Courses Offered Next 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.

Spring 2019: Language Courses

Yiddish 101C: Elementary Yiddish

Instructor: Miriam Koral

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

Dutch 103C: Intermediate Dutch

Instructor: Cisca Brier

Lecture, four hours; language laboratory. Requisite: course 103B. Grammatical exercises, conversation, reading and analysis of simple texts. 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: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

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

German 3: Elementary German – Continued

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

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

German 5: Intermediate German

Instructor: Renata Fuchs

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

German 6: Intermediate German

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 5. Advanced grammar and composition course with readings from select literary works. P/NP or letter grading.

Spring 2019: Courses in English

Yiddish 10: From Old World to New: Becoming Modern as Reflected in Yiddish Cinema and Literature

Instructor: Miriam Koral

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Use of media of Yiddish cinema (classic films and documentaries) as primary focal points to examine ways in which one heritage culture, that of Ashkenazic Jews, adapted to forces of modernity (urbanization, immigration, radical social movements, assimilation, and destructive organized anti-Semitism) from late-19th century to present. Exploration of transformational themes in depth through viewing of selected films, readings, research and weekly papers, and in-class discussions. P/NP or letter grading.

German 50B: Great Works of German Literature in Translation: Romanticism to Present

Instructor: Jacob Burda

Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Study and analysis of selected masterworks in English translation, including authors such as E.T.A. Hoffman, Heine, Fontance, Rilke, Kafka, Brecht, Thomas Mann, Hesse, Grass, Böll, and Christa Wolf. May not be applied toward completion of major in German. P/NP or letter grading.

German 59: Holocaust in Film and Literature

Instructor: Todd Presner

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.

German 191C: Capstone Seminar

Instructor: Magdalena Tarnawska Senel

Seminar, three hours. Limited to senior German majors. Collaborative discussion of and reflection on courses already taken for major, drawing out and synthesizing larger themes and culminating in paper or other final project. Must be taken in conjunction with one course numbered 140 or higher. Letter grading.

Spring 2019: Courses in German

German 158: Introduction to Study of Literature

Instructor: Renata Fuchs

Lecture, three hours. Taught in German. Introduction to most important terms and resources of literary analysis to help students develop and improve skills in close and critical reading of literary texts, develop basic research techniques, acquire familiarity with basics of literary and cultural analysis, and find pleasure in pursuit of literary and cultural study. Letter grading.

German 174: Advanced Study of Contemporary Literature and Culture

Instructor: Yasemin Yildiz

Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 152 or 153. Taught in German. Literature after 1945 in German-speaking countries, including issues such as national borders, ethnic identity, gender relations, and commercialization of culture. Letter grading.

Spring 2019: Graduate Courses

German 261: Seminar – Contemporary Literature

Instructor: Yasemin Yildiz

This course draws on both cultural memory studies and on migration studies in order to investigate the intersection of migration and memory.

Two diametrically opposed assumptions generally govern thinking about the effects of migration on memory: either that migration leads to a loss of memory or that migrants live enclosed in their memories of a lost homeland. In this course, we critically examine these assumptions and attempt to formulate alternative conceptions, building on the transnational/ transcultural turn in memory studies. Considering diverse forms of displacement, we will pay particular attention to the discursive and institutional conditions under which memory is shaped in migration. Questions will concern, among others, the relationship of literature to memory regimes, the body in movement as a site of memory, the notion of inheritance of the past, and the effect of language choice and translation on remembering.

Primary texts by W.G. Sebald, Barbara Honigmann, Hans-Ulrich Treichel, Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Jürgen Becker, Menekse Toprak, and Olga Grjasnowa. Theoretical readings include Pierre Nora, Jan and Aleida Assmann, Marianne Hirsch, Irial Glynn and Oliver Kleist, and Roger Waldinger among others.

No previous knowledge of memory studies or migration studies required. All materials available in original and English translation. Class will be conducted in English. While the primary materials are principally drawn from contemporary German literature, the course welcomes students with interests in other periods and literatures to help interrogate the transferability of the questions under discussion.

For the first class, please read Pierre Nora’s foundational essay “Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire” Representations (1989): 7-24, also available on the course website or from Professor Yildiz at

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

German 263: Seminar- Literary Theory

Instructor: Maite Zubiaurre

Seminar, three hours. Special focus on particular theoretical school or interpretive paradigm. Content varies with instructor. Letter grading.

German 375: Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Instructor: TBD

Seminar, to be arranged. Preparation: apprentice personnel employment as teaching assistant, associate, or fellow. Teaching apprenticeship under active guidance and supervision of regular faculty member responsible for curriculum and instruction at UCLA. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.