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* These courses are equivalent to pre-university introductory courses and may be counted for credit in the student's record, unless these courses were taken in a preliminary year. They may not be counted toward essay or breadth requirements, or used to meet modular admission requirements unless it is explicitly stated in the Senate-approved outline of the module.
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Many courses at Western have a significant writing component. To recognize student achievement, a number of such courses have been designated as essay courses and will be identified on the student's record (E essay full course; F/G/Z essay half-course).
A first year course that is listed by a department offering a module as a requirement for admission to the module. For admission to an Honours Specialization module or Double Major modules in an Honours Bachelor degree, at least 3.0 courses will be considered principal courses.
Introduction to oral and written German for students with little or no previous knowledge of the language. Develop your communicative skills while learning about the cultures of the German-speaking countries.
This course will explore authors of Jewish origin who wrote in German. The question of Jewishness as a direct or indirect influence on this literature will be considered in the broader context of European politics, ideas and historical events. Taught in English.
Improve your communicative skills in this intermediate-level German course. Students practice speaking and writing while exploring many aspects of German culture, using authentic materials such as films, websites, literature, songs. The course also includes a comprehensive grammar review and prepares students to master more complex texts and discourse situations.
Prerequisite(s):German 1030 or Grade 12U German or permission of the Department.
In this first encounter with German literary, visual and performing arts, students investigate key persons, places, times and issues, such as Goethe, Berlin, WWII, and Turkish-German relations. This course offers a practical introduction to research in German studies. Team-taught in German by one core professor with different specialists.
Pre-or Corequisite(s):German 2200 or permission of the Department.
Guided conversations in German dealing with the current issues in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Students will develop their communicative skills in German through discussion of a variety of topics, ranging from social and political issues to TV and pop culture, fashion, food, sports.
Discover German folk tales collected by the brothers Grimm and literary fairy tales, such as those by Tieck, Fouqué, Hoffmann and Hauff, and investigate the relationship of these classic German fairy tales to modern children's literature and film.
Contemplate continuities and discontinuities in Viennese life, literature, and culture during the Habsburg Empire and a century later as part of the European Union. Immerse yourself in the world of Freud, Schnitzler, Wittgenstein and Klimt, and their modern counterparts from Bernhard to Hundertwasser. Taught in English and German.
Examine "snapshots" of Berlin during its history of continuous transformation: as capital of Empire, Weimar Republic, Third Reich, and as a cosmopolitan centre in present-day Europe. We will study visual media including maps, photographs, film, video art, and texts including poems, essays, and short stories. Taught in
English and German.
Develop intercultural competence by examining individual experiences of learning and maintaining language and of integrating cultural heritage. Connect in-class learning about language acquisition, identity, memory and related issues with service-learning projects in London or the surrounding region. Taught in English and German.
Speak and write more fluently and express yourself more idiomatically and with greater precision. Materials and topics will be drawn from authentic sources such as articles, websites, film and literature. The course will also review the more challenging points of German grammar and provide an introduction to translation into German.
Prerequisite(s):German 2200 or permission of the Department.
Develop familiarity with the history and culture of Germany through a selection of German films. Improve your speaking skills through pre- and post-viewing activities, class discussions, and short writing assignments. Taught in German.
Prerequisite(s):German 2200 or permission of the Department.
Guided conversations in advanced German dealing with the current issues in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Students will develop their communicative skills in German through discussion of a variety of topics, ranging from social and political issues to TV and pop culture, fashion, food, sports.
Explore ideas and visions of modernity in late 19th-century and 20th-century German culture and literature (e.g. Rilke, Kafka, Hesse). This course will examine aesthetic responses to achievements and catastrophes of the new world that emerged during this crucial period in European history. Taught in German.
Delve into the mysterious worlds of the novella and short story in the 19th and 20th centuries. Unravel enigmas on the level of language, form and content in famous stories by authors such as Hoffmann, Storm, Droste-Hülshoff, Kafka, Mann, Dürrenmatt, Schlink. Taught in German.
Study the 12th century revitalized intellectual life in Europe, and the great medieval works of chivalry and romantic love in their cultural context. Gain indepth knowledge of castle and cathedral architecture, fashion, food, travel, sexuality, courtly love, and the hunt in text and image. Taught in English and German.
Antirequisite(s): The former German 3300F/G, German 4451F/G, CLC 3340F/G.
Classicists and Romantics create competing and complementary artistic visions to make sense of rapid changes in society around 1800. Examine everyday culture, consider conceptions of subjectivity and aesthetic ideals, discuss concepts of genre and reflect on the movements' affinities to media like sculpture and music. Taught in English and German.
Antirequisite(s): The former German 3311F/G, CLC 3372F/G.
Engage critically with thinkers such as Kant, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud and Riefenstahl by discussing philosophical and political essays, manifestos, and other documents from the Enlightenment to the present. Explore how ideas in the German-speaking world have contributed to the values and principles of modern
societies. Taught in English and German.
Examine a long "green" tradition reflected in arts, literature and public debate. Consider diverse attitudes to the natural environment from the Enlightenment, Romantic period, industrialization, urbanization to present day concerns and controversies. Taught in English and German.
When you travel, how do you view the world? How does travel change you? Trace evolving perspectives on why, when, where and how travellers have experienced European locations and other destinations. Taught in English and German.
The Academic Internship is a 0.5 credit internship with minimum of 60 hours. The internship will require students to make connections with academic study while undertaking supervised duties in organizations, businesses or community groups with interests related to German.
Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department and Intercultural Communications 2200F/G. Registration in the third or fourth year of a module in German, with a minimum cumulative modular average of 75%. Approval of, and acceptance into, an internship placement.
Pre- or Corequisite(s): Students must have completed or are completing the required courses and at least 50% of the module.
Extra Information: Pass, or Fail. Students accepted for an internship will arrange individual programs with supervising faculty. The student is required to a) maintain a suitable level of performance in the position as verified by the employer through evaluations and b) submit a midterm as well as a final report, demonstrating how the experience gained through the internship relates to his/her coursework and program of study.
Practice translating German to English and English to German. This course guides students through the recurring patterns and linguistic problems they need to master. The texts to be translated represent a variety of contemporary styles and sources. Students will become familiar with some aspects of professional translating.
Pre-or Corequisite(s):German 3305 or permission of the Department.
The thesis will be written in the fourth year and will be directed by a member of the Modern Languages and Literatures faculty. It will be based on an agreement between student and faculty member on the topic, approach, and scope of the study.
Prerequisite(s): 80% minimum average in the German module courses taken the preceding year and permission of the Department.
In this capstone course, students develop their own research project with a specific historical or geographical perspective centred on a designated general theme. Students work in conjunction with peers and professors and choose their own medium of presentation ranging from the traditional to the experimental.