Germanic courses

We offer a full complement of courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Germanic Studies in the General, Major (with an Honours option) or Minor Programs as well as a Certificate in German Language and Cultural Proficiency.

Our courses are focussed on helping you to acquire proficiency in German-speaking language and culture from the introductory to advanced level. Whether you are a native speaker on exchange, a heritage speaker, or have some knowledge of German from school or travel, we can find the right course for your interests and level of German. If you are not sure about which language course is right for you, please feel free to contact our If you want to know more about our degree programs, please contact our .

Students who believe they have sufficient background to be exempted from a specific pre-requisite for a course may request a pre-requisite waiver by submitting the waiver request form to the Department or School offering the course. It is the student’s responsibility to provide any relevant documentation to support their request – see instructions on page 2 of the form for details. Students should contact the Department/School main office to find out where to electronically submit their waiver form.


TIMETABLE PLANNING

FALL 2021 - Week at a Glance 

SPRING 2022 - Week at a Glance

 

Course title, term, sections, days and time, classrooms and instructor

Short course description

GMST 100 Introduction to Germanic Studies

September:

A01 CRN: 11802 MTh 1:00 - 2:20 pm, Matthew Pollard



GMST 100 introduces students to the cultural symbols, spaces and events which have not only shaped German-speaking identity but also the discipline of Germanic Studies itself. By examining architecture, literature, film, myths, visual art and graphic novels, students will acquire cultural literacy in “things German” and essential skills in reading a broad spectrum of media. Our required text will be Nora Krug’s graphic memoir Belonging.

GMST 100 is a required course for the Germanic Studies major, minor and certificate.

GMST 101   Beginning German I

September:

A01 CRN  11803 TWF 9:30 - 10:20 am, Matthew Pollard - ONLINE

A02 CRN 11804 TWF 10:30 am - 11:20 am, Tessa Revink, DAAD Instructor

A03 CRN 11805 TWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Peter Golz

A04 CRN 11806 TWF 12:30 - 1:20pm, Tessa Revink, DAAD instructor

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This course is designed for students with no previous knowledge of German. Our classes will facilitate the learning and retention of vocabulary, effective communication in everyday interaction and the use of fundamental structures of grammar. You will acquire a basic understanding of German and the ability to read, write, speak and comprehend German at the beginner’s level. We will also provide an introduction to the culture of German-speaking countries.

Section A01 will be taught synchronously and fully online, with students required to attend zoom sessions three times a week. Sections A02, A03 and A04 will be offered on-campus and face-to-face. All sections will follow the same schedule and grading scheme, and will have a Brightspace site offering course materials and practice opportunities.

Our textbook for daily class work is Menschen A1.1 (Kursbuch/course book). If you plan to register in A01 (online) or to bring a laptop to class on campus, the online version recommended. The print version of the course book is also acceptable – keeping in mind that you would need a DVD/CD drive to access the sound files. The second textbook is Menschen A1.1 (Arbeitsbuch/workbook in an online format. This version provides automatic and instant feedback for its exercises and is required for all sections.

GMST 153 Representations of the Holocaust in Popular Culture

September:

A01 CRN 11807 MTh 10:00 - 11:20 am, 
Janine Wulz

GMST 153

Introduces students to representations of the Holocaust in postwar film, art, music, graphic novels, children’s books, fiction and non-fiction.

GMST 201 Intermediate German I

September:

A01 CRN 11808 TWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm,
Janine Wulz

 

 

As a follow-up course to GMST 102, this course will be using the second-year version of Menschen. This course will review and reinforce familiar structures and vocabulary and will introduce grammatical structures such as the subjunctive and more in-depth vocabulary. Further insights into the culture of German-speaking countries will use authentic materials. Students will acquire an understanding of German that enables reading, writing, speaking and comprehension of German at the intermediate level.

The course will integrate both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

GMST 301 Advanced German I

September:

A01 CRN 11809 Th  11:30 am - 1:00 pm,
Ulf Schuetze

 

An advanced language course using an intercultural approach to review and learn complex syntactic structures with an emphasizes on developing reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The learning outcome is for students to produce and understand written and oral texts at the B1 proficiency level.

The course will integrate both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

GMST 355 German Expressionism (1910-1933)

September: 

A01 CRN 11810  T 4:30 - 7:20 pm,
Matt Pollard

GMST 355

This course offers a  multi-media exploration of a pivotal cultural movement that spanned the visual arts, filmmaking, architecture, music and literature of the twentieth century. We explore the beginnings of the Expressionist movement in Dresden, Berlin and Munich, before examining the impact of the First World War on how artists reconceived the relationship between the political and the artistic. Through a final project students will also be able to explore their own creativity, by producing an art project reflecting and commenting on the Expressionist visual style.

GMST 410 Special Topics: The Invention of Sexology

September:

A01 CRN  11811 MT 2:30 - 4:00 pm,
Georgia Sitara

 GMST 410 Sexology

Explores the beginnings of sexual science in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with an examination of sexology, film, literature, and popular culture in the late 19th and early 20th centuries up through the Holocaust.

This course will meet together with HSTR 340 A01.

The course will integrate both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

GMST 454 A Cultural History of Vampires in Literature and Film

September: 

A01 CRN 11812  M 4:30 - 7:20 pm,
Peter Golz

GMST 454

A study of literary and cinematic vampires in historical context. Without focusing exclusively on German literature and film, follows the vampire myth and its various guises from classicism to postmodernism in novels and films.

GMST 499 Honours Thesis

September:

A01 CRN 11813 

 

The honours thesis provides you with the enriching opportunity to work one-on-one with your faculty supervisor, to explore in detail a topic of your choice, and to write a thesis of approximately 7,500 words which is the capstone of your learning experience. If you are interested, please contact our .


Course title, term, sections, days and time, classrooms and instructor

Short course description

GMST 101 Beginning German I

January:

A01 CRN 21726 TWF 9:30 - 10:20 am, Helga Thorson 

 

Introduction for students with no previous knowledge of German. Facilitates learning and retention of vocabulary, effective communication in everyday interaction and the use of fundamental structures of grammar. Acquisition of a basic understanding of German and ability to read, write, speak and comprehend German at the beginner’s level. Provides an introduction to the culture of German-speaking countries.

Note: Credit will be granted for only one of 101, GER 100, 100A.

GMST 102 Beginning German II

January:

A01 CRN 21727 TWF 9:30 - 10:20 am, Tessa Revink, DAAD Instructor

A02 CRN 21728 TWF 10:30 - 11:20 am, Peter Golz

A03 CRN 21729 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm, Elena Pnevmonidou

GMST 102 is a continuation of GMST 101 and will cover the second half of the textbook Menschen. Facilitates further learning and retention of vocabulary, effective communication in everyday interaction and the use of fundamental structures of grammar. Acquisition of a basic understanding of German and ability to read, write, speak and comprehend German at the advanced beginner’s level. The culture of German-speaking countries will be explored further using authentic texts. Successful completion of this course would place students approximately at the A1 level of proficiency according to the European Language Reference Framework.

GMST 108 Introduction to Translating German Texts

January:

A01 CRN 21730 Online course, Ulf Schuetze 

GMST 108

For students with limited previous knowledge of German. Understanding multiple meanings of words, grammar, word order and learning how to apply various strategies of translation.

GMST 180 Myths, Fairy Tales and Fantasy Fiction 

January:

A01 CRN 21731 T 4:30 - 7:20 pm, Elena Pnevmonidou


An introductory survey of Germanic mythology, Medieval heroic epics, Romantic gothic tales, the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm and contemporary fantasy fiction and their adaptations in opera and film. Topics include the heroic quest, the fantastic and sorcery, and witches. Emphasis on the mythical narrative structure and on the cultural significance of specific myths and tales.

GMST 202  Intermediate German II

January:

A01 CRN 21732 TWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Tessa Revink, DAAD Instructor

 

As a direct continuation of GMST 201, the course builds on previous knowledge to explore and practice more complex grammatical features and vocabulary, and how to use them in sentences and texts; students will also learn about further aspects of German-speaking culture, while also encouraging students to acquire an understanding of German that enables reading, writing, speaking, and comprehension of German at the advanced intermediate level. Successful completion of this course would place students approximately at the A2 level of the European Language Reference Framework.

GMST 300 Germanic Cultural Studies

January:

A01 CRN 21733 MTh 10:00 – 11:20 am, Helga Thorson

Provides case studies in the cultural history of German-speaking countries in which students analyze texts, films, media, as well as visual and material objects and spaces from a variety of approaches and perspectives.

GMST 302 Advanced German II

January:

A01 CRN 21734 MTh 11:30 am - 12:50 pm,
Ulf Schuetze

An advanced B1 language course using an intercultural approach to learn more complex semantic structures. The learning outcome is to use synonyms, idioms, and phrases in written and oral texts as well as to understand cultural diversities in German-speaking regions and countries.

GMST 354 Weimar and Nazi Germany

January:

A01 CRN 21735 MTh 10:00 - 11:20 am, Kristin Semmens

Examination of the principal themes and developments in German history between the end of World War I and the collapse of the Third Reich in 1945.

GMST 362 Two Germanies

January

A01 CRN 21736 MTh 2:30 - 3:50 pm,
Ulf Schuetze

GMST 362

A comparative study of daily life and culture in the formerly divided Germany (1949-1989) and how art, literature, music and film defined and distinguished the two countries.

GMST 402 Film (in German)

January:

A01 CRN 21737 TWF 12:30 - 1:20 pm,
Peter Golz

Explores the cinematic representation of social, political and cultural issues and the social and cultural impact of film in a given historical context. All four language skills are developed and practiced so that students can effectively discuss and analyze the material in German.

 

GMST 453 After-Images of the Holocaust in Text and Film

January:

A01 CRN 21738 W 3:30 - 6:20 pm,
Janine Wulz

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Examines how writers, filmmakers and visual artists attempt to come to terms with the legacy of the National Socialist regime while portraying the after-effects of the Holocaust for the second and third generations in Germany, Israel, the United States and Canada.

GMST 499 Honours Thesis

January:

A01 CRN 21739

 

The honours thesis provides you with the enriching opportunity to work one-on-one with your faculty supervisor, to explore in detail a topic of your choice, and to write a thesis of approximately 7,500 words which is the capstone of your learning experience. If you are interested, please contact our

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