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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fall 2016

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/languages/german/fall2016.html

Course Descriptions

Course # Course Name Course Description
GER101 Elementary German I

For students with no previous German language instruction. Students with previous language training must take the German placement test. Fast-paced and intensive communicative language course that introduces German language and culture. It focuses on comprehension of oral and written German, vocabulary acquisition, and developing elementary proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading.

Text and workbook used: Kontakte (MacGraw Hill/latest edition)

GER102 Elementary German II

Continuation of GER 101. Fast-paced and intensive communicative language course that introduces German language and culture. It continues to develop and expand comprehension of oral and written German, further expansion of vocabulary and developing elementary proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading.

Text and workbook used: Kontakte (MacGraw Hill/latest edition)

GER201 Intermediate German I

Continuation of GER 102. Introduction to topics in German studies such as literature, history, art, politics in combination with review of grammar structures, expansion of vocabulary and furthering linguistic skills.

Text and workbook used:
Anders Gedacht (Heinle/Cengage Learning, latest edition)

GER342 Selected Readings

Continuation of GER 202. Discussion of major themes and movements based on selected readings by representative authors form the German speaking world.

GER299 or
GER499
Individual Study

Individual study project conducted by student independently and at the appropriate level. This form of instruction is rarely granted due to one faculty program. Permission for registration require.

GER490 Senior Capstone

An individual project by German majors or minors that demonstrates the ability to focus on a specific topic or question in-depth in the field of German culture and literature studies. Not a requirement for major or minor. Approval and permission for registration required.

Course Conducted in English
GER460/560 Topics in German Cinema. Berlin: The City in Film

The “city” has been a character in film from the beginning of film-making and the city of Berlin has been decidedly shaping European and Western culture and history in the 20th century.  This course will look at the changing images of Berlin, starting with a few examples of new artistic expressions during the Weimar Republic and political terror during the Nazi dictatorship, and then focus on films at the frontline of the Cold War and the forced division through the Berlin Wall and its radically different political and economic ideologies. The course will begin with an introduction to film analysis, which pays special attention to the relationship between film and city. We continue to discuss influential productions from the East and the West, go on to unified Germany and draw also comparisons to other German city films.
 

Texts used:
Brockmann, Stephen.
A Critical History of German Film.
Camden House: 2015

ISBN 10: 157113 4689
ISBN 13: 978157113684