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Michigan State University
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages
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MSU Schedule of Courses

Graduate seminars carry an 800-level designation. 
Courses numbered 400 and higher may fulfill graduate degree requirements.
Most course numbers are offered on a two-year rotation schedule.

Fall 2018

GRM 455             German Cultural History: Creativity

Why do certain periods in cultural history seem more creative than others? What is creativity anyway and why is it valued so highly? After exploring contemporary descriptions of creativity beyond art, we will step back historically to look at how public intellectuals in late eighteenth-century Weimar understood the concept and at the factors that contributed to it. (Wurst)

GRM 863             German Studies: Constructions of Community

This course explores theoretical frameworks and case studies focusing on the construction of various types of identity-based communities in German culture. This includes national, gender, ethnic, racial, class, and political communities along the German spectrum. Texts span a wide variety of genres: fiction, autobiography, grand theory, social theory, political journalism and social media/activism. Our goal is to understand not only the political motivations undergirding each text, but to be able to analyze both form and content within a culturally specific framework and to evaluate the effectiveness of both within community-based political debates and struggles. (Schuster-Craig)

GRM 891             Special Topics: German Second Language Acquisition

You learned German, but how did you get there and how can you help others achieve this goal? In this course we will explore the following questions: (1) How are languages structured and what are some key differences between English and German? (2) How do languages develop and how is textbook German different from the German currently used in Germany? (3) How are languages learned across contexts and what are some particular challenges and patterns for learners of German? (4) What are current best practices and approaches in German teaching in a variety of contexts? and (5) What are the standards and what is the current situation in the German teaching profession? (Goertler)

Spring 2019

GRM 445             20th Century and Contemporary German Literature: Reading Images

This course will explore the central role that images and visual representations have played in German culture throughout the 20th century and up until the present moment. Materials include literature, film, collage, montage, photography, and comics.  (Wolff)

GRM 491             Special Topics: The German Jewish Experience

Exploration of the long and rich history of cultural, literary, and artistic dialogue among Germany, Germans, and Jewish Germans that moves beyond – but also includes – the Holocaust. Topics range from Jewish life in the Middle Ages to contemporary debates in Germany over Israel. (Handelman)

GRM 815             Teaching German Culture: Theory & Practice

What is a compelling environment for learning? How do we design a syllabus, assess learning, create a teaching philosophy and understand the role of culture and literature courses within the curriculum? We look at best practices in college teaching and apply these principles in creating modules and learning activities for upper level courses. (Wurst)

GRM 862             German Studies: Construction of Identity: Autobiography

This seminar focuses on the myriad ways in which German-language writers, filmmakers, and other artists have adopted and transformed traditions of personal narrative and life-writing from 1945 to the present. Exploration of a wide range of forms of cultural expression, including autobiographical novel, memoir and essay, documentary and feature film, graphic narrative and emerging forms of digital autobiography. Theories of subjectivity, autobiography, memory, performance, and gender. (Mittman)