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Distribution IV courses & other German courses. Fall Quarter 2019

Elementary & Intermediate Language Courses in German

German 101-1 Beginning German

Denise Meuser, Coordinator (MTWF 11:00, 1:00, 2:0 &  MTTHF 4-4:50) Prerequisite in German: None

This is the first quarter of the Beginning German sequence: a systematic introduction to basic German. All four language skills – speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing – are stressed to insure that students acquire a basic command of German. Classes are conducted in German, except when explanations of grammar or other material require the use of English. Key feature of this quarter: Individual oral interviews at the end of the quarter.

German 101-2 Beginning German (Second Quarter of sequence

Denise Meuser, (MTWF 9:00) (dmeuser@northwestern.edu)

This is the second quarter of the Beginning German sequence and targets those students who have completed the first quarter of the sequence or have had some introduction to the language. Please contact the instructor to confirm that this course is appropriate for you.

German 102-1 Intermediate German

Martina Kerlova, Coordinator (MTWF 9:00, 10:00, 12:00, 1:00) Prereq: Ger 101-3

This is the first quarter of the three-quarter sequence of Intermediate German. Its primary goal is the continued development of proficiency in all German language skills. We will read variety of texts focusing mainly on German history and culture in the 20th century. In each of the three courses in this sequence we focus on a different aspect of German culture and language. Three quarter sequence: Fall Quarter: literature, history and culture in the 20th century. Winter Quarter: colloquial and idiomatic contemporary language, German society and culture. Spring Quarter is devoted to excerpts from contemporary German literary works and discussion arising from them.

Intermediate & Advanced Levels

German 201 Focus Reading: Art in the Modern Age

Denise Meuser (MWF 1-1:50) Prerequisite: 102-3, have German AP score of 4, or permission of the DUS.

This course examines the explosion of art and industry at the turn of the century that for the first time included substantial opportunities for women.  The class will provide an introduction to the period of the German Empire or Kaiserreich 1871 – 1918. This epoch in German history is emblematic for modernism. Through short historical texts, biographies, letters and journals, students will learn about social issues, art movements and the German politics of the period that included Bismarck, artistic colonies and war.  Students will become acquainted with the artworks of Käthe Kollwitz, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter and more. Trips to the Art Institute and the Milwaukee Art Museum are planned and there will be a project-based presentation in lieu of a final exam.


German 205 Focus Writing: Berlin Faces of the Metropolis

Ingrid Zeller (MWF 11:00-11:50) Prerequisite: 102-3 or Instructor Consent

This grammar and composition course is designed for students who wish to improve their writing and grammar skills in order to become independent, confident, and proficient writers of German. During this quarter, we will focus on the analysis and production of portraits, descriptions of places, narratives, film reviews, literary interpretations and cultural reports. The thematic basis for the course is the city of Berlin and the personalities, places, historical events, cultural and artistic trends, and visions that have shaped this historically unique, increasingly diverse, dynamic, and fascinating city during the twentieth and are shaping it during the twenty-first century. Course materials will include current and historical materials from a variety of sources, fictional works by German-speaking authors, news features, cultural reports, several feature films, excerpts from a television series, and short films. An emphasis during Fall 2019 will be on topics that relate to different stages in the history of Berlin and its development into a global and ethnically diverse city. We will also plan an excursion to Chicago to explore connections between Chicago and Berlin with a focus on architecture and on German heritage. You will have many chances to express yourselves creatively in a variety of different contexts. The production of a student magazine will be among the highlights.

German 221-3 Introduction to Literature: 1945-Today

Franziska Lys (TTh 11-12:20) Prerequisite: One 200-level course in German or permission of/discussion with the DUS. Distro Area VI

This course, designed for majors and non-majors, introduces students to representative short stories by major German-speaking authors’ writing from 1945 through the present. The stories selected are representative of a dynamic period in German literature and highlight important social, political, and intellectual issues including questions of the recent German past and the representation of history; questions of individual versus collective guilt, questions of gender and sexuality, exile and alienation, the relationship of the individual to a modern technological society; and new themes and issues since the reunification of Germany. In addition, the course examines the genre of the short story, with attention to different modes and styles of writing.

German 309-1 Advanced Business German: The German Economy

Rob Ryder (MWF 10-10:50) Prerequisite: Two 200-level courses in German or permission of/discussion with the DUS.

This course will give you an overview of the German economy, its underlying structures, its current trends and some of the political and global issues it is facing today. Throughout the course, you will gain tools that will enable you to become well-versed in German economic and sociopolitical topics. While the course is designed to introduce you to a variety of issues, you will also be able to delve deeper into one topic of your choice for your final project, such as national health care insurance or immigration. Although content-driven, the course will also further develop your language skills. You will expand your vocabulary and become familiar with advanced grammar structures used heavily in the business context. In-class activities and will focus on how to present graphics and statistics, and lead informative discussions in a business setting.