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German Studies

GL 101, 102, 103 First Year German (4 each)
Acquisition of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Emphasis on communication. GL 101 is for beginners and offered fall term; GL 102 is next in the sequence and offered winter term; GL 103 is final course in sequence and offered spring term. For proper placement, students should consult instructor. Online placement tests are available at www.wou.edu/germanweb.

 

GL 110 Introduction to German Literature in Translation (4)
A survey of German literary genres involving works in English translation. The study may include works of medieval through contemporary literature. Specific focus will be identified in each year’s schedule of classes.

 

GL 199 Special Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GL 201, 202, 203 Second Year German (4 each)
Emphasis on developing oral fluency and progressive development of writing skill. Complete grammar review. Prerequisite:
GL 103 or equivalent, or consent of instructor

 

GL 299 Special Studies (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GL 301, 302, 303 Intermediate German Composition and Conversation (4 each)
Intensive practice in writing and speaking German. Oral and written reports based on a variety of original texts. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 310 German Film and Conversation (3)
Class will be watching, discussing and writing about films and filmmakers from former East and West Germany, and the unified Germany. The goal is to familiarize students with German cinema, and to improve written and oral language skills in German while learning more about German culture.

 

GL 320 Business German (3)
Description and analysis of business terminology in German. Study of business organization, operation and management. Introduction to the language of accounting, marketing and economic matters in German-speaking countries. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 331 German Pronunciation & Phonetics (3)
A thorough study of the sound system of German, with individual attention to each student’s difficulties. Distinguish between German and English sounds and practice with IPA. Prerequisite: GL 201 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 340 German Culture and Civilization I: From the Romans to the Enlightenment (3)
Historical and cultural study of central Europe from its Roman occupation to the Enlightenment. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 341 German Culture and Civilization II: From Classicism to Reunification (3)
Historical and cultural study of Germany from the mid 1700s to 1990. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 342 Studies in German Culture and Literature to 1900 (3)
Focus on cultural aspects of modern Germany and Austria, their people, customs and institutions. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 343 Studies in German Culture and Literature to 1945 (3)
In-depth study of selected writers, forms and/or themes in German-speaking countries up to 1945 (i.e. Nazi Resistance). Prerequisite: GL 203 or consent of instructor

 

GL 344 Studies in German Culture and Literature to 1990’s (3)
In-depth study of selected writers, forms and/or themes in German-speaking countries up to 1990’s (i.e. Jewish/Holocaust studies). Prerequisite: GL 203 or consent of instructor

 

GL 350 Methods in Translation (3)
Examination of written and oral, structured and free translations. Materials come from a variety of sources. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 399 Special Studies (1-3)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GL 401, 402, 403 Advanced German Composition and Conversation (3 each)
Systematic review of grammar, composition and conversation. Prerequisite: GL 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 406 Special Individual Studies (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged.

 

GL 411 German Literature I: Medieval to Classical (3)
Readings from representative German authors within major genres and periods. Prerequisites: ENG 223 and GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 412 German Literature II: Naturalism to Present (3)
Readings from representative German-speaking authors from Naturalism to the present. Prerequisites: ENG 223 and GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 416 Language Teaching Practicum (1-2)
Practice as a teaching assistant particularly for teachers in training. Course may be repeated to a maximum of six hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor

 

GL 423/523 Studies in German Language and Literature (2-6)
In-depth study of a literary figure, genre, or other topic related to the study of German language, literature and culture. Course can be repeated when content is different. Prerequisite: GL 301 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 440 19th Century German Drama (3)
In-depth study of drama by 19th century Austrian, German and Swiss authors within its historical, cultural and intellectual context. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 441 20th Century German Drama (3)
In-depth study of drama by 20th century German-speaking authors within its historical, cultural and intellectual context. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 442 German Drama - Performance (4)
Students read and memorize roles of a selected German play and give two performances to the community at the end of the term. Students analyze the author, text, and roles. Students are involved in all aspects of play production: lighting, set-design, costumes, publicity and choreography. Course is open to students at the 300 and 400 level.

 

GL 481 History and Structure of German Language (3)
A study of the historical development and modern structure of the German language. Emphasis on comparing and contrasting the grammars of English and German. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 607 Seminar (1-6)
An in-depth study of a literary figure, genre or other topic related to German. Prerequisite: GL 203 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

GL 624, 625 German Stylistics (3)
A study of oral and written German, with special emphasis on syntax, style, structure and elements that characterize the style of a writer, a period or a movement. Prerequisite: GL 303 or equivalent or consent of instructor

 

 

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