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1 Proposal: number 50

50. GERM 250/250W: German Cinema

Contact:Christa Spreizer
Abstract:This course will satisfy the Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP)
and European Traditions (ET) requirements of the PLAS. This course will focus
on the study of the contributions of German filmmakers to the art form of
cinema. In a given semester, the course may deal with a certain tendency (such
as the Heimat film), period (such as Postwar Cinema or New German Cinema), or
director (such as Lang, Murnau, Fassbinder, or Wenders). Students will learn
about the cultural and historical context in which German films were produced
and to relate these to the larger discipline of German Studies. Through
viewings and formal and informal classroom discussions, students will also
compare how audiences of different times and cultures, including the present,
come to certain interpretations about these works. They will be encouraged to
interpret German cinema from a variety of perspectives, including its
historical, cultural, aesthetic, political, and technical aspects. German
Cinema is part of German culture, and we will analyze how the traditions of
Western European thought manifest themselves in twentieth and twenty-first
century German culture in general, and in German Cinema in particular. Lectures
and work will be done in English; films will be shown in the original language
with subtitles. It may be designated a writing intensive course.

Students by the end of the course should be able to communicate their thoughts
effectively both in class and in their writing assignments and become aware of
the need for interpretative tools in their complex, everyday lives. They should
be able to identify and understand the major periods of German cinema and its
representative works and relate this to the development of other European and
non-European traditions. They should be able to respond appropriately within
the context of an academic discussion and be able to critique their own verbal
and written presentation skills. They should be able to incorporate useful
feedback into their repertoire of critical and evaluative skills as they read,
analyze, synthesize, and write about German Cinema and German culture. They
should be able to relate it to their own lived experience, thereby becoming
more aware of the complex nature of cultural texts and the personal, cultural,
and historical forces that shape interpretation.

Submissions and Approvals

Course Date Requirement Action By Whom Notes
GERM 250 2008-08-28 AP Submitted Dept
GERM 250 2008-08-28 ET Submitted Dept
GERM 250 2008-11-05 AP Approved GEAC
GERM 250 2008-11-05 ET Approved GEAC
GERM 250 2008-12-04 AP Approved UCC
GERM 250 2008-12-04 ET Approved UCC
GERM 250 2009-02-05 AP Approved Senate
GERM 250 2009-02-05 ET Approved Senate
GERM 250W 2008-08-28 AP Submitted Dept
GERM 250W 2008-08-28 ET Submitted Dept
GERM 250W 2008-11-05 AP Approved GEAC
GERM 250W 2008-11-05 ET Approved GEAC
GERM 250W 2008-12-04 AP Approved UCC
GERM 250W 2008-12-04 ET Approved UCC
GERM 250W 2009-02-05 AP Approved Senate
GERM 250W 2009-02-05 ET Approved Senate