2014-2015

Course Listings

German and Russian: German

GERM 131 Elementary German I (1)

Listening/comprehension, speaking, and reading developed through intense oral practice and frequent language laboratory exercises.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 132 Elementary German II (1)

Listening/comprehension, speaking, and reading developed through intense oral practice and frequent language laboratory exercises.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 231 Intermediate German I (1)

Ability to read with direct association in German. Listening/comprehension and basic grammar patterns. The second semester includes discussion of cultural topics and practice in directed writing.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 132
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 232 Intermediate German II (1)

Ability to read with direct association in German. Listening/comprehension and basic grammar patterns. The second semester includes discussion of cultural topics and practice in directed writing.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 231
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 241 (IT; 4th Sem Lang Req) Topics in German Culture (in translation) (1)

This course enables students to acquire knowledge of selected artists and thinkers, genres and periods in the German cultural tradition. Potential topics include film, plays, fairy tales, novels and poetry as well as selected readings in Philosophy and the Arts.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Interpreting Texts; Fourth Semester Language Requirement
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 331W German Composition and Discussion (1)

In this course the emphasis will be on developing and refining skills for written and spoken expression in various contexts of German. Accuracy, fluency and complexity in language use will be our goal. Our discussions and assignments will be based on texts from various media, with the focus on contemporary issues in German-speaking countries.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 232 or consent of instructor.
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 333 Contemporary German Culture (1)

In this course students will continue to improve their language competence in German by exploring cultural, Political and everyday aspects of contemporary Germany. Themes and issues will include the role of Germany in the European Union, Ostalgie and German reunification, youth culture, literature, music, art, multiculturalism, cross-cultural comparisons, and the realities of the media world.  Emphasis will be placed on developing skills in contextualizing, interpreting, and critiquing a variety of texts.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 331W or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 340 (IT) Introduction to German Literature (1)

In this course, students will acquire interpretive tools for reading, analyzing and discussing German literary texts. With this background, students will then explore representative works from major periods and a variety of styles. We will also be concerned in locating and understanding these works in their historical and cultural context. Selective grammar review and vocabulary-building will be included. Taught in German.

  • General Education Requirement:  Interpreting Texts
  • Prerequisite: GERM 331W or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Spring Semester
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 431 (TH) Changing German Realities Since the Congress of Vienna (1)

In the past two hundred years political events, intellectual ventures and technological innovations have profoundly changed the realities in which people tried to make sense of their life and social role. The demise of empires, the redrawing of borders, the shifts in lifestyle from the early machine age to the digital era, and the repositioning of gender and cultural difference all led to far-reaching adjustments in values and patterns of behavior. We will explore a variety of German literary texts, historical documents and films to understand the impact that these changes and developments have had from the early nineteenth century to the European context of today . Conducted in German.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 340 or consent of instructor
  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Thinking Historically
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 432 Realism and Naturalism (1)

German literature and related forms of artistic and intellectual expression from Goethe's death to the end of the 19th century, considered against the background of general European cultural history. Selected readings from Grillparzer, Buchner, Droste-Hulshoff, Stifter, Keller, Storm, Hauptmann, and their contemporaries. Conducted in German.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 340 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

GERM 433 Modernism in Vienna and Berlin (1)

In an explosion of cultural production, the turn of the 20th century opened exciting new horizons for knowledge and experience. Freud's work on the unconscious and splendid new 'isms' in the arts, technical innovations and the development of new media dramatically changed the perception of urban life. In this course we will consider a selection of texts from this time period, as well as films from its beginnings to the 1930s.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 340 or consent of instructor
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 490-491 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

Designed to enable a student to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience of literary periods which are not covered by courses offered at Willamette University.

  • Prerequisite: GERM 331W, Junior or Senior standing and G.P.A. of 3.0 or better
  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 496W Senior Seminar (1)

The seminar will focus on the life and works of one major author (e.g., Goethe, Rilke, Nietzsche, Mann, etc.). Students are expected to write a research paper and present it to the class at the end of the semester.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered
  • Prerequisite: Senior standing in German
  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Zheng

GERM 497 Literary Research (.5)

Students will meet with a professor in the German program for seven seminar meetings and discuss a theme or an author within the area of German literature. The emphasis will be on the relationship between literature and society. Students are expected to write a 15-page research paper which will be presented to a larger audience at the end of the semester.

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Zheng

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