German Studies (GRMST)

GRMST-101 Elementary German

Fall. Credits: 4

This course introduces speaking, reading, and writing German. Cultural and literary readings together with frequent use of video and other online resources dealing with everyday situations and experiences in the German-speaking countries sensitize students to the cultural context in which the language is used. Weekly conversation sessions with a German language assistant supplement class work.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
M. Lauer, D. Van Handle
Coreq: GRMST-101L.
Notes: Requires conversation session (50 minutes). Labs will begin the week after classes start.

GRMST-102 Elementary German

Spring. Credits: 4

Continuation of the elementary German course; practice in speaking, reading, and writing German. Cultural and literary readings together with frequent use of online resources dealing with everyday situations and experiences in the German-speaking countries sensitize students to the cultural context in which the language is used. Weekly conversation sessions with a German language assistant supplement class work.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
D. Van Handle
Prereq: GRMST-101, or see department for placement. Coreq: GRMST-102L.
Advisory: See department for placement if you have not taken German 101 at Mount Holyoke College
Notes: Requires conversation session (50 minutes). Labs will begin the week after classes start.

GRMST-103 Intensive Elementary German

Spring. Credits: 8

Two semesters in one. Practice in speaking, reading, and writing German. Cultural and literary readings together with frequent use of online resources dealing with everyday situations and experiences in the German-speaking countries sensitize students to the cultural context in which the language is used. Weekly conversation sessions with German language assistant supplement class work.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
M. Lauer
Notes: This course will be co-taught with a Smith professor simultaneously in classrooms on both campuses, so potential students may find it listed either within MHC's listings as GRMST-103 or within Smith's as GER-120.

GRMST-115 German for Internships and Research

Fall. Credits: 2

For students who wish to acquire a working knowledge of German to prepare for an internship or research in a German-speaking country. Some knowledge of German affords students access to better placements in internships, especially DAAD RISE summer internships (http://www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany/) sponsored and supported by the German government. Focus on vocabulary and structures used when interacting with German speakers in specific cultural contexts or discipline-specific situations. Help with applications and resumes, along with presentations and staff from the CDC, McCulloch Center, and Alumnae Association.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
D. Van Handle

GRMST-201 Intermediate German

Fall. Credits: 4

This course emphasizes further development of contextual reading, writing, and speaking skills in German. Focus on strategies that help students learn vocabulary and use grammatical structures in appropriate ways. Discussion of a variety of texts and genres, as well as exploration of topics such as immigration and social justice. Frequent writing assignments and speaking opportunities.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
M. Lauer
Coreq: GRMST-201L.
Advisory: It is recommended that students have taken GRMST-101, GRMST-102, or GRMST-103, or the equivalent.
Notes: Requires conversation session (50 minutes). Labs will begin the week after classes start.

GRMST-205 Europe on the Edge: Introduction to European Studies

Spring. Credits: 4

Europe embodies crossroads of multiple cultures, memories, migrations, and political demarcations. Taking a critical view of conventional paradigms of European nation states and "master" narratives, we study shifting European cultures and identities through multiple perspectives across time and space. What remains of the ancient and modern regimes? How have global movements, historical upheavals, and shifting boundaries within and adjacent to European borders from early empires to contemporary global networks affected the transformation of lives? Where is Europe heading today? Faculty from across the disciplines will join us to discuss Europe as a subject of global imagination and networks.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
K. Remmler
Notes: This course is designed for students eager to expand their knowledge of globalization, cultural politics, identity formation, and critical social thought. Students are encouraged to combine this course with the study of one or more European languages and cultures, International Relations, film and media studies, translation studies, or other courses dedicated to transnational perspectives.

GRMST-215 Lesen, Schreiben, Sprechen

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 2

Intensive practice in reading, writing, and speaking German. Students will write short essays on topics of their choosing, in addition to application letters and a sample resumé for an internship or job in Germany. We will focus also on developing reading strategies and on improving students' ability to converse colloquially, idiomatically, and formally in German. Readings on popular culture, music, as well as current political, social, cultural, historical, and economic issues in the German-speaking world, reflecting student interest and academic focus. Students engage in a variety of speaking activities such as presentations, role-playing and simulations, pair work, and group discussions.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
M. Lauer
Advisory: GRMST-201 or equivalent recommended,
Notes: Students in German Studies 221 or 223 are strongly encouraged to enroll in German Studies 215 or 216 for additional language practice and review.

GRMST-221 German Culture Today

GRMST-221SH German Culture Today: 'Stories and Histories'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course examines historical, cultural, and political developments that continue to frame debates about the twentieth century, World War II, the former GDR, and German unification. Thematic focus helps students develop accuracy, fluency, and complexity of expression. Reading, writing, and speaking are consistently integrated. Special emphasis is placed on text organization toward expanding students' language abilities, with a gradual movement from personal forms of expression to written and public discourse.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
N. Gortcheva
Advisory: Previous study of German, normally equivalent to 3 semesters of college German, or 3 or more years of high school German recommended.
Notes: Taught in German.

GRMST-223 Topics in German Studies

GRMST-223AR Topics in German Studies: The Art and Science of Revolution in German Cultures from 1789 to the Present'

Spring. Credits: 4

Revolutions are deeply embedded in cultural, economic, political, and environmental structure. Some are violent, some are peaceful; some evolve out of historical processes over long periods of time; and others emerge spontaneously without warning. Still others are material in nature, such as the industrial revolution or the end of the Berlin wall. The seminar explores the causes, forms, and impact of major revolutions in German cultures from the invention of the printing press to the most recent "Wende" that led to unification. Other revolutions include the French Revolution, the German Revolution of 1848, the founding of the Weimar Republic, and the student movement in 1968.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
K. Remmler
Advisory: Previous study of German, normally equivalent to 3 semesters of college German, or 3 or more years of high school German recommended.
Notes: Taught in German. May be taken for 300-level credit with permission of instructor.

GRMST-223MV Topics in German Studies: 'Monsters, Villains, and Vamps'

Fall. Credits: 4

Uncanny experiences, Doppelgangers, insect-like creatures, clay monsters, sexual predators, and robot seductresses -- these are some characters we will encounter on this journey through German texts and films. Students will expand their reading skills in German, deepen their command of literary and visual analysis, and review advanced grammar structures.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
N. Gortcheva
Advisory: Previous study of German, normally equivalent to 3 semesters of college German, or 3 or more years of high school German.
Notes: Taught in German.

GRMST-231 Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context

An introduction to critical reading, writing, and arguing skills, emphasizing the practice of oral and written strategies for discussing and analyzing printed and film texts and the reader's responses to them.

GRMST-231EM Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context: 'Embodiment in Theory: Precarious Lives from Marx to Butler'

Spring. Credits: 4

We examine the writing of major nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century theorists, such as Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Dubois, Arendt, Fanon, Foucault, Butler, and others through the lens of embodiment. Rather than read theory as an abstract entity, we explore how theory itself is an embodiment of actual lives in which human beings experience life as precarious. What are the social conditions that create vulnerable bodies? How do thinkers who lived or are living precarious lives represent these bodies? Through a series of case studies based on contemporary examples of precarity, we examine the legacy and materiality of critical social thought.

Crosslisted as: CST-249EM, GNDST-204EM
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
K. Remmler
Notes: Taught in English

GRMST-231GB Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context: 'A Global Enterprise: Germany Works'

Spring. Credits: 4

Students will explore how the humanities and social sciences contribute to our understanding of the changing role of work from a historical perspective. We will investigate how the concept of 'work' effects social organization and individual identity formation. By concentrating on the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries within the German speaking countries and beyond, the seminar will shed light on the two eras when technological changes and their concomitant transformations in social and individual organization brought disruptive change to our notions of 'work.' We will focus our attention on 'work' by literary scholars, artists, and philosophers who often work in cross-disciplinary research networks.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
M. Lauer
Notes: Taught in English. Students may receive German credit if they complete their assignments in German.

GRMST-232 German Studies Tutorial

Focus on developing discussion and reading skills in German, and revising and editing papers, or media projects, composed in German for German studies courses taught in English.

GRMST-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

GRMST-301 German From Curriculum to Career

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Familiarizes students with oral and written discourses in reading, writing, and speaking. Students focus on in-depth analyses of writing and speaking patterns in current newspaper and magazine articles. Thematic foci include Germany's Soziale Marktwirschaft, Germany's responsibilities and political and economic agenda within the European Union, and Germany's political and economic ties to Asia. Material based on most recent articles, news reports, and debates. Frequent text-oriented exercises emphasize students' individual progress in light of different language and learner profiles and different student needs.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
M. Lauer
Advisory: Open to students who have completed at least 8 credits beyond German Studies 201 or permission of department

GRMST-311 Advanced German Composition and Conversation

Spring. Credits: 4

This class offers intensive work in oral and written expression in German. Frequent papers and other exercises aimed at revising grammatical structures, improving students' writing in German, and broadening their comprehension of content and style. Oral reports, class discussion, and team exercises. Students will also have the option of completing an ongoing project of interest to them such as creating a YouTube channel or developing independent videos.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Language
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
N. Gortcheva
Prereq: One four-credit course above GRMST-201.

GRMST-315 Topics in German and European Culture in a Global Context

GRMST-323 Topics in German Studies: German Culture from 1800 to 2000

This course examines the cultural, political and social developments from 1800 to the present by investigating a significant topic. The selection of materials is exemplary rather than comprehensive and is based on thematic, historical, generic and other units.

GRMST-325 Senior Capstone Seminar

This seminar is required for all German studies majors and is recommended for minors. It is designed to explore the nature of our field of inquiry in theory and practice. Students pursue independent research connecting German studies and another major academic field of interest, respond critically to each others' work, and lead discussions. All students read texts exploring such questions as: What does German Studies mean? What is interdisciplinary work? What role does literature play in culture studies? What is the relationship between language and the construction of culture? Why learn German vis a vis "global English"? What meanings have been attributed to the terms "culture" and "civilization"?

GRMST-331 Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context

This seminar is designed to explore theoretically and practically the nature of our field of inquiry. We explore such questions as: What does German studies mean? What is interdisciplinary work? What role does literature play in culture studies? What is the relationship between language and the construction of culture? What meanings have been attributed to the terms of 'culture' and 'civilization?' Texts from a variety of disciplines are studied. Students write term papers on topics related to their major field(s) of interest.

GRMST-331EF Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context: 'Moving Europe: Film in Global Context'

Fall. Credits: 4

This class explores major tendencies in European film from 1945 to the present. We approach the canon of European art cinema, discuss various genres (drama, youth film, comedy, sci-fi), movements such as Italian Neorealism, New Waves (French, Czech, German, Romanian), and migrant and accented cinemas. We pay special attention to movement as a repeating motif. As we investigate filmic representations of class, gender, and race across various national contexts, we challenge a vision of Europe -- and of its cinema -- as coherent and static. Instead, we uncover European film cultures on the move -- in constant crisis and process of redefinition.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-370EF
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
N. Gortcheva
Advisory: 4 credits in Film Studies or 4 credits in German Studies strongly recommended.
Notes: Evening screenings are mandatory. The course is taught in English and all films have English subtitles. Students may receive credit toward the German major/minor if they complete their work in German.

GRMST-332 Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context

Focus on developing argumentation and reading skills in German, and researching, revising and editing seminar papers written in German for German studies seminars taught in English.

GRMST-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.

Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context

GRMST-231 Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context

An introduction to critical reading, writing, and arguing skills, emphasizing the practice of oral and written strategies for discussing and analyzing printed and film texts and the reader's responses to them.

GRMST-231EM Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context: 'Embodiment in Theory: Precarious Lives from Marx to Butler'

Spring. Credits: 4

We examine the writing of major nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first century theorists, such as Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Dubois, Arendt, Fanon, Foucault, Butler, and others through the lens of embodiment. Rather than read theory as an abstract entity, we explore how theory itself is an embodiment of actual lives in which human beings experience life as precarious. What are the social conditions that create vulnerable bodies? How do thinkers who lived or are living precarious lives represent these bodies? Through a series of case studies based on contemporary examples of precarity, we examine the legacy and materiality of critical social thought.

Crosslisted as: CST-249EM, GNDST-204EM
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
K. Remmler
Notes: Taught in English

GRMST-331 Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context

This seminar is designed to explore theoretically and practically the nature of our field of inquiry. We explore such questions as: What does German studies mean? What is interdisciplinary work? What role does literature play in culture studies? What is the relationship between language and the construction of culture? What meanings have been attributed to the terms of 'culture' and 'civilization?' Texts from a variety of disciplines are studied. Students write term papers on topics related to their major field(s) of interest.

GRMST-331EF Topics in German and European Studies in a Global Context: 'Moving Europe: Film in Global Context'

Fall. Credits: 4

This class explores major tendencies in European film from 1945 to the present. We approach the canon of European art cinema, discuss various genres (drama, youth film, comedy, sci-fi), movements such as Italian Neorealism, New Waves (French, Czech, German, Romanian), and migrant and accented cinemas. We pay special attention to movement as a repeating motif. As we investigate filmic representations of class, gender, and race across various national contexts, we challenge a vision of Europe -- and of its cinema -- as coherent and static. Instead, we uncover European film cultures on the move -- in constant crisis and process of redefinition.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-370EF
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
N. Gortcheva
Advisory: 4 credits in Film Studies or 4 credits in German Studies strongly recommended.
Notes: Evening screenings are mandatory. The course is taught in English and all films have English subtitles. Students may receive credit toward the German major/minor if they complete their work in German.