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GERMAN (GN)

Professor Douglas Lightfoot, Advisor
Office: 200-F B. B. Comer Hall

A German placement examination administered by the University's Testing and Data Management Services is included as part of the new-student orientation program. Students with two or more high-school units of German who wish to continue the study of German at The University of Alabama must take the German placement examination. Students with fewer than two high-school units of German are not eligible to take the placement examination.

GN 101 is open only to students who have no prior high-school or college study of German and students who have fewer than two high-school units of German. GN 102 is open only to students who have completed GN 101 with a grade of "C" or higher and students who have earned two or more high-school units of German and qualified for placement in GN 102 on the basis of their performance on the German placement examination. GN 103 is open to beginning students of German and by placement examination.

GN 101 Elementary German I. Four hours.

Class meets five times a week.

GN 102 Elementary German II. Four hours.

Prerequisite: GN 101 with a grade of "C" or higher, or language department placement.

Class meets five times a week.

GN 103 Accelerated Elementary German. Four hours.

GN 111 Accelerated Elementary German. Six hours.

GN 112 Accelerated Intermediate German. Six hours.

Prerequisite: GN 102 or GN 111.

GN 201 Intermediate German I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 102.

GN 202 Intermediate German II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 201.

GN 205 and GN 206 Living in the German House I and II. Two hours each semester.

Students living in the German House agree to speak only German, under the supervision of a house director who is a native speaker of German.

GN 212 Vocabulary Building. Two hours.

Principles of German word formation; the main topics covered are compounds and the uses of prefixes and suffixes.

GN 250 Germanic Mythology (same as WL 250). Three hours.

GN 251 German Culture and Civilization. Three hours.

The course content varies from year to year. Topics likely to be covered include German art, architecture, education, folk arts and crafts, literature, customs, and other aspects of the German-speaking countries.

GN 260 The Holocaust in Film and Literature. Three hours.

An exploration of the aesthetic and ethical issues involved in artistic representations of the Holocaust.

GN 264 German Literature in Translation I. Three hours.

A survey in English of German literary masterpieces ranging from the Ring of the Nibelungs and Tristan and Isolde to Goethe's Faust. Themes include love, myth, religious freedom, war and peace, and nationhood.

GN 265 German Literature in Translation II. Three hours.

A survey in English of German literary masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries. Themes include communism and capitalism, Hitler and the Holocaust, gender, and the responsibility of scientists. Authors include Kafka, Hesse, Mann, and Grass.

GN 270 Special Topics. Three hours.

Topic varies. No knowledge of German is required.

GN 275 Germany and Contemporary Europe. Three hours.

Study of Germany's place in today's Europe; political, social, and cultural aspects are examined.

In addition to the stated prerequisites, all 300-level German courses except GN 351 and GN 352 have as a prerequisite 14 hours of coursework in German, or permission of the instructor.

GN 321 Introduction to German Drama. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Introduction to the reading and interpretation of drama; readings from selected German dramas from the 18th century to the present.

GN 322 Introduction to the German Novelle. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Introduction to literary narrative in general and to the German Novelle tradition in particular.

GN 323 Introduction to German Poetry. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Introduction to the study of poetry; readings of poems by major German poets from the 18th century to the present.

GN 341 Modern German Literature: Selected Works. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Readings in major German, Austrian, and Swiss writers of the post-World War II era.

GN 351 German Play Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: By audition.

Through this experience, the student is introduced to German drama and acquires increased facility in the language.

GN 352 German Play Production. Three hours.

Prerequisite: By audition.

The final goal of this course is the production of a play in German. Through this experience, the student will increase facility in the language.

GN 361 Intermediate Conversation and Composition I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 202 or GN 112, with a grade of "C" or higher placement.

Emphasis is on increasing speaking and writing skills in German. Includes essay writing and grammar review.

GN 362 Intermediate Conversation and Composition II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Emphasis is on increasing speaking and writing skills in German. Includes essay writing and grammar review.

GN 365 Business German. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Acquisition of business German used in commercial transactions. Emphasis is on business letters and business conversation.

GN 371 German Culture and Civilization: Beginnings through 1832. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of "C" or higher.

A survey of German cultural history from the Germanic tribes through the Age of Goethe. Emphasis is on developments in philosophy, religious thought, music, art, architecture, and popular culture in the context of political and social history.

GN 372 German Culture and Civilization: 1832 to 1945. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 361, with a grade of "C" or higher

A survey of German cultural history from the 1830s through the end of the Second World War.

GN 373 Germany, Yesterday and Today. Three hours.

Offered as part of the Alabama in Germany summer program. A study of the contemporary German-speaking world in the context of its cultural heritage. Content varies slightly depending on itinerary.

GN 381 Directed Readings. One to three hours.

In addition to the stated prerequisites, all 400-level German courses have as a prerequisite 20 hours of coursework in German, or permission of the instructor.

GN 401 Teaching German I. One hour.

Only students serving as assistant teachers in the accelerated program may enroll. Under close faculty supervision, students teach innovative small classes four times a week. There are seminars with the supervising professor each Friday covering technique, method, and pedagogical critique.

GN 403 Undergraduate Seminar. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 371 and/or GN 372 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Intensive study of one or more significant subjects, authors, periods, works, or genres not studied in depth in other courses. Whenever possible, students in advanced courses select a topic in conference with the instructor, during the semester preceding the course.

GN 404 Undergraduate Seminar. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 371 and/or GN 372 with a grade of "C" or higher.

Intensive study of a topic that, whenever possible, is selected by students in conference with the instructor, during the semester preceding the course.

GN 431 The Age of Goethe. Three hours.

Study of backgrounds of the period and of major works of Goethe, Schiller, and others.

GN 450 Intermediate Business German. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 365.

Expands and deepens knowledge of business German and prepares students for such internationally recognized business German examinations as Prüfung Deutsch für den Beruf and Prüfung Wirtschaftsdeutsch International.

GN 461 Advanced German Conversation and Composition I. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 362, with a grade of "C" or higher.

A continuation of GN 361 and GN 362. Readings in current German newspapers and periodicals. Discussion, essay writing, and oral reports in German.

GN 462 Advanced German Conversation and Composition II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: GN 362, with a grade of "C" or higher.

Discussion based on readings in current German newspapers and periodicals, news broadcasts, and film clips. Essay writing, and oral reports in German.

GN 471 Survey of German Literature I. Three hours.

Literature of the Age of Goethe: Enlightenment, Sturm und Drang, Classicism, and Romanticism.

GN 472 Survey of German Literature II. Three hours.

From 1832 to the present.

GN 481 Directed Readings. One to four hours.

Whenever possible, a student planning to enroll should confer with the instructor before registration.

GN 482 Directed Readings. One to four hours.

Whenever possible, a student planning to enroll should confer with the instructor before registration.

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