Department of Germanic Studies

Kirkland A Fulk


Assistant ProfessorPh.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Assistant Professor; Faculty Undergraduate Advisor
Kirkland A Fulk

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Contemporary German literature and film, Critical Theory, Utopias, Postcolonialism, Science Fiction

Courses


EUS 305 • Intro To European Studies

35435 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM WEL 3.402

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the significance of "United Europe" as a historical necessity and a historical accident, and how various political entities and social problems work for or against that unification

  • frame arguments about Europe in terms of the needs and experiences of three post-war generations' politics and experiences

  • find and assess current event and scholarly sources pertaining to the study of contemporary Europe, justifying their pertinence and quality with references to today's research norms.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Scholars often claim that "Europe does not exist." Yet the continent is there, home to a bewildering puzzle of

    many different histories, nations, cultures and languages, with more than 450 million people now living in the European Union -- a Union that argues whether it can stay together as part of the "Eurozone" or even expand eastward to include supposedly "non-Christian" countries like Turkey. As the political, social and economic relationships among the member states of that European Union shift on an official level, Europe and European identities have constantly to be (re)defined and renegotiated, and "average Europeans" seek to understand the relationships between official accounts of "their" situations, the histories they were taught in school and by their families, and their everyday experiences.

    What, then, does it mean to study a Europe that is in flux this way? This course cannot answer that question straightforwardly, because US scholars in the social sciences and humanities who claim allegiance to "European Studies" all use different disciplines' strategies for understanding "Europe."

    To resolve that problem in another way, this course will start by introducing several earlier attempts to make a more united, and presumably more peaceful and prosperous, "Europe" out of the nation-states on the continent. Each "imagined" Europe, as we shall see, was proposed to correct problems with the nation-states -- to change politics and everyday lives in particular ways.

    A recent history of post-World-War-II Europe by Tony Judt will anchor the class' original work on Europe and its member nations. Judt tells the continent's story from the point of view of the era's global power politics, and then situates individual European states within them. Judt's text, then, provides accounts of Europe from the top-down and points to moments when those official accounts diverge for particular states and when they place individuals and groups who do not fit the national stereotypes under pressure.

    The historical account of Europe as seen from the point of view of world politics is an interesting counterpoint to the evolution of European government since World War II, as realized in the Council of Europe and the European Union. The next part of the course will introduce the evolving structure of European governance as a precursor to discussion of case studies about what this "Europeanization" does to individuals, groups, and nation-states.

    In the transition from official Europe to Europe's culture, the class will present resources and desiderata for researching issues in the European Studies context. The largest section of the course is devoted to a workshop on issues in contemporary Europe. In each case, readings form official sources are juxtaposed with news sources, writings from think tanks, and academic writing. The purpose of using official sources is to give students a springboard for juxtapositions between the "European" points of view and national ones that they research as the semester goes on.

    Assignments in this course are designed to introduce students to the materials, research strategies, and forms of professional communication that they will encounter later in specific disciplines' versions of European studies. The assignments build on each other to help each learner acquire a body of skills and knowledge that will aid in their personal studies of Europe and in their major courses.

    This course is the introductory core course for a concentration or major in European Studies at UT, but it requires no prerequisites except for the willingness to work in collaboration with others and to engage in a discovery process rather than seeking "right" answers.

    ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING:

305 Course Description, 1

  • Chapter review = 10%

  • Webpage: 5 tasks (one in two parts) assigned in syllabus to situate your country = 10%

    (2 points each: one for submitting it on time, one for correctness)

  • Source Analysis Assignment = 10%

  • Three one-hour online tests @ 10% each = 30%

  • Policy Brief= 20%

  • Final Evaluative Book Review of Postwar = 20%

    READINGS: BOOK TO BUY

    Tony Judt. Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. New York: The Penguin Press, 2005. ISBN 978-1-59420-065- 3. [[ORDERED AT COOP]]

    READINGS: PDFed materials on Class Canvas Site

    Michel de Certeau, Luce Giard, and Pierre Mayol. The Practice of Everyday Life, Vol. 2: Living and Cooking. Trans. Timothy J. Tomasik. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998, plus two pages from Volume 1.

    Jonathan W. Garlough. "Weighing in on the Wine Wars." William and Mary Law Review 46/4 (2005): Article 13.
    Richard Goff, et al. The Twentieth Century and Beyond: A Global History. 7th ed. New York: McGraw Hill, 2008 (excerpts). Tony Judt, A Grand Illusion?: An Essay on Europe. New York: New York UP, 2011 [orig. 1996]. ISBN 978-0-8147-4358-4. Ruth Keeling. "The Bologna Process and the Lisbon Research Agenda: the European Commission’s expanding role in higher

    education discourse." European Journal of Education, Vol. 41, No. 2 (2006)
    Magdalini Kolokitha. “It’s the End of the ‘University’ as we know it.” Unpublished speech: First RESUP International

    Conference. Paris 1st, 2nd and 3rd February 2007."European Agenda for the Integration of Third-Country

    Nationals." N. P.: European Commission, 2011.
    "Migration and Integration in Europe: State of the Research." ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS).

    Oxford: Oxford University, 2008.

    WEB-BASED READINGS ON SYLLABUS

    Many readings are parts of websites. Generally, an excerpt from Wikipedia is present for its readibility, but WIkipedia is only usable as a point of comparison, not as "official" materials, which need to be found on official websites for governments and entities. The online archives of the various European Agencies, moreover, contain reference materials that are straightforwardly considered government documents. Use Wikipedia to steer you toward the right names and issues, especially in an area like European Studies, which present a dizzying array of names, dates, and quotations. Use websites that stem from the organizations themselves for quoting and for authoritative definitions in your written work; use scholarly literature for definitive work on your final projects.

    CLASS WEBSITE: Canvas Learning System
    BANDWIDTH: You will need enough bandwidth to post newslinks with commentary 5 times during the semester 

GER 346L • German Lit, Enlightmnt-Present

37205 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM GAR 0.120

Description:

A survey of German literature and culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. This course will cover the intellectual and literary movements of the Enlightenment, Classicism, Romanticism, the Pre-March era, Realism, and Naturalism. We will read and discuss texts from the main literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama) as well as some essays and look at artworks from each of the periods in question. We will also learn about some of the most important historical events of the time, including the French Revolution, Industrialization, the German Revolution of 1848, and the German Empire. Our discussions of the texts and artworks will follow the topics of Love and Nature and the ways each individual text and each time period have similar or different understandings of these concepts. Questions we will ask include: What do love and nature mean for each time period? Which person/group of persons is imagined as most ‘natural’ and most ‘lovable’? How do love and nature relate to political order or disorder? What happens when culture and love, or mankind and nature, clash? What can German literary history tell us about our contemporary understandings of love and nature?

In this course, you will learn to 1) read carefully and thoughtfully, 2) identify the significance of literary works and their relation to historical developments, 3) account for the variations in German writing over the century and a half, 4) compare notions of love and nature in different moments in time.

BOOKS:

Required:

Lessing: Emilia Galotti

Hoffmann: Der Sandmann

Hauptmann: Bahnwärter Thiel

Additional readings available in course packet and/or on Canvas.

GRADING:  

Preparation, Participation and Attendance      20%

3 Exams                                                           30%
3 Essays                                                           30%

1 Oral presentation                                          10%

Quizzes                                                           10%


PREREQUISITE:
Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in German with a grade of at least C.

GER 373 • German Science Fiction

37130 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.120

Description:

What is Science Fiction? What does Science Fiction do? Is it merely a flight of fantasy, an easy escape into another world or time? While until recently condoned as conformist, “Trivialliteratur” (popular or trashy fiction), science-fiction, in general, and German science-fiction, in particular, are especially adept at investigating questions of otherness and alterity. It contains as well a subversive quality (particularly in the GDR) that interrogates and critiques our world as much as other worlds. In this course we will explore the other worlds of science fiction by examining East and West German literature and film from both before and after reunification. Themes that we will cover over the course of the semester include encounters with aliens, distant planets and galaxies, technology and virtual worlds, alternative histories and timelines, utopia and dystopia. This course will also teach students to engage both primary and secondary materials in order to broaden their understanding of literary criticism and aid them in the writing of a final paper. Primary texts, class discussions, and assignments in German. Secondary readings in German and English.   

 

Readings and Films:

Wolfgang Jeschke: “Welt ohne Horizon,” “Die Anderen”

Perry Rhodan #1

Reinmar Cunis: Livesendung

Peter O. Chotjewitz: “Bericht über die Abschaffung der Folter auf Pollux”

Ronald M. Hahn: Ein dutzend H-Bomben

Alexander Kröger: Andere

Angela and Karlheinz Steinmüller: Der Traum vom großen roten Fleck

Christian Kracht: Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten

 

Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte, dir. Alexander Kluge

Welt am Draht, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Im Staub der Sterne, dir. Gottfried Kolditz

Alpha 0.7: Der Feind in Dir

 

Other readings will be available either on the course website or in the course packet. Film screenings are mandatory.

 

Grading:

Participation (including attendance and homework):              40%

2 Short papers (3 pages):                                                 20%

Final paper:                                                                    30%

Presentation:                                                                  10% 

GER 382M • German Literature 1945-Present

37160 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM BUR 232

This course focuses on the main themes and movements in German literature from 1945 to the present. As an introduction to the literature of this period, individual works will be analyzed within their cultural, political, and aesthetic contexts. Some of the main areas include the Gruppe 47, the Student Movement, New Subjectivity, Migrantenliteratur, East German Literature, Postmodernism, Pop, and Wendeliteratur.  We will discuss a variety of issues in post-45 German literature and culture such as attempts to come to terms with Germany’s past; feminism and the politics of gender; postcolonialism/anti-colonialism; and challenges to the German canon and identity from “outside” voices. In addition to literary works, this course will also examine the changing role of literature in Germany after 1945 by exploring the intellectual history and aesthetic theories that inform each period. Readings will be selected from authors including, but not limited to, Heinrich Böll, Günter Grass, Peter Weiss, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Erika Runge, Alexander Kluge, Peter Schneider, Verena Stefan, Hubert Fichte, R.D. Brinkmann, Bodo Morschhäuser, Thomas Meineke, Ulrich Plenzdorf, Christa Wolf, zé do rock, Feridun Zaimoglu, Thomas Hettche, W.G. Sebald, etc.

The objective of this course is not only to trace the various threads of post-45 literature and intellectual history as they relate to their contemporaneous moments, but also to develop and hone the necessary professional skills in German Studies broadly speaking. To this end, fostering clear and effective modes of communication and presentation is as central to this course as analytical and methodological skills. In other words, how does one successfully convey information about a text/topic both orally and visually for a broader audience including undergraduates? Further, this course also serves as an introduction to post-45 scholarship. Students will examine recent secondary works and, moreover, be responsible for locating these by utilizing online databases as well as our institutional library.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

1) identify the main trends and themes in post-war German literature through an analysis of primary (including theoretical works) and secondary materials

2) develop analytical and presentational skills necessary for discussing and teaching literature

3) navigate various resources (including the UT library) in order to carry out bibliographic research

 

Grading:

Preparation and Participation                                                           25%

3-page (ca.) close reading and presentation                                       15%

3-page (ca.) secondary literature review and presentation                   15%

10 page conference paper OR annotated teaching materials                  35%

Abstract and bibliography                                                               10%    

GER 343C • Contemporary German Civilizatn

37270 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM CAL 323

Description:

To comprehend and participate in conversations about contemporary Germany it is essential to understand the main outlines of German history and culture in the twentieth century. This course will follow the radical changes in German politics, society, culture, and literature during that century. We begin by discussing the pre-war era and the impact of World War I. We then turn to the German Revolution of 1918 and political developments of the Weimar Republic. Next we consider the society and ideology of National Socialism and the origins and course of World War II. This is followed by an examination of the post-war occupation of Germany and the development of two German states, the FRG and the GDR ending with the process of German unification. Throughout the semester, we will discuss the important literary and cultural shifts that took place during this century including: the modernism of fin-de-siècle literature and expressionism; dada, cabaret and Neue Sachlichkeit of the 1920s; the emergence of German film; restrictions placed on culture under the Nazis and artists and authors who went into political exile. Finally, we examine the impact of a divided nation as well as Germany’s immigrant population (through so-called Migrantenliteratur) on the cultural and literary output in the post-war era.

Student work for this class is based on a combination of readings and films, writing assignments, and participation in class discussions (including organized debates). It presumes a fifth-semester language ability (i.e. successful completion of GER 328 and 331L) and is structured to build on the skills acquired in those classes in a systematic way to prepare students for more advanced work in German seminars. We will read texts that were written for native speakers of German and are not glossed or simplified. As a result we will frequently encounter more complicated grammatical structures, such as indirect discourse (subjunctive I), passive voice, and extended modifiers. Students will be expected to expand on their previous use of German in writing and speaking (for example by using more complex clauses and an expanded vocabulary).

 

Required texts:

Geschichtsbuch 4: Die Menschen und ihre Geschichte in Darstellungen und Dokumenten (Berlin: Cornelsen, 1996); ISBN 3-464-64204-6.

Bertolt Brecht, Leben des Galilei (Berlin: Suhrkamp, 1962 or later); ISBN 978-3-518-10001-1

Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung (Stuttgart: Reclam).

A course packet available at the University Co-Op.

 

Grading:

Participation, homework, quizzes - 20%

Essays (10%, 10%, 10%) - 30%

Debates (5%, 5%, 5%) - 15%                                                            

Exams (10%, 15%)  - 25%

Referat/Discussion Moderation -10%

GSD 360 • Protest/Revolt Postwar Germany

37490 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM JES A303A
(also listed as EUS 346)

Description:

The social, cultural, and political development of post-war Germany can hardly be thought apart from the protests that erupted in the streets in the 1960s. What initially began as a demand for a reform of the university system quickly became an outright challenge to the West German government. Issues ranging from the Nazi past, the Vietnam War, and German rearmament, to criticisms of the media and the politicization of literature and film became central concerns for a generation that viewed itself as a revolutionary force capable of effecting significant change. As the sixties together with the large-scale protests that characterized the decade came to an end, however, other movements arose in their wake. The rise of the Green movement, feminism, and terrorism in the 1970s as well as the anti-nuclear movement, anti-fascist (antifa) demonstrations, and the recent Occupy Germany movement all, in some way, owe a great deal to this pivotal moment in West Germany.

Throughout this course we will engage a wide variety of materials (film, literature, theoretical texts, and the internet) in order to examine the influence of protest, revolt, and revolution on post-war German society from the 1960s to the present. To what extent is the “spirit of the sixties” still alive and to what end? What are the legacies, and perhaps myths, that coalesce around such movements in the contemporary imagination? How does this triumvirate continue to shape Germany today?

Readings and class discussions in English. 

 

Readings and Films:

Michael (Bommi) Baumann: How it all began

Peter Schneider: Lenz

Verena Stefan: Shedding

Rudi Dutschke: The Students and the Revolution

Ulrike Meinhof: Everybody Talks about the Weather…We don’t

Herbert Marcuse: Repressive Tolerance, The One-Dimensional Man (excerpts)

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer: “The Culture Industry”

Petra Kelly, Thinking Green! Essays on Environmentalism, Feminism, and Nonviolence

 

Artists under the Big Top: perplexed (Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos)

dir. Alexander Kluge

Germany in Autumn (Deutschland im Herbst), dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge,

Volker Schlöndorff, et. al.

The Baader-Meinhof Complex, dir. Uli Edel

The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei), dir. Hans Weingartner

 

Primary and secondary sources will be available on the course website or in the course packet. Film screenings are mandatory.           

 

Grading:

Participation (including attendance and homework):                          30%

2 response papers (3 pages):                                                                          20%

Final paper:                                                                                                     40%

Presentation:                                                                                                   10%

GER 346L • German Lit, Enlightmnt-Present

38215 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM BUR 214

Description:

A survey of German literature and culture from the mid-eighteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century. This course will cover the intellectual and literary movements of the Enlightenment, Classicism, Romanticism, the Pre-March era, Realism, and Naturalism. We will read and discuss texts from the main literary genres (prose, poetry, and drama) as well as some essays and look at artworks from each of the periods in question. We will also learn about some of the most important historical events of the time, including the French Revolution, Industrialization, the German Revolution of 1848, and the German Empire. Our discussions of the texts and artworks will follow the topics of Love and Nature and the ways each individual text and each time period have similar or different understandings of these concepts. Questions we will ask include: What do love and nature mean for each time period? Which person/group of persons is imagined as most ‘natural’ and most ‘lovable’? How do love and nature relate to political order or disorder? What happens when culture and love, or mankind and nature, clash? What can German literary history tell us about our contemporary understandings of love and nature?

In this course, you will learn to 1) read carefully and thoughtfully, 2) identify the significance of literary works and their relation to historical developments, 3) account for the variations in German writing over the century and a half, 4) compare notions of love and nature in different moments in time.

BOOKS:

Required:

Lessing: Emilia Galotti

Hoffmann: Der Sandmann

Hauptmann: Bahnwärter Thiel

Additional readings available in course packet and/or on Canvas.

GRADING:  

Preparation, Participation and Attendance      20%

3 Exams                                                           30%
3 Essays                                                           30%

1 Oral presentation                                          10%

Quizzes                                                           10%


PREREQUISITE:
Three semester hours of upper-division coursework in German with a grade of at least C.

GER 331L • Adv Conversatn & Compos: Lit

38395 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.120

Description:

There are two central goals of this course. The first is to introduce you to several core issues in contemporary Germany to familiarize you with important elements of German culture and society and the ways in which these topics are discussed in Germany. This aspect of the course is meant to prepare you to engage in conversations with Germans on a variety of current and controversial topics. To this end we will read and/or listen to a wide range of material (film, music, poetry, news reports, and print media) that relate to post-wall German society, politics, and culture. These materials are organized according to four broad thematic units. The second goal of the course is to improve your written and spoken command of German. This means that you will expand your active vocabulary, aim for a consistently high level of grammatical accuracy with basic structures, continually add more advanced grammatical structures to your active repertoire, and increase the linguistic register at which you can produce German. You will be expected to use grammatical structures appropriately and thoughtfully and to add increasingly sophisticated and complex elements first to your written essays and then to your spoken German. We will practice these elements in interaction (dialogues, conversations, question-and-answer settings, and debates) before you use them in formal group and individual presentations. The course will be conducted in German.

Course Objectives
:
By the end of this semester you should be able to:
• compose short written essays in German with a high degree of grammatical accuracy, a varied vocabulary, and in a formal register;
• participate in verbal interactions in German with ease and advanced fluency using both colloquial phrasing in conversation as well as formal elements in debates and presentations;
• understand and comment on primary German sources about contemporary Germany; and demonstrate a solid understanding of core issues central to German society and culture.

Texts/Readings:
All of the required material is available online or via Blackboard. It is expected that you print out each text and worksheet in advance of the respective class, make notes on it as you read it, and bring it to class. Each video should be watched multiple times and you should bring questions pertaining to the material read and/or viewed. There are supplementary documents in the file “TEXTE” and stylistic rubrics in the “Materialien” folder. Consult these folders each week.

Grading:
Preparation and participation    15%
Weekly writing assignments    15%
Quizzes                10%
Three two-page papers        40%
Group presentation            20%
Plus/minus grades will be assigned for the final course grade.

GER 373 • German Science Fiction

38430 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM MEZ 1.120

Description:

What is Science Fiction? What does Science Fiction do? Is it merely a flight of fantasy, an easy escape into another world or time? While until recently condoned as conformist, “Trivialliteratur” (popular or trashy fiction), science-fiction, in general, and German science-fiction, in particular, are especially adept at investigating questions of otherness and alterity. It contains as well a subversive quality (particularly in the GDR) that interrogates and critiques our world as much as other worlds. In this course we will explore the other worlds of science fiction by examining East and West German literature and film from both before and after reunification. Themes that we will cover over the course of the semester include encounters with aliens, distant planets and galaxies, technology and virtual worlds, alternative histories and timelines, utopia and dystopia. This course will also teach students to engage both primary and secondary materials in order to broaden their understanding of literary criticism and aid them in the writing of a final paper. Primary texts, class discussions, and assignments in German. Secondary readings in German and English.   

 

Readings and Films:

Wolfgang Jeschke: “Welt ohne Horizon,” “Die Anderen”

Perry Rhodan #1

Reinmar Cunis: Livesendung

Peter O. Chotjewitz: “Bericht über die Abschaffung der Folter auf Pollux”

Ronald M. Hahn: Ein dutzend H-Bomben

Alexander Kröger: Andere

Angela and Karlheinz Steinmüller: Der Traum vom großen roten Fleck

Christian Kracht: Ich werde hier sein im Sonnenschein und im Schatten

 

Willi Tobler und der Untergang der 6. Flotte, dir. Alexander Kluge

Welt am Draht, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Im Staub der Sterne, dir. Gottfried Kolditz

Alpha 0.7: Der Feind in Dir

 

Other readings will be available either on the course website or in the course packet. Film screenings are mandatory.

 

Grading:

Participation (including attendance and homework):              40%

2 Short papers (3 pages):                                                        20%

Final paper:                                                                             30%

Presentation:                                                                           10% 

GRC 360E • Protest/Revolt Postwar Germany

38614 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BUR 234
(also listed as EUS 346)

WRITING FLAG COURSE

Description:

The social, cultural, and political development of post-war Germany can hardly be thought apart from the protests that erupted in the streets in the 1960s. What initially began as a demand for a reform of the university system quickly became an outright challenge to the West German government. Issues ranging from the Nazi past, the Vietnam War, and German rearmament, to criticisms of the media and the politicization of literature and film became central concerns for a generation that viewed itself as a revolutionary force capable of effecting significant change. As the sixties together with the large-scale protests that characterized the decade came to an end, however, other movements arose in their wake. The rise of the Green movement, feminism, and terrorism in the 1970s as well as the anti-nuclear movement, anti-fascist (antifa) demonstrations, and the recent Occupy Germany movement all, in some way, owe a great deal to this pivotal moment in West Germany.

Throughout this course we will engage a wide variety of materials (film, literature, theoretical texts, and the internet) in order to examine the influence of protest, revolt, and revolution on post-war German society from the 1960s to the present. To what extent is the “spirit of the sixties” still alive and to what end? What are the legacies, and perhaps myths, that coalesce around such movements in the contemporary imagination? How does this triumvirate continue to shape Germany today?

Readings and class discussions in English. 

 

Readings and Films:

Michael (Bommi) Baumann: How it all began

Peter Schneider: Lenz

Verena Stefan: Shedding

Rudi Dutschke: The Students and the Revolution

Ulrike Meinhof: Everybody Talks about the Weather…We don’t

Herbert Marcuse: Repressive Tolerance, The One-Dimensional Man (excerpts)

Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer: “The Culture Industry”

Petra Kelly, Thinking Green! Essays on Environmentalism, Feminism, and Nonviolence

 

Artists under the Big Top: perplexed (Die Artisten in der Zirkuskuppel: ratlos)

dir. Alexander Kluge

Germany in Autumn (Deutschland im Herbst), dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alexander Kluge,

Volker Schlöndorff, et. al.

The Baader-Meinhof Complex, dir. Uli Edel

The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei), dir. Hans Weingartner

 

Primary and secondary sources will be available on the course website or in the course packet. Film screenings are mandatory.           

 

Grading:

Participation (including attendance and homework):                          30%

2 response papers (3 pages):                                                        20%

Final paper:                                                                                40%

Presentation:                                                                              10%

GER 604 • Accelerated First-Year German

38395 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 8:00AM-10:00AM JES A307A

Course Description

German 604 is first year, accelerated course for students with a) no prior knowledge of German, or b) no more than one year of high school German, or c) authorization from the German Department based on your UT German Placement Test performance. See your instructor if you are in this course for any other reason. In this course you will begin to learn to comprehend and speak German with good accuracy provided you prepare thoroughly outside of class and take an active part in class. In class you will learn to use German to ask and answer questions; name and describe persons, things, places, and events; deal with a variety of situations; narrate orally and in writing; write letters and postcards; fill out forms; and comprehend a variety of texts. The pace will be intense, and you will need dedication and motivation to succeed.

Grading Policy

a) 4 fifty-minute chapter exams = 40%. Each exam focuses on two or more chapters but will reiterate material from prior ones as well. Each exam tests writing, reading, listening comprehension & grammatical accuracy. There is no final exam during the final exam period in GER 604 because all tests that you take are cumulative. b) 1 oral examination = 10%. The oral exam, worth 10%, will be conducted after Kapitel 10. Your instructor will administer the exams outside of class time. The best preparation for this test is regular and active participation in class. c) Brief quizzes = 15%. Quizzes can be announced or unannounced. You may not make up missed quizzes but I will drop your two lowest quiz scores. d) Class participation = 15%. This portion of your grade will be based on your daily preparation and performance (i.e., speaking German in class). e) Written homework = 20%. Homework is due on the assigned date; any assignments turned in a day late will be accepted with a penalty. No homework can be turned in for credit after that.

Texts

Robert Di Donato, Monica Clyde, Jacqueline Vensant: Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (Student Edition). 6th Edition. McGraw-Hill.

GER 331L • Adv Conversatn & Compos: Lit

38480 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM PAR 1

Description:

There are two central goals of this course. The first is to introduce you to several core issues in contemporary Germany to familiarize you with important elements of German culture and society and the ways in which these topics are discussed in Germany. This aspect of the course is meant to prepare you to engage in conversations with Germans on a variety of current and controversial topics. To this end we will read and/or listen to a wide range of material (film, music, poetry, news reports, and print media) that relate to post-wall German society, politics, and culture. These materials are organized according to four broad thematic units. The second goal of the course is to improve your written and spoken command of German. This means that you will expand your active vocabulary, aim for a consistently high level of grammatical accuracy with basic structures, continually add more advanced grammatical structures to your active repertoire, and increase the linguistic register at which you can produce German. You will be expected to use grammatical structures appropriately and thoughtfully and to add increasingly sophisticated and complex elements first to your written essays and then to your spoken German. We will practice these elements in interaction (dialogues, conversations, question-and-answer settings, and debates) before you use them in formal group and individual presentations. The course will be conducted in German.

Course Objectives
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By the end of this semester you should be able to:
• compose short written essays in German with a high degree of grammatical accuracy, a varied vocabulary, and in a formal register;
• participate in verbal interactions in German with ease and advanced fluency using both colloquial phrasing in conversation as well as formal elements in debates and presentations;
• understand and comment on primary German sources about contemporary Germany; and demonstrate a solid understanding of core issues central to German society and culture.

Texts/Readings:
All of the required material is available online or via Blackboard. It is expected that you print out each text and worksheet in advance of the respective class, make notes on it as you read it, and bring it to class. Each video should be watched multiple times and you should bring questions pertaining to the material read and/or viewed. There are supplementary documents in the file “TEXTE” and stylistic rubrics in the “Materialien” folder. Consult these folders each week.

Grading:
Preparation and participation    15%
Weekly writing assignments    15%
Quizzes                10%
Three two-page papers        40%
Group presentation            20%
Plus/minus grades will be assigned for the final course grade.

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