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.

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 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 174: Advanced Study of Contemporary Literature and Culture

Instructor: Yasemin Yildiz

This course focuses on the place and practice of translation in German culture. First, we will see how important translations have been in shaping the German language and German cultural identity more broadly. To this end, we will read fictional and non-fictional texts that foreground translation. Second, rather than treating translation as an abstraction, we will actually practice it throughout the quarter, trying out different strategies. Via the act of translating, we will also actively review crucial grammar points and thus help develop your German language skills up close.

If you have any questions about the course, feel free to contact me at yildiz@humnet.ucla.edu

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.

 

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.