Courses beyond German 232 in Fall 2012*
German 249: German Cinema (in
A survey of German films from Caligari (1919) to The Counterfeiters (2008), this course examines 20th-century German history through the lens of Germany’s most renowned films. Students develop analytical and critical skills in “reading” films as cultural products and as cinematic works of art. The course focuses on the increasing social and political importance of mass media for understanding the past. Counts toward film studies concentration.
Students examine narrative texts such as short stories, novel excerpts and other fictional works, including film with respect to plot and characters, relationships and themes, narrative strategies and structures. Weekly writing assignments offer practice in narration, extended description, as well as expressing and supporting an opinion about the texts and the ways they engage their respective times. The course is designed to teach writing strategies and includes basic and advanced grammar review, as needed. The final project is a short paper written in German. Taught in German. May be counted toward a German major or German studies concentration. Prerequisite German 232 or equivalent.
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