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Courses offered by Germanic Studies

Welcome to the courses page of the Department of Germanic Studies. Here you will find detailed listings of the courses available in the department for the upcoming semester.

For a listing of Spring 2014 courses, please click here (Graduate Course Listing) & here(Undergraduate Course Listing)

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G100-G150 Beginning German I-II (4-4 cr.) P for G150: G100 with a minimum grade of C. Introduction to present-day German and to selected aspects of the cultures of German-speaking countries. Introduction to German grammatical forms and their functions. Development of listening comprehension, simple speaking proficiency, controlled reading skills and simple written compositions. Active oral participation required. Credit given for only one of the following: G100-G150 or G105. I Sem., II Sem., SS.
G150 \\ 4 cr.
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G100-G150 Beginning German I-II (4-4 cr.) P for G150: G100 with a minimum grade of C. Introduction to present-day German and to selected aspects of the cultures of German-speaking countries. Introduction to German grammatical forms and their functions. Development of listening comprehension, simple speaking proficiency, controlled reading skills and simple written compositions. Active oral participation required. Credit given for only one of the following: G100-G150 or G105. I Sem., II Sem., SS.
G200 \\ 3 cr.
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G200 Intermediate German I (3 cr.) P: G150 or G105 with a minimum grade of C. Further development of oral and written command of language structures. Review of selected grammatical items. Oral presentations. Writing of compositions based on the material covered. Emphasis on both speaking proficiency and structural awareness. Conducted in German. Credit given for only one of G200 or G106. I Sem., II Sem., SS.
G250 \\ 3 cr.
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G250 Intermediate German II (3 cr.) P: G200 with a minimum grade of C. Further development of oral and written command of language structures. Listening comprehension. Review of selected grammatical items. Discussion of modern German literary and non-literary texts, as well as films. Oral presentations. Writing of compositions based on the material covered. Emphasis on both speaking proficiency and structural awareness. Conducted in German. Students should not enroll in both G106 and G250. I Sem., II Sem., SS.
G300 \\ 3 cr.
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G300 Fifth-Semester College German (3 cr.) P: G250 or G106 with a minimum grade of C. Comprehensive review of grammatical points introduced in G100 through G250. Reading proficiency, systematic vocabulary building, composition, and discussion through the assignment of short literary texts and one novel or play. Conducted in German. I Sem., II Sem.
G306 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 306 Introduction to German Literature: Themes (3 cr.) P: G300 or equivalent. A & H Study of a single literary theme (such as music, generational conflict, love, revolution) as represented in two or more periods. Conducted in German.
G330 \\ 3 cr.
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G330 Sixth-Semester College German (3 cr.) P: G300 with a minimum grade of C. Advanced oral and written communication. Study of selected advanced grammatical topics. Reading of primarily non-literary texts. Conducted in German. Required for teacher certification. I Sem., II Sem.
G363 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 363 Introduction to German Cultural History (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC P: G300 or equivalent. A survey of the cultural history of German-speaking countries, with reference to its social, economic, and political context.
G375 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 375 Conversational German (3 cr.) P: G330. Emphasis on developing oral proficiency. Students are expected to increase their vocabularies, gain more accuracy in self-expression, and develop a sensitivity to appropriate usage. Texts for the course will include examples from contemporary German media. Assignments may include dialogues, skits, and parodies. Conducted in German.
G397 \\ 1-2 cr.
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G399 \\ 1-2 cr., 4 cr. max
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G399 Honors Tutorial (12 cr., 4 cr. max.) P: Consent of departmental honors advisor. Tutorial may be taken for 1 credit hour in conjunction with an upper-level course in which the student is concurrently enrolled, or independently for 2 credit hours under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated twice.
G400 \\ 3 cr.
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G400 Advanced College German (3 cr.) P: G330 with a minimum grade of C. Reading, discussion, and analysis (structural and grammatical) of advanced non-literary texts (academic essays, scientific articles, journals, newspaper articles, interviews, etc.). Development of writing skills. Conducted in German.
G415 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 415 Perspectives on German Literature (3 cr.) CASE A&H P: G330 or equivalent. Study of one aspect of German literature: formal, historical, political, psychological, etc. Relation to wider concerns in and outside of literature. Topic announced in the online Schedule of Classes. Conducted in German. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
G424 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 424 Literature and Society since 1945 (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC P: G330 or equivalent. Major public concerns as reflected in German literature since World War II. Literary art in its cultural and political context. Conducted in German. Credit given for only one of G424 or V406.
G430 \\ 2 cr.
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G430 College Teaching Internship (2 cr.) P: G330 and consent of director of undergraduate studies. Observation of and participation in the teaching of an undergraduate German course. Recommended for teacher certification candidates. Counts toward teacher certification but not toward 400-level concentration in German.
G458 3 cr.
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GERG 458 Introduction to German Morphology (3 cr.) CASE N&M P: G330 or equivalent. In-depth study of the principles underlying word formation (morphology) in German. Comparative study of inflection, derivation, and compounding in German and English. Conducted in German.
G495 \\ 1-3 cr.; 6 cr. max
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G495 Individual Readings in Germanic Literatures (German, Scandinavian, Netherlandic) (13 cr.; 6 cr. max.) P: Consent of departmental chairperson.
G496 \\ 1-6 cr.
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G496 Advanced German Language Abroad (16 cr.) P: G330 or equivalent; acceptance into an Indiana-University approved overseas study program. Credit for advanced German language study in a German-speaking country when no specific equivalent is available among departmental offerings. Maybe repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
G499 \\ 3 cr.
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G499 Honors Thesis (3 cr.) P: G399 and consent of departmental honors advisor.
E311 \\ 3 cr.
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GERE 311 Tradition and Innovation in German Literature (3 cr.) CASE A&H Major themes and ideas in prominent works of German literature (lyric, fiction, drama) in translation, selected from various historical periods. Conducted in English. Credit given for only one of E311 or G255.
E322 \\ 3 cr. \\ 8 weeks course
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GERE 322 German Cultural History (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC A survey of the cultural history of German-speaking countries, with reference to its social, economic, and political context. Conducted in English. Credit given for only one of E322 or G364.
E333 \\ 3 cr. \\ 8 weeks course
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GERE 333 Introduction to the Germanic Languages (3 cr.) CASE S&H Introduction to the history, comparative structure, and geo-politics of the Germanic languages. Does not require specific background in general linguistics or knowledge of a particular language other than English.
E371 \\ 3 cr.
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GERE 371 Special Topics in Germanic Studies (13 cr.) Topics dealing with Germanic languages, literatures, and cultures. May be repeated with different topics for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Conducted in English.
K150 \\ 4 cr.
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GERK 150 Beginning Norwegian II (4 cr.) P: K100 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent. Further development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to Norwegian literature and culture. Review of grammar and study of new grammatical topics. II Sem.
K250 \\ 3 cr.
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GERK 250 Intermediate Norwegian II (3 cr.) P: K200 with a grade of C or higher, or equivalent. Advanced reading proficiency, systematic vocabulary building, composition, and discussion of literary and non-literary texts in cultural and historical contexts. Review of grammar. Conducted in Norwegian.
E362 \\ 3 cr.
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GERE 362 Topics in Scandinavian Culture (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC Topics dealing with language, literature, and culture in Norway and other Scandinavian countries in more recent historical periods. Discussions located within a comparative overview of political, economic, and social realms of the Nordic nations. Lectures in English. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic for a maximum of 6 credit hours in E362 and K350.
K495 1-3 cr.
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K495 Individual Readings in Scandinavian Studies (13 cr.) P: Permission of instructor. Individualized reading program in Scandinavian studies, generally designed to deepen foundation laid in previous course work with the same instructor.
N150 \\ 4 cr.
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GERN 150 Intensive Dutch II (4 cr.) P: N100 or consent of instructor. Completion of grammatical study begun in N100; continued stress on speaking Dutch on selected topics; rapid expansion of reading ability using literary and cultural materials.
N250 \\ 3 cr.
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GERN 250 Dutch Reading, Composition, and Conversation II (3 cr.) P: N200 or consent of instructor. Further development of style and idiom in speaking and writing. Reading of novels. Oral and written practice on topics of contemporary Dutch life.
N330 \\ 3 cr.
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GERN 330 Advanced Dutch II (3 cr.) P: N300 with minimum grade of C. Introduction to different levels of style and expression and to written argumentation in Dutch. Texts include various literary genres and form the basis for in-class discussion and for exercises designed to develop oral and written fluency. Conducted in Dutch.
E342 \\ 3 cr. \\ 8 weeks course
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GERE 342 The Golden Age of Dutch Culture (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC Rise of the Dutch Republic; impact on technology, shipping, global commerce, and finance. Politics, social developments, religion, ideas, and culture of the Dutch Golden Age. Vermeer, Spinoza, Grotius, and other artists and writers. Special attention to Rembrandt, and to what can be learned about his times from his work. Conducted in English. Credit given for only one of E342 or N450.
N495 \\ 1-3 cr.
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N495 Individual Readings in Netherlandic Studies (13 cr.) P: Permission of instructor. Individualized reading program in Netherlandic studies, generally designed to deepen foundation laid in previous course work with the same instructor.
Y250 \\ 3 cr.
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GERY 250 Intermediate Yiddish II (3 cr.) P: Y200 or consent of instructor. Continuing development of active and passive skills. Additional new grammar concepts. Emphasis on development of reading skills and cultural knowledge through literary and journalistic texts including texts in nonstandardized orthographies. Taught in alternate years.
Y495 \\ 1-3 cr.
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Y495 Individual Readings in Yiddish Studies: Language, Literature, Culture (1-3 cr.) P: Consent of instructor. Guided readings. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours.
E351 \\ 3 cr. \\ 8 weeks course
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GERE 351 Topics in Yiddish Literature (3 cr.) CASE A&H, CASE GCC Selected topics focusing on Yiddish fiction and drama (18101914) or twentieth-century Yiddish fiction, drama, and poetry. Taught in English. No prior knowledge of Yiddish required. Topics vary. May be repeated with a different topic. Students may receive a maximum of 6 credit hours for any combination of E351, Y300, and CMLT-C 377

Graduate

G492 \\ Undergraduate section - 4 cr.; Graduate section - 3 cr.
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GERG 492 Readings in German for Graduate Students (undergrad. 4 cr.; grad. 3 cr.) P: G491 or consent of department. II Sem., SS. Credit not given for G492 and G106, G200, or G250.
G503 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 503 Introduction to Theories and Methodologies in the Study of German Literature and Culture (3 cr.) Survey of critical approaches to the study of German literature and culture, with an emphasis on current theories and methodologies. Practical exploration of a selection of approaches through the discussion of selected literary or cultural materials.
G558 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 558 Principles of German Morphology (3 cr.) In-depth study of the principles underlying word formation (morphology) in German. Comparative study of inflection, derivation, and compounding in German and English. Relevance of German data to morphological theory.
G571 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 571 Historical Study of German Literature I (3 cr.) Historical treatment of a literary topic involving substantial developments within the time period before 1600. Topics range from individual genres, types, or movements; to themes or ideas; to sociopolitical contexts of literature or its relationships to other art forms. May be repeated with different topic.
G575 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 575 Historical Study of German Literature III (3 cr.) Historical treatment of a literary topic involving substantial developments within the time period between 1800 and 1900. Topics range from individual genres, types, or movements; to themes or ideas; to sociopolitical contexts of literature or its relationships to other art forms. May be repeated with different topic.
G627 3 cr.
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GERG 627 Film and Media: Special Topics (3 cr.) Special topics on any aspect of German-language film, media, interarts, and/or visual culture. May be repeated with a different topic.
G636 \\ 3 cr.
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GERG 636 Old Icelandic Literature (3 cr.) P: G635 or equivalent. Medieval Icelandic poetic and prose literary texts; history of the literature. Some consideration of medieval Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish literature.
G815 \\ 1-3 cr.
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G815 Individual Readings (1-3 cr.) Guided readings in Germanic literature, linguistics, and culture. May be repeated.
G820 \\ 1-3 cr.
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G820 Research Tutorial (1-3 cr.) Work under faculty supervision that results in a scholarly paper, lecture, translation, bibliography, syllabus, or comparable product. May be repeated for credit once with a different topic.
G825 \ 3-4 cr.
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G825 Seminar in German Literature (var. 3-4 cr.; may be repeated)
G850 \\ 1 cr.
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G850 Master's Project (1 cr.) Revision and oral defense of a substantial research paper originally written for a graduate course in Germanic Studies.
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G875 Research in German Literature (cr. arr.)
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G885 Research in Germanic Linguistics (cr. arr.)
G901 \\ 3-6 cr.
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K502 \\ 3 cr.
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GERK 502 Beginning Norwegian II (3 cr.) P: K501 with the grade of C or higher or equivalent. Further development of listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills. Introduction to Norwegian literature and culture. Review of grammar and study of new grammatical topics.
K504 \\ 3 cr.
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GERK 504 Intermediate Norwegian II (3 cr.) P: K503 with the grade of C or higher or equivalent. Advanced reading proficiency, systematic vocabulary building, composition, and discussion of literary and non-literary texts in cultural and historical contexts. Review of grammar
K506 \\ 3 cr. \\ 8 weeks course
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GERK 506 Topics in Scandinavian Culture (3 cr.) Topics dealing with language, literature, and culture in Norway and other Scandinavian countries in the more recent historical periods. Discussions located within a comparative overview of political, economic, and social realms of the Nordic nations. Lectures in English. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.
N402 \\ 3 cr.
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GERN 402 Intensive Dutch II (3 cr.) P: N401 or consent of instructor. Completion of grammatical study begun in N401; continued stress on speaking Dutch on selected topics; rapid expansion of reading ability using literary and cultural materials.
N404 \\ 3 cr.
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GERN 404 Dutch Reading, Composition, and Conversation II (3 cr.) P: N403 or consent of instructor. Further development of style and idiom in speaking and writing. Reading of novels. Oral and written practice on topics of contemporary Dutch life.
N506 \\ 3 cr.
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GERN 506 Advanced Dutch II (3 cr.) P: N505. Introduces students to different levels of style and expression and to written argumentation in Dutch. Texts also include various literary genres and form the basis of in-class discussion and for exercises designed to develop oral and written fluency. Conducted in Dutch
V815 \\ 1-8 cr.
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V815 Individual Readings in German Studies (1-8 cr.; may be repeated)
Y504 \\ 3 cr.
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GERY 504 Intermediate Yiddish II (3 cr.) P: Y503 or consent of instructor. Continuing development of active and passive skills. Additional new grammar concepts. Emphasis on development of reading skills and cultural knowledge through literary and journalistic texts, including texts in nonstandardized orthographies. Taught in alternate years
Y505 \\ 3 cr. \\ 8 weeks course
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GERY 505 Topics in Yiddish Literature (3 cr.)
Y506 \\ 3 cr.
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Y506 Topics in Yiddish Culture (3 cr.)
Y815 \\ 1-4 cr.
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Y815 Individual Readings in Yiddish Studies: Language, Literature, and Culture (1-4 cr.) Guided readings. May be repeated.
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