2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog

German and German Studies

Students may complete a major or minor in German and German Studies.

Faculty

Bryn Mawr College

David Kenosian, Lecturer
Imke Meyer, Professor and Chair (on leave semester I)
Heidi Schlipphacke, Visiting Associate Professor
Azade Seyhan, Fairbank Professor in the Humanities and Professor of German and Comparative Literature, and Interim Chair (semester I)

Haverford College

Imke Brust, Assistant Professor
Ulrich Schönherr, Associate Professor and Co-Chair (on leave semesters I and II)

Henning Wrage, Visiting Assistant Professor

The Bryn Mawr-Haverford Bi-College Department of German draws upon the expertise of the German faculty at both Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges to offer a broadly conceived German Studies program, incorporating a variety of courses and major options. The purpose of the major in German and German Studies is to lay the foundation for a critical understanding of German culture in its contemporary global context and its larger political, social, and intellectual history. To this end we encourage a thorough and comparative study of the German language and culture through its linguistic and literary history, systems of thought, institutions, political configurations, and arts and sciences.

The German program aims, by means of various methodological approaches to the study of another language, to foster critical thinking, expository writing skills, understanding of the diversity of culture(s), and the ability to respond creatively to the challenges posed by cultural difference in an increasingly global world. Course offerings are intended to serve both students with particular interests in German literature and literary theory and criticism, and those interested in studying German and German-speaking cultures from the perspective of communication arts, film, history, history of ideas, history of art and architecture, history of religion, institutions, linguistics, mass media, philosophy, politics, and urban anthropology and folklore.

A thorough knowledge of German is a goal for both major concentrations. The objective of our language instruction is to teach students communicative skills that enable them to function effectively in authentic conditions of language use and to speak and write in idiomatic German. A major component of all German courses is the examination of issues that underline the cosmopolitanism as well as the specificity and complexity of contemporary German culture. German majors can and are encouraged to take courses in interdisciplinary areas, such as comparative literature, film, gender and sexuality studies, growth and structure of cities, history, history of art, music, philosophy, and political science, where they read works of criticism in these areas in the original German. Courses relating to any aspect of German culture, history, and politics given in other departments can count toward requirements for the major or minor.

College Foreign Language Requirement

The College’s foreign language requirement may be satisfied by completing GERM 101 and 102 with an average grade of at least 2.0 or with a grade of 2.0 or better in GERM 102.

Major Requirements

The German and German studies major consists of 10 units. All courses at the 200 or 300 level count toward the major requirements, either in a literature concentration or in a German studies concentration. A literature concentration normally follows the sequence 201 and/or 202; 209 or 212, or 214, 215; plus additional courses to complete the 10 units, two of them at the 300 level; and finally one semester of Senior Conference. A German studies major normally includes 223 and/or 224 or 245; one 200- and one 300-level course in German literature; three courses (at least one at the 300 level) in subjects central to aspects of German culture, history, or politics; and one semester of GERM 321 (Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies). Within each concentration, courses need to be selected so as to achieve a reasonable breadth, but also a degree of disciplinary coherence. Within departmental offerings, GERM 201 and 202 (Advanced Training) strongly emphasize the development of conversational, writing, and interpretive skills. German majors are encouraged, when possible, to take work in at least one foreign language other than German.

Honors

Any student who has completed a senior thesis and whose grade point average in the major at the end of the senior year is 3.8 or higher qualifies for departmental honors. Students who have completed a thesis and whose major grade point average at the end of the senior year is 3.6 or higher, but not 3.8, are eligible to be discussed as candidates for departmental honors. A student in this range of eligibility must be sponsored by at least one faculty member with whom she has done coursework, and at least one other faculty member must read some of the student’s advanced work and agree on the excellence of the work in order for departmental honors to be awarded. If there is a sharp difference of opinion, additional readers will serve as needed.

Minor Requirements

A minor in German and German studies consists of seven units of work. To earn a minor, students are normally required to take GERM 201 or 202, and four additional units covering a reasonable range of study topics, of which at least one unit is at the 300 level. Additional upper-level courses in the broader area of German studies may be counted toward the seven units with the approval of the department.

Study Abroad

Students majoring in German are encouraged to spend some time in German-speaking countries in the course of their undergraduate studies. Various possibilities are available: summer work programs, DAAD (German Academic Exchange) scholarships for summer courses at German universities, and selected junior year abroad Programs.

COURSES

GERM B001 Elementary German

Meets five hours a week with the individual class instructor, two hours with student drill instructors. Strong emphasis on communicative competence both in spoken and written German in a larger cultural context.
Requirement(s): Language Level 1
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kenosian,D.
(Fall 2012)

GERM B002 Elementary German

Meets five hours a week with the individual class instructor, two hours with student drill instructors. Strong emphasis on communicative competence both in spoken and written German in a larger cultural context.
Requirement(s): Language Level 1
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kenosian,D.
(Spring 2013)

GERM B101 Intermediate German

Thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition and conversation. Enforcement of correct grammatical patterns and idiomatic use of language. Study of selected literary and cultural texts and films from German-speaking countries. Two semesters.
Requirement(s): Language Level 2
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kenosian,D.
(Fall 2012)

GERM B102 Intermediate German

Thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition and conversation. Enforcement of correct grammatical patterns and idiomatic use of language. Study of selected literary and cultural texts and films from German-speaking countries. Two semesters.
Requirement(s): Language Level 2
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schlipphacke,H.
(Spring 2013)

GERM B202 Introduction to German Studies

Interdisciplinary and historical approaches to the study of German language and culture. Selected texts for study are drawn from autobiography, Märchen, satire, philosophical essays and fables, art and film criticism, discourses of gender, travel writing, cultural productions of minority groups, and scientific and journalistic writings. Emphasis is on a critical understanding of issues such as linguistic imperialism and exclusion, language and power, gender and language, and ideology and language.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schlipphacke,H.
(Spring 2013)

GERM B209 Introduction to Literary Analysis: Philosophical Approaches to Criticism

Designated theory course. An introduction to various methods of reading the literary text from the perspective of critical methods informed by philosophical ideas. In their quest for self-understanding and knowledge, literature and philosophy share similar forms of inquiry and imaginative modeling. Selected literary texts and critical essays focus on questions of language, translation, understanding, and identity in their relation to history, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics. One of the main objectives of the course is to provide students with the critical tools necessary for an informed reading of texts.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): COML-B209; PHIL-B209
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B212 Readings in German Intellectual History: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and the Rhetoric of Modernity

Study of selected texts of German intellectual history, introducing representative works of Theodor W. Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin, Sigmund Freud, Jürgen Habermas, Georg W. F. Hegel, Martin Heidegger, Werner Heisenberg, Immanuel Kant, G. E. Lessing, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Friedrich Schiller, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The course aims to introduce students to an advanced cultural reading range and the languages and terminology of humanistic disciplines in German-speaking countries, and seeks to develop their critical and interpretive skills.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B204
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities

An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): ITAL-B213; COML-B213; ENGL-B213; FREN-B213; PHIL-B253; RUSS-B253
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Requirement(s): Division I or Division III
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): COML-B223; HIST-B247
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schlipphacke,H.
(Fall 2012)

GERM B227 Topics in Modern Planning

This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Requirement(s): Division I: Social Science
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B227; GERM-B227; HART-B227
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile

This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Anita Desai, Sigmund Freud, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, and others.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples and Cultures; International Studies Major
Crosslisting(s): ANTH-B231; COML-B231
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Spring 2013)

GERM B245 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B245; ENGL-B260
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schlipphacke,H.
(Spring 2013)

GERM B262 Film and the German Literary Imagination

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward: Film Studies; International Studies Minor
Crosslisting(s): ENGL-B263
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schlipphacke,H.
(Fall 2012)

GERM B303 Modern German Prose

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Taught in German.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B305 Modern German Drama

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Taught in German.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): COML-B305
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B310 Topics in German Literature

This is a topics course. Course content varies. One additional hour of target language instruction TBA.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): HEBR-B310
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B320 Topics in German Literature and Culture

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Previous topics include: Romantic Literary Theory and Literary Modernity; Configurations of Femininity in German Literature; Nietzsche and Modern Cultural Criticism; Contemporary German Fiction; No Child Left Behind: Education in German Literature and Culture.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B320
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Spring 2013)

GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies

This is a topics course. Course content varies. Topic for 2011-12 is The Transnational Cosmopolitanism of Swiss Literature.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Counts toward: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): CITY-B319; COML-B321; HART-B348
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B329 Wittgenstein

Wittgenstein is notable for developing two philosophical systems. In the first, he attempted to show that there is a single common structure underlying all language, thought and being. In the second, he denied the idea of such a structure and claimed that the job of philosophy was to free philosophers from bewitchments due to misunderstandings of ordinary concepts in language. The course begins by sketching the first system. We then turn to his rejection of the earlier ideas as outlined in Philosophical Investigations and On Certainty. We also examine contemporary interpretations of Wittgenstein’s later work.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): PHIL-B329
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B380 Topics in Contemporary Art

This is a topic course. Course content varies.
Requirement(s): Division III: Humanities
Crosslisting(s): HART-B380
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2012-13)

GERM B399 Senior Seminar

Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Kenosian,D.
(Spring 2013)

GERM B403 Supervised Work

Units: 1.0
(Fall 2012, Spring 2013)

GERM B421 German for Reading Knowledge

This course will provide graduate and undergraduate students with the skills to read and translate challenging academic texts from German into English. We will quickly cover the essentials of German grammar and focus on vocabulary and constructions that one can encounter in scholarly writing from a variety of disciplines. Does not fulfill the Language Requirement.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Fall 2012)

Haverford College currently offers the folllowing courses in German:

Fall 2012

GERM H001 Elementary German I
GERM H101 Intermediate German I
GERM H201 Advanced German I
GERM H320 Intermedial Transformations: Musico-Acoustic/Imaginations in Literature and Film
GERM H321 German Colonial History in Africa and Afro-Germans
GERM H399 Senior Seminar

Spring 2013
GERM H002 Elementary German II
GERM H102 Intermediate German II
GERM H305 Modern German Drama
GERM H399 Senior Seminar