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UT Arlington Undergraduate Catalog Fall 2008
Course Descriptions for German (GERM)

GERM 1441. GERMAN LEVEL I (3-2) Multimedia immersion in the culture and language of German-speaking countries. Designed to enable students to understand and communicate effectively in German at the beginning level. No prerequisites.

GERM 1442. BEGINNING GERMAN II (3-2) Continuation of beginning German. Prerequisite: GERM 1441 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 2313. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I (3-0) Continued immersion in the culture and language of German-speaking countries. Application of strategies and technology in mastering listening, speaking, reading, and writing at the intermediate level. Prerequisite: GERM 1442 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 2314. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II (3-0) Continuation of intermediate German. Prerequisite: GERM 2313 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 3301. TOPICS IN GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE IN TRANSLATION (3-0) Intellectual and literary trends in life and literature of German-speaking countries as reflected in text, film, and video. Topics: 20th century cinema, the Holocaust experience in literature and culture, women writers from the Enlightenment to the present, postwar in two Germanies, among others. May be repeated as topic varies. The course will be count only once, however, toward a minor in German. May be counted toward fulfilling major and/or core curriculum liberal arts elective requirements. Prerequisite: GERM 2314 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 3310. GERMAN TRANSLATION (3-0) Introduction to cultural and linguistic issues in the translation of German and English language texts. Students will explore current technologies used in various real-world translation contexts. Prerequisite: GERM 2314 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 3312. ADVANCED GERMAN GRAMMAR (3-0) A detailed study of German grammar. Prerequisite: GERM 2314 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 3313. TOPICS IN GERMAN CULTURE & CONVERSATION (3-0) Topics in German culture with emphasis on conversation and reading skills in German with grammar review. Course may be repeated for credit with departmental permission as topic varies. Credit will not be given to native speakers of German, except with permission of the department. Prerequisite: GERM 2314 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 3314. TOPICS IN GERMAN CULTURE AND COMPOSITION (3-0) Topics in German culture with emphasis on composition and reading skills in German with grammar review. Course may be repeated for credit with departmental permission as topic varies. Prerequisite: GERM 2314 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 3317. INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE AND CULTURE STUDIES (3-0) Introduction to the study of literature and culture including approaches to texts, basic theoretical considerations, fundamentals of scholarship. Prerequisite: GERM 2314 with a grade of C or better.

GERM 3318. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERMAN STUDIES I (3-0) German courses that may be cross-period or thematically oriented like Kinderliteratur or Film but also those courses targeted at specific groups (e.g. Business, Science, etc.). Course may be repeated for credit with departmental permission as topic varies. May be counted toward fulfilling major and/or core curriculum liberal arts elective requirements.

GERM 3391. CONFERENCE COURSE (3-0) Independent study; consultation with instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: consent of the department.

GERM 4313. STUDIES IN THE GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE I (3-0) Literary periods, genres, authors, and research themes. May include literature and thought before Goethe; Goethe and the Classical period; Romanticism, Poetic Realism, Naturalism; the German Novelle and drama; German opera; Kafka and the 20th century; German literature in the U.S. Continued practice in the four communication skills. May be repeated as topics and texts vary. Prerequisite: two 3000-level German courses with a grade of C or better.

GERM 4314. STUDIES IN THE GERMAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE II (3-0) German-American language and culture, advanced grammar, German dialects. Topics in the history of the German language, discourse analysis, language and culture in German media. Continued practice in the four communication skills in German. May be repeated for credit as topics and texts vary. Prerequisite: two 3000-level German courses with a grade of C or better.

GERM 4317. GERMAN TRANSLATION (3-0) Introduction to the theory and practice of translation. Examples will cover a wide range of texts including literature, business, newspapers, etc. (May substitute for 4335). Prerequisite: GERM 3313 or 3314 and 3317 or 3318, with a grade of C or better.

GERM 4321. TOPICS IN LITERATURE & CULTURE (3-0) Topics in literary and cultural history from 750 to the present. Courses may focus on one area of the history of cultural (including literary) texts, or they may broadly survey the history of written texts in German-speaking Europe. Course may be repeated for credit as topic varies. (Strongly recommended for German and International Business majors.) No prerequisites. Students majoring in German read some texts in the original. Satisfies the core curriculum requirement in literature or as a liberal arts elective.

GERM 4322. SPECIAL TOPICS IN GERMAN STUDIES II (3-0) German courses that may be cross-period or thematically oriented, such as Culture of Obedience, Classical Tradition, or Woman Writers, etc., also those courses targeted at specific groups (e.g., business, science, etc.). Course may be repeated for credit with departmental permission as topic varies. (May substitute for 4334.) Prerequisite: one 3000 level German course or equivalent with a grade of C or better; or knowledge of the language and the consent of the instructor.

GERM 4334. THE CULTURE OF BUSINESS (3-0) Social, political, and economic structures in Germany; current events affecting business in the German-speaking world, the relationship of U.S. and German business and intercultural communication. Media segments about international business in Germany are used as an aid in the acquisition of the basic vocabulary of business and economics. Prerequisite: one 3000 level German course with a grade of C or better.

GERM 4335. BUSINESS GERMAN (3-0) Students learn to function in business environments where German is used, with emphasis on the skills needed for writing business letters, conducting telephone conversations and business meetings, using terminology for transactions in places such as banks, post offices, airports, and hotels. Media segments are used to reinforce vocabulary and knowledge acquired through lectures, readings, conversations. Prerequisite: one 3000 level German course with a grade of C or better.

GERM 4339. THE ACQUISITION OF GERMAN (3-0) Theory and practice of acquisition of German. Techniques needed to understand and analyze the sounds, vocabulary, and grammar of the German language. Introduction to reading strategies, the development of oral communication skills, and writing strategies.

GERM 4391. CONFERENCE COURSE (0-0) Independent study in the preparation of a paper on a research topic; consultation with instructor on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission.

GERM 4393. INTERNSHIP IN GERMAN (5-0) This internship course combines field-related experience in the business or service sector with an academic component. Students conceptualize a field project and work on-site. Coursework may include journal writing in German, outside readings, and formal presentations. Must be taken concurrently with GERM 4334, 4335, or a culture course as approved by department. Prerequisite: Permission.

GERM 4394. HONORS THESIS / SENIOR PROJECT (0-0) Required of all students in the University Honors College. During the senior year, the student must complete a thesis or a project under the direction of a faculty member in the major department. May not be repeated for credit.