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GERMAN 3ZZ3 AdvancedGermanII

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Iris Bruce

Email: ibruce@mcmaster.ca

Office: Togo Salmon Hall 502

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24697


Office Hours: Wed 10:30-11:30; Thursday 11:30-12:30; or by appointment

Course Objectives:

Students will improve their German language skills through integrated and interactive practice in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. They will be able to discuss a wide range of subjects and explain different points of view.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Kafka, Franz. Die Verwandlung-Metamorphosis [bilingual edition] (JiaHu Books)

COURSEWARE: Mitlesen und Mitteilen: Literarische Texte zum Lesen, Sprechen, Schreiben und Hören, 4th edition. Students are required to purchase several chapters from this textbook. They are available as a booklet from the bookstore or as e-versions from http://www.nelsonbrain.com/shop/isbn/9781413029437.

German-English, English-German dictionary (highly recommended)


FILMS may include: Murnau, Nosferatu, von Sternberg, The Blue Angel; David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method, Rosa von Praunheim, Der Einstein des Sex (The Einstein of Sex), Peter Capaldi, Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life, Fatih Akin, Soul Kitchen, Fox, Walk on Water, Stephen Daldry, The Reader, and Dani Levy, Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker)

Method of Assessment:

           1 Oral Presentation   . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20%

            1 short essay in German (3-4 pp) . . . . 20% (due March 21; 750-1000 words)

            Final Exam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30%

            2 out of 3 Quizzes  . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . 20% (Jan. 24, Feb. 16, & March 2; 10% each)

            Participation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10%

Class participation includes: attendance, preparation of assigned materials, participation in class discussions. It is expected that students will have read the texts before they are discussed in class.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

  1. Attendance at lectures and film screenings is mandatory.
  2. Absences: because most of the learning will take place in the classroom in this course, you are allowed to miss two classes per term without any penalties. Every further absence will reduce your participation mark by 1% up to the maximum of 10% (the participation mark). Of course, absences due to medical reasons with adequate documentation are excused.     

     3. Late work will be penalized: there will be a reduction of 3% per day on essays handed in late without permission.

     5. Missed quizzes will receive a mark of “0” unless the instructor is notified before or immediately after and a doctor’s note is provided.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:



January  5: introduction

January 10: Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung

January 12: film: David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method

January 17: discussion of A Dangerous Method

January 19: Kafka, Die Verwandlung; Wolfgang Borchert, “Die Küchenuhr,” Literarische Texte: Kapitel 7: Borchert, Trümmerliteratur nach dem zweiten Weltkrieg

January 24: Quiz 1: Reading Test on Wolfgang Borchert, “Die Küchenuhr.”

January 26: Rosa von Praunheim, Der Einstein des Sex (The Einstein of Sex)

January 31: discussion of Praunheim, Der Einstein des Sex


February  2:  Kafka, Verwandlung

February  7:  Peter Capaldi’s film: Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life

February  9:  film: Murnau, Nosferatu

February 14: Murnau & Kafka’s “Zimmerherren”

February 16: Quiz 2: on Kafka, Verwandlung. Literarische Texte, Kapitel 8: Biermann und        DDR

February 20-25: NO CLASSES; Mid Term Break

February 28: Literarische Texte, Kapitel 8: Biermann und DDR


March  2: Quiz 3: on Biermann. Literarische Texte, Kapitel 6: Gastarbeiter & Immigration

March  7:  Literarische Texte, Kapitel 6: Gastarbeiter & Immigration

March  9:  film: Fatih Akin, Soul Kitchen  

March 14:  Akin, Soul Kitchen & introduction to Sternberg, The Blue Angel

March 16: film: von Sternberg, The Blue Angel

March 21: ESSAY DUE;  Kafka, Die Verwandlung & “Eine kaiserliche Botschaft” in      Literarische Texte, Kapitel 20

March 23: Literarische Texte, Kapitel 18

March 28: Kafka, Die Verwandlung

March 30: film: Dani Levy, Alles auf Zucker! (Go for Zucker)


April 4:   discussion of Levy, Alles auf Zucker!

April 6: last class: REVIEW

Final Exam Period: April 11-27.

Other Course Information:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course offers a communicative approach to language, culture and literature through integrated and interactive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course is structured around a text by Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (bilingual edition), as well as several modern short stories by contemporary German authors. We will read, discuss, and perform various activities around the short stories, involving the new vocabulary, grammatical structures, and the themes and cultural topics addressed in these stories.