German courses

GERM 1010 Elementary German I
Elementary German I
Development of basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) with particular emphasis on the active use of present-day German. Cultural exploration of the German-speaking countries.
Pre-requistites: Placement; for students with little or no previous knowledge of German.
credit hours: 4

GERM 1020 Elementary German II
Elementary German II
Continuation of GERM 101. Continues the development of basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) with particular emphasis on the active use of present-day German. Further exploration of the German-speaking countries.
Pre-requistites: GERM 1010 or placement; for students who have completed GERM 1010 at Tulane or equivalent.
credit hours: 4

GERM 1120 Intensive Elementary German
Intensive Elementary German
In place of GERM 1010 and GERM 1020. Accelerated development of basic language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) with particular emphasis on the active use of present-day German. Cultural exploration of the German-speaking countries.
Pre-requistites: Placement.
credit hours: 3

GERM 2030 Intermediate German
Intermediate German
Continues to develop proficiency in the four language skills (listening, reading, speaking, and writing) at the intermediate level. Further introduces students to contemporary German culture.
Pre-requistites: GERM 1020, 1120, or placement.
credit hours: 4

GERM 3050 Intermediate Grammar and Composition
Intermediate Grammar and Composition
Course combines language acquisition with content-based instruction for varying topics. With respect to language learning, the course aims at reinforcing and expanding students' proficiency primarily in writing. In this endeavor, the course offers a thorough and comprehensive review of German grammar at the advanced level, including principles and distinctions not usually covered in lower and intermediate courses. Class activities will include discussions, oral reports, and directed compositions.
Pre-requistites: GERM 2030 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3160 Readings in German Literature
Readings in German Literature
Conducted in German. Reading of representative works of German prose, drama, and poetry. Designed to introduce the student to fundamentals of literary analysis and to strategies for enhanced reading comprehension. Significant emphasis on the continued development of linguistic skills.
Pre-requistites: GERM 3050 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3250 German Language and Culture I
German Language and Culture I
Conducted in German. Survey of German history from its beginning through the Age of Enlightenment, with emphasis on cultural and social aspects unique to Germany. Significant emphasis on the continued development of linguistic skills.
Pre-requistites: GERM 3050 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3260 German Language and Culture II
German Language and Culture II
Conducted in German. Survey of German history from the end of the 18th century to the present including a discussion of institutions and problems of contemporary German life and civilization. Significant emphasis on the continued development of linguistic skills.
Pre-requistites: GERM 3050 or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3270 : From Reich to Republic: German Literature and Culture 1871 to Present
: From Reich to Republic: German Literature and Culture 1871 to Present
This course traces significant events and developments in Germany from its beginning as a nation to its reunification at the end of the Cold War. Through close examination and discussion of selected literary, documentary, and filmic texts against the backdrop of changing political and socio-cultural environments, students will gain a full picture of German culture in the 20th century. Active class discussions and frequent writing assignments aim to improve students' speaking and writing skills, as well as to introduce them to literary and cultural analysis.All coursework and discussion in German.
Pre-requistites: GERM 3050 or permission of the instructor.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3310 German for Reading Knowledge
German for Reading Knowledge
Teaches students to read expository German prose on the basis of rapid study of basic verbal and nominal morphological patterns. No prior knowledge of the language is necessary. Open to undergraduates in all disciplines. Fulfills humanities requirement but not the undergraduate foreign language requirement. Graduate students are also welcome, but course does not grant graduate credit; it will however, prepare graduates to demonstrate proficiency.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3360 Translation: Theory and Practice of an Impossible Art
Translation: Theory and Practice of an Impossible Art
Proficiency in German required. Course introduces students to both practical and theoretical problems posed by translation in general and by English-German translation in particular. This class will learn by practicing translation and by reading theoretical texts about translation. Texts will include literature, news reports, and film subtitles.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3440 Representing the Holocaust: Literary and Filmic Depictions of the Undepictable
Representing the Holocaust: Literary and Filmic Depictions of the Undepictable
This course examines the Holocaust from various perspectives, disciplines, and media (including history, literature, and film) to investigate the conditions and limitations of representations of the Holocaust.
Notes: May be counted toward a major or a minor in German only with departmental approval and provided all reading is done in German.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3510 German Culture and Civilization
German Culture and Civilization
The emergence of art, music, and philosophy of the German-speaking peoples, primarily as reflected in their national literatures.
Notes: May be counted toward a major or a minor in German only with departmental approval and provided all reading is done in German.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3530 Rehearsing the Revolution in Germany
Rehearsing the Revolution in Germany
The course examines major turning points in German history. How have German writers represented political revolutions and social upheavals from the French Revolution, the weavers' revolt of 1844, to the peaceful revolution of 1989? Conversely, to what extent has literature, especially drama, had an impact on revolutionary events? Authors and theorists considered include such classics as Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Büchner , Marx, Hannah Arendt, Brecht, Müller , and Weiss. Films by Riefenstahl, Fassbinder, and Becker.
Notes: May be counted toward a major or a minor in German only with departmental approval and provided all reading is done in German.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3540 Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud
Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud
Course introduces three philosophical revolutionaries who have exerted enormous influence on literature, philosophy, psychology, and politics. With its intellectual-historical approach, the course will examine key terms and analytical models in these thinkers as well as the intersection points among them.
Notes: May be counted toward a major or a minor in German only with departmental approval and provided all reading is done in German.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3550 German Literature in Translation
German Literature in Translation
Subject varies and is announced each semester. Typically a study of literary movements, genres, individual authors, or themes, e.g., the treatment of the Faust theme in German literature.
Notes: May be repeated for credit. May be counted toward a major or a minor in German only with departmental approval and provided all reading is done in German.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3560 The Devil's Pact in Literature, Film, Music
The Devil's Pact in Literature, Film, Music
credit hours: 3

GERM 3660 Love, Death and Sexuality from the Middle Ages to the Baroque
Love, Death and Sexuality from the Middle Ages to the Baroque
The focus of this course will be the representation of love, death and sexuality in German culture from the Middle Ages to the Thirty Years War. Selected works of literature, music and art will be examined (e.g. 'Tristan,' 'Parzival,' Faustus, works by Dü rer, Holbein). Topics to be addressed include mysticism, Reformation and Counter Reformation; economic expansion; cartography; witchcraft and nationalism.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3670 Grimm Reckonings: The Development of the German Fairy Tale
Grimm Reckonings: The Development of the German Fairy Tale
This course will examine the Brothers Grimm and the classic fairy tales: their origins, development and later adaptations (and will include tales from other cultures and traditions as well). Questions to be discussed include: the relationship between author and audience; the construction of childhood; theories of education; oral culture vs. print culture; the development of national identity through folklore.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3710 Deviants, Nazis, and Radicals. An Introduction to German Film
Deviants, Nazis, and Radicals. An Introduction to German Film
This course explores the trajectory of German film from its Expressionist beginnings to the present. How do the narratives presented aid in understanding the specific historical, social, cultural, and political moments in which they were produced? How are the technical aspects of film used to present given themes? We will begin with an examination of Weimar cinema, focusing on the films as windows into the artistic and social realities of Germany in the 1910s and 20s, before moving to an analysis of Nazi propaganda film. We will then turn to post-war German film. How do filmmakers respond to the need to come to terms with Germany's history? We will analyze films focusing on diverse themes, including guilt and culpability, depictions of the Holocaust, and the individual in a modernized, divided Germany. Subsequently, we will examine responses to unification, in particular representations of East Germany. In our final unit, we will look at contemporary films, in which individuals rebel against dominant cultural and social imperatives.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3720 From Caligari to the Coen Brothers: Weimar Cinema To Film Noir
From Caligari to the Coen Brothers: Weimar Cinema To Film Noir
This course traces the development of the filmic production of Weimar Germany, as well as its influence on classic and contemporary Hollywood film noir. Analyzing significant films from the era, we trace the stylistic, generic, and thematic trends that emerge in the pivotal years between the World Wars. How do these films come to terms with the radically new and different social circumstances of post-WWI Germany? How do they push the bounds of technical limitations and draw on the still-young media? And how do they influence, what is their relationship to classic Hollywood film noir, a genre that many German émigre filmmakers drew on in their American work? How does film noir in its original and its contemporary incarnations challenge or put to use the characteristic generic conventions that seem so indebted to Weimar cinema? Note: No knowledge of German required. Students in the German program may take this course with a German component.
credit hours: 3

GERM 3730 Nazi Cinema and Nazis in Cinema: Fascist Imaginary, Imagined Fascists
Nazi Cinema and Nazis in Cinema: Fascist Imaginary, Imagined Fascists
credit hours: 3

GERM 4100 Literary Analysis
Literary Analysis
This course aims at stimulating both, the pleasure of reading and the critique of the text. In order to enable students to read critically, the course introduces basic terms, tools, and techniques of literary analysis. In this endeavor, it draws on various readings from different authors, periods, and genres.
Pre-requistites: GERM 3050 or GERM 3160.
credit hours: 3

GERM 4410 German Novella
German Novella
Study of Novellas by Goethe, Kleist, Arnim, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Gotthelf, Droste-Hü lshoff, Keller, Storm, Hauptmann, Hofmannsthal, Zweig, and Th. Mann, illustrating the historical development of the German Novella as a literary form.
Pre-requistites: GERM 3050, 3160, or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

GERM 4430 German Drama
German Drama
A study of the German dramatic tradition through close analysis of representative plays by such writers as Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, Kleist, Hebbel, Grillparzer, and Bü chner.
Pre-requistites: GERM 3050, 3160, or equivalent.
credit hours: 3

GERM 4710 Special Topics
Special Topics
For description, consult department.
Notes: For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.
credit hours: 3

GERM 4720 Special Topics
Special Topics
For description, consult department.
Notes: For specific offering, see the Schedule of Classes.
credit hours: 3

GERM 4800 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar
Advanced Undergraduate Seminar
Topics vary from year to year. Typically an intensive study of an individual writer, a limited genre, a literary movement or a thematic problem. The Experience of War; Germany's Roaring 1920s; German Culture after WW II; Youth and the German Nation; Post-1989 Literary and Visual Culture; Travels to Foreign Lands; Early Modern Maps and Images.
Notes: May be repeated for credit provided the topic is different.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor.
credit hours: 3

GERM 6800 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar
Advanced Undergraduate Seminar
See GERM 4800 for description.
credit hours: 3

GERM 6910 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
Open to superior students with the approval of the department.
credit hours: 3

GERM 6920 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
Open to superior students with the approval of the department.
credit hours: 3

GERM H4910 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
Open to superior students with the approval of the department.
credit hours: 3

GERM H4920 Independent Studies
Independent Studies
Open to superior students with the approval of the department.
credit hours: 3

GERM H4990 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Approval of department and Honors Committee required.
credit hours: 3

GERM H5000 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Approval of department and Honors Committee required.
credit hours: 3