Department of Modern Languages & Classics

*3306 German Culture and Civilization
3 credit hours

Readings, lectures, slide presentations, and film clips on the culture and civilization of Germany from the Germanic tribes to the present day. Discussions focus on literature, visual art, history, politics and society. This course is taught in English and satisfies the Faculty of Arts humanities 3c requirement.


*3307 Introduction to German Literature
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: None

A survey of German literature in translation from various periods. The course will provide the student with an introduction into literary analysis. This course is taught in English and satisfies the Faculty of Arts humanities 3c requirement.


*3308 Modern German Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: None

A study of trends in German literature since the First World War and up to 1989. Poetry, plays and short stories are read and analyzed. This course is taught in English and satisfies the Faculty of Arts humanities 3c requirement.


*4401 Post-1945 German Literature
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GRMN 2202 with a minimum grade of C.

The study of the significant prose works and plays in German literature from 1945 to 1989.  This course is taught in German.


Course Descriptions

1101 Introduction to the German Language I
3 credit hours

An introductory language course for those beginning the study of German. Basic linguistic structures will be studied with particular emphasis on the oral communications.


1102 Introduction to the German Language II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GRMN 1101 or equivalent with a minimum grade of C.

This course continues the studies begun in GRMN 1101.


2201 Intermediate German I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GRMN 1102 (or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C.

A intermediate German language course with emphasis on grammar in context, listening comprehension, reading and writing.


2202 Intermediate German II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GRMN 2201 with a minimum grade of C.

A continuation of 2201.


3309  Contemporary  German Culture
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: None

Readings. Lecture, slide presentations, and film clips on contemporary (“Postwende”) culture and society of Germany.  Topics include new trends in German literature, poetry, plays, and short stories as well as popular culture, music, film, advertising, the Web, festivals, social and political movements.  This course is taught in English and satisfies the Faculty of Arts humanities 3c requirement.


3311 Advanced Oral and Written German I
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GRMN 2202 or equivalent.

By combining readings, interactive tasks, and guided projects, this course offers students  opportunities to expand and refine their ability to comprehend and to communicate effectively in German.


3312 Advanced Oral and Written German II
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GRMN 3311 or equivalent.

This course is a continuation of GRMN 3311.


3336  International Field Study in Cologne
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: Prior or simultaneous enrolment in a 3000- or 4000-level German course, or HIST 4508.

This field study course enables students to examine insitu various aspects of German cultural history as exemplified by and in the city of Cologne.  Following orientation classes on the significant position of Cologne in German culture and history, the students will depart for Germany where they will take part in educational tours of major cultural venues in and around Cologne.  Further educational excursions may include a rococo palace in Brühl and Beethoven’s house and the Museum of Contemporary German History in Bonn.


4402  Contemporary Literature and Culture in German
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: GRMN 2202 with a minimum grade of C

The study of significant aspects of German literature and culture from the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 to the present day.  This course is taught in German.


4826 – 4849 Special Topics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

This course is for students who have a good working knowledge of German, a special interest in German literature, and who want to study a particular area through directed, independent readings.


4876 – 4899 Independent Study
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: permission of instructor prior to registration.

This course is for students who have a good working knowledge of German, a special interest in German literature, and who want to study a particular author through directed, independent readings.