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German, Russian, and East Asian Languages

Applicable for the 2017-2018 academic year.

German, Russian, and East Asian Languages Website

Professors ERICSON (Chair), JIANG; Associate Professor DAVIS, PAVLENKO; Assistant Professor STECKENBILLER; Lecturer ZHANG; Visiting Assistant Professor LISIECKI, ONISHI.

Major Requirements

German Studies Major

A student majoring in German studies must complete nine units beyond the level of German 202, including GR305 (Composition, Conversation, and Context), GR416 (Senior Project), and seven additional elective courses. Students will work closely with their major advisor to develop a course of study that addresses their interests. Elective courses must be approved by the major advisor. Three of the elective courses may be German courses offered in translation at the 200 level, or courses in other disciplines that have a thematic focus on German Studies. GR 120 and 121 (offered only through the study abroad program in Lüneburg) may substitute for two of these electives. The remaining four electives must be fulfilled by German courses above the level of GR305 in which all work is completed in the German language.

German majors are encouraged to apply for one of the two annual stipends for a year of study at the Universities of Regensburg or Göttingen. The college’s own fall semester at the University of Lüneburg, Germany, allows students to study German language at all levels. A student may also minor in German (details below).

Minor Requirements

German Studies Minor

The prerequisite for admission to the minor is GR102 or the equivalent. Students must complete a minimum of six units, including GR201, GR202, and GR305, as well as three elective courses. Two electives may be GR120 and/or GR 121 (offered only through the study abroad program in Lüneburg), German courses offered in translation at the 200 level, or courses in other disciplines that have a thematic focus on German. The remaining elective must be fulfilled by a German course above the level of GR305 in which all work is completed in the German language.

The Chinese Language Minor (6 units)

  • A minimum of 5 units of Chinese language, including 2 units of Advanced Chinese
    • One (1) relevant literature course approved by the department.

The Japanese Language Minor (6 units)

  • A minimum of 5 units of Japanese language, including 2 units of Advanced Japanese
    • One (1) relevant literature course approved by the department.

Courses

Russian

RU101 Elementary Russian l

Introduction to the Russian culture, history, and current affairs through the study of the Russian language. This course focuses on the development of functional socio-cultural competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

1 unit — Khan, Pavlenko

RU102 Elementary Russian ll

This course is designed to build on competencies and skills acquired in RU101 and to prepare the students to continue with the Intermediate Russian (RU201).

Prerequisite: Russian 101.

1 unit — Nikolskaya, Pavlenko

RU103 Elementary Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of existing skills through readings and conversation until the student is able to progress to Russian 201.

Prerequisite: Russian 101.

.25 unit — Pletneva

RU104 Elementary Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of existing skills through readings and conversation until the student is able to progress to Russian 201.

Prerequisite: Russian 101.

.25 unit — Pletneva

RU201 Intermediate Russian I: Language through Film I

Focus on development of four communicative skills (speaking, aural comprehension, reading comprehension, writing) through interactive activities and integrated use of popular Russian films. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (This course is also offered during the CC program in Russia.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Prerequisite: Russian 101 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Nikolskaya

RU202 Intermediate Russian II: Language through Film

Emphasis on active control of basic grammatical structures, readings, short essays, and discussions based on popular Russian films. (Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement.) (This course is also offered during the CC program in Russia.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Prerequisite: Russian 201 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Khan, Pavlenko

RU205 Intermediate Russian Skill Maintenance

For students between 201 and 202 or 305.

Prerequisite: Russian 201.

.25 unit — Pletneva

RU206 Intermediate Russian Skill Maintenance

For students between 201 and 202 or 305.

Prerequisite: Russian 201.

.25 unit — Pletneva

RU255 Russian History in Russian Literature I

Survey of historically significant narratives representing Russian literary tradition preceding the Age of the Novel: from the ecclesiastic texts of the Kievan era, through baroque, the Schism, first biographies, secular tale, Russian Enlightenment (emergence of satire), to Russian Romanticism and the beginning of Realism (Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol). (Taught in English.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

RU255 Russian History in Russian Literature I

Survey of historically significant narratives representing Russian literary tradition preceding the Age of the Novel: from the ecclesiastic texts of the Kievan era, through baroque, the Schism, first biographies, secular tale, Russian Enlightenment (emergence of satire), to Russian Romanticism and the beginning of Realism (Pushkin, Lermontov, and Gogol). (Taught in English.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

RU256 Russian History in Russian Literature II

Sequel to RU255, this course examines post-Emancipation Russia (1861) through the lens of Realism, as well as the Soviet and post-Soviet periods as represented in Russian Modernism, Socialist Realism, and Postmodernism (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Gorky, Platonov, Bulgakov, Solzhenitsyn, Tolstaya and others). Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Pavlenko

RU305 Advanced Russian Language I

Intensive practice in oral self-expression and comprehension based on literary and audio-visual sources of modern standard Russian. (Taught in Russia.)

Prerequisite: Russian 202.

1 unit — Nikolskaya

RU306 Advanced Russian Language II

Continued work toward proficiency in spoken and written modern standard Russian. (Taught in Russia.)

Prerequisite: Russian 305.

1 unit — Pavlenko

RU307 Advanced Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of the existing skills in conversation, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite: Russian 305 or consent of instructor.

.25 unit — Pletneva

RU308 Advanced Russian Skill Maintenance

Review and maintenance of the existing skills in conversation, listening comprehension, reading, and writing.

Prerequisite: Russian 305 or consent of instructor.

.25 unit — Pletneva

RU311 Independent Study:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties.

Prerequisite: Russian 306 & consent of instructor.

1 unit — Khan

RU312 Independent Study:

For students wishing to read literature or to enhance their individual skills in Russian. (May be taken as one block or half-block or as an extended format course for one semester each, i. e., 311, 312.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor & Russian 306.

.5 to 1 unit

RU345 Dostoevsky or Tolstoy?(in Eng)

Readings, discussions, and comparative analyses of Russia’s two greatest novelists. Cast as irreconcilable geniuses already by their contemporaries, Dostoevsky as “the seer of spirit,” and Tolstoy as “the seer of flesh,” their texts continue to challenge us with their controversial artistic methods, provocative questions, and divergent statements about Russian identity, Russia’s historical mission, the West, and the nature of Christianity. (Taught in English.)

1 unit — Pavlenko

Chinese Language

CN101 Elementary Chinese

Introduction to Mandarin Chinese; emphasis on basic grammar, speaking, and listening comprehension, as well as mastery of some 500 characters for reading and writing. Language laboratory required.

1 or 2 units — Jiang, Zhang

CN103 Chinese Skill Maintenance

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Chinese language.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 101.

.25 unit — Zhang

CN104 Chinese Skill Maintenance

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Chinese language.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 101.

.25 unit — Zhang

CN106 Chinese Basic Prep/Review

Is an oral language functional review and extension class. The class is an intensive immersion with systematic reviews of modern standard Chinese. It is designed for students who have had two blocks of beginning Chinese or have taken Chinese previously.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 101.

.5 unit — Zhang

CN201 Intermediate Chinese I

Emphasis on continued development of speaking and listening skills and the use of basic structures through reading, writing and films with a view to building proficiency in using the language.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 101.

1 unit — Jiang

CN202 Advanced Intermediate Chinese II

The course builds on the language progress made in Chinese 201. Extensive use of films and increased application of the written and spoken language in order to build proficiency.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 201.

1 unit — Zhang

CN205 Chinese Skill Maintenance

Advanced conversation, reading and writing practice in Chinese language. This course will be offered once a week, three times per block through blocks 1 to 4 in the fall semester and will be offered again from blocks 5 to 8 in the spring semester.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 201.

.25 unit — Zhang

CN206 Chinese Skill Maintenance (Upper Level)

Advanced conversation, reading and writing practice in Chinese language. This course will be offered once a week, three times per block through blocks 1 to 4 in the fall semester and will be offered again from blocks 5 to 8 in the spring semester.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 201.

.25 unit — Zhang

CN212 Masterpieces of Chinese Literature in Translation

The course will acquaint students with Chinese poetry and major forms of Chinese fiction - pi-chi, ch'uan-ch'i, pien-wen, hua-pen, kung-an, and the novel, as well as modern Chinese vernacular literature. Students are expected to develop a critical Interest In placing literary works In broader social, political and cultural contexts. No prerequisite. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

CN221 Chinese Women Writers and Their Works

This course will focus on a comparative study of the voice of Chinese women writers in the 1920s and 1980s, examine women writers' works in a social-historical context, and discuss the difference of women's places and problems in traditional Chinese culture and modern Chinese society. The course will also try to define the similar and different expressions of 'feminism' as a term in the West and the East. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

CN250 Topics:

.25 unit — Tu

CN255 Chinese Language and Culture

CN259 Chinese Cinema and Society

CN301 Advanced Chinese Language I

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending modern Chinese. Taught as an extended format course over the Fall semester or as one block.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 202 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Zhang

CN302 Advanced Chinese Language II

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending modern Chinese. Taught as an extended format course over the Spring semester.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 301 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Jiang

CN311 Independent Study in Chinese:

Supervised projects in Chinese language, literature and culture for advanced students. Consent of department required. Offered as a block course (1 unit) or semester extended format (1/2 unit).

Prerequisite: consent of department.

1 unit — Jiang

CN350 Advanced Topics in Chinese Literature and Culture

Study of a selected topic in Chinese literature and culture. The course will cover subjects not listed in the regular curriculum and may vary from year to year. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

CN401 Chinese Culture and Language

Application of Chinese language skills in the study of Chinese culture, including literature, history, or business. Taught as an extended format course over the full academic year.

Prerequisite: Chinese Language 302 or consent of instructor.

1 unit

German

GR101 Elementary German (I)

An introductory German language course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension.

1 unit — Davis, Lisiecki, Steckenbiller

GR102 Elementary German (II)

An introductory German language course with emphasis on four basic skills--reading, writing, speaking and listening comprehension. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: successful completion of German 101, or placement into German 102 by an adequate score on the German placement exam.

1 unit — Davis, Lisiecki

GR103 German Skill Maintenance

Reading material and exercises maintain previously acquired skills until the student is able to continue with 201.

Prerequisite: German 101.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR104 German Skill Maintenance

Reading material and exercises maintain previously acquired skills until the student is able to continue with 201.

Prerequisite: German 101.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR120 Germany Cultural History 1

Explores major elements of the cultures of German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages through the 18th Century. Through the study of texts from literature, philosophy, art and music, examines key moments in German cultural history from the Age of Charlemagne and the “Holy Roman Empire,” to the Enlightenment. Taught in English. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

1 unit — Lisiecki

GR121 German Cultural History 2

Through the examination of various forms of media such as writing, film and music, explores major elements of the cultures of German-speaking countries from Romanticism to the present. Taught in English. Can be taken as a single block course but must be taken with GR120 to fulfill the West in Time requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement.

1 unit — Steckenbiller

GR200 German Language

1 unit — Alkofer, Davis

GR201 Intermediate German I

Building language proficiency through a systematic review of German grammar and readings of selected texts. (Completion of this level is required for participation in the German semester in Luneburg.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 101 or equivalent.

1 unit — Davis, Lisiecki

GR202 Intermediate German II

A continuation of German grammar review begun in German 201, with special emphasis on vocabulary building through readings, discussions and special projects.

Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent.

1 unit — Davis, Steckenbiller

GR205 German Skill Maintenance

Maintenance of language proficiency for students at the advanced intermediate level or higher.

Prerequisite: German 201.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR206 German Skill Maintenance

Maintenance of language proficiency for students at the advanced intermediate level or higher.

Prerequisite: German 201.

.25 unit — Laviolette

GR209 German Theatre Workshop

Participation in performance and production aspects of a German play. Presented in the German language. Rehearsal time: 6-8 weeks.

.25 unit — Garoutte

GR210 German Film from its Beginnings to 1945

An introduction to the development of German cinema and its contribution to the history of film. Discussions will focus on prevalent themes, film aesthetics, genres and gender roles in a socio-political context. Viewed will be classics of the silent screen by such legendary filmmakers as Lubitsch, Murnau, and Pabst. Secondly, masterpieces of the early German sound-film by directors such as Sternberg, Lang and Sagan and finally the ambiguities of the Nazi propaganda and entertainment films by Riefenstahl and Harlan. Readings and discussions are in English. All films have English subtitles. (Offered alternate years.) No prerequisites. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

GR211 German Film since 1945

A study of German cinema of the post-war era, including more contemporary films. Discussions and films shown will reflect the concerns of a younger generation of filmmakers, including coming to terms with the legacy of the Third Reich in such films as 'The Murderers are Amongst Us,' 'The Tin Drum,' and 'The Nasty Girl,' the 'New German Cinema' of Fassbinder, Wenders and Herzog; and alternative points of view by women and gay filmmakers such as Dorrie, von Trotta and von Praunheim. Readings and discussions are in English. All films have English subtitles. (Offered alternate years.) No prerequisites. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

GR220 Intermediate Topics in German Studies:

Exploration of a selected topic in German Studies (including literature, film, history, philosophy, et al.). Taught in English, and all work may be completed in English.

Prerequisite: taught in English.

1 unit — Jarosinski, Zuther

GR229 The German Democratic Republic

An overview of historical, political and cultural developments from the end of World War II to the unification of the German states in 1990, with consideration of important works of literature and film in the context of Marxist cultural politics. No prerequisite. Readings and discussion in English. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

GR305 German Composition, Conversation, and Context

Advanced study of German language and culture focusing on all four skills with an emphasis on writing and conversation. Course content will include authentic material to raise cultural awareness and increase students’ knowledge of contemporary German culture.

Prerequisite: 202 or equivalent.

1 unit — Davis

GR306 German Composition and Conversation II

Continued work toward proficiency in written and spoken German with attention to stylistic nuance and fluency of expression. (Offered in Luneburg only.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR311 Independent Reading:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties. (This course may also be taken in extended format, i.e. over 4 blocks for 0.5 unit or over 8 blocks for 1 unit.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 unit

GR312 Independent Reading:

For students wishing to read literature not covered by courses they have taken or to bridge scheduling difficulties. This course may also be taken in extended format, i.e. over 4 blocks for 0.5 unit or over 8 blocks for 1 unit.)

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

GR314 German Culture & Institutions

The German-speaking countries. An introduction to the culture and institutions of the German states. (Offered in Luneburg only.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 306 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR315 Survey of German Literature and Culture I

Major developments in German life and letters from the Middle Ages through Classicism, with special attention to antecedents in classical antiquity and significant parallel developments in other European literatures. Works from early periods read in English or New High German. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. Must take 315 and 316 for CP:W credit.

1 unit

GR316 Survey of German Literature and Culture II

Major developments in life and letters of the German-speaking countries from Romanticism to the present. Meets the Critical Perspectives: The West in Time requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent. Must take 315 & 316 for CP:W credit.

1 unit

GR320 Advanced Topics in German Studies:

Advanced study of German language and culture focusing on all four skills with an emphasis on writing and conversation. Course content will include authentic material to raise cultural awareness and increase students’ knowledge of contemporary German culture.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Davis, Grace

GR327 German Literature from 1918 to 1945

Literature of the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and works by writers in exile. Selections from Brecht, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Hesse, Kafka, et. al. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR328 German Literature since 1945:

Literature from the Federal Republic, Austria and Switzerland with focus on topics such as the Nazi past and problems associated with economic and political growth in the post-war period. (Offered alternate years.) Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Steckenbiller

GR334 German Literature at the Turn of the Century

A discussion of the fin de siecle. The literature of Naturalism, Impressionism and early Expressionism as the basis for an investigation of society in the German and Austro-Hungarian Empires. (Offered alternate years.)

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Lisiecki

GR335 Realism

German literature in the mid- to late-19th century. Reading selections from Buchner, Kleist, Storm, Fontane and other major writers. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR336 German Romanticism

Representative German writers of the Romantic movement such as Tieck, Novalis and Hoffmann, with attention to underlying philosophical and social trends. (Offered alternate years.) (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: 305 or equivalent.

1 unit

GR347 The Age of Goethe

Readings selected from the dramas, prose fiction, poetry and critical writings of Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, et al., from the late 18th century into the early 19th century. Reflections on developments in German literature in the periods generally designated as Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, and Classicism.

Prerequisite: German 305 or equivalent.

1 unit — Davis

GR416 Senior Project

The Senior Project will reflect the student’s course of study and academic, personal, and professional interests, and must be approved by the major advisor.

Prerequisite: Completion of requirements for major, arranged any block & consent of instructor.

1 unit — Steckenbiller

Japanese

JA101 Elementary Japanese

Introduction to Japanese language. Students will be introduced to basic spoken and written structures of 'standard' Japanese, the two Kana alphabets, and the development of basic aural/oral skills with attention to the cultural context. A video program supplements the course. Language laboratory required.

1 or 2 units — Ericson, Onishi

JA103 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

.25 unit — Tsutada

JA104 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Conversation and limited reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

.25 unit — Tsutada

JA130 Japanese Culture

This course presents a critical appreciation of popular Japanese Icons (haiku poetry, tea ceremony, kabuki theatre, samurai, Shinto rituals, and rice) that scrutinizes how cultural practices and institutions have evolved and been adapted to symbolize Japan, both by Japanese and foreign observers. All readings, discussion, and writing will be in English. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Ericson

JA201 Intermediate Japanese I

The course emphasizes the development of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills after the elementary level. Video materials supplement the course and place the language in a cultural context.

Prerequisite: Japanese 101.

1 unit — Onishi

JA202 Advanced Intermediate Japanese II

The course builds on the language proficiency gained in 201. Increased use of the written and spoken language designed to build proficiency.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201.

1 unit — Onishi

JA205 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Advanced conversation, reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201.

.25 unit — Tsutada

JA206 Japanese Skill Maintenance

Advanced conversation, reading and writing practice in Japanese language.

Prerequisite: Japanese 201.

.25 unit — Tsutada

JA212 Japanese Literature in Translation

This course examines the way in which post-war Japanese literature reflects the transformation and enduring tensions within Japanese society. Topics include gender roles, the family, individuality, and dissension. Of central concern is the capacity of literature to reflect massive social and economic changes within contemporary Japan and to assess the assumptions of continuity, consensus, and conformity. Works by the following writers will be included: Ibuse Masuji, Yasuoka Shotaro, Hayashi Fumiko, Kawabata Yasunari, Abe Kobo, Enchi Fumiko, and Oe Kenzaburo. Novels and shorts stories will be supplemented with film and other readings. All readings, discussion, and writing will be in English. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

JA250 Topics in Japanese Studies

1 unit — Ericson

JA251 Japanese Women Writers

Japanese women writers wrote the most heralded novels and poetic diaries in the classical literary canon; this celebration of women's literary contributions is an anomaly among world literatures. Yet for over five hundred years, women's literary voices were silenced before reemerging in the modern era, when a renaissance of 'women's literature' (joryu bungaku) captured popular imagination, even as it confronted critical disparagement. This course traces the rise, fall and return of writing by women and the influence of attitudes toward gender on what was written and read through a wide array of literary texts, historical documents, and cultural artifacts. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

JA252 Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Literature, Film, and Manga

This Course Explores how Japanese writers have dealt with issues of gender and sexuality from the Heian Period through the modern era. Drawing on literary sources such as The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu (11th c.), Five Women Who Loved Love by Ihara Saikaku (17th c.), and Kitchen by Yoshimoto Banana (20th c.), as well as films and manga. We will analyze how both male and female authors have portrayed gender and sexuality within an ever-changing landscape. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

1 unit — Ericson

JA301 Advanced Japanese Language I

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending modern Japanese. Taught as an extended format course over one semester or as one block course.

Prerequisite: Japanese 202 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Onishi

JA302 Advanced Japanese Language II

Intensive practice in reading, writing, speaking and comprehending modern Japanese. Taught as an extended format course over the Spring semester.

Prerequisite: Japanese 301 or consent of instructor.

1 unit — Onishi

JA311 Independent Study in Japanese:

Supervised projects in Japanese language, literature and culture for advanced students. Offered as a block course (1 unit) or semester extended format (1/2 unit).

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

.5 to 1 unit

JA326 Japanese Politics through Literature

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement. (Not offered 2016-17).

1 unit

JA350 Advanced Topics in Japanese Literature and Culture

Study of a selected topic in Japanese literature and culture. The course will cover subjects not listed in the regular curriculum and may vary from year to year.

1 unit — Ericson

JA401 Japanese Culture and Language

Application of Japanese language skills in the study of Japanese culture, including literature, history, or business. Taught as an extended format course over the full academic year. (Not offered 2016-17).

Prerequisite: Japanese 302 or consent of instructor.

1 unit