Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Arts (2009/2010)
8.18 German and Russian Language and Literature
8.18.1 German
8.18.1.1 General Degree

All candidates who did not matriculate in German will begin their study with Elementary German 1 (1000) or equivalent.

8.18.1.2 German Language and Literature Major Program

Candidates majoring in German must comply with the UNIVERSITY REGULATIONS - General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) and arrange their program in consultation with the Head of the Department. Students majoring in German may choose from three streams: literature, cultural studies, or business and commerce streams. The choice of stream will determine the courses required for a major. It is highly desirable that, during their course of study, all students majoring in German spend at least one semester of study in a German-speaking country.

Major Streams

  1. Literature Stream

    Candidates majoring in German (Literature stream) will normally be required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in German including at least 24 credit hours in the following courses or their equivalents: German 1000, 1001, 2010, 2011, 3010, 3011, 3900 and 3901. Exceptional students may be extended an invitation to participate in a graduate level seminar.

    Suggested Course Pattern for the Major in German (Literature Stream) Table

    First-Year

    Second-Year

    Third-Year

    Fourth-Year

    • German 3010
    • German 3011
    • German 3900
    • German 3901
    • Recommended: two 3 credit hour electives
  2. Cultural Studies Stream

    Candidates majoring in German (Cultural Studies stream) will normally be required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in German, including at least 24 credit hours in the following courses or their equivalents: German 1000, 1001, 2010, 2011, 2900, 2901, 3010, and 3011. Exceptional students may be extended an invitation to participate in a graduate level seminar.

    Suggested Course Pattern for the Major in German (Cultural Studies Stream) Table

    First-Year

    Second-Year

    Third-Year

    Fourth-Year

    • German 3010
    • German 3011
    • Recommended: four 3 credit hour electives
  3. Business and Commerce Stream

    Candidates majoring in German (Business and Commerce stream) will normally be required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours in German, including at least 24 credit hours in the following courses or their equivalents: German 1002, 1003, 2010, 2011, 2012, 3010, 3011, and 3902. The candidate will be required to complete a period of work of not less than four weeks with a company in a German-speaking country, or with approval of the Department Head, a company that can provide the student with an environment that requires substantial work to be done in German.

    Suggested Course Pattern for the Major in German (Business and Commerce Stream) Table

    First-Year

    Second-Year

    Third-Year

    Fourth-Year

    • German 2010
    • German 2011
    • German 2012
    • one 3 credit hour elective
    • German 3010
    • German 3011
    • German 3902
    • four 3 credit hour electives
8.18.1.3 German Language and Literature Minor Program

A Minor in German will consist of a minimum of 24 credit hours. Students must obtain credit for: German 1000, 1001 (or their equivalents), 2010, 2011.

8.18.1.4 German Studies Minor Program

A Minor in German Studies is offered as a special program of an interdisciplinary nature, consisting of a minimum of 24 credit hours in courses as follows:

  1. Eighteen credit hours in German, including: 1000; 1001 (or their equivalents); 2010 and 2011; 2900; 2901;

  2. Six credit hours taken in either additional courses in German and/or from cognate courses offered by other departments, such as History 3370, 3380, Philosophy 3850, 3851, 3860, to be chosen through prior consultation with the Head of the Department.

Note:

German 2030, 2031, 2900, 2901, 2910, 3000, 3001, 3002, 3003, 3005, 3902, 3911, 3912, 3913, 3914, 3915 and the Special Topics courses in German Studies may not be used as part of the Faculty of Arts requirements for 6 credit hours in a second language.

8.18.1.5 Honours Degree

Candidates wishing to take an Honours degree in German must arrange their program in consultation with the Head of the Department. They will be required to comply with the University regulations for Honours degrees, to take a minimum of 60 credit hours in German with at least a ‘B’ standing, and to write a comprehensive examination or present a Honours Essay in their final year. Courses in German must include the following required 27 credit hours: German 1000, 1001 (or their equivalent), 2010, 2011, 3010, 3011, 4010, 4011, and 4998 or 4999. Candidates reading German in a Joint Honours degree program will take a minimum of 42 credit hours in German, which must include the following 24 credit hours in courses German 1000, 1001 (or their equivalents), 2010, 2011, 3010, 3011, 3900, 3901 with at least a 'B' standing. .

Suggested Course Pattern for the Honours Program Table

First-Year

Second-Year

Third-Year

Fourth-Year

  • German 2010
  • German 2011
  • German 2900
  • German 2901
  • Recommended: two 3 credit hour electives at the 2000 level or higher
  • German 3010
  • German 3011
  • German 3900
  • German 3901
  • Recommended: two 3 credit hour electives at the 3000 level or higher
  • German 4010
  • German 4011
  • German 4998 or 4999
  • two 4000 level literature courses taught in German
  • one 3 credit hour elective
8.18.1.6 Course Descriptions

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department. The Department offers several courses in Germany during the Spring/Summer semester.

See the Departmental web page at www.mun.ca/german for details on the German Field School.

German courses are designated by GERM.

1000

Elementary German I

(F) & (W)

is a course intended to give beginners a basic knowledge of the spoken and written language and culture of the German-speaking countries. Credit will not be given for both GERM 1000 and 1002.

1001

Elementary German II

(F) & (W)

is a continuation of Elementary German I with the same basic text. Credit will not be given for both GERM 1001 and 1003.

Prerequisite: GERM 1000.

1002

Elementary Business German I

is a course intended to give beginners a basic knowledge of spoken and written German with an emphasis on developing skills pertinent to business and commerce. Credit will not be given for both GERM 1000 and 1002.

1003

Elementary Business German II

is a continuation of Elementary Business German I with the same basic text. Credit will not be given for both GERM 1001 and 1003.

Prerequisite: GERM 1002.

2010

Intermediate German I

is a completion of the fundamentals of the German language, with a continued strong cultural component.

Prerequisite: GERM 1000 and 1001 or equivalent.

2011

Intermediate German I

(W)

is a grammar review and introduction to literature.

Prerequisite: GERM 2010 or consent of the Head of the Department.

2012

German Reading and Aural Comprehension for Business and Commerce

focuses on active reading and listening skills needed in a business and commerce setting. Students will learn how to collect information and discern critical content in various communications media.

Prerequisite: GERM 1003 or consent of the Head of the Department.

2030

Reading German I

(F)

- inactive course.

2031

Reading German II

(W)

- inactive course.

2510

Intermediate Composition and Conversation I

(W)

- inactive course.

2511

Intermediate Composition and Conversation II

(S)

is a continuation of Intermediate Composition and Conversation I. This course includes a 4-week field school in Germany in August, which lengthens the time frame for the course by approximately two weeks.

Prerequisite: GERM 1001 and consent of the Head of the Department.

2900

Introduction to German Culture I

(F)

is a study of the major cultural trends and movements of German-speaking Europe to the beginnings of the modern age. Lectures are given in English. This course qualifies as a research/writing course.

2901

Introduction to German Culture II

(W)

is a study of the major cultural trends and movements of German-speaking Europe in the modern age. Lectures are given in English. This course qualifies as a research/writing course.

2910

Myths of the North

is a study of the major myths of the Celtic and Germanic peoples as embodied in the literary and artistic remains of the early history of Northern Europe, and of the influence of these myths on later art and literature. Lectures and readings in English.

3000

German Film I

is a survey of German film from the beginnings to 1945.

3001

German Film II

is a survey of West German film from 1945 to 1990.

3002

Post-Wall Cinema (W)

is a study of German cinema from 1990 to the present. It addresses a number of issues that are clearly identified with a post-Wall, unified Germany, such as German unification itself, the new German comedy of the 1990's, the transnationalization of German cinema, the treatment of the Nazi and the Communist past, the rediscovery of the social as a narrative focus, and on the evolving cinematographic directions taken by contemporary German film. The movies are subtitled and lectures and readings are in English.

3003

DEFA The Cinema of East Germany

is an examination of East German cinema through its feature films addressing issues in the context of Germany's divided status and its split screen from 1946 to 1990.

3004-3009 (Excluding 3005)

Special Topics in German Studies I

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

3005

West to East: Aspects of the German Intellectual Influence on Russia

(same as Russian 3005 and History 3005) examines the fluidity of ideas across geo-political borders, languages and cultures, by exploring how the German intellectual discourse was received and reinterpreted by Russians in their literary, artistic and cultural dialogue. Ideas about the Romantic Hero become conflated with theories involving the Will, the Nietzschean Superman and the Proletarian Revolutionary, personified and embodied in what some scholars characterize as political/cultural Gods (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler).

3010

Advanced German I

(F)

aims at a high level of accomplishment in German pronunciation, composition and translation through practice in the spoken language, written exercises and the reading of more advanced literary material.

Prerequisite: GERM 3010 or consent of the Head of the Department.

3011

Advanced German II

(W)

is a continuation of Advanced German I.

Prerequisite: GERM 3010 or consent of the Head of the Department.

3510

Advanced Composition and Culture

(S)

aims to increase accuracy and fluency in written and spoken German with emphasis on culture. This course includes a 4-week field school in Germany in August, which lengthens the time frame for the course by approximately two weeks.

Prerequisite: GERM 1001 and consent of the Head of the Department.

3511

Advanced Composition and Conversation

(S)

aims to increase accuracy and fluency in written and spoken German with emphasis on grammar review. This course includes a 4-week field school in Germany in August, which lengthens the time frame for the course by approximately two weeks.

Prerequisite: GERM 1001 and consent of the Head of the Department.

3900

Survey of German Literature I

(F)

is a study of the chief periods of German literature based on works of representative authors. A general survey from the earliest works to 1805.

Prerequisite: GERM 2011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

3901

Survey of German Literature II

(W)

is a study of the chief periods of German literature based on works of representative authors. A general survey from 1805 to the present.

Prerequisite: GERM 2011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

3902

Business Culture in the German-Speaking World

familiarizes students for a work-term or internship in a German speaking environment. It covers business practices and culture in addition to business etiquette and protocols.

Prerequisite: GERM 2012 or the consent of the Head of Department.

3911

Faust and the Magus Tradition

is a study of the legend of Faust's pact with the devil from the Middle Ages to the present in art, music and literature, and its influence on various cultures in both Europe and America. Lectures and readings in English.

3912

Modern German Literature in Translation I (Pre-1945)

(F)

is a study of the works of some major modern German authors. Lectures and readings in English.

3913

Modern German Literature in Translation II (Post-1945)

(W)

is a study of the works of some major modern German authors. Lectures and readings in English.

3914

German Women Writers in English Translation

studies representative works by prominent German, Austrian, and Swiss women writers from the 19th-century to the present day, their place in German literary history, and the impact of their individual voices.

Prerequisite: Women's Studies 2000 (or permission of the Department Head).

3915

National Socialist Ideology and Culture

examines German culture within the context of National Socialist era. Special attention will be focussed on how language, art and literature were used in National Socialist propaganda.

4000

German Literature of the Eighteenth Century I

(F)

is a study of the historical and cultural background of the eighteenth century, of Enlightenment and Storm and Stress. Reading and discussion of representative works with emphasis on Lessing, Goethe and Schiller. Taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4001

German Literature of the Eighteenth Century II

(W)

is a study of the historical and cultural background of the eighteenth century, of Storm and Stress and Classicism. Reading and discussion of representative works with emphasis on Goethe and Schiller. Taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4010

Advanced Stylistics I

(F)

is specialized study of the more complex areas of German grammar, style, and idiomatic usage, involving intensive practice in composition and oral expression, and focussed on detailed work with contemporary cultural materials such as newspapers, television, and film. This course is taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4011

Advanced Stylistics II

(W)

is a continuation of Advanced Stylistics I. This course is taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 4010 or consent of the Head of the Department.

4100

German Literature of the 19th Century I

(F)

is a study of the leading exponents of nineteenth-century literature, including the background of Romanticism and the young Germany movement. Taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4101

German Literature of the 19th Century II

(W)

is a study of the leading exponents of nineteenth-century literature, including the background of Poetic Realism and Naturalism. Taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4200

German Literature of the Twentieth Century I

(F)

traces the important literary movements up to 1945, using a number of representative authors. Reading of selected dramas, novels, poems and short stories. This course is taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4201

German Literature of the Twentieth Century II

(W)

traces the important post 1945 literary movements, using a number of representative authors. Reading of selected dramas, novels, poems and short stories. This course is taught in German.

Prerequisite: GERM 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4300

Middle High German Language and Literature I

(F)

is an introduction to the German language, literature and culture of the eleventh to fifteenth centuries: historical linguistics, Middle High German grammar and the court epic.

Prerequisite: One of German 2011, 2511, 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4301

Middle High German Language and Literature II

(W)

- inactive course.

4400

Early Modern German Literature I

(F)

is reading, interpretation and critical analysis of representative works of German literature written in the Age of Reformation and the early Baroque period.

Prerequisite: One of German 2011, 2511, 3011 or the consent of the Head of Department.

4401

Early Modern German Literature II

(W)

- inactive course.

4802-4825

Special Topics in German Studies II

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

4998

Comprehensive Examination for Honours Students

is the comprehensive examination required for honours students.

4999

Honours Essay for Honours Students

is required as part of the Honours program.

8.18.2 Russian

Information regarding the Russian Studies program can also be found online at www.mun.ca/german/russian/course_descriptions.php.

Russian 1000 and 1001 are prerequisites for all other Russian courses except Russian 2030, 2031, 2600, 2601, 2900, 2901, 3005, 3023 and 3910.

Russian 2600, 2601, 2900, 2901, 3023, 3005, 3023 and 3910 may not be used as part of the Faculty of Arts requirement of 6 credit hours in a second language.

8.18.2.1 Russian Language and Literature Major Program

A Major in Russian consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours in Russian including Russian 2600, 2601, 2900, 2901 and 3010, as well as 6 credit hours in courses at the 4000 level.

8.18.2.2 Russian Language and Literature Minor Program

A Minor in Russian consists of a minimum of 24 credit hours in Russian including 12 credit hours in the following: Russian 1000, 1001, 2010, and 2011.

Students should note that credit for courses 2600 and 2601 will not normally count towards a Minor in Russian Language and Literature.

8.18.2.3 Russian Studies Minor

A Minor in Russian Studies is offered as a special program of an interdisciplinary nature, consisting of a minimum of 24 credit hours, namely 12 credit hours in Russian and 12 in at least two disciplines, to be chosen in consultation with the Head of Department of German and Russian from the following course offerings:

  1. History 3350, History 3360, Philosophy 3890, Political Science 3020, the former Political Science 3320, Sociology 3710

  2. and other such courses as may be added to the list from time to time by the Faculty of Arts Committee on Undergraduate Studies.

8.18.2.4 Course Descriptions

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department. The Department offers several courses in Russian during the Spring/Summer Semester. See the Departmental web page at www.mun.ca/german/russian/course_descriptions.php for details on the Russian Summer Program.

Russian courses are designated by RUSS.

1000

Elementary Russian I

(F)

is a course intended to give beginners the fundamentals of Russian grammar and a basic knowledge of the spoken and written language.

1001

Elementary Russian II

(W)

is a continuation of Elementary Russian I with the same basic text and a reader.

Prerequisite: RUSS 1000 or equivalent.

2010

Intermediate Russian I

(F)

continues the linguistic study begun in the first year and to introduce students to Russian texts from literature or newspapers.

Prerequisites: RUSS 1000 and 1001 or equivalent.

2011

Intermediate Russian II

(W)

is a continuation of Intermediate Russian I.

Prerequisites: RUSS 1000 and 1001 or equivalent.

2030

Russian for Reading I

(F)

- inactive course.

2031

Russian for Reading II

(W)

- inactive course.

2510

Intermediate Composition and Conversation I

(F)

increases fluency in speaking and writing Russian.

2511

Intermediate Composition and Conversation II

(W)

is a continuation of RUSS 2510.

2600

Russian Literature in Translation: Nineteenth Century

is a study of selected works of Russian authors including Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Chekhov. This course qualifies as a Research/Writing course.

2601

Russian Literature in Translation: Twentieth Century

is a study of selected works of Russian authors of the pre-revolutionary, Soviet and post-Soviet periods. This course qualifies as a Research/Writing course.

2900

Russian Culture I

is a study of the evolution of Russian culture and Russian intellectual history until 1917. Lectures regularly supplemented by examples of Russian art, music and film. No prerequisite. Lectures are given in English. This course qualifies as a Research/Writing course.

2901

Russian Culture II

is a study of the evolution of culture in the USSR and during the post-Soviet period. Insights into the social and political character of pre- and post-revolutionary Russia. Lectures regularly supplemented by examples of Russian art, music and film. No prerequisite. Lectures are given in English. This course qualifies as a Research/Writing course.

3000-3009 (Excluding 3005)

Special Topics in Russian Studies

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

3005

West to East: Aspects of the German Intellectual Influence on Russia

(same as German 3005 and History 3005) examines the fluidity of ideas across geo-political borders, languages and cultures, by exploring how the German intellectual discourse was received and reinterpreted by Russians in their literary, artistic and cultural dialogue. Ideas about the Romantic Hero become conflated with theories involving the Will, the Nietzschean Superman and the Proletarian Revolutionary, personified and embodied in what some scholars characterize as political/cultural Gods (Lenin, Stalin, Hitler).

3010

Advanced Russian I

(F)

is an advanced study of literary texts and grammar, composition and translation with practice in the spoken language.

Prerequisites: RUSS 2010 and 2011.

3011

Advanced Russian II

(W)

is a continuation of Advanced Russian I with the reading and discussion of selected texts from Russian short stories, magazines and newspapers.

Prerequisites: RUSS 2010 and 2011.

3023

Post-Soviet Russia: Media and Film

examines visual media with attention paid to the embedded cultural discourse that can only be understood with references to Russian history, language, and cultural identity. Liberated from communist ideology following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russian film-makers refused to construct a bright future. Instead they portrayed the reality surrounding them for the first time without ideological constraints. These explorations, in turn, will raise certain questions about visual media in post-Soviet society.

3900

Survey of Russian Literature I

(F)

- inactive course.

3901

Survey of Russian Literature II

(W)

- inactive course.

3910

The Post-Soviet Era

- inactive course.

4001-4010

Special Topics in Russian

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

4100

Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century I

is a study of major Russian authors, including Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol.

Prerequisite: One of RUSS 2011, 2511, 3011, or permission of the Head of the Department.

4101

Russian Literature of the Nineteenth Century II

- inactive course.

4200

Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century I

- inactive course.

4201

Russian Literature of the Twentieth Century II

is a study of major Russian authors of the Soviet period including Sholokhov, Pasternak, Evtushenko, and Solzhenitsyn.

Prerequisite: One of RUSS 2011, 2511, 3011, or permission of the Head of the Department.

4800

Special Topics in Russian Studies I

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.

4801

Special Topics in Russian Studies II

will have topics to be studied announced by the Department.