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German Courses

LOWER DIVISION COURSES

GR 1010 Communicating in German I (3):
Introduction to German language and culture: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Emphasis on the acquisition of communicative and intercultural skills. This course contains an additional, required 0 credit hour lab.

GR 1020 Communicating in German II (3):
Prerequisite: GR 1010 or placement.
Continuation of GR 1010. Expansion of all language skills, enabling the student to function in simple situations related to immediate needs, personal interests and daily life. This course contains an additional, required 0 credit hour lab.

GR 2010 Intermediate German: Language and Culture (3):
Prerequisite: GR 1020 or placement.
Continuation of GR 1020. Further practice in and development of all language skills, enabling the students to function in an increased number of areas. Materials and discussion relating to German culture. This course contains an additional, required 0 credit hour lab.

GR 2980 Independent Study (1-3)

UPPER DIVISION COURSES

GR 3010 Oral and Written Proficiency in German I (3):
Prerequisite: GR 2010 or placement.
Builds on acquired knowledge of German language and culture. Review and refinement of grammar skills, development of written and oral communication skills and strategies. Reading and discussion of authentic language materials (articles, videos, recordings, etc.). This course contains an additional, required 0 credit hour lab.

GR 3020 Oral and Written Proficiency in German II (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3010 or placement.
Continuation of GR 3010. Further development of oral and written expression leading to the ability to handle with confidence a wide variety of social situations and writing needs. This course contains an additional, required 0 credit hour lab.

GR 3200 German Culture Studies I (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3020 or instructor permission.
A survey of German cultural history from the Germanic Tribes, with an emphasis on the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment as reflected in German literature and other cultural artifacts. Taught in German.

GR 3250 German Culture Studies II (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3020 or instructor permission. A survey of German cultural history from the Enlightenment through the present day as reflected in German literature and other cultural artifacts. Taught in German.

GR 4010 Fluency in German (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3020 instructor permission.
Use of authentic language materials in German culture, special fields and in topics of particular interest to enable the student to achieve oral and written accuracy and fluency. Taught in German.

GR 4110 Language and Linguistics (3): 
Crosslisted with FREN 4110, RUSS 4110, and SPAN 4110. Introduction to the basic concepts and application of linguistic studies. Presentation and discussion of three main aspects of language: linguistic structures, language as a social dimension, and language as a mirror of cognitive processes. Taught in English.

GR 4150 Berlin (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3250 or instructor permission.
Excursions into the cultural development of Berlin from its very beginnings in the 13th century up to the present day. Focus on the period after 1871. Berlin as a microcosm for the cultural, socio-historical and ideological development of Germany as a whole. Taught in German.

GR 4200 Modern German Prose (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3250 or instructor permission.
Analysis and discussion of modern German prose by such authors as Alfred Andersch, Max Frisch, Heinrich Böll, Günther Grass, Martin Walser, Christa Wolf among others. Taught in German.

GR 4250 Business German (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3020 or instructor permission.
Development of advanced language skills (reading, writing listening comprehension and speaking) pertaining to German business and economy.

GR 4350 German Film (3):
Prerequisite: GR 3250 or instructor permission.
An introduction to film theory, analysis and cinema history within the German cultural context. Includes film viewings from the Weimar Republic to the present day. Taught in German.

GR 4500 Courtly Love and Life Portrayed Through Medieval German Literature (3):
As an introduction to medieval life and its literature, this course takes a brief look at political, social and religious structures that shaped medieval "Germany." This course studies several classics from medieval German literature that are representative for aspects of medieval life: e.g. Hartmann Der arme Heinrich, the Nibelungenlied, Eschenbach's Parzival, Straßburg's Tristan, and courtly love lyrics. The course will be taught in German. Prerequisites: GR 3200 or instructor permission.

GR 4550 History of the German Language
History of the German language will study the development of German from its earliest forms to contemporary German. Students will become familiar with linguistic terminology along with major linguistic and cultural changes that happened from Indo-European to Germanic to Old and Middle High German to contemporary German. This course will be taught in German. Prerequisites: GR 3200 or instructor approval.

GR 4600 Beginning Middle High German
Students will become proficient in Middle High German grammar and pronunciation, as well as learn to translate Middle High German texts into English in addition to an introduction to manuscript studies and discussion of the role of memory in oral culture, the use of standardized-edited vs. authentic manuscript language. This course is taught in English, but knowledge of German required. Prerequisites: GR 3200 or instructor permission.

GR 4650 Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival: Gender, Race and Otherness
In this course, students will read and critically reflect on Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival (ca. 1220). They will read the text in modern German. While this text is fictional, it is grounded in ‘reality' and reflects upon its times and its discourses on politics, religion, race, gender, and otherness, the focus of this course. This course is taught in German, therefore knowledge of German required. Prerequisites: GR 3200 or instructor permission.

GR 4700 The Culture of the Weimar Republic
This course examines the various forms of rich artistic production that emerged in Germany during the 1920s. Topics covered include literary, filmic, and visual representations of war, urban landscape, the modern woman, as well as influential artistic movements such as German Expressionism, cabaret, Dada, New Objectivity, Bauhaus, and Ausdruckstanz. Taught in German. Prerequisites: GR 3250 or instructor permission.

GR 4750 The German Press: Creating a Foreign Language Newspaper

Students will produce a print and online German newspaper that focuses on current events in German-speaking countries as well as German-American communities and cultural sites in and around St. Louis. They will work together in small groups to produce a video documentary that is thematically connected with topics covered in the publication. Taught in German. Prerequisites: GR 3020 or instructor permission.

GR 4960 Senior Inquiry: Research Project (3)

GR 4930 Special Topics (1-3):
Check with instructor for prerequisite.
Special topics might include Introduction to the Literature of the German Democratic Republic, The Experience of the "Wende," Translation of Technical German, German Phonetics, Medieval German Literature and Culture, or German Drama. All taught in German.

GR 4980 Advanced Independent Study (1-3)

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