The sections for GERM 101, 102, and 103 are flexible for you to enroll in. If you have a conflict between your MWF / TTH classes and a 5-day language class schedule, you can talk with Juliane Schicker (jschicker@carleton) to cross-enroll in 2 sections at the same time. Eventually, you will have to fill out a yellow drop/add card to add the course (pick up at Registrar’s Office). Seek the signature of your German professor and the professor of the course with which your German course conflicts. Also seek your adviser’s signature and then return the card to the Registrar.

For Minors and Majors: can’t fit a certain course into your schedule? A certain course is not offered in the term you need it? Chat with us to find a substitute.

Fall 2022

  • GERM 100: Seeking Shelter in a Dangerous World

    Where do I feel at home? What causes me to feel not at home in certain spaces? In the face of transforming societies and environments, can a stable sense of home be preserved—and should it be? In this course, we will study texts from a wide range of geographic locations and cultural backgrounds that investigate the stakes of creating a sense of home within unfamiliar, unwelcoming, and seemingly ruined environments. Ultimately, we will seek ways to think both critically and creatively about human environments, both in cultural texts and in our own reflection on the places we call home.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Seth Peabody
  • GERM 101: Elementary German

    This course introduces the basic structures of the German language and everyday vocabulary in the context of common cultural situations and authentic and fictional media. Students are exposed to all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Juliane Schicker
  • GERM 204: Intermediate German

    In this course, students build on their communication skills to engage in more in-depth spoken and written discussions of German-speaking literature, art, and culture. By analyzing longer and more challenging texts, films and other cultural media, continuing grammar review, and writing compositions, students acquire greater facility and confidence in all four language skills (writing, speaking, listening, and reading).

    Prerequisites: German 103 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Seth Peabody
  • GERM 205: Berlin Program: Intermediate Composition and Conversation

    This course is designed for students with intermediate proficiency in German, who wish to extend their knowledge of German language and culture through reading, discussions, and writing. Students will work on developing the ability to articulate opinions, exchange substantive information and to argue points of view; honing analytic and interpretive writing skills; and expanding their linguistic toolkit. The class format features discussions with grammar exercises interspersed as needed. Prerequisites: German 103 or equivalent and acceptance in Berlin Program 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 208: Coffee and News

    An excellent opportunity to brush up your German while learning about current issues in German-speaking countries. Relying on magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and streamings, students will discuss common topics and themes once a week to exchange their ideas over snacks with a small group of students. 

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 2 credits; S/CR/NC; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Juliane Schicker
  • GERM 258: Berlin Program: Berlin Memory Politics

    Vergangenheitsbewältigung is the German word for reconciling the past; it is a process that has shaped collective memory in Germany and other European countries since the end of the Holocaust and World War II. Berlin in particular has been formed by its difficult history and memories, the traces of which are visible in the city today. In this class, we will examine the relationship between history, memory, and collective identity in Germany. How are narratives of the past preserved in the present? Which stories are told, which are left out, and who makes these decisions? How does the geography of a city interact with its history? How do memorials impact public space? In addition to analyzing fiction, essays, and visual culture, we will also confront this topic through several field trips and walks in Berlin.

    Prerequisites: German 103 or equivalent and acceptance in Berlin program 6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 259: Berlin Program: German in Motion: Migration, Place and Displacement

    How is your identity connected to a certain place? And what happens when you leave that place, either voluntarily or out of necessity? In this course, we will learn about migration in German-speaking countries by reading historical and contemporary texts and researching policies on asylum and migration. We will critically examine concepts of the nation and nationality in historical contexts, learn about artists in exile, and encounter contemporary perspectives on migration in Europe. Course activities will include several site visits in Berlin. By reading and analyzing texts by Hannah Arendt, Bertolt Brecht, Anna Seghers, Ilse Aichinger, Paul Celan, May Ayim, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Yoko Tawada, and Fatma Aydemir among many others, we will become mindful readers of different literary genres and craft thoughtful analyses on topics connected to migration.

    Prerequisites: German 103 or equivalent and acceptance in Berlin program 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 305: Berlin Program: Advanced Composition and Conversation

    This course is designed for students with advanced proficiency in German, who wish to extend their knowledge of German language and culture through reading, discussions, and writing. Students will work on developing the ability to articulate opinions, exchange substantive information and to argue points of view; honing analytic and interpretive writing skills; and expanding their linguistic toolkit. The class format features discussions with grammar exercises interspersed as needed.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 359: Berlin Program: German in Motion: Migration, Place, and Displacement

    How is your identity connected to a certain place? And what happens when you leave that place, either voluntarily or out of necessity? In this course, we will learn about migration in German-speaking countries by reading historical and contemporary texts and researching policies on asylum and migration. We will critically examine concepts of the nation and nationality in historical contexts, learn about artists in exile, and encounter contemporary perspectives on migration in Europe. Course activities will include several site visits in Berlin. By reading and analyzing texts by Hannah Arendt, Bertolt Brecht, Anna Seghers, Ilse Aichinger, Paul Celan, May Ayim, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Yoko Tawada, and Fatma Aydemir among many others, we will become mindful readers of different literary genres and craft thoughtful analyses on topics connected to migration.

    Prerequisites: German 103 or equivalent and acceptance in Berlin Program 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Kiley Kost

Winter 2023

  • GERM 102: Elementary German

    Building on the material covered in German 101, this course introduces more complex structures and exposes students to short literary and cultural texts as well as other media. The focus of the course is on all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking).

    Prerequisites: German 101 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2023 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 214: What’s New: The Latest Works in German-Speaking Media

    What products in literature, film, and other media did German-speaking audiences consume in the recent past? What topics do artists address and media outlets discuss? In this course, we will read, watch, and examine various texts and films that were published or premiered in the last ten years or so in the German language. These works, written by a diverse range of artists, reflect on and respond to the turbulent recent history not only in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, but also more globally. They will help us determine how people express their most urgent challenges and how these texts participate in public debates. 

    Prerequisites: German 204 or the equivalent. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Winter 2023 · Juliane Schicker

Spring 2023

  • GERM 103: Intermediate German

    Continuation of the study of complex structural patterns of the German language, and the reading and discussion of longer texts, films, and other media from German-speaking cultures.

    Prerequisites: German 102 or equivalent 6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Spring 2023 · Seth Peabody
  • GERM 150: German Music and Culture from Mozart to Rammstein

    In this course, we survey significant developments in German-language culture, broadly defined, from the Enlightenment to the twentieth century. Students of all disciplines and majors are invited to receive an overview of the music and culture of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, starting in the 1750s and tracing its impact into the present time. The course includes literature, film, music, language, history, habits, news, etc., and surveys major figures, movements, and their influence on the world’s civilization. The course encourages critical engagement with the material at hand and provides the opportunity to compare it with the students’ own cultural background. Taught in English.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2023 · Juliane Schicker
  • GERM 274: Weimar Germany: Art, Culture, and the Failure of Democracy

    “…many will say: even 1920 is not so horrible. This is how it is: the human being is a machine, culture is in shreds, education is arrogance, spirit is brutality, stupidity is the norm, and the military is sovereign” (Adolf Behne, reporting on a Dada art exhibit). In this class, taught in German, students examine cultural products and visual media of and about the Weimar Republic to understand a critical time in German history and explore how art has been used to cope with societal turbulence. Note: German majors and minors may complete additional work to count this class toward the 300-level course credit requirement.

    Prerequisites: German 204 or equivalent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2023 · Kiley Kost
  • GERM 400: Integrative Exercise

    Examining an aspect of German literature across eras or genres. 1 credit; S/NC; offered Spring 2023