Course Descriptions

German Courses

Faculty

Professors: Tama Lea Engelking (Chairperson), Professors Emeriti: Edward R. Haymes

Course Descriptions

Students with native experience of German may not enroll for credit in the 100-level courses in German. All students with training or experience in German other than a previous course in that language at Cleveland State must consult a counselor in the Department of Modern Languages for assistance in deciding where to enter the German sequence. Failure to seek counseling may result in schedule shifts during the first week of class.

All language courses have the following divisions and courses numbered from:

100-114 (200-214, etc.) concern the development of performance skills;

115-34 (215-234, etc.), the nature of language;

135-64 (235-264, etc.), culture and civilization;

165-89 (265-289, etc.), literature;

190-99 (290-299, etc.), independent and specialized courses

GER 100 200-300-400 Practicum in German (1 to 3 Credits). Prerequisites: Permission of instructor, departmental approval. This course is comprised of specially arranged projects or supervised experiences for non-native speakers in German, conducted in the university and in the community, such as special work in the Instructional Media Laboratory, participation in a German play, tutorial activity in a basic German course, and a study or service project involving fieldwork in one of the German communities. Projects are arranged between individual students and instructors. The title of the project will appear on the student's transcript. It May be repeated for credit with a change of topic. S/U only. Return to top

GER 101 102 German I,II (4-2-5). Prerequisites: GER 101: No prerequisite; GER 102: Completion of GER 101 or the equivalent course with C or better or permission of instructor. This course covers the essentials of German grammar and practice in speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. Lab fee. Return to top

GER 105 205-305 Directed Studies in German (1 to 4 Credits). Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. These are Teacher-Assisted Directed Studies (TADS) courses for those special needs of individual students not met by the regular course offerings in the areas of reading, vocabulary building, and phonetics. These TADS courses allow such students to begin or continue their study of the German language or of special aspects of it by working on their own with a detailed study guide. Specific topics, level, and number of credits vary according to student's needs and are decided in consultation with course instructor. Students completing one of these TADS courses in German as their first German course at Cleveland State are not eligible for retroactive credit. GER 105 does not normally fulfill the language deficiency. GER 205 and 305 do not normally count toward a German major or minor. (Petitions will be decided by the department chair and the faculty of German.) Return to top

GER 192 292-392-492 Special Topics: Study Abroad (1 to 6 Credits). Prerequisite: GER 192: No prerequisite; GER 292: GER 201; GER 392: GER 301; GER 492: GER 301 and one literature or civilization course.This is the study of a particular topic in German language, literature, or civilization as part of the university's Study Abroad Program. It may be repeated with change of topic. Return to top

GER 196 296-396-496 Independent Study in German (1 to 6 Credits). Prerequisite: Student must have sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Proposed projects must be approved by a full-time department faculty member (who will serve as the project adviser) and the department chairperson. Student-initiated supervised projects involving German language or literature, such as in-depth study of a particular writer, and special readings in linguistics. Independent study may be used to cover the materials of a listed course not offered in a given year. Projects are arranged between individual students and instructor. The title of the project will appear on the student's transcript. It may be repeated for credit with change of topic. Return to top

GER 201 Culture and Civilization (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of GER 102 or equivalent with a C or better or permission of instructor. Readings explore German customs, attitudes, history and values in comparison with the U.S. practice and expansion of skills development. Return to top

GER 202 Literature Survey (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of GER 102 or equivalent with a C or better or permission of instructor. This course involves the reading of cultural and literary texts. It is an ongoing review and expansion of skills development. Return to top

GER 207 Intermediate Commercial German (4-0-4). Prerequisite: Completion of GER 102 with a C or better or permission of instructor. This course is an introduction to the world of business and technology in Germany. It covers socio-economic issues that affect business; everyday commercial activities, such as job interviews, on-the-job routines, and banking. It supports the continued development of language skills appropriate to the course topic and level. Return to top

GER 235 Germany Today (3-0-3). The course gives a current picture of the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, stressing the period since 1945 and most recent developments since the reunification of East and West Germany. Topical emphasis may change each time it is offered. Topics include politics, the social and economic situation, education, women's questions, culture and literature, film and other media. It may be repeated with change of topic. The course is regularly offered in conjunction with the university's Germany Abroad Program. Return to top

GER 240 340-440 Field Study (1 to 6 Credits). Prerequisites for GER 240: Completion of GER 102 with a C or better or the equivalent; for GER 340: GER 301 and sophomore standing or permission of instructor; for GER 440: 12 credits in German on the 300- or 400-level or permission of instructor. The amount of language preparation necessary to participate in any given field experience is to be determined by the department and instructor. This is a specially arranged field experience abroad providing intensive exposure to students' target countries and languages. It may be preceded by a special preparatory course, such as supervised individual or group work-study experience in the target country followed by a period of travel; or supervised two- to six-week group travel for students interested in a language- or culture-oriented project in the target country. See course schedule. A field study trip to German-speaking countries will be offered periodically. The program and course content may vary. For example, Summer Campus: Berlin takes place in alternate even-numbered years, and consists of two weeks of intensive preparation at Cleveland State University, four weeks in Berlin (including travel and stays in Germany), and one or two weeks of free travel. Studies concentrate on culture, civilization, and language; it also includes classes in music and/or political science. The program may also be taken on the graduate level. For further information, contact the Department of Modern Languages. Return to top

GER 293 393-493 Special Topics in German (1 to 4 Credits). Prerequisites for GER 293: Completion of GER 102 with a C or better or the equivalent; for GER 393: GER 301 and sophomore standing or permission of instructor; for GER 493: GER 301 and one 300-level GER course. The topic is announced in the semester course schedule. It may be repeated for credit with a change of topic. Return to top

GER 301 Composition and Conversation (4-0-4). Prerequisite: GER 202 and sophomore standing or equivalent. This course covers practice in speaking and writing on an advanced level. Materials may include study of specialized usages, such as business or communication. Return to top

GER 315 Phonetics and Contrastive Structures (3-0-3). Prerequisite: GER 301 and sophomore standing or the equivalent. This course is an extensive practice of German pronunciation in class and in the laboratory. It includes the study of crucial differences in the sounds and grammatical structures of German and English. This is a Linguistic Studies course. Return to top

GER 316 Translation Workshop (3-0-3). Prerequisite: GER 301 and sophomore standing or the equivalent. This is an introduction to the theory and practice of professional translation, normally from German to English; it is a workshop approach involving class discussion of students' work-in-progress. The work required varies according to students' level of preparation. It may be repeated for credit. Return to top

GER 371 Introduction to the Study of Literature (3-0-3). Prerequisite: GER 301 and sophomore standing or permission of instructor. This is an introduction to the major concepts of literary study with application to masterworks of German literature. Return to top

GER 402 Advanced Composition and Conversation (4-0-4). Prerequisite: GER 301 and sophomore standing. Continuation of GER 301 on a more advanced level. This course involves the development of style and accuracy. Return to top

GER 448 German Culture and Civilization (3-0-3). Prerequisite: GER 301 and sophomore standing or equivalent. This is a survey of 200 years of German culture and civilization from 1786 to present. Return to top

GER 491 Senior Honors Project (3-0-3). Prerequisite: For MLA Honors Students Only. Project must be preapproved by project adviser (who is a full-time faculty member), department chair, and department curriculum committee. The course involves an independent research project developed in cooperation with faculty adviser. Completed projects will be submitted in written form, and presented in a public forum. Return to top

The following graduate courses are offered in German for candidates of the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in German (may be repeated with change of topic):

GER 534 Studies in Language and Linguistics (3-0-3) Return to top

GER 540 Field Experience Abroad (1 to 4 credits) Return to top

GER 564 Studies in Culture and Civilization (3-0-3) Return to top

GER 589 Studies in Literature (3-0-3) Return to top

GER 592 Special Topics: Study Abroad (1 to 6 credits) Return to top

GER 596 Independent Study (1 to 4 credits) Return to top

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