Dreaming of travelling and visiting places? Learn a new language or take a culture course in Fall 2020!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Course outlines for online courses can be found on the CEL website.
For more information on GER 230, GER 271, and GER 272, contact the instructor.
For information on language courses and general registration questions, please contact Katja Czarnecki.

Open enrollment for undergraduate students begins on August 6, 2020.
Register on Quest.
Please note that students with prior German/Dutch/Russian/Croatian language knowledge cannot enroll in GER 101, DUTCH 101, RUSS 101, and CROAT 101 respectively. These are beginner courses. Please contact us with details about your previous experience with the language through study, work, and/or heritage before you enroll into a language course.

We welcome students from other Canadian universities into our online courses on a Letter of Permission (LoP) basis. Please contact us if you would like to take a course in Fall 2020 with us.

All Fall 2020 courses will be taught online. Fall 2020 courses begin on September 8, 2020 and end on December 7, 2020, with a final assessment period to follow. For all academic deadlines see the Undergraduate Calendar: http://ugradcalendar.uwaterloo.ca/page/uWaterloo-Calendar-Events-and-Academic-Deadlines

No pre-requisites.

GER 230: Vikings! examines the Viking Age cultures, which flourished in Northern Europe and beyond from c. 800 to 1100 CE, and deepens students' understanding of the processes through which peoples in the present give meaning to the past. Taught in English by Prof. Ann Marie Rasmussen.

GER 271: German Thought and Culture: Objects explores human-made objects that open up perspectives on German-speaking society and culture. Objects to be studied might include the Berlin Wall, the swastika, Luther's Bible, donairs, and Volkswagens. Students acquire skills in cultural analysis and learn about major developments in literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, and music. Taught in English by Prof. James Skidmore.

GER 272: German Thought and Culture: People explores key figures whose contributions to the arts and intellectual life have shaped German-speaking society and culture. Persons to be studied might include Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Leni Riefenstahl, and Hannah Arendt. Students acquire skills in cultural analysis and learn about major developments in literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, and music. Taught in English by Prof. James Skidmore.

GER 101: Elementary German I aims to bring German language, culture, and everyday life into the online classroom. Students with little or no prior knowledge are introduced to the structure of German and develop their listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
GER 101 is not open to students with native, near-native, or similar advanced ability. If you have any prior knowledge of German, please contact the Germanic & Slavic Studies Undergraduate Office for enrollment advice. We do offer GER 102, GER 201, GER 202, and GER 334 in Fall 2020 as well.

GER 334: Exploring German Literature taught by Prof. Ann Marie Rasmussen.
Pre-requisite: One of GER 211, GER 212, or equivalent knowledge of German (Please contact us to approve an Override form).
Topic: Love and Death in German Literature
We will read short, lively works of poetry, prose, and drama in the German language by important German authors that treat enduring questions about the human condition: what is the nature of love and why is it so often in conflict with social conventions and norms? How do human beings make sense of death? All works will be read in German. Students will encounter works by German cultural icons such as Richard Wagner, which will build their knowledge of German culture. Students will improve their skills in hearing, reading, and writing German.
In addition to offering teaching materials and instructor comment and lectures in a variety of formats online, Professor Rasmussen will provide both asynchronous and synchronous office hours and she will strive also to organize opportunities for students to interact with one another and practice their German language speaking skills.