Southwestern

Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

German

Curriculum

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 12-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 12-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 12-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 12-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 12-014 GERMAN I
  • 12-024 GERMAN II
    This course continues the work begun in the introductory semester and increases focus on speaking skills and cultural literacy. Students develop novice level proficiency. Prerequisite: German 12-014 with a grade of C- or better or equivalent placement.
  • 12-114 GERMAN III
    This course combines a comprehensive review and fine-tuning of grammar with readings in literature and culture. Students develop intermediate level proficiency and will gain a good understanding of contemporary life in the German-speaking world, will narrate and describe orally and in writing, and will begin to formulate and support opinions. Prerequisite: German 12-024 with a grade of C- or better or equivalent placement.
  • 12-124 GERMAN IV
    Continuation of German III. Students develop intermediate level proficiency and will move from description and narration to formulation of argument and/or hypothesis, evaluation and analysis. Students gain practice in reading and comprehending sophisticated texts in German related to their areas of interest or expertise and will gain knowledge about major current social, political and cultural issues. Prerequisite: German 12-114 with a grade of C- or better or equivalent placement.
  • 12-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: German 12-124 or equivalent placement.
  • 12-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: German 12-124 or equivalent placement.
  • 12-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: German 12-124 or equivalent placement.
  • 12-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: German 12-124 or equivalent placement.
  • 12-314 READING GERMAN: TEXT IN CONTEXT
    Introduction to the critical appreciation of a wide variety of texts. Personal stories (e.g. diary), public stories (e.g. journalistic writing), literary stories (e.g. poetry, novellas, short stories) and stories told in music and visual images form the textual basis for critical engagement. Intensive work supports the development of intermediate and advanced level proficiency. Prerequisite: German 12-124 or equivalent placement. (H) (WA)
  • 12-332 SPEAK GERMAN!
    Focus on the development of oral proficiency at all levels. This course promotes autonomy in mixed-ability settings by integrating components where students work together as teachers and learners. A variety of blended learning strategies encourage students to collaborate thoughtfully and to build multiple literacies. The course is offered for 2 and 4 credits in any given semester and can be repeated. Prerequisite: German 12-014 or equivalent placement. (H)
  • 12-334 SPEAK GERMAN!
    Focus on the development of oral proficiency at all levels. This course promotes autonomy in mixed-ability settings by integrating components where students work together as teachers and learners. A variety of blended learning strategies encourage students to collaborate thoughtfully and to build multiple literacies. The course is offered for 2 and 4 credits in any given semester and can be repeated. Prerequisite: German 12-014 or equivalent placement. (H)
  • 12-344 INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE AND
    Intensive writing and discussions on selected literary texts and films. Students will develop and implement the critical and argumentative skills at and beyond the intermediate level, crafting increasingly complex analyses both individually and in small groups. Students are encouraged to develop their own poetic voice in creative writing assignments at the intermediate and advanced proficiency levels. Prerequisite: German 12-124 or equivalent placement. (H) (WA)
  • 12-354 GERMAN CULTURE
    Students develop intermediate and advanced proficiency in language and culture. Content will vary to cover current aspects of culture in the German-speaking world, as well as social and political contexts, unification and its aftermath, the new Germans, German-American relations, social justice and health care, challenges and opportunities of European integration and multiculturalism, or reforms in the German education system. A focus on the history of German environmentalism and the Green Party, as well as on current debates on environmental issues in Germany and the European Union, provides a foundation for research on cultural differences in everyday practices and attitudes. Students will analyze and compare a variety of culturally significant topics. May be repeated with change in topic. Also Environmental Studies 49-654. Prerequisite: German 12-124 or equivalent placement. (H) (IP) (WA)
  • 12-454 FEMINIST STUDIES IN GERMAN
    Based on readings and discussions on a variety of texts addressing categories of difference including gender, race, class, nation, sexuality, ability and religion, students develop advanced proficiency and explore critical approaches to literature and film. Text selections and topics suggest connections across times and spaces from medieval visionary Hildegard von Bingen to contemporary Literature Nobel Prize winners Herta Mller and Elfriede Jelinek. Developing advanced proficiency, students will move beyond merely understanding the content of texts and engage in textual analysis. They develop and practice a repertoire of skills that will serve them in summarizing, interpreting, critiquing, presenting and substantiating an opinion and argument both orally and in writing. May be repeated with change in content. Also Feminist Studies 04-444. Prerequisite: One course from German 12-314, 12-334 or 12-354. (H)
  • 12-514 STUDIES IN GERMAN LITERATURE
    Study of selected texts from a variety of periods as related to German social, intellectual, cultural and literary history. Text selections represent a productive balance between tradition and innovation. Development of advanced proficiencies in critical and analytical work in the target language. Intensive work to develop advanced proficiency in research writing and oral expression. May be repeated with change in content. Prerequisite: One course from German 12-314, 12-334 or 12-354. (H) (WA)
  • 12-614 TEXTS/CONTEXTS
    Advanced close readings of texts as they relate to multiple fields of study. Specific topics for a given semester are listed in the course schedule. Topics may include Self and Other, Genius and Madness, the Figure of the Artist, Memory and Identity, Texts of Catastrophes, Transnational Writing in German or Texts of German Environmentalism. Students continue to enlarge their repertoire of strategies for processing meaning and practice increasingly sophisticated modes of expression. Intensive work to develop advanced proficiency in research writing and oral expression. May be repeated with a change in content. Prerequisite: One course from German 12-314, 12-334, or 12-354. (H) (WA)
  • 12-714 TRNSNTNL IDNTTY NARR: GENDER/NATURE/CLTR
    Taught in English to serve students beyond the German Program, with a corresponding German Tutorial to maintain or develop proficiency in German. Develops literacy in interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks, with a focus on feminist and eco-critical theories, in order to understand migration. Students practice articulating sophisticated arguments, orally and in writing, when comparing literary and filmic representations of the experience of migration captured in the themes of loss, witness, translation, identity formations, exclusion, relationships to place and cultural memory, through texts from different cultures, media, and historical periods. Further develops intercultural knowledge and competence. (H) (IP)
  • 12-724 LINGUISTICS/CULTURES
    Taught in English to serve students beyond the German Program and with a corresponding German Tutorial to maintain or develop proficiency in German. In this introductory course, students develop their understanding of Linguistics as the science of language, including its sounds, words, and grammar, its psychological and social conditions and rules. Focus on Linguistics as an intercultural and interdisciplinary field, emphasizing language in use, the culturally embedded nature of language, the important role of context - social, psychological, situational, and cultural, interaction, and discourse and conversation analysis. (H)
  • 12-734 GLOBAL LEADERSHIP AND INTERCULTURAL
    Taught in English to serve students beyond the German Program, with a corresponding German Tutorial to maintain or develop proficiency in German. The course supports the development of intercultural knowledge and the skills and attitudes required for communicating across cultures. Focus on research and case studies documenting increasing importance of intercultural communication and intercultural intelligence for global leadership. (H) (IP)
  • 12-901 TUTORIAL
  • 12-902 TUTORIAL
  • 12-903 TUTORIAL
  • 12-904 TUTORIAL
  • 12-912 TUTORIAL TRANSNATIONAL IDENTITY NARRATIV
  • 12-934 CAPSTONE SEMINAR
    This course fulfills the capstone requirement in German. As an integrative experience, the capstone challenges students to demonstrate their ability to interrelate knowledge, insights and perspectives gained in their German program and their undergraduate experience. Students will work on individual projects while participating substantially in discussions and peer review. Students are expected to demonstrate advanced proficiency. With careful guidance, they will produce a substantial formal research paper and deliver a formal oral presentation introducing their projects to the German-speaking public. (H) (WA)
  • 12-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 12-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 12-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 12-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 12-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change of content.
  • 12-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change of content.
  • 12-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change of content.
  • 12-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    May be repeated with change of content.
  • 12-984 HONORS
    By invitation only.