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Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Rutgers University
Armitage Hall, 311 N. 5th Street
Camden, NJ 08102
(856) 225-6136
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German Courses

Elementary German (50:470:101 and 102).

This is the basic introduction to the German language. It provides crucial communicative skills and a solid foundation for further study in German, as well as an introduction to German culture.

Elementary German I (101) assumes no prior knowledge of German, no prior experience with another foreign language, and no knowledge of grammar terminology. It is for beginners, including students who had one year of German in high school. 

Elementary German II (102) is the continuation of 101 and is also the appropriate starting point for students who had two years of German in high school.

Students who had three years of German in high school should normally take Intermediate I. 

A placement test is available, but is not required. Students uncertain about which course to take should contact the department.

Study of a foreign language through at least the 102 level is a graduation requirement in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Students who have had three years of German in high school may not take 101 for credit; students who have had more than three years in high school may not take 102 for credit. 

 

Intermediate German (50:470:131 and 132).

The course provides a complete review of German grammar. In addition, reading texts are discussed in German. Fifteen to twenty minutes in each meeting are reserved for conversation about any topic that comes up. This prepares students for the next higher course, Conversation and Composition. Students who have had two or more years of high school German should normally enroll in this course.

 

German Conversation and Composition (50:470:203 and 204)

Conducted completely in German, this course covers material about everyday life. In addition, political events, literature, and a wide variety of topics are discussed.

 

Advanced Grammar and Stylistics (50:470:301)

Can anyone make sense of German gender? What are all those cases for, again? How does the endings system work? What is the subjunctive? How do I use the passive voice? These are some of the questions that will be answered in Advanced Grammar.

The course provides a comprehensive review of German grammar, with special emphasis on areas that tend to be problematic, as well as an introduction to the concept of stylistic registers and practice in writing in different styles. This is where you get the chance to relearn all the things you didn’t quite master in Elementary and Intermediate, or have halfway forgotten. It’s also the place to finally really learn some things like the subjunctives and the passive, which you have surely been exposed to, but perhaps only briefly. And this course will also introduce you to some grammatical fine points that you probably never even thought of. But it will also provide some degree of an introduction to understanding better why things are the way they are and how you can explain them. And finally, it will provide some understanding of how the German language is used differently in different contexts, and how informal conversation is different from a literary text, which is in turn different from a business letter or a scholarly book. 

German Culture and Civilization (50:470:340) (Taught in German.)

A study of cultural, social and sociological structures and phenomena in modern Germany. Emphasis is given to such aspects as stereotypes, the multicultural society, the environment, communication, the family, generational conflicts, the job market,  and German cultural developments (visual arts, literature, music).

 

Germany Today  (50:470:401) (Taught in German.)

Starting with a short review of the history of World War II, this course treats the formation and development of the two Germanys, East and West, from 1949-1990, and their unification. Topics treated are Germany’s geography, the individual German states or “Länder” and their regional differences, the German constitution and the Law, political parties, the German Congress or “Bundestag,” and Germany’s chancellors and presidents from 1949-1990. In addition, the course treats German politcal and economical developments and their significance for Europe and the world.

German Literature in English Translation (50:470:261): Fall 2004

Stories of knights and ladies, magic rings, mighty warriors, and heroic quests: no, this course does not study modern fantasy literature or Hollywood blockbusters, but German literature of the Middle Ages. Taught entirely in English, the course traces developments in literary history, and introduces students to some of the greatest works of German, indeed of European literature. Partially fulfills Rutgers Camden language requirement under pre-2003 catalogs; satisfies Literature Requirement (4.b.) under 2003 and subsequent catalogs.

German Literature in English Translation (50:470:261 and 262)

Taught entirely in English, these courses provide a survey of German literature from the Middle Ages through the present. Balanced reading selections trace developments in literary history, and introduce students to the works of acclaimed German authors. In the fall semester, the course (261) generally focusses on earlier literature from the Middle Ages up into the early 19th century. In the spring, the course (262) generally focuses on more modern literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Partially fulfills Rutgers Camden language requirement under pre-2003 catalogs; satisfies Literature Requirement (4.b.) under 2003 and subsequent catalogs.
 

German Cinema in English Translation I: Beginnings through 1945

Course taught in English. Surveys the history and development of German cinema from the beginnings through the end of World War II. The course consists mainly of the viewing and discussion of selected films, including classics such as Nosferatu (the best Dracula movie) and M(the psycho-thriller starring Peter Lorre). Partially fulfills Rutgers Camden language requirement under pre-2003 catalogs; satisfies Literature Requirement (4.b.) under 2003 and subsequent catalogs. Also counts towards the Film Studies minor.

German Cinema in English Translation II: 1945 to present

Course taught in English. Surveys the history and development of German cinema from the end of World War II to the present through the viewing and discussion of selected films. Includes a variety of cinematic responses to the war and the Nazi past (The Tin Drum, The Boat), as well as the films of the “New German Cinema” and others. Partially fulfills Rutgers Camden language requirement under pre-2003 catalogs; satisfies Literature Requirement (4.b.) under 2003 and subsequent catalogs. Also counts towards the Film Studies minor.

German 447: German Literature from 1850 to the present

This course will serve as an introduction to the study of German literature in German. Students will develop their reading, writing, speaking, and listening abilities in German, as well as learning something about the German literature of the later 19th and 20th centuries. The course is intended for students who have completed 470:132, Intermediate German, or the equivalent. It may be taken at the same time as 470:305, German Conversation and Composition. All German majors and minors who have completed Intermediate should take this course.

German 447 will begin with short, relatively simple readings, and proceed to longer and more difficult texts. The work of the course will consist of the readings, class discussions (in German, although English will be allowed when absolutely necessary), and a variety of written and oral assignments.

German 448: German Literature from 1850 to the present

Conducted entirely in German, this course will survey important writers of 20th-century German literature and the cultural and philosophical movements they represent.

Individual Studies in German (50:470:353 and 493)

Advanced individual study of predetermined topic. Normally limited to German majors with junior or senior standing. By permission only.

Readings in Special Fields (50:470:458)

Advanced independent study of predetermined topic. Normally limited to German majors with junior or senior standing. By permission only.

Honors in German (50:470:495)

For senior German majors writing honors theses. By permission only.

Survival German (50:470:392)

Intense conversation course. Assumes no prior knowledge of German, but may be usefully taken by students who know some German as well as by raw beginners. Sample topics to be covered include: pronunciation tips, menus and ordering food, numbers, telling time, money, asking directions to a particular site such as a hotel or railroad station, arranging for a room or buying a railroad ticket, and situational exchanges for the more advanced student. For more information or registration materials, contact the Winterim Office at (856) 225-6098 or visit the website: http://winterim.camden.rutgers.edu.