Introduction to the German language through insight into the contemporary life and culture of German-speaking countries. Proficiency in German language and culture developed through a variety of media and concrete situations, actively using many of the basic structures of everyday conversation and writing.
Continuation of GER 111 - Introduction to the German-Speaking World I
Designed for students with previous study of German, experience in a German-speaking country, or study of another related language, this course develops existing language skills to form a solid foundation of the German language and Germanic cultures. Students learn to communicate in German and about different German-speaking cultures to develop greater intercultural competence. Pre-requisite: Qualifying placement test score or permission of instructor.
Increases oral and written proficiency in German through investigation of German culture and society. Insight into everyday life in Germany will be gained through a variety of media - texts, journals, film, Internet and satellite broadcasts - and form the basis of classroom activities. Grammar review is done regularly and according to students' needs.
Further development of German language and cultural proficiency through the discussion of literary works and film. Particular emphasis placed on reading and the logical presentation of ideas in speaking and writing.
Five-week immersion program in Wittenberg, Germany, which includes content-based language instruction, homestays, and excursions to historical and cultural centers.
College credit course offered at Concordia Language Villages for advanced high school juniors and seniors. Discussion of contemporary issues in Germany since the events of November 1989 and the unification of Germany.
Designed to prepare students to participate on May Seminar through in-depth discussion of main focus and practical tips on getting around overseas, including the most appropriate travel vocabulary and insight into the countries and cultures to be visited. Students begin a research project that will be completed as part of GER 300 - May Seminar.
A thorough review of German grammar and the opportunity to apply that understanding to writing, speaking and reading. In preparation for advanced courses, a longer work is read and used as the basis for discussion and various forms of writing, as well as a springboard for learning effective vocabulary acquisition techniques.
Broad overview of the cultural development of German-speaking countries from the very beginnings through 1848. Particular emphasis given to artistic, linguistic, architectural and historical trends from which current German culture and society has evolved. This course can also count toward the global studies program.
An overview of German, Austrian, and Swiss geography, recent history, politics, economy, and society. Discussion of the role of the German-speaking countries in the EU and of current social issues, including, education, social welfare, environmentalism, immigration, and right-wing extremism. Conducted in German.
Basics of textual analysis through both literature and film, in theory and practice, and an overview of major periods and genres. Main emphasis is placed on developing a critical understanding and appreciation of literary works and films through close reading or sequence analysis, classroom discussion, and written assignments. Students will be introduced to German scholarship and research methods.
Thorough review of German grammar and pronunciation including extensive exercises. Includes basic descriptive linguistics (morphology, syntax, phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics). Required for world language teaching licensure in German.
Consideration of the way in which German-speaking countries have influenced other national cultures. Themes vary. Only 4 credits may count toward major. This course can also count toward the global studies program.
An interdisciplinary collaboration between the German Department and the Music Department that focuses on the cultural history of the Romantic era with special consideration of the poets and poetry with the great musicians of the time, Schubert, Schumann and others, chosen for their compositions. Students perform for each other in Salon Evenings, much as young people in the 19th Century did. An exploration course to Vienna is offered as part of the course.
This English-language course will focus on sustainability in public discourse in Germany, past and present. Historical overview of the exploitation of natural resources in Germany, followed by examination of contemporary environmental issues. Counts toward German or environmental and sustainability studies majors. Readings in German required only for German credit.
Students develop greater understanding of global political, social, economic, and environmental issues through intensive study of authentic target language materials. Through projects, papers, presentations, and opportunities to collaborate with native speakers, participants develop intercultural communicative competence and target-language proficiency. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Intermediate or Advanced proficiency in the target language required.
Courses covering various topics of interest in this particular discipline are offered regularly. Contact department or program chair for more information.
This course is intended to provide students of modern languages with opportunities to teach and study the language of their choice at the Concordia Language Villages. Prerequisite for acceptance: at least two years of course work or the equivalent in the language. The final decision on acceptance into this course is based on mutual agreement of both Concordia language department faculty and Concordia Language Village faculty concerning both the student and the project. A total maximum equivalent of two full courses from 390 and 395 may be counted toward graduation.
Investigation into topics which affect the society of the German-speaking world. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the EU, environment and sustainability, the Third Reich, witchcraft, and the History of Jews in German-speaking Europe. This course can also count towards the Global Studies Program.
Investigation into topics of cultural history in the German-speaking world. Topics may include, but are not limited to, Baroque Literature and Art, The Art Song, The Faust Tradition, Worpswede, and Reformation Art. This course can also count towards the Global Studies Program.
Examines German literature with a focus on literary movements, genres, and representative works from major authors. Special attention given to sociohistorical contexts. The course will be conducted in German and English online with synchronous virtual classroom and threaded discussion forums. Students may take the course in English only or with German-language component.
Special topics in literature and film, including the History of German Film, Films by German Women, New German Cinema, and Films of the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. This course can also count toward the global studies program, the film studies program, and the women's and gender studies program.
Students on semester and year-long programs reflect upon their many experiences in an online blog and relate these experiences to an issue of global significance. Topics for this blog will be worked out between the instructor and the student and should reflect their everyday experiences. These entries form the basis of a more directed and polished paper on a topic of interest that deals with a global issue.
This course provides an opportunity for individual students to conduct in-depth study of a particular topic under the supervision of a faculty member. Contact the department or program chair for more information.
This course provides an opportunity for individual students to conduct research in a specific area of study, completed under the direction of a faculty mentor. Specific expectations of the research experience to be determined by the faculty. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Opportunity to earn college credit for exploration of various aspects of German-speaking culture and society. The practicum may be arranged for either the summer or the school year. Approval by the German department is required before departure.