Course Descriptions 2018-19

AP/GER 1000 6.0 — Elementary German

PREREQUISITE: No previous knowledge of German is assumed.

DESCRIPTION: Students learn the basic elements of German grammar through an active and participatory approach that should enable them, by the end of the course, to communicate in German in everyday situations. Reading and writing skills are developed parallel to oral and listening skills. Audio visual and culturally related materials provide opportunity for students to expand their understanding of the cultural implications of the language. Note: Supplemental interactive exercises are available in the Multimedia Language Centre (S117 Ross) for language practice in addition to classroom instruction.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week.

AP/GER 1790 9.0 – Nationalism, Authority and Resistance: Perspectives on German Culture and Society

(Cross-listed with AP/HUMA 1190 9.0)

PREREQUISITE: None.

NOTE: Successful completion of this course fulfills General Education requirements in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

DESCRIPTION: Germany might exemplify the problems, conflicts, and possibilities of the modern world better than any other single state. It has careened from an open democracy to brutal dictatorship, been united, divided, and united again in a little over 100 years, embraced the rational optimism of the Enlightenment and the racism of Nazi Germany culminating in the Holocaust. This course examines cultural representations of contemporary and historical Germany from an interdisciplinary perspective. Examining cultural, political and social discourses, we will consider the tensions that have characterized "Germany" historically and in the present day through the lens of texts that include e.g. literature, film, art, journalistic and political writing. Particular attention will be paid to: Nationalism and multiculturalism, authority and resistance, competing visions of democracy or freedom, religion and rationalism, the role of Germany in Europe and the world, and the effect of the past on contemporary German society.

FORMAT: One two hour lecture and one two hour tutorial per week. The course is team taught by instructors drawn from several disciplines. This course is presented in English, and no knowledge of German in required.

AP/GER 1791 6.0 The Fairy Tale: From Grimm To Disney

Pervasive in most cultures across the globe, fairy tales thrive because of their universal nature. Fairy tales are more than just children's literature. They encapsulate in (usually) succinct form many of the most pressing concerns of human existence: family conflict, the struggle for survival, sexual desire, the quest for happiness, among many others. Published about 200 years ago, Brothers Grimms Fairy Tales remains one of the most iconic pieces of literature and has had significant influence on modern pop culture. This course examines fairy tales in the context of their longevity, their origins, and their ever changing roles in media and popular culture. Note: This is an approved LA&PS General Education course: Humanities

Language of Instruction: English

AP/GER 2000 6.0 — Intermediate German

PREREQUISITE: AS/GER 1000 6.0, University Preparation Level 4 High School or OAC German, or an equivalent background in German.

DESCRIPTION: In addition to a review of basic grammatical structures, students learn and use, in appropriate contexts, more advanced grammatical structures and idioms. The course uses an approach in which all language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are further developed with the goal of functioning effectively in various German-speaking situations. Students are expected to attend the Multimedia Language Centre (South 117 Ross Building) to use various audio-visual materials, computer programmes and the Internet to assist in the process of language acquisition and cross-cultural literacy.

FORMAT: Four class hours per week.

AP/GER 3001 3.0 Advanced Level German, Level IA

Instructor: Gabriele Mueller

PREREQUISITE: AP/GER 2000 6.0 or equivalent. Departmental Course Entry Authorization slip required PRIOR TO ENROLMENT.

DESCRIPTION: This course will build upon and expand the students' knowledge of the German language and culture. It will focus on the development of a wider range of vocabulary, more complex grammatical structures and on pronunciation. Emphasis will be put on the exploration of authentic and up-to-date German language materials and on the discussion of current cultural issues.

Note: Upon completion of this course, the majority of the students should have sufficient background to sit for a language proficiency examination. For students not majoring in German, the Certificate of Proficiency in German Language, offered by the Department, should be of interest.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week for one term.

AP/GER 3002 3.0 Advanced Level German, Level IB

Instructor: Gabriele Mueller

PREREQUISITE: AP/GER 3001 3.0 or equivalent. Departmental Course Entry Authorization slip required PRIOR TO ENROLMENT.

DESCRIPTION: This course will build upon and expand the students' knowledge of the German language and culture. It will focus on the development of a wider range of vocabulary, more complex grammatical structures and on pronunciation. Emphasis will be put on the exploration of authentic and up-to-date German language materials and on the discussion of current cultural issues.

Note: Upon completion of this course, the majority of the students should have sufficient background to sit for a language proficiency examination. For students not majoring in German, the Certificate of Proficiency in German Language, offered by the Department, should be of interest.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week for one term.

AP/GER 3600 3.0 Berlin in German Literature and Culture

(Cross-listed with AP/HUMA3600 3.0)

Instructor: Christina Kraenzle

PREREQUISITE: None

DESCRIPTION: In the last century, Berlin has undergone changes and upheavals more radical than those experienced by virtually any other great metropolis. During the first three decades of the 20th century, it was a world centre of modernism. It then served as the capital of Hitler's Third Reich. After World War II, Berlin became a microcosm of the Cold War. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany began a new and challenging era for Berlin, now the capital of a "New Germany."

This course highlights the following periods in the story of modern Berlin: the making of a metropolis; Weimar; Hitler and the aftermath; the Cold War; and reunification. In particular, it will consider Berlin's rich cultural history and the artists, filmmakers, writers, architects, intellectuals and other cultural agents who influenced, and were influenced by, the developments of modern Berlin.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week for one term.

AP/GER 3751 3.0 Visions of the Future in German Culture

DESCRIPTION: This course examines utopian and dystopian discourses in Modern German culture. Studying a variety of texts from literature, cinema and other forms of cultural production, students will examine the texts' visions for the future within the context of prevailing discourses on science, technology, and modernity's promise and destructive potential.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week for one term.

AP/GER 3792 3.0 Recent German Film and Culture

Instructors: TBA

DESCRIPTION: The course focuses on major filmmakers and trends in German film after 1989. Topics include film and authorship, art vs. popular cinema, approaches to history and memory, cinematic responses to contemporary social and political developments.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week.

AP/GER 4600 3.0 Berlin in German Literature and Culture

(Taught with AP/GER3600 3.0)

Instructor: Christina Kraenzle

PREREQUISITE: None

DESCRIPTION: In the last century, Berlin has undergone changes and upheavals more radical than those experienced by virtually any other great metropolis. During the first three decades of the 20th century, it was a world centre of modernism. It then served as the capital of Hitler's Third Reich. After World War II, Berlin became a microcosm of the Cold War. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany began a new and challenging era for Berlin, now the capital of a "New Germany."

This course highlights the following periods in the story of modern Berlin: the making of a metropolis; Weimar; Hitler and the aftermath; the Cold War; and reunification. In particular, it will consider Berlin's rich cultural history and the artists, filmmakers, writers, architects, intellectuals and other cultural agents who influenced, and were influenced by, the developments of modern Berlin.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week for one term.

AP/GER 4751 3.0 Visions of the Future in German Culture

Instructor: TBA

PREREQUISITE: None

DESCRIPTION: This course examines utopian and dystopian discourses in Modern German culture. Studying a variety of texts from literature, cinema and other forms of cultural production, students will examine the texts' visions for the future within the context of prevailing discourses on science, technology, and modernity's promise and destructive potential.

FORMAT: Three class hours per week for one term.