Courses

GER 455/555 - Music and German Literature
The interrelationship between music and German literature from the 18th through the 20th century. Concentrates on major works of German drama, poetry and prose, and their musical settings. Lectures in English. Readings primarily in English, some German. Students taking GER 455/555 for German Studies credit must have advanced proficiency in German.
GER 461/561 - The Task of the Translator
This course combines insights from Translation Studies, applied linguistics, and German cultural / literary studies in order to develop skills and experience in translating  literary and non-literary genres, including song texts, short essays, advertising texts, everyday speech, and historical artifacts. The course explores how to negotiate literal and connotative meaning across codes, idioms, cultures, communities, and symbolic systems and the idea of “being a translator” as an everyday social and cultural practice. Taught in English.
GER 475/575 - Advanced German Usage
Practical training in writing and speaking German through the study of the more complex refinements of German grammar and style, as found in representative texts. Taught in German.
GER 480/580 - Applied Linguistics for German as a Foreign Language
Issues in and methods of applied linguistics with emphasis on Germanic languages. Student taking GER 480/580 for German Studies credit must have advanced proficiency in German. Taught in English.
GER 496C/596C - Culture (Milestones in German Literature and Culture)
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers. Provides an overview of significant historical events or milestones that shaped Germany from the Middle Ages to the present, and the interaction of those events with products and processes of literature and culture. For seniors and MA students only; taught in German.
GER 500 - Intensive Reading German for the Sciences and Humanities
Rapid acquisition of reading proficiency in German. No prior knowledge of German is necessary. Proficiency certification obtained from this course fulfills graduate foreign language requirement is some departments (consult department for information).
GER 501 - Appropriating and Reshaping the Past
Examines the creative reception of cultural artifacts found in oral traditions, religion, politics, historical events and the arts in German speaking countries.
GER 502 - Genre as a Category for Organizing Experience
Examination of individual texts in relation to theories of genre, with attention to shifting definitions of genre and resistance to generic categories.
GER 503 - Erziehung and Bildung in German Culture
Investigates theories of education and their reflection in literary works. The Bildungsroman, for instance, discloses central elements of German culture and society.
GER 504 - 1770-1830: German Literary, Artistic and Intellectual Current
Critically explores the nature of language and literature in the later 18th and early 19th centuries in light of artistic, intellectual-historical, social-political, literary-cultural, linguistic, and pedagogical developments.
GER 505 - History of the English Language
The evolution of English sounds, inflections, and vocabulary from earliest times to the present, with attention to historical conditions.
GER 506 - Representing the Other
Explores narratives that construct the Other, the foreigner, and the outsider; discusses the politics of racism, sexism, and exclusion using texts from various fields.
GER 507 - Criticism and Creativity in German Culture
Examines the relationship between theories of literature and literary practice, and the question of the nature of writing in general.
GER 508 - Approaches to German Studies
Introduction to German Studies.
GER 509 - Traditions and Modernisms
Provides a critical overview of literary and intellectual currents of the "modern" period; explores the changing status and social function of literature.
GER 511 - Communication and Miscommunication in German Literature
Explores the way German writers have dealt with basic issues of human communication.
GER 512 - Minority Discourses
Examines the nature and function of minority discourses in German culture and literature.
GER 513 - Visual Culture
Focuses on the interrelationship between images and texts and on images as texts. May include film, illustrations, sketches, drawing, painting, and their relationships to other texts, both literary and non-literary.
GER 515 - Linguistics for German Language Professionals
Introduction to the field of linguistics designed for German language professionals; focuses on lexical and grammatical structures of German and the language in its socio-cultural, psychological, biological, anthropological, political, and educational contexts.
GER 520 - History of the German Language
Examines the semantic, socio-historical and structural development of German from the age of migrations to the present.
GER 534 - Literacy through Literature
Exploration of the concept of literacy in the field of second language acquisition and the role that literature can play in the acquisition and teaching of literacy in a foreign or second language. Includes a critical review of theoretical readings from the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition theory, education, pedagogy and stylistics and the development of teaching practices, reflecting these theories.
GER 579 - Second/Foreign Language Teaching and Learning
Methods of post-secondary FL pedagogy. Discussion of broader issues of 2d language acquisition learner variables, including: learning styles; the history of FL education standards for FL learning; and post-secondary teaching as a career.
GER 587 - Assessment in Second/Foreign Language Learning
I Introduction to fundamental concepts, principles, and problems of psychometric measurement relevant to FL/L2 learning. Types of tests and their uses, test construction, analysis and interpretation of results.
GER 588 - European Literary-Political Cabaret
Development of European literary-political cabaret from its origins in France to the present. Particular emphasis on cabaret in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Readings in German and English.
GER 594A - Literature
The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.
GER 594B - L2 Acquisition and Teaching
The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.
GER 594C - Culture
The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.
GER 594D - Linguistics
The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.
GER 594E - Translation
The practical application, on an individual basis, of previously studied theory and the collection of data for future theoretical interpretation.
GER 596A - Literature
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
GER 596B - L2 Acquisition and Teaching
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
GER 596C - Culture
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
GER 596J - Second Language Acquisition Research
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
GER 596Y - Topics in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching
This graduate seminar is designed to give a weekly topical treatment to a number of pertinent issues in teaching academic writing to linguistically and culturally diverse learners. Through a comprehensive overview of the research base in academic writing in ESL, this course will explore pedagogical implications of L2 writing theories and research findings by engaging students in a number of projects and tasks. Topics vary with instructor. Please check with the SLAT Faculty Advisor.
GER 597 - Pedagogy Workshop
This workshop provides a practical introduction classroom-based action research methods for foreign language teachers and opportunity for instructors to conduct their own research project over the course of the semester. As a teacher-researcher, you will be asked to consider various perspectives on classroom-based action, as well as the processes and issues involved in conducting a teacher inquiry project. As you develop your action research plan, you will learn how to develop research questions, read and assimilate existing research, use different types of data to answer questions, and document ongoing problems/processes with your own teaching.
GER 599 - Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
GER 615 - Second Language Acquisition Theory
Survey of major perspectives on second language acquisition processes, including interlanguage theory, the Monitor Model, acculturation/pidginization theory, cognitive/connectionist theory, and linguistic universals. Analysis of research from the different perspectives includes consideration of grammatical, pragmatic, and sociolinguistic dimensions of language learning.
GER 696A - Literature
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
GER 696C - Culture
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
GER 696D - L2 Acquisition and Teaching
The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
GER 699 - Independent Study
Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
GER 910 - Thesis
Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.
GER 920 - Dissertation
Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).
GER 930 - Supplementary Registration
For students who have completed all course requirements for their advanced degree programs. May be used concurrently with other enrollments to bring to total number of units to the required minimum.