This is an unofficial list of courses that will be offered in Germanic Studies in Spring 2024. It is strictly for the use of expanded course descriptions. For the complete official course offerings, please consult the My.UIC portal.
For a list of all courses and general course descriptions, please see the UIC Academic Catalog.
Germanic Studies Classes Spring 2024 Heading link
GER 101, 102 (Elementary German I & II); GER 103, 104 (Intermediate German I & II). MWF 4 hours.
All beginning and intermediate German language courses are blended-online and classroom courses. Use of computer and internet access is required.
- 101 10-10:50 am & 11-11:50 am
- 102 9-9:50am & 10-10:50 am
- 103 1-1:50 pm
- 104 9-9:50am & 1-1:50 pm
GER 214; TR 11 am-12:15 pm; Instructor: Phill Cabeen; 3 hours
Conversational German thru Pop Culture
This intermediate-level course offers focused practice in speaking German via discussions about recent German music, film and television.
Hone your speaking and pronunciation skills while watching/listening and analyzing a variety of movies, television shows and music videos, and by reading and listening to reviews and interviews with members of the German entertainment industry!
Our structured conversation practice will help you refine your pronunciation and grammar, expand your vocabulary, and gain facility with idiomatic phrases. The class will meet two days per week on campus and media will be accessed outside of class as homework.
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in GER 104 or the equivalent.
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GER 310; TR 2-3:15 pm; Instructor: Dr. Elizabeth Loentz; 3 hours
Graphic Novels and Comics
This course explores contemporary German culture through the lens of German comics and graphic novels. We will read and discuss webcomics, comics, and graphic novels that represent the diversity of forms, topics, and artists/writers working in these genres today (from “Germanga” to Illi Anna Heger’s comics on non-binary pronouns, to Grégory Dabikougou and Frederik Richter’s graphic reportage on Germany’s colonial history in Africa, and much more).
You will learn about the social, cultural, and political contexts of the texts, while also exploring how comics and graphic novels creatively address these issues in ways that other texts and media may not. In-class exercises and discussions, homework, and writing assignments are designed to reinforce and expand your proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German.
Prerequisite(s): Credit or concurrent registration in GER 211 or GER 212 or the equivalent.
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Spring 2024 General Education Courses Taught in English Heading link
GER 217 – Asynchronous Online – 2 sections
Introduction to German Cinema
Course Information: Taught in English. Films with subtitles. No knowledge of German required.
General Education credit for Creative Arts and World Cultures.
GER 219; Asynchronous Online; Instructor: Dr. Patrick Fortmann; 3 hours
Vikings and Wizards, Northern Myth and Fairy Tales in Western Culture: The Brothers Grimm and Their Cultural Legacy
The course examines the cultural legacy of the Brothers Grimm, renowned nineteenth-century collectors and editors of Germanic fairy tales, legends and myths. The Brother Grimm’s life-long pursuit of fairy tales launched a tidal wave of folkloric collecting throughout Europe and led to significant advances in research. Their search for the origins of German cultural material drove groundbreaking studies of newly discovered Old Norse and Old Anglo-Saxon manuscripts, as well as of Germany’s national myth, The Song of the Nibelungen. The questions they posed about oral and literary transmission later gave rise to the oral-formulaic model and continues to shape modern scholarship. The course will consider various interpretive strategies developed to classify and read this new material, from Propp’s morphology and Aarne-Thompson’s typology to feminist, historical and animal studies approaches. Through close readings of literary tales, the course provides basic tools for narrative interpretation and critical argumentation.
Course Information: Taught in English.
General Education credit for Creative Arts or Past.
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Spring 2024 Graduate Courses Heading link
GER/CEES 515; W 3-5:30; Instructor: Dr. Sara Hall; 4 hours
Film and Media Culture: Weimar Cinema Then and Now
Through historical background readings, review of recent scholarship in the field, and weekly film viewings via Blackboard, this course will explore German film culture between 1918 and 1933. We will study many of the so-called canonical classics (including The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, and M) alongside recent archival restorations and re-discoveries of previously fragmented, missing, or overlooked films. We will also interrogate popular culture’s enduring fascination with Weimar Cinema (e.g., music videos, streaming television such as Babylon Berlin, etc.) In addition to providing an opportunity to delve into the study of Weimar Cinema as a specialized field, the class will offer an introduction or review of film analysis terminology and techniques for performing archival research—both online and in person. Themes will include (but not be limited to) media and democracy; gender and sexuality; technologies of cultural production; economics and industry structures; the aesthetics of emotions; and the politics of images.
Taught in English.
GER 531; T 3:30-6 pm; Instructor: Dr. Heidi Schlipphacke; 4 hours
Literature and Psychoanalysis
This course will explore how theories of psychoanalysis and depth psychology emerge from and, in turn, inform the structure and meaning of imaginative literary works. Many central theories of psychoanalysis are deeply indebted to literary narrative and form. We will explore the dialogue between literature and depth psychology by looking both to psychological case studies that precede psychoanalysis and to a variety of literary texts from the late 18th through the 21st century (by, among others, Ludwig Tieck, Arthur Schnitzler, and Ingeborg Bachmann). We will analyze some of the most salient concepts for interpreting literature that correlate to psychoanalytic theory (among others, metaphor/condensation, metonymy/displacement, the fetish, the uncanny, narcissism, fantasy) through readings by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, Julia Kristeva, Frantz Fanon, and other prominent theorists and practitioners of psychoanalysis. The course will likewise focus on engagements with the theories of psychoanalysis by feminist, Black, Marxist, and queer theorists.
Taught in German.