Courses Offered This Quarter

The UCLA Department of Germanic Languages offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in English and German. For information about specific section times and locations please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.

For a complete listing and description of department courses visit the UCLA General Catalog.

Winter 2020: Language Courses

German 1: Elementary German – Beginning

Instructor: Renata Fuchs

Lecture, five hours; laboratory, one hour. P/NP or letter grading.

German 2: Elementary German

Instructor: Renata Fuchs

Lecture, five hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 1. P/NP or letter grade.

German 4: Intermediate German

Instructor: Renata Fuchs

Lecture, five hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 3. P/NP or letter grading.

German 5: Intermediate German

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 4. P/NP or letter grading.

Yiddish 101B: Elementary Yiddish

Instructor: Miriam Koral

Lecture, four hours. Requisite: course 101A. P/NP or letter grading.

Dutch 103B: Elementary Dutch

Instructor: Cisca Brier

Lecture, four hours; language laboratory. Requisite: course 103A. Introduction to standard language of Netherlands and one of three standard languages of Belgium. Practice in grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. P/NP or letter grading.

Winter 2020: Courses in English

German 116: 20th-Century German Philosophy

Instructor: John McCumber

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Taught in English. German philosophy, which may generally be characterized as philosophy that takes activity rather than passive subsistence to be fundamental nature of all things, is one of Germany’s greatest gifts to humanity. Exploration of second half of two-century history of German philosophy–period from Nietzsche through Habermas, including Heidegger, Gadamer, Jaspers, and Frankfurt School theorists. Letter grading.

German 19- UCLA Centennial Initiative: Interviewing Holocaust Survivors–Memory and History

Instructor: Todd Presner

Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

German 104: German Film in Cultural Context, 1945 to Present

Instructor: Kalani Michell

Lecture, two hours; discussion, one hour. Taught in English. Survey of German film since 1945 in its thematic and stylistic diversity. How did German filmmakers grapple with aftermath of World War II and Holocaust, economic recovery, Cold War and division of Germany, reunification, and growth of minority communities? Film discussions enhanced by interactive media. Letter grading.

German 110: Special Topics in Modern Literature and Culture

Instructor: Yasemin Yildiz

Lecture, three hours. Taught in English. Content varies with instructor and may include works by authors such as Thomas Mann, Rilke, Kafka, Brecht, Christa Wolf, and others. May be repeated for credit. Letter grading.

Winter 2020: Courses in German

German 154: Business German

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 6. Taught in German. Specialized language course that teaches German business administration, practices, and correspondence, with attention to cultural nuances. Ongoing developments in European Union analyzed via newspaper articles and Internet. P/NP or letter grading.

German 173- Advanced Study of Modern Literature

Instructor: Yasemin Yildiz

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 152 or 153. Taught in German. Naturalism, Expressionism, and other early 20th-century literary movements and works. Letter grading.

Winter 2020: Graduate Courses

German 265: German Philosophy

Instructor: John McCumber

Seminar, three hours. Taught in English. Examination of work of Hannah Arendt in political theory with emphasis on connection between forms of government and precarious lives of others–Jews, the stateless, pariahs. Evaluation within comparative and transnational context of political action, public sphere, amor mundi, moral judgment, individual or collective responsibility, violence, and literature. Letter grading.