Distinctive ways that film conveys and generates meaning. Tools to critically analyze films by examining the basics of film form, style (mise-en-scene, camera angle and movement, editing, and sound), and genre. The course also will explore the characteristic features of -- as well as alternatives to -- the classical Hollywood style
Great Film Directors
An examination of the concept of auteur (author) film production that focus on the unique stylistic elements of films based on the film director's aesthetics and worldview. The course looks at the films of many of the main individuals, both inside and outside of Hollywood, who are considered auteur directors such as John Ford, Billy Wilder, Igmar Bergman, Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Federico Fellini, Jean-Luc Godard, Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen, Pedro Almadovor, Spike Lee, Zhang Yimou, and Wong Kar Wai.
Media, Art and Terrorism
This course focuses on two case studies: Red Army Faction (RAF) and 9/11. The RAF was a German Marxist-Leninist group active from the early 70s until 1998, that 'specialized' in car bombings targeting politicians, industry leaders, bankers and American army bases. The history of the RAF, both as a terrorist organization and in its mediation, will serve as a framework for approaching 9/11 and terrorism as a key element of contemporary media culture.
Elementary German I
Introduction to the sound system and grammatical structure necessary to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in German. An appreciation of German-speaking culture underlies the orientation of the course.
Elementary German II
Continuation of the skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) developed in German 111, with increased emphasis on vocabulary expansion, idiomatic expression, and cultural differences.
Intermediate German I
Continuation of the development of proficiency in listening and speaking, while expanding the reading and writing skills using materials of a literary or cultural nature.
German Language House
Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television helps focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to German society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. German is used for all discussions and written work.
German Language House
Media such as newspapers, magazines, film, and television help focus regular discussions on current topics of concern to German society. Student journals are presented in both oral and written form. German is used for all discussions and written work.
German Culture, 1900-1945
Introduces students to major issues in German culture during the period up to and including World War I, the Weimar Republic, and the Nazi era. These issues are explored through a variety of media: literature, art, film, print media, architecture of the city, among others. Students apply methods of cultural studies to explore issues through essays and oral presentations. Conducted in German.
German Studies since 1945
Introduction of major issues in German culture since 1945, including the Stunde Null, the economic miracle, the generation 468, RAF, the East German experience, reunification and beyond. Issues explored through a variety of media, including literature, film, art/photography, pop music.
German Fairy Tale
Focus on the evolution of the novelle as a literary form in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Selected authors whose works represent the best examples of this genre will be presented.
History of German Cinema
A study of the diverse history of German film from 1919 to present including German Expressionism, Nazi Cinema, rubble films, New German Cinema, East German Cinema and post-wall productions.
Age of Goethe
Introduction to the literature and culture of the classical period in German literary history from 1750 to 1832. Appreciation for the development of great classical writers during an in-depth study of the major works produced in this period.
Readings in German Language
In-depth focus on a period, movement, author, or genre. Offerings in the past have been post-1945 German literature and the literature and culture of the Weimar Republic. May be repeated for credit based on change of topic.
Nazi Cinema and Culture
Exploration of the history and the aesthetics of fascist cinema. During the years between the Nazis' rise to power in 1933 and the end of World War II in 1945, cinema was part and parcel of the fascist state, leading some critics to speculate whether the Third Reich" was perhaps "movie-made." All readings and lectures will be in English; all films will be subtitled."