Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Cultural History of German-Speaking Peoples:
Introductory course to German culture, history, and literature with listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar as secondary emphases.
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
Students will learn about the cultural history of the German-speaking peoples, starting with the Germanic tribes and ending with our time. Exploring the cultural, political, and ideological developments of each century, the class will also study some of the major literary, aesthetic, artistic, and philosophical responses to these developments.
This course expands on the students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing in German. It is designed to continue to build a firm foundation in the language. Students will improve their listening comprehension by listening to class lectures, short film and video clips, class discussions, and students’ presentations. Their speaking skills will further improve by actively participating in class discussions and by giving an oral presentation. Regular reading assignments from the textbook as well as literary works will improve reading comprehension and build vocabulary. Essays and short writing exercises will develop the students’ writing skills.
Required Textbooks and Materials:
Hans-Wilhelm Kelling: Deutsche Kulturgeschichte. 3rd ed. (ISBN-13 9780072870275)
Suggested Course Materials:
A German Dictionary (strongly recommended)
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Beginning German I and II and Intermediate I, or placement exam.