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 main office to find out where to electronically submit their waiver form.


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

Short course description

GMST 100 Introduction to Germanic Studies

MTh 1:00 - 2:20 pm
Matthew Pollard

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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

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

A02 CRN
TWF 10:30 am - 11:20 am
Marie Müller, DAAD Instructor

A03 CRN 
TWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Matthew Pollard

A04 CRN
TWF 12:30 - 1:20pm
Marie Müller, 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.

Our textbook for daily class work is Menschen A1.1 (Kursbuch/course book). 

GMST 153 Representations of the Holocaust in Popular Culture

MTh 10:00 - 11:20 am
Helga Thorson

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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

TWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Janine Wulz

This course is the 3rd course in our language program sequence and is designed for students who have completed GMST 101 and 102, or who have an equivalent level of German. 

Students will expand and enhance their German language skills and get to know the German-speaking world. In class we use authentic materials, as movies, texts, graphic novels, music, and social media to gain a better understanding of German culture and history. Class activities include speaking practice, grammar and writing exercises as well as creative work.
 

GMST 300 Germanic Cultural Studies

MTh 1:30 – 2:20 am
Elena Pnevmonidou

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 301 Advanced German I

MTh  11:30 am - 12:50 pm
Ulf Schuetze

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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 365 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud 

MTh 10:00 - 11:20 am
Matt Pollard

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An introduction to three of the most significant German-speaking figures to shape the twentieth century in the realms of politics, philosophy and psychoanalysis, and how their thoughts influenced developments in art and literature.

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

W 3:30 - 6:20 pm
Janine Wulz

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

 

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

TWF 9:30 - 10:20 am
Ulf Schuetze

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

A01 CRN 
TWF 9:30 - 10:20 am
Marie Müller, DAAD Instructor 

A02 CRN
TWF 10:30 - 11:20 am
Ulf Schuetze

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.

*New Course*
GMST 110 German Language Intensive

TWF 9:30 - 11:20 am
Matt Pollard

 

 

A combination of GMST 101 and GMST 102,you will learn about important aspects of German-speaking culture through learning its language. Upon course completion, you will be familiar with norms of etiquette (such as proper forms of address), the use of an appropriate register, and understand levels of formality in both written and spoken German. These are important cultural competencies relevant to successful professional and personal interactions in the German-speaking world. 

Authentic materials in the form of short texts, film, recorded dialogues and music are integrated into each chapter of the textbook and will foster your acquisition of cultural knowledge. You will build an awareness of and sensitivity to German-speaking culture (as distinctly expressed in Austria, Germany and Switzerland) and the varying social practices that are inseparably intertwined with competence in the language.

GMST 108 Introduction to Translating German Texts

Online & asynchornous
Ulf Schuetze
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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 

T 4:30 - 7:20 pm
Elena Pnevmonidou
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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

TWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Marie Müller, 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 353 Literature and Film of the Holocaust and "Third Reich"

MF 10:00 – 11:20 am
Helga Thorson

Focus on Nazi popular culture and entertainment films and an exploration of a variety of Holocaust narratives that emerged during the Second World War and its aftermath.

GMST 350 A Short History of German Film

TWF 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Peter Golz

An overview of German film-making from the early days of expressionism up to the New German Cinema. Films may include: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, M, The Murderers Are Among Us, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

GMST 354 Weimar and Nazi Germany

MTh 11:30 - 1:00 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 454 A Cultural History of Vampires in Literature and Film

M 4:30 - 7:20 pm
Peter Golz

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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 465 Adorno, Benjamin and Frankfurt School Critical Theory


MTh 11:30 am – 12:50 pm
Elena Pnevmonidou

Explores Frankfurt School Critical Theory through the cultural context of Weimar modernism through the fascist period to Germany in the 1960s. Emphasis on Benjamin and Adorno/Horkheimer, but also covers aspects of Hegel and Marx as well as philosophers of the second generation of the Frankfurt School. Juxtaposes the theory with relevant examples from media, film, avant-garde and popular music and also includes forays into the poetry and writings of Hölderlin, Kafka, Brecht, Celan and Enzensberger.

GMST 480 Major Writers: Franz Kafka

MTh 1:00- 2:20 pm
Matt Pollard

An intensive investigation into and discussion of Franz Kafka’s mysterious and provocative short prose. You are asked to experience the “monstrous/gigantic world” inside the head of a singular and perplexing author. This course also encourages students to study how he and his work are represented in various forms of media.

GMST 499 Honours Thesis

 

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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