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Academic Calendar 2015 UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION German (A)
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German (A)
German 1030 - German for Beginners
Introduction to oral and written German for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. Develop your communicative skills while learning about the cultures of the German-speaking countries.
Antirequisite(s): Grade 12 U German or German 1030W/X or 1036.
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Extra Information: 4 hours, 1.0 course.
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German 1030W/X - German for Beginners (Accelerated)
Introduction to oral and written German for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. Prepares student for direct progression to German 2200 or 2200W/X. This accelerated course requires a very high level of commitment.
Antirequisite(s): Grade 12U German or German 1030 or 1036.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 8 hours, one semester, 1.0 course.
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German 1036 - Reading German
This course is designed for beginners who wish to acquire a reading knowledge of German for research or related purposes. Learn to read and understand sophisticated unedited texts in a relatively short time. There will be little emphasis on oral or active written communicative skills.
Antirequisite(s): Grade 12U German or German 1030 or 1030W/X.
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Extra Information: 4 hours, 1.0 course.
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German 2140F/G - German-Jewish Literature
Explore the rich heritage of Jewish life in the German-speaking world, concentrating primarily on literary works by 20th-century Jewish writers such as Kafka, Seghers, Celan and Becker in connection to the key events and ideas of the times. Taught in English.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 2160F/G-2161F/G - Special Topics in German Language and Culture
Please consult the Department for current offerings.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 2200 - Intermediate German
Improve your communicative skills in this intermediate-level German course. Students practice speaking and writing while exploring many aspects of German culture, using authentic materials such as films, websites, literature, songs. The course also includes a comprehensive grammar review and prepares students to master more complex texts and discourse situations.
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Prerequisite(s): German 1030 or 1030W/X, or Grade 12U German or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 4 hours, 1.0 course.
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German 2200W/X - Intermediate German (Accelerated)
Comprehensive grammar review, systematic oral and written practice with discussion of contemporary texts. This accelerated course requires a very high level of commitment.
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Prerequisite(s): German 1030 or 1030W/X, or Grade 12U German or the former OAC German, or the former German 002 or 002w/x or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 8 hours, one semester, 1.0 course.
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German 2215F/G - Exploring German Cultures
In this first encounter with German literary, visual and performing arts, students investigate key persons, places, times and issues, such as Goethe, Berlin, WWII, and Turkish-German relations. This course offers a practical introduction to research in German studies. Team-taught in German by one core professor with different specialists.
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 2220A/B - German Conversation
Guided conversations in German dealing with the current issues in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Students will develop their communicative skills in German through discussion of a variety of topics, ranging from social and political issues to TV and pop culture, fashion, food, sports.
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course. Taken in second or third year.
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German 2240F/G - German Thought and Culture of Provocation
Engage critically with thinkers such as Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud and Riefenstahl by discussing philosophical and political essays, manifestos, and other documents from the Enlightenment to the present. This course explores how ideas in the German-speaking world have contributed to the values and principles of modern societies. Taught in English.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 2251F/G - German Fairy Tales
Discover German folk tales collected by the brothers Grimm and literary fairy tales, such as those by Tieck, Fouqué, Hoffmann and Hauff, and investigate the relationship of these classic German fairy tales to modern children's literature and film. Taught in English and German.
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course
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German 2252F/G - Nature and Environment in German Literature, Thought and Culture
Examine a long "green" tradition reflected in arts, literature and public debate. Consider diverse attitudes to the natural environment from the Enlightenment, Romantic period, industrialization, urbanization to present day concerns and controversies. Taught in English and German.
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 2260F/G-2261F/G - Special Topics in German Language and Culture
Please consult the Department for current offerings.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 2270A/B-2273A/B - Special Topics in German Language and Culture
Special credit for German studies at authorized universities or institutions in approved programs. Not taught on campus.
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Prerequisite(s): German 1030, 1030W/X or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 2500F/G - Bridging Classroom and Community: Languages and Cultures in Action
Develop intercultural competence by examining individual experiences of learning and maintaining language and of integrating cultural heritage. Connect in-class learning about language acquisition, identity, memory and related issues with service-learning projects in London or the surrounding region. Taught in English and German.
Antirequisite(s): Italian 2500 F/G, Spanish 2500 F/G
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3305 - Advanced German
Speak and write more fluently and express yourself more idiomatically and with greater precision. Materials and topics will be drawn from authentic sources such as articles, websites, film and literature. The course will also review the more challenging points of German grammar and provide an introduction to translation into German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 4 hours, 1.0 course.
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German 3320A/B - Business German
Acquire the linguistic skills and practical knowledge required to work in a German-speaking setting. You will practice the language of business and study inter-cultural differences by completing real-world tasks like resumes, correspondence or presentations. Taught in German.
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Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3321A/B - German Cinema: Culture and Conversation
Develop familiarity with the history and culture of Germany through a selection of German films. Improve your speaking skills through pre- and post-viewing activities, class discussions, and short writing assignments. Taught in German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2200 or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3325F/G - German through Performance
This course uses experiential learning to improve writing and oral skills through the preparation and performance of a German (radio) play or theatre production. Develop a script based on a German literary text, learn about theoretical and technical aspects of (radio) theatre and create a workshop production. Taught in German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2200 or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3330F/G - Modernity and Modernism in German Literature and Culture
Explore ideas and visions of modernity in late 19th-century and 20th-century German culture and literature (e.g. Rilke, Kafka, Hesse). This course will examine aesthetic responses to achievements and catastrophes of the new world that emerged during this crucial period in European history. Taught in German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2215F/G
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3331F/G - Uncanny German Stories: from the Extraordinary to the Supernatural
Delve into the mysterious worlds of the novella and short story in the 19th and 20th centuries. Unravel enigmas on the level of language, form and content in famous stories by authors such as Hoffmann, Storm, Droste-Hülshoff, Kafka, Mann, Dürrenmatt, Schlink. Taught in German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2215F/G
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3355F/G - Vienna 1900/2000
Contemplate continuities and discontinuities in Viennese life, literature, and culture during the Habsburg Empire and a century later as part of the European Union. Immerse yourself in the world of Freud, Schnitzler, Wittgenstein and Klimt, and their modern counterparts from Bernhard to Hundertwasser. Taught in English and German.
Antirequisite(s): The former German 3333F/G
Prerequisite(s): German 2200, 2215F/G, or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3356F/G - Berlin Snapshots
Examine “snapshots” of Berlin during its history of continuous transformation: as capital of Empire, Weimar Republic, Third Reich, and as a cosmopolitan centre in present-day Europe. We will study visual media including maps, photographs, film, video art, and texts including poems, essays, and short stories. Taught in English and German.
Antirequisite(s): German 3360F/G if taken in 2012, 2008
Prerequisite(s): German 2200, 2215F/G, or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3357F/G - German Travel Literature
When you travel, how do you view the world? How does travel change you? Trace evolving perspectives on why, when, where and how travellers have experienced European locations and other destinations. Taught in English and German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2200, 2215F/G, or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3360F/G-3363F/G - Special Topics in German Language and Culture
Please consult the Department for current offerings.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 3370A/B-3373A/B - Special Topics in German Language and Culture
Special credit for German studies at authorized universities or institutions in approved programs. Not taught on campus.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2200, 2200W/X or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.
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German 4400A/B - Intensive Translation
Practice translating German to English and English to German. This course guides students through the recurring patterns and linguistic problems they need to master. The texts to be translated represent a variety of contemporary styles and sources. Students will become familiar with some aspects of professional translating.
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 4410E - Honors Thesis
The thesis will be written in the fourth year and will be directed by a member of the Modern Languages and Literatures faculty. It will be based on an agreement between student and faculty member on the topic, approach, and scope of the study.
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Prerequisite(s): 80% minimum average in the German module courses taken the preceding year and permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 1.0 course.
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German 4430F/G-4439F/G - Research Seminar: German Masterpieces
This seminar offers the opportunity for focused, advanced study of canonical creative figures and their masterpieces from the German-speaking world. Topics may include performing and literary arts, text-image relationships, epochal questions. Taught in German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2215F/G
Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 4451F/G - Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages
Study the 12th century revitalized intellectual life in Europe, and the great medieval works of chivalry and romantic love in their cultural context. Gain indepth knowledge of castle and cathedral architecture, fashion, food, travel, sexuality, courtly love, and the hunt in text and image. Taught in English and German.
Antirequisite(s): The former German 3300F/G
Prerequisite(s): German 2215F/G
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department.
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 4452F/G - German Classicism and Romanticism
Classicists and Romantics create competing and complementary artistic visions to make sense of rapid changes in society around 1800. Examine everyday culture, consider conceptions of subjectivity and aesthetic ideals, discuss concepts of genre and reflect on the movements' affinities to media like sculpture and music. Taught in English and German.
Antirequisite(s): The former German 3311F/G
Prerequisite(s): German 2215F/G
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 4453F/G - Contemporary Cultures of Unification and Integration in Germany
Study literary texts, films, and popular music informed by German unification, European integration, economic crises, and human migration. This course confronts contemporary questions about citizenship, cultural and religious diversity, nationalism, and German identity in the context of immigration and the intensifying European project. Taught in English and German.
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Prerequisite(s): German 2215F/G
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Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department
Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.
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German 4500F/G - Senior Research Project
In this capstone course, students develop their own research project with a specific historical or geographical perspective centred on a designated general theme. Students work in conjunction with peers and professors and choose their own medium of presentation ranging from the traditional to the experimental.
Prerequisite(s): 80% minimum average in the German-module courses taken the preceding year and permission of the Department.
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Extra Information: 0.5 course.
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Academic Calendar 2015 UNDERGRADUATE COURSE INFORMATION German (A)
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