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What courses is GSLL currently offering?

Every semester GSLL offers undergraduate students:

  • First-Year Seminars;
  • Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Language Courses;
  • English-Language Seminars and Lectures on Language, Linguistics, Literature, Film, Philosophy, and Culture;
  • Language, Linguistics, Literature, Film, Philosophy, and Culture Seminars taught in the Target Language;
  • Individual Seminars on Independent Readings;
  • Honors Thesis Mentoring.

GSLL also offers every semester for graduate students German- and English-language courses in Literature, Linguistics, Theory, Film & Media Studies.

The following catalogue of current courses is organized according to language and level.

Fall 2020 GSLL Course Offerings

First-Year Seminars

GSLL 59. First Year Seminar: Moscow 1937: Dictatorships and Their Defenders.
A study of recurrent problems of enormous consequence:
* the origins and emergence of dictatorships that engage in grievous practices of repression and mass murder;
* in what ways these regimes are understood, and by whom, as they develop and “mature”—philosophically, ideologically, historically; and how such regimes tend often to be enveloped in rationalizations that facilitate their continuing existence.
* The Soviet Union, particularly during the 1930s and the blood purges, serves as the axis.
However, a main objective is to use this “case study” to branch off into different directions of student inquiry.
Pike: TR 02:00 PM-03:15 PM

GSLL 85. First Year Seminar: Children and War.
Readings for this seminar include children’s wartime diaries, adult memoirs of child survivors, and fiction from Central and Eastern Europe. Focussed on WWII, but pays attention to present-day conflicts.
Pichova: TR 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

Language Instruction

BCS 401. Elementary Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Language I.
Proficiency-based instruction at the elementary level that develops the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing). In addition to mastering basic vocabulary and grammar, students will communicate in the target language about everyday topics.
Dzumhur: TR 09:30 AM-10:45 AM

CZCH 403. Intermediate Czech I.
Continuation of proficiency-based instruction begun in Elementary Czech.
Prerequisite, CZCH 402; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Pichova: TR 09:30 AM-10:45 AM

DTCH 402. Elementary Dutch.
The first course in the Dutch language sequence, DTCH 402 is a rapid introduction to modern Dutch with emphasis on all fundamental components of communication. Completion of DTCH 402 fulfills level 2 of a foreign language.
Thornton: MWF 02:30 PM-03:20 PM

GERM 101. Elementary German.
Develops the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) in a cultural context. In addition to mastering basic vocabulary and grammar, students will communicate in German about everyday topics.
001: Staff. MW 09:05 AM-09:55 AM; TR 09:00 AM-09:50 AM
002: Staff. MW 10:10 AM-11:00 AM; TR 10:00 AM-10:50 AM
003: Staff. MW 11:15 AM-12:05 PM; TR 11:05 AM-11:55 AM
005: Staff. MW 01:25 PM-02:15 PM; TR 01:30 PM-02:20 PM
006: Staff. MW 02:30 PM-03:20 PM; TR 02:30 PM-03:20 PM

GERM 102. Advanced Elementary German.
This continuation of GERM 101 emphasizes speaking, listening, reading, writing in a cultural context. Students enhance their basic vocabulary and grammar and will regularly communicate in German about everyday topics.
Prerequisite, GERM 101; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
001: Staff. MW 09:05 AM-09:55 AM; TR 09:00 AM-09:50 AM
002: Staff. MW 11:15 AM-12:05 PM; TR 11:05 AM-11:55 AM
003: Staff. MW 12:20 PM-01:10 PM; TR 12:30 PM-01:20 PM

GERM 203. Intermediate German.
Students acquire necessary materials and opportunities to develop further their language skills in a cultural context. They review and expand upon the basic grammar covered in beginning German.
Prerequisite, GERM 102; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
001: Staff. MWF 09:05 AM-09:55 AM
002: Staff. MWF 10:10 AM-11:00 AM
003: Staff. MWF 11:15 AM-12:05 PM
004: Staff. MWF 12:20 PM-01:10 PM
005: Staff. MWF 01:25 PM-02:15 PM

GERM 204. Advanced Intermediate German.
Emphasizes further development of the four language skills (speaking, reading, writing, listening) within a cultural context. Discussions focus on modern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in literature and film.
Prerequisite, GERM 203; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
001: Staff. MWF 12:20 PM-01:10 PM
003: Staff. MWF 01:25 PM-02:15 PM

GERM 301. Communicating in German.
Advanced German language and culture course:
* Improve your discussion and presentation skills in German;
* Broaden your vocabulary;
* Review and practice German grammar;
* Read and interpret an array of texts;
* Practice writing in different genres.
Prerequisite, GERM 204; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
001: Staff. MWF 09:05 AM-09:55 AM
002: Rockelmann. MWF 01:25 PM-02:15 PM

GERM 302. Contemporary German Society.
Introduction to contemporary German society, emphasizing sustained reflection on family structures, class, gender, race, demography, and the political economy of present-day Germany.
Prerequisite, GERM 204; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
001: Von Bernuth. TR 09:30 AM-10:45 AM

PLSH 403. Intermediate Polish I.
Continuation of the proficiency-based instruction begun in elementary Polish.
Prerequisite, PLSH 402; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Rose: TR 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

RUSS 101. Basic Russian Communication I.
Essential basics of Russian for everyday conversations. Lays foundation for development of four language skills (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) indispensable for communication on everyday topics in a variety of contexts. Fosters interaction through acquisition of essential communicative and conversational strategies. Introduces learners to structure of contemporary standard Russian through culturally relevant materials.
001: Magomedova. MWF 11:15 AM-12:05 PM; R 11:05 AM-11:55 AM
002: Staff. MWF 12:20 PM-01:10 PM; R 12:30 PM-01:20 PM
003: Staff. MWF 01:25 PM-02:15 PM; R 01:30 PM-02:20 PM
004: Magomedova. MWF 02:30 PM-03:20 PM; R 02:30 PM-03:20 PM

RUSS 203. Intermediate Russian Communication I.
Transitional skills for fluent speaking, writing, listening, and reading for intermediate learners. Furthers learners’ competency for communication on everyday topics. Prepares learners for communication on subjects beyond their immediate needs. Expands interactive skillset necessary to maintain conversations and present individual opinions using complex structures. Employs adapted and non-adapted learning materials to promote mastery of contemporary standard Russian.
Prerequisite, RUSS 102; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
001: Staff. MWF 09:05 AM-09:55 AM
002: Staff. MWF 10:10 AM-11:00 AM
003: Staff. MWF 11:15 AM-12:05 PM

RUSS 409. Intermediate-to-Advanced Russian Communication, Conversation, and Composition in Context I.
Intermediate-to-advanced communication, conversation, composition, phonetics, and grammar in contemporary cultural context. Meets the needs of learners looking to expand their practical knowledge of contemporary standard Russian in the context of present-day culture, while developing active applied skills pertaining to comprehension, production of, and communication in Russian.
Prerequisite, RUSS 204; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Chernysheva: MWF 10:10 AM-11:00 AM

RUSS 411. Advanced Communication, Conversation, and Composition in Contemporary Standard Russian I.
Prepare for the future! Here is your opportunity to make progress in learning Russian! Encounter the country, its people, literature, and arts, and build further bridges from your home to Russia. This first semester of the fourth-year Russian language course will immerse you in the Russian language as you read and discuss original Russian materials. Develops and maintains advanced skills for speaking, writing, listening, and reading in contemporary standard Russian in a variety of communicative situations. Assists advanced learners in solving a wide range of communicative tasks with the aid of unadapted authentic cultural materials.
Prerequisite, RUSS 410; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Magomedova: MWF 10:10 AM-11:00 AM

Large Undergraduate Lectures

GERM 280. 20th-Century German Philosophy and Modern Youth Cultures. (AKA: Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘N’ Roll).
This lecture investigates the many contact points between 20th-century German philosophy and modern youth cultures and establishes how German philosophers thought through the possibilities, limitations and consequences of youth rebellion and conformity in ways that youth cultures themselves rarely did. Of particular concern will be youth culture’s triumvirate: sex, drugs. and rock music. Students will read and discuss seminal texts by thinkers like Adorno, Arendt, Benjamin, Bloch, Gadamer, Habermas, Heidegger, Jaspers, Jonas, Marcuse, Nietzsch, Simmel and Sloterdijk. In order to illuminate these philosophical readings, lectures will address a selection of American and British feature films portraying modern youth cultures.
Readings and class discussions in English.
Recitation Required.
Langston. MW 02:30 PM-03:20 PM
601: Staff. F 09:05 AM-09:55 AM
602: Staff. F 10:10 AM-11:00 AM
603: Staff. F 11:15 AM-12:05 PM
604: Staff. F 12:20 PM-01:10 PM
605: Staff. F 01:25 PM-02:15 PM
606: Staff. F 02:20 PM-03:10 PM

RUSS 280. Russian Villains, Western Screens: Ethno-Cultural Stereotypes on Page and Stage, in Movies and Minds.
A survey of fascinating history of Hollywood stereotypes of Russian villainy from Elizabethan England to Boris Badenov, Natasha Fatale, Ivan Drago, and Xenia Onnatop. What do these theatrical buffoons, cartoon-movie monsters, and cinematic seductresses tell us about Russia — and about ourselves as consumers of stereotypes?
Readings and discussions in English.
Recitation Required.
Shvabrin. MW 01:25 PM-02:15 PM
601: Staff. F 12:20 PM-01:10 PM
602: Staff. F 01:25 PM-02:15 PM

Small Undergraduate Seminars

GERM 216. The Viking Age.
We will discuss Viking Culture, mythology, exploration, and projection of power in Northern Europe (approximately 750-1050 C.E.) as represented in the literature of medieval Iceland.
Though composed between 1120-1400, the so-called “family sagas” relate events during the time of the Vikings: from the settlement of Iceland (from 870) through the conversion to Christianity (officially in 1000).
We shall seek to extrapolate from this literature–supplemented by historical and archaological information–a composit picture of Viking culture and society.
Readings and class discussions in English.
Roberge: TR 12:30 PM-01:45 PM

GERM 266. Weimar Cinema.
Between World War I and II, German film screens were populated by vampires, androids, demons, criminal masterminds, queers, weak men and fatal women.
We will study these films, their innovative set designs, camerawork and montage, and the emergence of film theory in the context of the tumultuous Weimar Republic and the global film landscape.
Films with English subtitles; readings and discussions in English.
Crosslisted: CMPL 266.
Pollmann: TR 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

GSLL 251. Ideology and Aesthetics: Marxism and Literature.
An examination of the clash between 20th-century writers and the state, in countries where a single political government or party used an exclusive ideology as justification for interference in cultural and literary affairs.
Discussions and texts in English.
Pike: TR 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

Upper Level Undergraduate Seminars (Taught in Target Language)

GERM 303. German Literature and Culture.
An overview of German literature, culture, and politics, highlighting works from various periods. Students will engage in discussions about German literature, and will be encouraged to think and re-think the significance of literary production beyond the confines of the written word.
Pre- or corequisite, GERM 301 or 302; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Readings, discussions, and essays in German.
001: Pollmann. TR 02:00 PM-03:15 PM

GERM 380. Austrian Literature.
Presents Austria from the Biedermeier period to the end of the monarchy. Readings of works by authors such as Stifter, Schnitzler, Roth, Freud, Herzl, who articulate artistic, political, historical themes.
Prerequisite, GERM 303; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Readings and lectures in German.
Trop: TR 12:30 PM-01:45 PM

Dual-Level Seminars: Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students

GSLL 481. Grand Hotels and Empty Fields: Inventing Central Europe through Culture.
Does Central Europe exist? It is a region with shifting borders, diverse languages, and a complex history. In this course, we will explore stories that invent fictional countries in Central Europe from the mist-shrouded mountains of Wes Anderson’s Zubrowka to Ursula Le Guin’s invented realm of Orsinia. We will also read work by writers from within the region who mythologized their home environments.
Films with English subtitles; readings and discussions in English.
Rose: TR 09:30 AM-10:45 AM

RUSS 486. Exploration of Russian “Women’s Prose” and Svetlana Alexievich (Nobel Prize in Literature 2015).
Using Alexievich as our beacon, we will explore the writers behind the term “Russian Women’s Prose”: Valeria Narbikova, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Lyudmila Ulitskaya. The course will delve into gender identity and body politics as they manifest themselves in the literary texts of lasting aesthetic quality and social relevance.
Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students.
Crosslisted: EURO/WGST 486.
Shvabrin: MW 03:35 PM-04:50 PM

Carolina-Duke Graduate Level Courses

GERM 615. Cultural Foundations in German Studies II (taking the place of Foundations I).
An intensive survey of literary, cultural and intellectual developments in German-speaking lands between 1750-1900, with attention to research methods of the field. We begin with the Enlightenment and move through the sometimes intersecting and sometimes divergent movements of Sturm und Drang, Romanticism, Weimar Classicism, Biedermeier, Vormärz, and Realism, as well as thinkers who defy categorization. Our goal is to cultivate an understanding of literary history as a cultural formation that changes over time.
Through critical readings from a variety of theoretical perspectives, we will explore distinct approaches to analyzing texts and related cultural artifacts in order to foster a knowledge of the modern tools of scholarly inquiry (editions, translations, dictionaries, critical approaches and methods) that are fundamental to the field of German Studies.
This is a reading-intensive seminar. In addition to completing the readings and participating actively in seminar discussions, students will take a midterm and final exam and give several oral presentations. No papers will be required.
Prerequisite for undergraduates: permission of the instructor.
Readings in German; class discussion in English
Koelb: MW 03:10 PM-04:25 PM

GERM 700. Foreign Language Pedagogy: Theories and Practice.
German 700 provides students with foundational knowledge for teaching German within a collegiate U.S. educational context. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to engage theoretical knowledge pertaining to language learning, pedagogy, and curriculum with issues from the practical context of the language classroom, e.g., by conducting guided classroom observations, developing extended lesson plans, reflecting on their teaching and students’ learning, and creating a teaching philosophy.
Topics covered in the seminar include: Teaching languages in U.S. higher education, language and language learning theories, language teaching methods and approaches (e.g., communicative language teaching, task- and content-based instruction, literacy approaches), supporting different modalities (writing, speaking, listening, writing), teaching for intercultural understanding, the role of curriculum, and professional development and reflective teaching.
Readings and class discussions in English.
Weiler: M 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

GERM 855. Technics of Association & the Literature of Division.
If technē, as Heidegger argues, is “something poetic” that brings forth and reveals truths—it is “knowing in the widest sense,” he adds—then how might we understand literature as bringing forth possibilities of being together especially when myriad internal and external forces of division undermine any togetherness? How might the literature of division from an older era provide us with fruitful insights into the poetic conditions for germinating essential political categories like the public sphere or even communism? Theoretical texts by a wide array of thinkers (e.g., Arendt, Badiou, Butler, Foucault, Habermas, Heidegger, Mouffe, Nancy, Simmel, Sloterdijk) will guide discussions of canonical novels, plays and poetry from East and West (e.g., Bachmann, Becker, Böll, Handke, Heine, Kluge, Johnson, Koeppen, Maron, Müller, Schneider, Strauß, Wolf).
Readings available in German and English translation. Discussions in English.
Langston: W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

GERM 860. Poetic Cosmologies.
From Plato’s Timaeus to Yuk Hui’s 2016 essay on cosmotechnics, cosmologies condense a variety of discursive operations and generic forms (scientific, religious, philosophical, epistemological, mythopoetic, aesthetic, ethical and political) and represent sophisticated crucibles for stabilizing or reconfiguring norms and practices. This seminar will examine the aesthetic, ethical, and political potentialities of cosmological thinking. Possible authors to be discussed: Plato, Dante, Bruno, Leibniz, Schelling, Novalis, Alexander von Humboldt, Simondon, Latour, Arendt, Heidegger, Rubenstein, Yuk Hui among others.
Readings in English translation, with some supplemental readings in German; Class discussions in English.
Trop: T 04:40 PM-07:10 PM

GERMAN 790S. German Political Thought.
This graduate seminar serves as an introduction to German political and social thought from Kant to Marx (roughly 1770-1850). Readings, often short essays or excerpts, drawn from the writings of Kant, Herder, Fichte, Hegel, Humboldt, Schleiermacher, Schopenhauer, Marx, and other thinkers. Special emphasis on conceptions of statehood, sovereignty, and national community, against the background of an era of revolution, war, and territorial reconfiguration. No familiarity with the topic required.
Readings in German; class discussion in English.
Norberg: R 04:40 PM-07:10 PM Duke Campus