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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Spring 2016

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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)

GER202 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)

GER299 or
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 required.

GER442 Topics in German Literature: Austria:1815-2015

The course will expose students to texts, art, magazines, films and other cultural artifacts in context of their historical, political and cultural contexts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Vienna Modernism and contemporary Austria. It is beneficial yet not required to have had a 300 level German course.

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
GER443 Topics in German Studies – Germany/Austria Study Tour (3 credits) Berlin – Nürnberg – Vienna

(Course meets the first two months then travels during spring break 3-13 March 2016) In English, no previous German language knowledge required.

The course focuses on the idea of the “city” and its historical and cultural meanings, which conveys different ideas of modernity and tradition and deal with cultural and historical memory that is expressed through the urban landscape. Students learn to “read” the city and its meaning.