In this course, we will explore how crime fiction contributes to issues concerning democracy, class, psychology, race, xenophobia, migration, gender, and sexuality. We will study Nordic novels, film, television series, and crime fiction subgenres, including the detective novel, the police procedural, and the thriller. Secondary texts will cover the genre, cultural studies, feminist and narrative theory.

GER 355 German Cinema: Weimar Cinema and Its Legacies (4 credits)
Monday/Wednesday 10:00-11:50 a.m. / Kenneth Calhoon
CRN: 26675; taught in English. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. This course also fulfills a Cinema Studies Core C requirement. German cinema after the First World War enjoyed a golden age, garnering international acclaim for both its technical and artistic innovation. Films deemed “Expressionist,” such as Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and F. W. Murnau’s Nosferatu, are perhaps the most recognizable, but they represent only one stylistic subset of the films produced during the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). The rise of National Socialism and the pull of Hollywood combined to prompt a large-scale migration of filmmaking talent to the United States. Once in America, Austrian-born Wilhelm “Billy” Wilder set a course for both film noir (Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity) and comedy (The Seven-Year Itch, Some Like it Hot), and cinematographer Karl Freund (Caligari, Metropolis) went on to photograph a range of productions from Dracula to I Love Lucy. These are but two of the many figures to be explored in a course designed to trace key strains of American cinematic culture back to early twentieth-century Germany. The course will proceed along several key tangents, including (1) the issue of exile and the uncanniness of films made by filmmakers not fully “at home” in the US, (2) the abiding presence of early German cinema in American films made well after the acme of émigré filmmaking, and (3) the migration of certain trends from Hollywood through the French and German new waves and back again.

GER 361 Literary Movements: die Wiener Moderne (4 credits)
Tuesday/Thursday 10:00-11:20 a.m. / Susan Anderson
CRN: 26683; taught in German. Fulfills the Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement.
Viennese modernism (“die Wiener Moderne”) refers to the period from around 1890 – shortly after WWI. It signifies a period of widely influential innovation for German-speaking literature and culture. Vienna was the center for new impulses in art, literature, music, architecture, music, philosophy, and scientific thought. We will discuss works by writers and artists who introduced new ways of thinking about sex, love, death, anxiety, desire, aesthetics, language, and social conventions. In addition to familiarizing you with this period, the goal of the course is to sharpen your sensibilities as readers by calling attention to formal aspects of literature and art, such as narrative perspective, language, and imagery. You will increase your proficiency in German by reading and discussing texts in German and writing comments, tests, and papers in German. The class will be conducted in German, although some background reading will be in English.

GER 399 Special Studies: Food Studies (4 credits)
Tuesday/Thursday 5:00-6:50 p.m. / Matthias Vogel
CRN: 27625; taught in English and German. Knowledge of German is not required.  Food and life experiences are inextricably linked. Through interdisciplinary readings, lectures, films, and discussions, this comparative course will examine the relationship between food and identity in literature, culture, and business. We will examine the ways in which German literature uses food to represent and understand the human experience. We will discuss the various symbolic functions of food associated with images of cooking, eating, drinking, and feasting as presented in literary works and popular culture. Class discussion will be supplemented by the viewing of films about food and eating, and by the reading of secondary-critical material that will help us to frame our discussions of food in literature while expanding toward contemporary food issues (sustainability, food security, ethnicity, national identity). The course will include dinners, exploration of wine and beer in German culture, and guest lectures.

GER 401 Research (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 23314

SCAN 401 Research (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 26123

GER 403 Thesis (1-12 credits) Staff CRN: 23315

SCAN 403 Thesis (1-12 credits) Staff CRN: 26124

GER 405 Reading (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 23316

SCAN 405 Reading (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 26125

SWED 405 Reading (1-16 credits) Mier-Cruz
CRN: 26406

GER 407 Seminar:  Cynicism as Code: Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment Ideologies (4 credits) Monday/Wednesday 2:00-3:20 p.m. / Dorothee Ostmeier
CRN: 26694; taught in English with readings in German and English. Sloterdijk’s “Critique of the Cynical Mind” (1983) cuts harshly through the pre-dispositions of many disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences in order to unleash critical sensibilities towards Enlightenment and Anti-Enlightenment ideologies of identity and rationality. Cynicism negotiates the thresholds between ideologies and systems of thought, religions, political, psychological and egocentrically driven actions. Sloterdijk’s critique was published only one year before Foucault’s investigation of cynicism (1984). We will read relevant passages by Sloterdijk and Foucault, and ask how they might inform our engagements with Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment works. Further discussions might include texts by Luther, Lessing, Goethe, Hoffmann, Heine, Nietzsche, Benn, Brecht, Expressionist and Dadaist art. Students will choose their own individual area of research, give one in-class presentation, and complete a final research paper or media project. This class will be taught in English with readings in German and English (cross-listed with Folklore and Public Culture).

GER 409
Practicum (1-4 credits) Staff CRN: 23318

GER 409 Practicum German Teaching (1-3 credits)
Friday 12:00-1:50 p.m. / Dorothee Ostmeier
CRN: 26672. Interested in a fun skill-building internship for the opportunity to use your German language skills? In collaboration with Eugene schools, the Department of German and Scandinavian is excited to offer a German-teaching internship program for dedicated undergraduate majors or minors in German who enjoy working with children and possess a high proficiency in the language. GER 409 students employ new and fun-driven teaching approaches in settings from pre-school through sixth grade levels, and will act as ambassadors for GERSCAN working towards our mission of promoting global citizenship across all curriculums. The program will run through both Winter and Spring terms of 2019. In order to prepare for the assignment, students will receive preparatory training during the Winter Term, followed by 4-5 weeks of teaching during Spring Term, and around the sixth week, students will prepare a report about their teaching experiences.
All interested applicants should submit a brief resume and a short statement (1-2 pages) explaining your interest in this project and your qualifications. This course counts towards the German Major as a language course and/or SLAT certificate. Priority applications are due to Dorothee Ostmeier (ostmeier@uoregon.edu) by Friday, November 9th, 2018.

SCAN 409 Practicum (1-3 credits) Staff CRN: 26127

GER 412 Advanced Language Training (4 credits)
Monday/Wednesday 8:30-9:50 a.m. / Martin Klebes
CRN: 23320. Constant practice in speaking and writing with emphasis on complex syntactic structures as well as idiomatic nuances in German writing.

GER 471 German for Reading Knowledge II (4 credits)
Friday 9:00
-11:50 a.m. / Corinne Bayerl
CRN: 23321; taught in English in an intensive workshop approach. 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.

 

 

 

Fall 2018

GER 101 First Year German (5 credits)
CRN: 12719, 12720, 12721, 12722, 12723, 12724. 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: 15752. 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.

GER 201 2nd Year German (4 credits)
CRN: 12728, 12729, 12730. 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: 15753. 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) Anderson
CRN: Lecture 12731 + 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.” No knowledge of German required; readings and discussions in English.

GER 251 Sexuality (4 credits) Boos
CRN: 12736, 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: 15471, 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 the Icelandic Sagas: The Twilight of the Family Saga (4 credits) Gurley
CRN: 15472, 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: 12737. 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. German 311 provides you with meaningful opportunities to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define German literature and German area studies.

SCAN 316 History of Cinema: Undoing the Body in New Nordic Cinema (4 credits) Mier-Cruz
CRN: 16134, taught in English. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. This course also satisfies a core course requirement of the Cinema Studies major.
The Nordic countries are often considered to have the most gender equal societies in the world, and the push for gender equality in their film industries has been groundbreaking. In 2013, several Swedish theaters began to rate films according to the Bechdel test, which measures whether a film features at least two women discussing topics other than a man. In 2016, the Swedish Film Institute established Goal 2020: Gender equality in film production, both in front of and behind the camera, a plan that promotes an increase of women in prominent roles in productions, increased visibility and funding for women filmmakers, increased representation of diversity, and qualitative gender equality reports. In the wake of the Me Too and Times Up movements, the film industries in the Nordic countries are therefore well-positioned to continue to fight for gender equality and diverse representation in film. This course will explore the roles of gender and sexuality in Nordic cinema and filmmaking, both in front of and behind the lens. Focus will be on contemporary film, but we will also trace the history of women in Scandinavian cinema. We will of course discuss each screened film as a work in itself in addition to how they uniquely contribute to the greater arenas of Scandinavian cinema and feminist filmmaking.

GER 354 German Gender Studies: Women “Terrorists” in German Literature, Film, and Art (4 credits) Anderson
CRN 16136, taught in English. This course satisfies the Arts and Letters (A&L) requirement as well as the International Cultures (IC) requirement. This course also satisfies an upper division requirement of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies major/minor.
In contrast to mainstream West German student-protest movements in the 1960s and 1970s, the leadership in radical protest groups included a high percentage of well-educated young women, such as Gudrun Ensslin and Ulrike Meinhof. They and other women revolutionaries from that time continue to attract both scholarly and popular attention into the reasons for their transformation into “disorderly women.” This course will analyze attempts to give meaning to such women figures within a framework of films, stories, essays, photographs, fashion, and art that focus on gender and violence, on fears of forceful women and a fascination with their deaths, and on notions of the “terrorist” in contemporary culture.

GER 360 Introduction to German Literature: Poetry, Plays, Prose (4 credits) Klebes
CRN: 16137, taught in German. This course satisfies the Arts & Letters (A&L) requirement.
This course will introduce you to German literary texts of different kinds: dramatic, narrative, and lyrical. We will discuss why and to what end literary texts come in these different genres, and read examples of each. As a matching counterpart to the idea of genre – a term rooted in notions such as kind, offspring, species, and family – the themes of the texts we will study will revolve around family relations of various sorts. We will be reading poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Hölderlin, prose texts by Franz Kafka and Uwe Timm, and plays by Bertolt Brecht and G.E. Lessing. In conjunction with literary study, we will work on building your vocabulary and review advanced grammatical structures. All readings and class discussion will be in German.

GER 401 Research (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 12740

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

GER 403 Thesis (1-12 credits) Staff CRN: 12741

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

GER 405 Reading (1-16 credits) Staff CRN: 12742

SCAN 405 Reading (1-16 credits) Staff  CRN: 15459

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

GER 407 Seminar: From Distanciation to Immersion in Modern Theatrical Practice (4 credits) Boos
CRN: 16144, taught in German. This seminar will explore the boundaries of modern German theatrical practice by examining how playwrights and theatre directors since Brecht have extended the role of the audience from witness to co-actor and even co-creator of a given performance. We will look at epic plays and post-dramatic staging practices that address the role of the theatre and performance arts in society by working toward the production of a particular form of immediacy. We will ask, in other words, how the theatre can, through the accommodation of a space for political opposition, and the creation and implementation of playful interaction and even interactive tasks, create unique experiences of distanciation and immersion.

GER 409 Practicum (1-4 credits) Staff CRN: 12743

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

GER 411 Advanced Language Training (4 credits) Vogel
CRN: 12744. Constant practice in speaking and writing with emphasis on complex syntactic structures as well as idiomatic nuances in German.

GER 470 German for Reading Knowledge I (4 credits) Vogel
CRN: 12746, 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 and is the prerequisite for GER 471 taught in winter 2019.



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