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.

Fall 2019: Language Courses

Yiddish 101A: Elementary Yiddish

Instructor: Miriam Koral

Lecture, four hours. Introduction to grammar; instruction in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. P/NP or letter grading.

Dutch 103A: Elementary Dutch

Instructor: Cisca Brier

Lecture, four hours; language laboratory. Course 103A is requisite to 103B. 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.

German 1: Elementary German – Beginning

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

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 3: Elementary German

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

Lecture, five hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 2. P/NP or letter grading.

German 4: Intermediate German

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

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

German 6: Intermediate German

Instructor: Christopher Stevens

Lecture, four hours; laboratory, one hour. Enforced requisite: course 5. P/NP or letter grading.

German 109: Jewish Question and German Thought

Instructor: Todd Presner

Lecture, three hours. Taught in English. Analysis of works that represent process of Jewish assimilation, disenfranchisement, and extermination, including authors such as Mendelssohn, Heine, Kafka, Paul Celan, Nelly Sachs, Anne Frank, and others. Letter grading.

Fall 2019: Courses in English

German 59: Holocaust in Film and Literature

Instructor: Renata Fuchs

Lecture/screenings, five hours; discussion, one hour. History of Holocaust and its present memory through examination of challenges and problems encountered in trying to imagine its horror through media of literature and film. P/NP or letter grading.

Fall 2019: Courses in German

German 155: Division and Unification: Germany 30 Years after the Wall

Instructor: Yasemin Yildiz

This fall is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. On this occasion, this course will revisit German division, unification, and its aftermath. We will pursue three primary questions: What was life in the GDR like? What actually happened in 1989? What role does the fall of the wall still play 30 years later? We will watch documentaries, read first-person accounts and literary depictions as well as consult a variety of other sources.

This course is conducted in German and will include targeted grammar review and vocabulary building. Throughout the course, you will receive handouts and other materials to help your comprehension and language development.

German 159: German Cultural Studies

Instructor: Kalani Michell

Lecture, three hours. Requisite: course 152 or 153. Taught in German; some theoretical readings in English. Letter grading.

The Co-op’s Robison Hall in Westwood. That Ikea chair in the corner. Your smartphone. The influence of Bauhaus design reaches far beyond where it began in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. While the school was only officially open for 14 years, Bauhaus continues to influence not only the materials we use and see today, but also key ideas about art, society, industry and politics. As one of the first schools to combine the study of fine arts, arts and crafts and design theory, Bauhaus teachings insisted that painting be thought together with wallpaper, sculpture with rugs, theater with fashion and architecture with toys. Industrialization is not something to deny, but to work with and exploit for the greater good. Schools are not just buildings in which we study, but places where we learn about building communities and existing together, often in strictly-demarcated boxes, while figuring out how to maintain a sense of individuality, flexibility and lightheartedness. In this course, we will read about the historical, cultural and artistic climate in Germany and Europe that gave rise to these ideas. We’ll visit the exhibition at the Getty Research Institute to see some of these materials firsthand and learn how to describe, analyze and interpret Bauhaus objects in German in a range of medial forms. We ultimately want to take the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, and the various reevaluations of this school in the latest scholarship, as an opportunity to reflect on the influence it has on the artists, objects and cultural movements that are of interest to us.

Fall 2019: Graduate Courses

German 261: Seminar: Contemporary Literature

Instructor: Yasemin Yildiz

Seminar, three hours. In-depth analysis of one particular issue in post-1945 German literature and culture. Letter grading.