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Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies, Faculty of Arts

GERM: German

GERM 100 (3) Beginners' German I
Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations. See also GERM 433.
GERM 110 (3) Beginners' German II
Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations, speak about past events and express ideas and hypotheses in German. See also GERM 433.
Prerequisite: GERM 100.
GERM 112 (3) German for Singers
Study of the German language in combination with the study of German lyric diction and musical culture. The course includes translation, phonetic transcription, and the performance of vocal music.
Prerequisite: GERM 100.
GERM 200 (3) Intermediate German I
Competence and fluency in everyday situations; ability to report and narrate past events fluently and to express opinions; familiarity with contemporary issues in the German-speaking societies.
Prerequisite: Either (a) GERM 110 or (b) GERM 12.
GERM 210 (3) Intermediate German II
Competence and fluency in everyday situations; ability to report and narrate past events fluently and to express opinions; familiarity with contemporary issues in the German-speaking societies; introduction to German for professional purposes.
Prerequisite: GERM 200.
GERM 213 (3) Refresher I
Grammar-based course for students with previous untutored exposure to German and students with a first-year knowledge in need of grammar review.
GERM 300 (3) Intermediate German III
Fluency in many relevant situations; competence in the most important areas of cultural life; familiarity with study resources and study skills. Review and expansion of grammar; fostering of speaking and writing skills.
Prerequisite: GERM 210.
GERM 301 (3) German Literature 1900 - 1945 (in English)
Reading and discussion of selected works against the background of literary, social, and political developments in twentieth-century Germany with special emphasis on plays and novels dealing with the First World War and Nazism.
GERM 302 (3) German Literature after 1945 (in English)
Reading and discussion of selected literary works from West, East, and the United Germany, as well as from Austria and Switzerland.
GERM 303 (3) German Literature Before 1900 (in English)
Reading and discussion of translated works from the German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to 1900.
GERM 304 (3) German Cinema (in English)
Screening, discussion, and critical analysis of German cinema from the silent era to the 21st century.
GERM 305 (3) The Culture of Nazism (in English)
Literature, film and ideology in the Third Reich.
GERM 310 (3) Intermediate German IV
Fostering of the ability to discuss controversial issues, express ideas clearly in writing and write essays on selected topics in German. Ongoing grammar review and expansion.
Prerequisite: GERM 300.
GERM 313 (3) Conversational German II
Emphasis on the study of oral communication skills and strategies. Fluency in many situations, communicative competence in important areas of cultural life, ability to participate in discussions of current as well as controversial issues to express ideas clearly in spoken word.
Prerequisite: GERM 210 or equivalent.
GERM 314 (3) Business German
Review of the most important grammatical patterns in application to business geography, import-export trade, marketing, finance, accounting, taxation, workplace conditions and requirements; oral and written forms of presentation for work with German business.
Prerequisite: GERM 210.
GERM 318 (3) Introduction to German Linguistics
Basic theories and methodologies of modern German linguistics.
Prerequisite: GERM 210.
GERM 319 (3) Canadian German Cultural Dialogues
Analysis of intercultural theory; examination of Canadian and German print and video materials. Includes direct audio/visual intercultural online discussion with German-speaking students at the University of Kiel.
Prerequisite: GERM 210.
GERM 325 (3) German Translation
Theory, methodology, and practice of translation from German into English.
Prerequisite: GERM 210.
GERM 339 (3/6) d Third-Year Honours Tutorial
GERM 360 (3) Heaven and Earth: Studies in German Culture and Literature before 1700
Masterpieces and major trends of the German literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.
GERM 370 (3) Reason and Revolution: Studies in the 18th Century
Masterpieces and major trends of eighteenth-century German literature against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.
GERM 380 (3) Tradition and Change: Studies in the 19th Century
Masterpieces and major trends of ninteenth-century German literature against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.
GERM 390 (3) Progress and Disaster: Studies in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Masterpieces and major trends of 20th and 21st-century German literature against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.
GERM 400 (3) Advanced German I
Near-native competence and thorough understanding of critical contemporary topics in a limited number of areas fostering study skills. All skills will be fostered but the course focuses on accurate writing and conversation in particular.
Prerequisite: GERM 310.
GERM 401 (3) The Cult of the Hero and its Parody in German Literature
The glorification and satirization of heroes and heroism in a variety of genres and periods. Works and authors to be studied might include Nibelungenlied, Faust, Gryphius, Kleist, Fontane, Brecht, Remarque.
GERM 402 (3) Words and Music in German Literature (in English)
Study of individual works and genres in which words and music together form a whole. Possible topics include the Lutheran Hymn, the Volkslied, the Romantic Lied and Brecht songs, operas by Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and music and the musician as a subject in literature. No musical training is necessary to take this course.
GERM 403 (3/6) d Studies in Modern German Culture (in English)
Topics of special interest, varying from year to year.
GERM 405 (3) The Literature of Growing Social Consciousness
Concentrates on the late 18th to the early 20th century. This course traces the reflections in German literature of changes in social, political, cultural and gender concepts. Readings are drawn from a variety of genres.
GERM 406 (3/6) d Selected Topics in German Literature
A study in depth of one topic of special interest, varying from year to year depending on interests of faculty and students. Possible topics: literature and film, the image of the outside world in German literature, individualism and conformism.
GERM 407 (3) The German Lyric from Goethe to the Present
Reading and discussion of selected texts against their cultural, social and political background.
GERM 408 (3) Selected Issues in German Culture
In depth study of one topic from German cultural history, varying from year to year. Possible topics: Germany of the New Europe; Gender and nation in German culture; topics from theory, such as the Frankfurt School.
GERM 409 (3) Special Topics in German Cinema (in English)
Themes, traditions and techniques specific to German cinema.
GERM 410 (3) Advanced German II
Development of capabilities to deal with a variety of authentic texts from and about Germany, Austria and Switzerland; fostering of communicative skills, cross-cultural analysis and critical thinking; effective and accurate communication in both spoken and written German.
Prerequisite: GERM 400.
GERM 411 (3) Major Controversies in German Culture (in English)
Selected debates and controversies in the German-speaking countries.
GERM 412 (3) German Media Studies (in English)
Major themes and methods in German media studies.
GERM 414 (3) Business German
Review of the most important grammatical patterns in application to business geography, import-export trade, marketing, finance, accounting, taxation, workplace conditions and requirements; oral and written forms of presentation for work with German business. Formerly GERM 314.
Prerequisite: GERM 300 or equivalent.
GERM 420 (3) Advanced German III
Near-native competence and an advanced and transferable understanding of contemporary issues.
Prerequisite: GERM 420.
GERM 426 (3) German Representations of the Holocaust (in English)
The German Nazi Holocaust in German literature and film.
Prerequisite: Third Year Standing or permission of instructor.
GERM 430 (3) Advanced German IV
Near-native competence and an advanced and transferable understanding of contemporary issues, intercultural comparisons and analyses in a variety of fields using German as the focus and means of communication.
Prerequisite: GERM 400.
GERM 433 (3) German for Reading Knowledge I
A multimedia introduction to reading skills in German leading to a second year reading knowledge in just one term. Students are expected to work largely independently. Course restricted to beginners or to students with no more than one term of beginner's German (or equivalent).
GERM 434 (3) German for Reading Knowledge II (Languages for special purposes)
Multimedia teaching of reading skills in German for special purposes. Students are expected to work largely independently. Focuses on specific topics of the student's choice in the humanities, the natural sciences, economics/business and music and enhances skills in technical reading.
Prerequisite: GERM 433 or no more than one year of beginner's German.
GERM 439 (3/6) d Fourth-Year Honours Seminar
GERM 449 (6) Honours Essay
GERM 500 (3/6) d German Studies Research Methods
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 501 (3/6) c Literary Theories
This course is taught in English. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 505 (3) The Acquisition of German as an Additional Language
Foundations, methods, and findings of second-language acquisition research in the field of German as an additional language. Taught in German. An introductory 6-credit course in linguistics is recommended as preparation for this course. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 506 (3/6) d Intercultural Competence
This course is taught in English. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 510 (3) German Literary History
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 511 (3/6) d Studies in Medieval Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 512 (3/6) d Studies in Renaissance Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 513 (3/6) d Studies in Baroque Literature
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 514 (3/6) d Studies in the Literature of the 18th Century
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 515 (3/6) d Studies in the Classical Period
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 516 (3/6) d Studies in Romanticism
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 517 (3/6) d Studies in the Literature of the 19th Century
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 518 (3/6) d Studies in Expressionism
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 519 (3/6) d Studies in the Literature of the Early 20th Century
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 520 (3/6) d Studies in Literature after 1945
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 521 (3) German Cultural Studies
This course is taught in English. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 522 (3) Topics in Media Studies
This course is taught in English. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 531 (3/6) d Special Topics
This course is taught in English. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 532 (3/6) d Genre Studies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 547 (3/6) c Guided Research
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 548 (3) Major Essay
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 549 (9) Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GERM 649 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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