Dec 08, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalogue 
    
2018-2019 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Course Numbering

The College of Wooster uses a five-digit course numbering system. The first three digits indicate the primary course number. The next two digits are the secondary course number and indicate whether there is a special focus for the course. For example:

The first letters are the department or program abbreviation. The next three digits are the primary course number (101 is the primary course number for all Introduction to Historial Study courses). The last two digits are the secondary course number. These two digits indicate that the special focus for this HIST 101 course is The History of Islam. A course with a given three-digit primary course number can only be taken once for credit unless specifically indicated otherwise by the department.

The following policy has been used in assigning primary course numbers:

  • 100-level courses are usually introductory courses; some 100-level courses do have prerequisites, and students are advised to consult the description for each course.
  • 200-level courses are usually beyond the introductory level, although many 200-level courses are open to first-year students and to majors and non-majors.
  • 300-level courses are seminars and courses primarily for majors but open to other students with the consent of the instructor.
  • The following numbers are for Independent Study: I.S. 40100 (Junior Independent Study), I.S. 45100 and I.S. 45200 (Senior Independent Study).

In addition to the regular course offerings, many departments offer individual tutorials under the number 40000 and internships under 41000. On occasion, departments will offer a course on a special topic as approved by the Educational Policy Committee, designated 19900, 29900, or 39900.

Abbreviation

In keeping with the general education requirements of the College’s curriculum
(see Degree Requirements ), course listings employ the following abbreviations:

W Writing Intensive 

C Studies in Cultural Difference

R Religious Perspectives

Q Quantitative Reasoning

AH Learning Across the Disciplines: Arts and Humanities

HSS Learning Across the Disciplines: History and Social Sciences 

MNS Learning Across the Disciplines: Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Except where otherwise noted, all courses carry one course credit.

 

German Studies

  
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    GRMN 10100 - Beginning German Level I

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    BEGINNING GERMAN LEVEL I An introduction to understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German in a cultural context. Acquisition of basic structure, conversational practice, short readings, and compositions. Use of authentic video and audio materials. Four hours per week. Annually. Fall.
  
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    GRMN 10200 - Beginning German Level II

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    BEGINNING GERMAN LEVEL II Continuation of GRMN 10100 with increased emphasis on conversation, cultural material, and reading authentic texts, including two children’s books. For students who have had GRMN 10100 or equivalent training, to be determined by placement test. Four hours per week. Annually. Spring.
  
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    GRMN 20100 - Intermediate German Level I

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    INTERMEDIATE GERMAN LEVEL I A skills-building course to follow GRMN 10200 or equivalent, to be determined by placement test. Emphasis on reading literary texts of moderate difficulty, improving proficiency in writing and speaking, and exposure to culture material. The German major and minor begin with GRMN 20100. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-10200 or equivalent or placement Annually. Fall. [C]
  
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    GRMN 20200 - Intermd German Level II

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    INTERMEDIATE GERMAN LEVEL II Current issues through literary texts and media. More advanced readings and discussion of contemporary life in the German-speaking countries as reflected in newspapers, magazines, television, and film. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-20100 or equivalent. Annually. Spring. [C]
  
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    GRMN 22700 - German Literature in Translation

    Course Credit: 1
    (CMLT, GERS, WGSS)
    GERMAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION Taught in English. Selected readings from classical and contemporary German authors. Sample topics: German Literature East and West Since 1945; Contemporary German Literature by Women; Modern German Theater; Fairy Tales and Gender. [AH, C]
  
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    GRMN 22802 - German Film & Society

    Course Credit: 1
    (CMLT, FILM, GERS)
    GERMAN FILM & SOCIETY This course examines major developments in German cinema from the early twentieth to the 21st centuries. The class will focus on important movements, directors, genres, stars, etc. in the history of German film and socio-political matters facing Weimar and Nazi Germany, post-war West and East German states, and major themes and trends in the cinema of unified Germany. Students will study and practice the tools of film analysis. No previous knowledge of German or film criticism/theory is required. [AH, C]
  
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    GRMN 23000 - Theaterpraktikum

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS, GLIS)
    THEATERPRAKTIKUM Dramatic readings and play production, in German. Ideal for students wishing to maintain and build speaking proficiency and self-confidence. No acting experience required. May be taken more than once, but only one of these may count toward the minimum eleven courses for the major or minor. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-20100 or permission of instructor [AH, C]
  
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    GRMN 25000 - Advanced German: Texts & Contexts

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS, GLIS)
    ADVANCED GERMAN: TEXTS AND CONTEXTS Reading, discussion of, and writing about important emes, events and texts (e.g. short stories, short novels, personal narratives, films) from the 20th century, presented in their socio-historical contexts. Special emphasis on developing students’ reading and formal conversation skills and on cultural literacy. Continued practice of complex grammar structures and systematic vocabulary building. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-20200 Annually. Fall. [C]
  
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    GRMN 26000 - Kulturkunde: Intro to German Studies

    Course Credit: 1
    (CMLT, GERS, GLIS)
    KULTURKUNDE: INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN STUDIES A survey of the cultural history of the German-speaking world, with particular attention to the social matrix in which German cultural institutions function. An introduction to the methods and resources of German Studies as an interdisciplinary area of study. Must be taken at the College of Wooster. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-25000 Annually. Spring. [AH, C, W]
  
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    GRMN 30005 - After the Holocaust (post-1945)

    Course Credit: 1
    AFTER THE HOLOCAUST (POST-1945) Over the course of the fall semester, we will examine major themes that shaped German culture from the end of the Second World War and the Holocaust to the unification of East and West and beyond. The following questions will help guide our focus: How did the two German states rebuild their modern identities? What ways did artists find to deal with, or to put aside, the recent Nazi past and the atrocities committed in the state’s name? What dominant issues emerged in the public debate in each decade after the war? How do social categories like race, class, gender, and sexuality play into visions of German identity in East and West? Taught in German Prerequisite(s): GRMN-26000 [AH, C]
  
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    GRMN 34000 - Major Themes in German Literature

    Course Credit: 1
    (CMLT, GERS, GLIS)
    MAJOR THEMES IN GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE A study of dominant recurring themes that cross period and genre lines and are important to the German cultural tradition. Topics will vary from year to year - e.g., Travel and Migration; The Artist and Society; The German Middle Ages; Fiction, History, and Memory; Nature, Space, and Place. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-26000 or permission of instructor. [AH, C]
  
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    GRMN 34005 - Travel & Migration (in German)

    Course Credit: 1
    (CMLT, GERS, GLIS)
    MAJOR THEMES IN GERMAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE: TRAVEL AND MIGRATION A study of cultural texts and contemporary readings on the subjects of immigration, mobility, immigrational refugees, travel, and national identity with a focus on German-speaking countries. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-26000 or permission of instructor. [AH, C]
  
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    GRMN 34008 - Die Reise:German Counterculture 1968-78

    Course Credit: 1
    Die Reise: German Counterculture 1968-78 Die Reise: German Counterculture 1968-78 examines the culture and politics of West Germany through the lens of counter-cultural musical and literary production. Taking the Weimar Republic as its point of departure, it investigates: historical relations between intoxication and violence; the echoes of early 20th-century philosophical musical debates in the music of the late 60s and 70s; relations between American and German music, politics, and culture; the German response to the Vietnam War; and revolutionary politics. Over the semester, students will engage with literary texts, manifestos, music and film, tracing the period’s moves from analog to digital, from psychedelics to amphetamines, from peace and love to terrorism. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-26000; or permission of instructor [AH, C]
  
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    GRMN 40000 - Tutorial

    Course Credit: 0.25
    Maximum Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    TUTORIAL Individually supervised readings on a special topic. By prior arrangement with the department only. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-25000 or equivalent; The approval of both the supervising faculty member and the Chairperson is required prior to registration.
  
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    GRMN 40100 - Independent Study

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    JUNIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY Bibliography and research methods in German, including the preparation of two shorter papers or one longer research paper. Normally taken Semester II of the junior year. If a Junior Year Abroad is planned, GRMN 40100 should be taken Semester II of the sophomore year. If a one-semester program abroad is planned, it should be Semester I so that GRMN 40100 can be taken Semester II. Annually. Fall and Spring.
  
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    GRMN 41000 - Internship

    Course Credit: 0.25
    Maximum Credit: 1
    May be repeated.
  
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    GRMN 45100 - Independent Study Thesis

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    SENIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY–SEMESTER ONE The first semester of the Senior Independent Study project, a two-semester course in thesis preparation taken in the senior year, supervised by a departmental adviser and approved by oral examination by the department in the second semester. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-40100 Annually. Fall and Spring.
  
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    GRMN 45200 - Independent Study Thesis

    Course Credit: 1
    (GERS)
    SENIOR INDEPENDENT STUDY–SEMESTER TWO The second semester of the Senior Independent Study project, which culminates in the thesis and an oral examination. Prerequisite(s): GRMN-45200 Annually. Fall and Spring.