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.

All Fall 2020 courses are taught online  

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

Short course description

GMST 100   Introduction to Germanic Studies

September:

A01 CRN: 11771 Th 6:00 - 8:00 pm,

Course Outline

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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.

This course is taught in English, using both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

Students will work independently with video lectures and other weekly activities online. Tutorials and guided discussions will take place “live” every Thursday at 6 – 8 pm PST.

This course is required for the Germanic Studies Certificate in Cultural and Language Proficiency, as well as the Minor and Major program.

GMST 101   Beginning German I

September:

A01 CRN  11772 TWF 9:30 - 10:30 am, 

A02 CRN 11773 TWF 10:30 am -11:30 am,

A03 CRN 11774 TWF 11:30 am - 12:30 pm,

Course Outline

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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.

The course will integrate both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

GMST 201 Intermediate German I

September:

A01 CRN 11776 TWF 11:30 am - 12:30 pm,

Course Outline 

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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 11777 Th  11:30 am - 1:00 pm,  

Course Outline

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 353 Literature and Film of the Holocaust and ‘Third Reich’: The Power of Propaganda and the Politics of Persecution

September: 

A01 CRN 11778  M,Th 10:00-11:30 am,

Course Outline

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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.

Some content shown in this course is banned in Germany. Thus, it may be difficult for students studying remotely from Germany to complete the course.

The course will integrate both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

MEDI 360 Special Topics in Medieval Studies: Heroism and Romance in the German Epic

September:

A01 CRN  W 11:30  am - 12:30 pm,

Course Outline

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A survey of heroic narratives and tales with an emphasis on the link between the heroic and romance. Focus on the hero, the quest, love, gender and heroism and the prominence of anti-heroes in modern narratives. May include such texts as The Song of the Nibelungs, Parcival, Tristan, Kudrun, Wilhelm Meister, Hyperion.

Germanic Studies students can take this course for credit.

GMST 401 Popular Culture (in German)

September:

A01 CRN 13740 W 4:30-5:50 pm

Course Outline

An exploration of popular cultural trends in German-speaking countries with emphasis on literature music, film, and cultural traditions in terms of their historical development and contemporary significance. All four language skills are developed and practiced so that students can effectively discuss and analyze the material in German. 

The course will integrate both asynchronous and synchronous methods.

GMST 410 A01 Special Topics: The Invention of Sexology in the German-Speaking World

September: 

A01 CRN11780  MTh 1:00-2:30 pm

Course Outline

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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 499 Honours Thesis

September:

A01 CRN 11782 TBA

 

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 .

All Spring 2021 courses are taught online  

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

Short course description

GMST 101 Beginning German I 

January:

A01 CRN 21649 TWF 9:30 - 10:30 am,


A01 CRN 21650 TWF 9:30 - 10:30 am, Gerlinde Weimer-Stuckmann  


Course Outline

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 21651 TWF 9:30  - 10:30 am, 
A02 CRN 21652 TWF 10:30 - 11:30 am, 

A03 CRN 21653 TWF 12:30 - 13:30 pm, 

Course Outline

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 21654 Online course

Course Outline

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 21665 T 4:30-7:30 pm, 

Course Outline

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 21656 TWF 11:30 am - 12:30 pm,

Course Outline

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 21657 MTh 10:00 – 11:30 am, 



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 21658 MTh 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Gerlinde Weimer-Stuckmann  

Course Outline

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 410 X GMST 585 Special Topics: Holocaust and Memory Studies

January:

A01, T 21660 9:30 am -12:30 pm

Course Outline - 410

Course Outline - 585

This seminar explores issues of Holocaust and memory studies from a wide range of perspectives, investigating the ways in which stories of the “past” are told in the “present” and how aspects of gender, intersectionality, and genre come together to shape these accounts. 

GMST 410 is a restricted course reserved for exceptional upper-level undergraduate students from any discipline who (1) come to the course with a background in Holocaust studies and/or European history and (2) have a GPA of 7.0 (on UVic’s 9 pt. scale). For permission to register, please contact the course instructor.

GMST 450 Major German Filmmakers: The Li[v]es and Legends of Leni Riefenstahl

January:

A01 CRN 23555 Th 6:00 -7:50 pm

Course Outline

This course investigates the phenomenon of Leni Riefenstahl, a German filmmaker at once venerated for her cinematic genius and vilified for her personal character. 
She was commissioned to make a film of the Nazi Party Rally of 1933, entitled Sieg des Glaubens, and then to make her most controversial film Triumph des Willens, a film interpretation of the Party Rally of 1934 as well as -- notoriously -- one of greatest propaganda films ever made.

Delivered online, with synchronous and asynchronous elements.

GMST 499 Honours Thesis

January:

A01 CRN 21662 TBA

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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