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.
GSLL 50. First-Year Seminar: Literary Fantasy and Historical Reality.
The intersection of literary fantasy with historical reality considered in two ways: (1) fantastic-looking tales based on historical reality; and (2) stories describing fantastic situations that actually came true.
Gen Ed: LA, CI, NA. Koelb.
TR 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM.
GSLL 60. First-Year Seminar: Avant-Garde Cinema: History, Themes, Textures.
The cinema we frequently encounter in theaters and on television is full of stories comprised of discernible beginnings, middles, and (happy) endings. However, conventional narratives are but one approach to making films. For almost a century, filmmakers have employed the medium of film to explore and broaden the limits of aural and visual perception, to invent new aesthetic forms in motion, to express emotions and desires, and to intervene critically in cultural politics. Students enrolled in this seminar will uncover the history, techniques, and meanings of non- narrative cinema from the twentieth century. Often called “avant-garde,” “underground,” or “experimental,” the films we will discuss are international in scope and represent major chapters in the century-old history of this “minor cinema.” Seminar participants will develop in the course of the semester a critical vocabulary for making sense of these works and will articulate their own analyses in writing and their own video essays.
Gen Ed: VP.
Langston. TR 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM.
GSLL 89.001. First-Year Seminar: Nature and Death – Ecocrises in German Literature and Film.
This course will explore ecological crises through literature and film. The narratives we will discuss will range from Romantic fairy tales to contemporary ecothrillers.
All German texts will be read in English translation.
Gen Ed: LA, NA.
Weiler. MW 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM.
GSLL 89.002. First-Year Seminar: We, Robots: Identifying with Our Automated Others in Fiction and Film.
The word “robot” was invented by Czech science fiction author Karel Čapek in 1920. Robots were invented by fiction and continue to be coupled with fiction today. Film and television depict robots capable of deceit, labor, and love – robots who have mastered and even surpassed the strange art that is being human. In this class, we will read and watch human fictions about robots to consider the question: what do they reveal about their human authors? Following a lineage of robot stories that begins with Karel Čapek, we will read beyond the anglosphere and encounter futurist visions from East and Central Europe with occasional detours into American culture.
Screenings with English subtitles; all readings and discussions in English.
Gen Ed: LA, BN.
Rose. MW 3:35 PM to 4:50 PM.
BCS 404. Intermediate Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian Language II.
Continuation of the proficiency-based instruction started in BCS 403. Prerequisite, BCS 403; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Dzumhur. TR 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM.
CZCH 402. Elementary Czech II.
Continuation of the proficiency-based instruction in CZCH 401. Course emphasizes speaking, listening, reading, writing in a cultural context. Students enhance their basic vocabulary and grammar and will regularly communicate in Czech about everyday topics. Prerequisite, CZCH 401; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Pichova. MWF 9:05 AM to 9:55 AM.
DTCH 403. Intermediate Dutch.
The second course in the Dutch language sequence, DTCH 403 focuses on increased skills in speaking, listening, reading, global comprehension, and communication. Emphasis on reading and discussion of longer texts. Completion of DTCH 403 fulfills level 3 of a foreign language.
Prerequisite, DTCH 402; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Thornton. MWF 2:30 PM to 3:20 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 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM; TR 10:00 AM to 10:55 AM.
002: Staff. MW 12:20 PM to 1:10 PM; TR 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM.
003: Staff. MW 1:25 PM to 2:15 PM; TR 1:30 PM to 2:20 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 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM; TR 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM.
002: Staff. MW 11:15 AM to 12:05 PM; TR 11:05 AM to 11:55 AM.
003: Staff. MW 11:15 AM to 12:05 PM; TR 11:05 AM to 11:55 AM.
004: Staff. MW 12:20 PM to 1:10 PM; TR 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM.
005: Staff. MW 1:25 PM to 2:15 PM; TR 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM.
006: Staff. MW 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM; TR 2:30 PM to 3:20 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 9:05 AM to 9:55 AM.
002: Staff. MWF 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM.
003: Staff. MWF 12:20 PM to 1:10 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: Weiler. MWF 11:15 AM to 12:05 PM.
002: Weiler. MWF 1:25 PM to 2:15 PM.
GERM 301. Communicating in German.
German 301 is an advanced language and literature course in which you will discuss a variety of contemporary texts and films. Throughout the course, we will discuss what decisions different people make and how those decisions influence their lives for better or worse. This course also provides advanced language learners with opportunities to strengthen their writing and speaking skills.
Over the course of the semester, you will:
* work toward improving your discussion skills in German;
* broaden your vocabulary;
* review your command of German grammar
* learn to read and interpret a wide array of fictional and non-fictional texts.
Genres slated for discussion include: a novel, short stories, fairy tales, song lyrics, and films.
Prerequisite, GERM 204; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Gen Ed: CI, NA.
Prica. MWF from 1:25 PM to 2:15 PM.
GERM 302. Contemporary German Society.
An advanced language and culture course aimed at familiarizing you with the political, cultural, and societal issues of contemporary Germany. We will read an array of non-fictional texts that students at the advanced Gymnasium level are reading. We will also engage with fictional texts, music, and the news, as well as watch several short films and full-length movies that lend us a critical view of Germany in the 21st century. German 302 also provides you with opportunities to strengthen your written German and to solidify your speaking skills in a communicative and culturally meaningful context.
Prerequisite, GERM 204; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Gen Ed: SS, CI, NA. Staff. TR from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM.
PLSH 402. Elementary Polish II.
This continuation of Elementary Polish 1 offers proficiency-based instruction at the elementary-intermediate level that develops the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing). In addition to mastering grammatical concepts, students will communicate in Polish about everyday topics and expand their vocabulary for pragmatic communication and literary comprehension.
Prerequisite, PLSH 401; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Rose. MWF 1:25 PM to 2:15 PM.
RUSS 102. Basic Russian Communication II.
Further basics of Russian for everyday conversations. Continues to lay the foundation for development of four language skills (speaking, writing, listening, and reading) indispensable for communication on everyday topics in a variety of situational contexts. Fosters further interaction through acquisition of essential communicative and conversational strategies active in contemporary standard Russian through culturally relevant materials. Prerequisite, RUSS 101; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
001: Magomedova. MWF 11:15 AM to 12:05 PM; R 11:05 AM to 11:55 AM.
002: Staff. MWF 12:20 PM to 1:10 PM; R 12:30 PM to 1:20 PM.
003: Staff. MWF 1:25 PM to 2:15 PM; R 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM.
004: Staff. MWF 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM; 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM.
RUSS 204. Intermediate Russian Communication II.
Skills for fluent speaking, writing, listening, and reading for intermediate-to-advanced learners. Develops and deepens learners’ mastery of contemporary standard Russian. Stresses communication, individual expression, and fosters cultural sensitivity through systematic expansion of learners’ ability to conduct conversations in contemporary standard Russian on a widening variety of culturally relevant subjects.
Prerequisite, RUSS 203; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
01: Staff. MWF 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM.
002: Staff. MWF 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM.
003: Staff. MWF 11:15 AM to 12:05 PM.
RUSS 410. Intermediate-to-Advanced Russian Communication, Conversation, and Composition in Context II.
Continuation of RUSS 409. Hones skills necessary for advanced communication, conversation, and composition. Presents phonetics and grammar in contemporary cultural context. Learners expand their practical knowledge of contemporary standard Russian in the context of present-day culture, while developing applied skills pertaining to comprehension, production of, and communication in Russian actively using authentic cultural materials.
Prerequisite, RUSS 409; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Gen Ed: BN. MWF 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM.
RUSS 412. Advanced Communication, Conversation, and Composition in Contemporary Standard Russian II.
Designed to develop conversational and writing skills in a variety of situations and subjects including but not limited to daily, cultural, historical, and political issues. Prepares advanced learners of contemporary standard Russian for communication with educated native speakers of the language in the area of their professional competence. Prerequisite, RUSS 411; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite.
Magomedova. MWF 2:30 PM to 3:20 PM.
Large Undergraduate Lectures
GERM 227. Luther and the Bible.
What is the legacy of the Protestant Reformation on modern life today? Learn how Reformation ideas have influenced religion, society, economics, and politics from early modern to modern times! Readings include Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian and That Jesus Christ Was Born a Jew, Melanchthon’s The Pope-Ass Explained, Brant’s Ship of Fools, as well as hymns, carnival plays, and Bible translations.
The only prerequisite: an inquiring mind.
Readings and discussions in English. Gen Ed: HS, WB. Same as: RELI 227.
Von Bernuth. MW 11:15 AM to 12:05 PM.
601: Staff. F 10:10 AM to 11 AM.
602: Staff. F11: 15 AM to 12:05 AM.
Small Undergraduate Seminars
GERM 268. Auteur Cinema.
Fassbinder has been called everything from a genius to a narcissist. But what is undebatable is the impact he left on German film. In this class, students will learn about Fassbinder’s impact on New German Cinema, from his early student films to his melodramas and television series.
Films with English subtitles; readings and discussions in English. Gen Ed: VP, CI, NA. Layne.
TR from 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM.
GSLL 255. Germany and Cold War: Occupation, Division, Reunification, Renewed Conflict with Russia (1945-Today).
This course investigates the central role played by the “German question” in the break-up of the wartime alliance, the emergence of East-West political blocs, the subsequent dissolution of the USSR, and the return to new Russian-Western antagonisms.
Readings and discussions in English. Gen Ed: HS, GL, NA.
Pike. TR 3:30 to 4:45.
GSLL 277. The Moon in Song, Story, and Science: Mentored Research Projects in Cultural History.
Consideration of our satellite both as a natural object that can be investigated scientifically and as a cultural object that has been the subject of highly varied treatments in poems and stories throughout human history. Students engage in mentored research culminating in a substantial essay.
Readings and discussions in English. Gen Ed: LA, CI, EE- Mentored Research. Koelb. TR 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.
GSLL 295. Research, Creativity, and Innovations in the Humanities.
An introduction to research methodologies, theories, and resources used in cutting-edge research in the humanities. Students will develop their own projects and refine these projects in discussion with others in an interdisciplinary setting.
Readings and discussions in English.
Gen Ed: CI, EE.
Same as: GSLL295, ROML 295, CMPL395.
Trop. TR 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM.
RUSS 279. Sunstrokes in Dark Alleys: Russian Short Stories.
An introduction to the Russian short story, focusing on the topic of love in all its intriguing aspects. The readings include works from the 18th century to the 20th.
Readings and discussions in English.
Gen Ed: LA, BN. Lapushin. TR 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM.
Upper Level Undergraduate (taught in foreign language)
GERM 303. German Literature and Culture.
This seminar will equip you with a thorough bird’s eye view of German literary history. The course begins in the 16th century with Martin Luther’s German translations from the Greek—the beginning of the German language’s entry into the arena of literature—and continues into our present. In order to cover this extensive time span systematically, we will study German literary history’s highlights—its major movements and its seminal figures both male and female—in chronological order and with respect to Central Europe’s social, political, and cultural history. Students enrolled in this course will continue to improve their German language skills (reading, speaking, writing, and listening), acquire working knowledge of German literary and cultural history, and the prepare themselves for success in upper-level literary courses required for the German majors and minor. An appropriate conclusion to GERM 101-204, it also provides the background for more advanced undergraduate literature and culture courses.
Readings, discussions, and essays in German. Pre- or corequisite, GERM 301 or 302; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Gen Ed: LA, CI, NA.
Langston. TR 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.
GERM 306. Introduction to German Translation.
Don’t get lost in translation!
This course provides a practical and theoretical introduction to translation from and into German. Translation practices will be discussed not only from a linguistic perspective, but also from a cultural and historical perspective.
* Improve your German.
* Learn useful skills for the job market.
* Improve your marketability.
* Do something creative.
Written in-class translation exercises in different genres and media (songs, television and film). Literary and theoretical readings.
Readings in German and English, discussions in German. Prerequisite, GERM 303; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Gen Ed: NA. Layne. TR 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.
RUSS 415. Introduction to Russian Literature.
In this course you will read seminal works of contemporary Russian literature as well as social, political, cultural, and historical issues of Russian society.
Readings and class discussions in Russian.
Prerequisite, RUSS 410; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Gen Ed: LA, BN. Magomedova. MWF 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM.
Dual-Level Seminars: Open to Undergraduate and Graduate Students
GSLL 465. Literature of Atrocity: The Gulag and the Holocaust in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Historical contexts and connections through artistic representation of the Holocaust and Soviet terror in Eastern Europe and the USSR.
Taught in English; some foreign language readings for qualified students. Gen Ed: LA, BN, GL. Same as: JWST 465, PWAD 465.
Pike. TR 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM.
RUSS 455. 20th-Century Russian Literature and Culture.
As Russia became a laboratory for sociopolitical experiments of global significance, its culture reflected on the most spectacular of its aspirations and failures. Course surveys 20th-century literary, musical and cinematic artifacts that emerged to affect the world profoundly.
Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students. Gen Ed: LA, BN. Shvabrin. TR 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM.
RUSS 464. Dostoevsky.
In this course, we will explore Dostoevsky’s literary quest to understand why people…
… lose their minds
… commit murder & other unspeakable crimes
… become alcoholics
… join monasteries
… kill themselves
… believe they are God
… & engage in other striking behaviors.
In addition to a number of Dostoevsky’s shorter works, including the short novel Notes from Underground, we will study two of the great novel-tragedies—Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov.
Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students. Gen Ed: LA, BN. Lapushin. TR 3:30 PM to 4:45 PM.
RUSS 477. Wicked Desire: Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, on Page and Screen.
Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita (1955) became a global phenomenon due to its unflinching portrayal of pedophilia. This course will delve deeper into the novel’s moral complexity, its international context, and its reflection in mass culture, including movies by Stanley Kubrick (1962) and Adrian Lyne (1997).
Taught in English; some readings in Russian for qualified students. Gen Ed: LA, NA. Same as: CMPL 477.
Pichova. MWF 10:10 AM to 11:00 AM.
RUSS 480H. Russian-Soviet Jewish Culture: Lofty Dreams and Stark Realities.
This course delves into the scintillating literary, visual, musical, and cinematic culture created by Jewish universalists seeking to build their new secular identity under the aegis of the Soviet Communist experiment in the aftermath of the 1917 Bolshevik coup. Surveys the works of Isaac Babel, Eduard Bagritsky, Marc Chagall, Sergey Eisenstein, Ilya Ehrenburg, Masha Gessen, Vasily Grossman, Osip Mandelshtam, and others. Taught in English; films with English subtitles. Some readings in Russian for qualified students.
Non-honors students wishing to enroll should submit a wait list request at http://honorscarolina.unc.edu/waitlist beginning November 16.
3.00 or higher GPA is required to enroll in any Honors course.
Gen Ed: LA, BN. Same as: JWST 480.
Shvabrin. TR 2:00 PM to 3:15 PM.
GERM 500. History of the German Language.
This course introduces students to the historical development of the German language from the earliest times until the modern period. We shall look at some of the phonological and morphosyntactic changes that differentiate German from English, Dutch and other related languages, and give the modern language its hallmark linguistic features.
We shall further examine the historical and cultural context in which German developed, noting the impact of important events, from Christianization to the Reformation, from courtly poetry to the invention of printing, on language use.
Students will read short texts in the main historical forms of the language — Old Saxon, Old High German, Middle Low German, Middle High German and Early New High German.
Taught in English.
Undergraduates: GERM 301, 302, and 303 (or equivalent).
Graduate students from other departments: Advanced reading proficiency (minimally) in German.
Roberge. MW 3:10 PM to 4:25 PM.
Carolina-Duke Graduate Level Courses (Taught at UNC)
See also GERM 500.
GERM 860. Form is Bliss: On a Basic Category in German Philosophy, Aesthetics & Literature.
In his Philosophy of Symbolic Forms (1923-1929) the German philosopher Ernst Cassirer described mankind as “capable of form.” He thereby pointed out the interrelatedness of forms with the conditions of human existence, in other words, the relationship between life and aesthetic expression. The seminar takes this idea as a starting point and a leitmotif. On a journey through the long history of poetics and philosophy of form from Antiquity to the 20th century, we will examine how humans shape an otherwise amorphous reality.
Readings in German and English; Class Discussion in English.
Prica. M 4:40 PM to 7:10 PM.
Carolina-Duke Graduate Level Courses (Taught at Duke)
GERMAN 890S. The King’s Image: A History of Representation.
Repraesentatio, “to make present” or “set before the eyes,” was originally a juridical concept, which gained theological import in early Christian debates about the true doctrinal meaning of the Eucharist. But the dynamic of Darstellung has always also been an aesthetic problem: the nexus between theories of power and theories of art—between the making-present of the sovereign and the making-present of the Idea—plays a central role in the history of literature from the middle ages to the modern. In this course, we will examine some of the key German-language texts in this lineage, by authors like Lohenstein, Goethe, Schiller, Novalis, Grillparzer, Wagner, Hofmannsthal, Kafka and George, alongside a few of the foundational theoretical attempts (Kantorowicz, Schmitt, Benjamin, Agamben) to make sense of this tradition.
Readings in German and English translation; class discussions in English.
Pourciau. T 4:40 PM to 7:10 PM