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Spring 2022 Cool Courses - Open To All Students

Submitted by Michael Neininger on January 26, 2022 - 12:32pm
  • Open to all students
    Spring 2022 Cool Courses - Open To All Students
  • Cool courses
    Cultures of Music: Harmony and Discord
  • sibling rivalry
    Sibling Rivalries: From Cain and Abel to “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”
  • History of the German Language*
    History of the German Language

As you start thinking about spring quarter 2022 course registration, check out these amazing course offerings. They’re in English, have no prerequisites, and fulfill Areas of Knowledge requirements as noted.

LITERATURE

GERMAN 298: Sibling Rivalries: From Cain and Abel to “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane”*

Across the globe and the centuries, the love between siblings often devolves into hate, adoration, rage, and jealousy. Is sibling rivalry inevitable, always destructive, and only an expression of animus and not love? What responsibilities do we have toward blood relatives or adopted siblings?  Readings include Sophocles, Edgar Allen Poe, Toni Morrison, and Robert Aldrich. Readings and discussion in English.
Prof. Richard Block (German Studies, Jewish Studies)
5 credits, VLPA, * listed as Topics in Literature and Culture and cross-listed with C LIT 251A


GERMAN 322: Cultures of Music: Harmony and Discord*

Music is a powerful emotional force that both unites and divides people, giving voice to the most beautiful and disturbing aspects of human culture. Explore the history of musical experience in Germany as an introduction to cultural studies, as we listen to Bach and Turkish-German rappers, watch films about Mozart and Cabaret, and read influential texts in music theory and ethnomusicology. Readings and discussion in English.

  Video Intro

Prof. Ellwood Wiggins (German Studies)
5 credits, I&S, VLPA  * listed as Introduction to German Cultural Studies


German 452: History of the German Language*

From Mark Twain to Nazis – a lot of people had strong feelings about the German language. Come and explore why German shares many linguistic features with English, what made German an ideal language for medieval mystics, and how ideologies change languages. At the end of the course, you will not just have explored German through the ages but also Turkish-German and Yiddish! Readings and discussion in English.

Prof. Annegret Oehme (German Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics)

5 credits, VLPA, *Offered Jointly With LING 415

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