CLGR W4207y Aesthetics Under Siege: the Frankfurt School 3 pts. This lecture course works with an expanded notion of the Frankfurt School. The central figures treated are Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, and Theodor W. Adorno, but readings also include György Lukács, Ernst Bloch, Bertolt Brecht, and some others. It focuses on aesthetic and political issues in high and mass culture debates in Europe, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. in the inter-war period and post-1945. All readings will be contextualized in relationship to modernism and modernization, Marxism and National Socialism in the first half of the past century. Metropolitan modernism, realism, the historical avant-garde, and mass media culture will be recurring themes throughout the semester, which ends with a coda on the culture of the Cold War.
CLSW G4450x Scandinavian Crime in Film and Literature (in English) 3 pts. This course introduces students to the Scandinavian crime novel and its key themes and debates going back to 1965. It also trains students to develop critical approaches to analysis of the crime novel-and other forms of popular culture. The course divides into four sections. First, we acquire methods of analysis that help us identify the "parts" of the crime novel and their history. Subsequent sections of the course focus on the way in which authors modify and repurpose these parts to engage in debate. We will focus on the criminal (Who is the criminal? Why him or her?); the identity of the investigator (Who is the investigator? Does it matter?); the setting the crime story (How does it matter?).
DTCH W1101x-W1102y Elementary Course 4 pts. Fundamentals of grammar, reading, speaking, and comprehension of the spoken language. During the spring term supplementary reading is selected according to students' needs.
DTCH W1201x-W1202y Intermediate Course 4 pts. Prerequisite: DTCH W1101-W1102 or the equivalent. Continued practice in the four skills (aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing); review and refinement of basic grammar; vocabulary building. Readings in Dutch literature.
DTCH W3101x-W3102y Advanced Dutch 3 pts.
DTCH W3994y Special Reading Course 1 pt.
FINN W1101x-W1102y Elementary Course 4 pts. Fundamentals of grammar and lexicon. Building proficiency in aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing. Linguistic structures in the cultural context.
FINN W1201x-W1202y Intermediate Course 4 pts. Prerequisites: FINN W1101-W1102 or the instructor's permission. Continued practice in aural comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing; review and refinement of grammatical structures; vocabulary building. Readings include Finnish fiction and nonfiction.
FINN W3333x-W3334y Advanced Course, I and II 3 pts. Prerequisites: Finnish W1201-W1202 or the instructor's permission. Further development of comprehension and oral and written expression through discussions and readings of varied texts, including contemporary authors. Aspects of Finnish culture also explored through film and video.
GERM V1101x or y Elementary German Language Course, I 4 pts. Upon completion of the course, students understand, speak, read, and write German at a level enabling them to communicate with native speakers about their background, family, daily activities, student life, work, and living quarters. Daily assignments and laboratory work.
GERM V1102x or y Elementary German Language Course, II 4 pts. Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GERM V1101 or the equivalent. Students expand their communication skills to include travel, storytelling, personal well-being, basic economics, and recent historical events. Daily assignments and laboratory work.
GERM F1113x Elementary Intensive Reading Course, I 2 pts. Primarily for graduate students and others who need to acquire a reading knowledge of German. This course does not fulfill any part of the language requirement for the bachelor's degree. A comprehensive introduction to German grammar accompanied by reading of appropriate texts.
GERM F1114x or y Elementary Intensive Reading, II 2 pts. Prerequisites: German V1113 or the equivalent. This course does not fulfill any part of the language requirement for the bachelor's degree. Intensive readings of graded expository texts, with review of the essentials of German grammar.
GERM V1125x Accelerated Elementary German I & II 8 pts. No prerequisites. Equivalent to German V1101 and V1102. This intensive semester provides all of elementary German enabling students to understand, speak, read, and write in German. Topics range from family and studies to current events. Conducted entirely in German, requirements include oral and written exams, essays, German-culture projects, and a final exam.
GERM V1201x or y Intermediate German Language Course, I 4 pts. Prerequisite: GERM V1102 or the equivalent. Recommended parallel: GERM W1521. Prepares students for advanced German language and literature courses. Topics emphasize contemporary German life and cross-cultural awareness. Daily assignments, video material, and laboratory work.
GERM V1202x or y Intermediate German Language Course, II 4 pts. Prerequisites: GERM V1201 or the equivalent. Recommended parallel: GERM W1522. Students read a German novel. Intermediate-high to advanced-low proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing German is expected upon completion. Daily assignments, video material, and laboratory work.
GERM V1225y Accelerated Intermediate German 8 pts. Prerequisites: GERM V1102 or the equivalent. Equivalent to German V1201 and V1202, prerequisite 1102 or equivalent. This intensive semester prepares students for advanced German and/or study abroad. Grammar review precedes topics highlighting German history, politics and cultural life. Emphasis on communication including essay writing and group presentations; final portfolio includes essays, creative writing, and German-culture project.
GERM W1521x or y Intermediate Conversation, I 2 pts. Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GERM V1102 or the equivalent, or placement by the director of undergraduate studies. Highly recommended parallel course to GERM V1201. Practice in idiomatic conversational German through discussion of a wide variety of topics.
GERM W1522x or y Intermediate Conversation, II 2 pts. Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GERM V1201 or the equivalent, or placement by director of undergraduate studies. Highly recommended parallel course to GERM V1202. Practice in idiomatic conversational German through discussion of a wide variety of topics.
GERM V3001x or y Advanced German, I 3 pts. Prerequisites: Prerequisite: GERM V1202 or the permission of the director of undergraduate studies. Designed to follow up the language skills acquired in first- and second-year language courses (or the equivalent thereof), this course gives students greater proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing German, while focusing on topics from German society today through German newspapers and periodicals.
GERM V3002x or y Advanced German, II 3 pts. Prerequisites: GERM V1202 or the equivalent and the permission of undergraduate studies or the instructor. While continuing to strengthen their overal German skills, students address aspects of practical and/or situational German, e.g., letter writing, shopping, telephone etiquette, understanding and giving directions, etc.
GERM W3333x Introduction To German Literature [In German] 3 pts. Prerequisites: GERM V1202 or the equivalent. Examines short literary texts and various methodological approaches to interpreting such texts in order to establish a basic familiarity with the study of German literature and culture.
GERM W3443x Romanticism, Revolution, Realism [In German] 3 pts. Prerequisites: German W3333 or W3334 or the permission of the director of undergraduate affairs or the instructor. Literary, philosophical, and political cross currents of the 19th century. Authors include Novalis, Brentano, Eichendorff, Tiech, Hoffmann, Büchner, Heine, Keller, Strorm, Fontane, and others.
GERM W3444y Decadence, Modernism, Exile [In German] 3 pts. Prerequisites: German W3333 or W3334 or the permission of the director of undergraduate affairs or the instructor. The course covers the turn of the century, Expressionism, the Weimar Republic, and the exile period. Authors include Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Benn, Musil, Brecht, Thomas Mann, and Kafka.
GERM W3675x German Literature In World Context [In English] 3 pts.
GERM C3991y Senior Seminar: Goethe [in German] 3 pts. Required of all German majors in their senior year. Lectures and readings in German. Prerequisites: one of the Introduction to German literature courses and one upper-level literature course, or the instructor's permission. In this course we will focus on two major works by Goethe. Well read Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre in view of Goethe's treatment of the changing role and function of the arts, especially the theater as the protagonist's coming of age means his coming to terms with being not talented as an actor. In the second half of the semester we will read selections from the West-östlicher Diwan, poems, notes and essays, in view of Goethe's reception of Hafez and Islam and discuss Goethe's orientalism. The class discussions and portions of Wilhelm Meister that we discuss in class will be in German. We will also make use of the Engl. Translation of the novel and in the case of Diwan deal with issues of translation.
SWED W1101x-W1102y Elementary Swedish 4 pts. Instruction in speaking, reading, and writing basic Swedish. Ample practice in pronunciation and key conversation patterns. Examination of links between the language and the culture(s) in which Swedish is spoken.
YIDD W1101x-W1102y Elementary Yiddish 4 pts. This year-long course offers an introduction to the language spoken by the Ashkenazi Jews and an opportunity to discover a wonderful world of Yiddish literature, language and culture. Using games, new media, and music, we will learn how to speak, read, listen and write in a language that is considered one of the richest languages in the world. We will also venture outside the classroom to explore the Yiddish world today: through exciting field trips to Yiddish theater, Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods, Yiddish farm, and so on. Welcome to Yiddishland!
YIDD W1201x-W1202y Intermediate Yiddish 4 pts. Prerequisites: YIDD W1101-W1102 or the instructor's permission. This year-long course is a continuation of Elementary Yiddish II. As part of the New Media in Jewish Studies Collaborative, this class will be using new media in order to explore and research the fabulous world of Yiddish literature, language, and culture, and to engage in project-oriented activities that will result in creating lasting multi-media online presentations. In addition to expanding the command of the language that has been spoken by the Ashkenazi Jews for more than a millennium, i.e. focusing on developing speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, and on the acquisition of more advanced grammatical concepts, students will also get some video and film editing training, and tutorials on archival research. The class will continue to read works of Yiddish literature in the original and will venture outside of the classroom to explore the Yiddish world today: through exciting field trips to Yiddish theater, Yiddish-speaking neighborhoods, YIVO, Yiddish Farm, and so on. And we will also have the Yiddish native-speaker guest series. Welcome back to Yiddishland!
YIDD W3333x Advanced Yiddish 3 pts. Prerequisite: YIDD W1201-W1202 or the instructor's permission. This course may be repeated for credit. Reading of contemporary authors. Stress on word usage and idiomatic expression, discussion.
YIDD W3800y Readings in Yiddish Literature: Magic and Monsters [In English] 3 pts. A Serious Man, the 2009 movie by the Coen Brothers opens with a Yiddish folk tale featuring a dybbuk. Dybbuks, golems, magicians, and monsters haunt not only Yiddish literature but also the contemporary cinema, as illustrated by such recent films as The Unborn and The Possession. Why are we so attracted to dybbuks, spirit possession, magic and monsters in the twenty-first century? This course will focus on magic, monsters, dybbuks, and demons in Yiddish literature as well as in film, theater, and popular culture. We will approach the supernatural motif from the perspective of gender, body, and performance studies, and will explore the questions of memory, trauma, and identity.
The Berlin Consortium Program
GERM The Berlin Consortium Program The Berlin Consortium makes it possible for science, social science, and humanities majors who have completed at least two years of college German to become German university students for an entire academic year or the spring semester. After a brief period of orientation and intensive language instruction, undergraduates from Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, General Studies, and Barnard College attend classes at the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin. Instruction is in German. The FU offers an exceptionally wide range of courses. Medicine, the natural sciences, and the humanities and social sciences are the largest faculties. Smaller, more specialized disciplines are particularly well represented and range from religious studies and ethnology to studies in Asian culture and in the antiquities, art history, and musicology. The Berlin Consortium Program is also open to a limited number of participants from beyond the Consortium institutions--Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale University. A bulletin with an application and information about all aspects of the program is available in the Berlin Consortium Office in 203 Lewisohn, 854-2820.
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