Teaching Apprenticeship in German (1.5 credits)
Alexander Pichugin
W2, 10:20am - 11:40am, Craig Seminar Room, AB 4050

This course prepares graduate students for a successful teaching and learning experience in the foreign language classroom. The course addresses two major goals: introduce aspiring and beginning instructors to the most current methodologies of foreign language teaching and provide them with guidance and practical advice in the classroom. Special focus this semester will be on classroom interaction with its various aspects. The course includes designing lesson plans for a learner-centered classroom, stating objectives based on standards of foreign language learning and nationally accepted proficiency guidelines, finding authentic materials for teaching, developing and reviewing graded assignments, analyzing and comparing different assessment tools, observing and reflecting upon one's own teaching and the teaching by others, and discussing personal experiences and the challenges of the language classroom. This course is taught in German with some assignments and readings in English.


The Frankfurt School and Its Writers
Nicholas Rennie
T 56, 3:50pm - 6:50pm, Craig Seminar Room, AB 4050

Taught in English.

Crosslisted with Comparative Literature 16:195:671:01

Work of the Frankfurt School is among the most important 20th-century German-language contributions to such fields as sociology, political science, gender studies, film, cultural studies and comparative literature. We will read texts by such key figures of the Frankfurt School as Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer, Herbert Marcuse and Jürgen Habermas for their relevance to a number of disciplines, but give particular consideration to literary and aesthetic questions. To this end, we will also read texts by select authors to whom these figures responded (e.g. Baudelaire, Proust, Kafka, Beckett). Throughout the course, moreover, we will be examining responses to and development of the thought of the first and second generation of the Frankfurt School in more recent strands of Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, aesthetics and cultural studies.


Romantic Theory and Praxis
Martha Helfer
M 56, 3:50pm - 6:50pm, Craig Seminar Room, AB 4050

Taught in English

Crosslisted with Comparative Literature 16:195:516:02

In light of the 2008 economic crisis, the refugee and humanitarian crisis as well as the Corona pandemic, the EU has seen a troubling resurgence of inequality, racism, and political This course will trace the genealogy of contemporary literary criticism from Kant through the German romantics to early twentieth-century critical theory and deconstruction. In particular, we will explore the role of aesthetics and art in major philosophical theories of subjectivity, and the structure of critical discourse in these theories. Emphasis will be placed on developing critical reading and writing skills.

The language of instruction is English. All readings are available in English, and where applicable, in German. No knowledge of German is required for the course!