GER 110. ELEMENTS OF GERMAN I (4)
Designed to give students a firm foundation in the language: grammar, vocabulary, composition, and oral practice. Course will develop reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Course focuses on communicative approach, stressing contemporary cultural issues and using authentic texts and materials. Four contact hours with instructor, one hour laboratory (oral comprehensive with CD-ROM audio files/computerized exercises). Intended for students with no (or very little) knowledge of German.
GER 120. ELEMENTS OF GERMAN II (4)
A continuation of previous work with abundant oral and aural practice, course focuses on communicative approach stressing contemporary cultural issues. Four contact hours with instructor, one hour laboratory (oral comprehensive with CD ROM audio files/computerized exercises). Prerequisite: GER 110 with a minimum grade of C-.
GER 129. GATEWAY TO GERMANY (1)
This is a seven-week required precursor course for students participating in the intensive course abroad in Berlin, Germany. The course is taught in English and focuses on cultural and language preparation for an intensive study-abroad experience. Students going to Berlin must enroll in this course. Prerequisite: GER 120 or instructor's permission. Highly recommended in combination with GER 250. This course is graded pass/no pass only.
GER 130. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN (4) (GEN. ED. #2)
A continuation of GER 110 and GER 120, this course focuses on the further acquisition of linguistic skills (understanding oral and written German, speaking, and writing) taught in cultural context. Course reviews and expands fundamentals of grammar, concentrates on vocabulary building and active use of the language. In addition to reading contemporary texts, the course focuses on communicative approach, stressing contemporary cultural issues. Four contact hours with instructor, one hour laboratory (oral comprehensive with CD-ROM audio files and/or computerized exercises). Prerequisite: GER 120 with a minimum grade of C-.
GER 130G. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN-BERLIN, GERMANY (4) (GEN. ED. #2 AND #3)
A three-week intensive course in Berlin. Students will take daily German language and cultural classes, and will visit numerous cultural and historical sites. Berlin, one of the most exciting European cities, provides a rich culture and unique history, as well as many opportunities for casual and formal conversation. Excursions will bring to life many of the topics covered in the course. To get a genuine taste of German life and to practice the language, all students will stay with host families. Prerequisite: GER 129 and GER 120 with a minimum grade of C-. Highly recommended: GER 250.
GER 233. MODERN GERMAN HISTORY: FROM UNIFICATION TO UNIFICATION (3) (HIS 233) (GEN. ED. #4)
German reunification (1990) has transformed a range of recent and continuing debates on recent German history, including the character of theWilhelmine Empire, the outbreak of WorldWar I, fascism, the Holocaust, and the post-1945 German states. The course develops a framework for understanding the controversies relating to issues of national identity and collective memory that shape the writing of this history. Readings and discussions in English. Prerequisite: HIS 117 recommended.
GER 234. CONVERSATION AND COMPOSITION (4)
Special topics: reading authentic texts to facilitate discussion of and writing on contemporary cultural, social, and political topics in German. Special attention to vocabulary acquisition, active use of idiomatic expressions, and grammatical concepts. May be repeated if topic is different. Prerequisite: GER 130 with a minimum grade of C- (or equivalent).
GER 240. INTRODUCTION TO 20TH-CENTURY LITERATURE IN GERMAN-SPEAKING COUNTRIES (3)
An introduction to the German, Austrian, and Swiss writers of the 20th century. Rotating topics. Genres include short prose, poetry, and one-act plays. This course includes the works of Kafka, Brecht, Dürrenmatt, Frisch, Aichinger, Böll, and others. Taught in German. May be repeated if topic is different.
GER 250. SPECIAL TOPICS IN MODERN GERMAN CULTURE (4) (GEN. ED. #9 AND #10) (WL 250)
Rotating topics in German film and culture of the 20th century: Berlin-divided and united; survey of 20th-century German and Austrian culture; Berlin-Vienna: two metropolises in the 20th century. Readings and discussions in English, with an optional German language component (two credits). Highly recommended for students taking GER 130G in Berlin. May be repeated if topic is different.
GER 251. JEWS IN GERMANY FROM THE ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE RISE OF THE NAZI REGIME (3) (GEN. ED. #4) (HIST/JS 251)
This course focuses on the history of German Jews from the period of emancipation in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century to the end of theWeimar Republic.We will examine the role of German Jews in German politics, economic life, and culture; Jewish enlightenment ("Haskalah"); the rise of anti-Semitism in the nineteenth century; the rise of the Reform movement; Jewish assimilation and its discontents; and theWeimar Jewish Renaissance.
GER 259. ORAL HISTORIES OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS-TELLING THEIR STORIES (3) (HIS 237) (JS 259) (GEN. ED. #4 AND #10)
A community-based learning experience in which students interview Holocaust survivors and retell their stories to help these stories live on after the Holocaust survivor generation has passed. Training in interviewing techniques and storytelling will be provided. Readings and discussions in English. Students will be expected to interview survivors, videotape sessions, and then publicly present the survivors' stories. Recommended: GER 260/HIS 229/JS 246 and JS 245 or permission of instructor.
GER 260. HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND FILM ON THE HOLOCAUST (4) (HIS 229) (JS 246) (GEN. ED. #9)
Beginning with the historical factors that led to the Holocaust, this course further focuses on the analysis of literary works (memoirs, diaries, poems, fiction, etc.) and films (documentaries and features) on the Holocaust within the historical context ofWorldWar II. Readings and discussions in English (films with English subtitles).
GER 272G. INTENSIVE COURSE ABROAD (3) (GEN. ED. #3)
- HIGH-INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED GERMAN-BERLIN, GERMANY
A three-week intensive course in Berlin, Germany. After an online placement test, students will take daily German language classes at the Neue Schule and will visit numerous cultural and historical sites. Berlin, one of the most exciting European cities, provides a rich culture and unique history, as well as many opportunities for casual and formal conversation. Excursions will bring to life many of the topics covered in the course. To get a genuine taste of German life and to practice the language, all students will stay with host families. Prerequisite: GER 130 with a minimum grade of C-. Highly recommended: GER 250.
- FILM IN BERLIN (4) (COM 272G) (GEN. ED. #3)
This course will take the students "on location" to Berlin. It will not only provide an overview of Berlin as a historic and modern city of film, but will also explore significant aspects of the contemporary film industry at the sites in Berlin. Students will discuss and write about "Berlin films." They will also opportunities to meet with representatives of film production and marketing companies, film schools, film festivals and the Film Commission. Prerequisite: GER 129
GER 290. INTERNSHIP IN GERMAN (3-4)
This course is graded pass/no pass only.
GER 299. INDEPENDENT WORK (1-4)
GER 395. SENIOR SEMINAR (4)
This course is designed for students who wish to minor in German and have acquired the necessary credits. The selection of topics is closely linked to the students' direction of study and can be broadened or narrowed as needed. All readings are in German. Emphasis is on independent research and seminar papers. Use of the Internet is strongly encouraged. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
German courses at Loyola College and Johns Hopkins University may count toward the minor in German.
- GER 201. German Composition and Conversation (if Goucher GER 234 is unavailable)
- GER 216.02. Reading Strategies
- GER 315.01. Modern German Short Story
- GER 358. Modern German Drama
For other courses, consult the Loyola College and the Johns Hopkins University catalogues.