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GERMAN 3ZZ3 Advanced German II (C01)

Academic Year: Winter 2019

Term: Winter

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Iris Bruce


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 502

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24697

Office Hours: Wednesday 11:30-1:20; 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:

Selected Folktales/Ausgewählte Märchen by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm. A Dual Language Book. Ed. Trans. Stanley Appelbaum

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), Fatih Akin, The Edge of Heaven; 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 25; 750-1000 words)

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

2 out of 3 Quizzes . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . 20% (Jan. 21, Feb. 11, & March 4; 10% each)

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


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. 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.   
  4. 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 Integrity

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. It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty.

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. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  • plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  • improper collaboration in group work.
  • copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Students who do not wish to submit their work through A2L and/or must still submit an electronic and/or hardcopy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to or A2L. All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, other software, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to

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It is essential that students be mindful of their interactions online, as the Code remains in effect in virtual learning environments. The Code applies to any interactions that adversely affect, disrupt, or interfere with reasonable participation in University activities. Student disruptions or behaviours that interfere with university functions on online platforms (e.g. use of Avenue 2 Learn, WebEx or Zoom for delivery), will be taken very seriously and will be investigated. Outcomes may include restriction or removal of the involved students' access to these platforms.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

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Modification of course outlines

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Request for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work
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".

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances (RISO)

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religious, indigenous or spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the RISO policy. Students should submit their request to their Faculty Office normally within 10 working days of the beginning of term in which they anticipate a need for accommodation or to the Registrar's Office prior to their examinations. Students should also contact their instructors as soon as possible to make alternative arrangements for classes, assignments, and tests.

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The recording of lectures, tutorials, or other methods of instruction may occur during a course. Recording may be done by either the instructor for the purpose of authorized distribution, or by a student for the purpose of personal study. Students should be aware that their voice and/or image may be recorded by others during the class. Please speak with the instructor if this is a concern for you.

Extreme Circumstances

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Topics and Readings:



January 7: introduction

January 9: “Der Froschkönig” (2-8)

January 14: “Der Froschkönig” (2-8)

January 16: short film: “Meine Eltern”

January 21: Quiz 1 on “Rapunzel” (38-44)

January 23: short film: “Fragile”

January 28: “Hänsel und Gretel” (48-60)

January 30: short film: “Gregors gröβte Erfindung”


February 4: film: Murnau, Nosferatu

February 6: Presentation: discussion of Nosferatu

February 11: Quiz 2 on “Aschenputtel” (76-89)

February 13: short film: “Talks”

February 18: NO CLASS: Midterm Recess

February 20: NO CLASS: Midterm Recess

February 25: film: von Sternberg, Der blaue Engel (The Blue Angel)

February 27: Presentation: discussion of Der blaue Engel


March 4: Quiz 3 on “Rotkäppchen” (94-100)

March 6: short film: “Kleingeld”

March 11: film: Fatih Akin, Auf der anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven)

March 13: Presentation: discussion of Auf der anderen Seite

March 18: “Sneewittchen” (146-160)

March 20: “Rumpelstilzchen” (160-164)

March 25: ESSAY DUE; film: Fox, Walk on Water

March 27: Presentation and discussion of film


April 1: Presentations

April 3: short film: “Dufte”

April 8: Last day of classes: Review

April 11-29: Final Exam period

Other Course Information:

        COURSE DESCRIPTION: German 3ZZ3 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 bilingual edition of the Brother Grimms’ fairy tales, Selected Folktales/Ausgewählte Märchen, and includes contemporary German films. We will read, watch, discuss, and perform various activities around the fairy tales and films, involving the new vocabulary, grammatical structures, as well as the themes and cultural topics addressed in these texts and films.