German

German program description.

German Studies program description.

NOTE: See the beginning of Section H for abbreviations, course numbers and coding.

GER1001Introductory German I3 ch (3C)

Closed to students with any knowledge of German. Enables students to understand, speak, read and write simple, idiomatic German by introducing them to the sounds, word forms, sentence structures and basic vocabulary of German. Sections of German 1001 may use different texts and approaches. No prerequisite.

GER1002Introductory German II3 ch (3C)

Continuation of GER 1001.

Prerequisites: GER 1001, or equivalent. 

GER1003Berlin: Immersive Introduction to German3 ch (3C) (O)

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore German culture and language in an intensive format in Germany's capital. Students are introduced to sounds, word forms, sentence structures, and basic vocabulary in the context of hands-on proejcts, field trips, and conversation groups. At the end of the course they should be able to engage in with German texts and produce elementary, idiomatic German phases. Students are exposed to everyday cultural situations, but are also presented with more complex topics such as German history and politics. This course is designed for students with little or no prior exposure to the German language (A1/A2).

No prerequisites.

GER1004Vienna: Immersive Introduction to German (O)3ch

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore Austrian culture and German language through learning activities both inside and outside the classroom. Students learn to understand, speak, read and write simple, idiomatic German, being introduced to sounds, word forms, sentence structures and basic vocabulary of German. Using intensive grammar and vocabulary learning coupled with hands-on practical application through projects, field trips, and conversation groups, students are exposed to everyday cultural situations, but also more complex topics such as Austrian history and politics. This course is designed for students with little or no prior exposure to the German language (A1/A2). No prerequisites. Open to students of all years. Taught on location as part of the Travel Study program Vienna.

GER1011German for Business, Co-op and Exchange I 3 ch (3C)
This course is intended for business students and students across all faculties who seek a functional proficiency in German for career planning, work/internship or exchange programs in a German-speaking country. The course is designed to develop oral and written communication skills necessary in travel, university and professional contexts and provides knowledge of the cultures of German business, higher education and the working world. Special emphasis is placed on interactive situations and activities with German speakers in professional and everyday environments. No previous knowledge of German is expected or required. NOTE: Not open to students who have taken GER 1001 or equivalent.
GER1022German for Business Co-op, and Exchange II 3 ch (3C)

Continuation of GER 1011.

Prerequisites: GER 1011 or equivalent. NOTE: Not open to students who have taken GER 1002 or equivalent.

GER1033Reading German for Beginners I 3 ch (3C)

Closed to students with any knowledge of German. Designed to enable students to read German texts in their respective fields of interest. Based on contrastive grammar, it requires no previous knowledge of German. Students soon learn to understand German texts in their disciplines. Students who are taking or have previously taken GER 2001 and 2002 or equivalent (e.g., GER 2013 and GER 2023 ) cannot take this course. 

No prerequisite.
GER1043Reading German for Beginners II3 ch (3C)

Continuation of GER 1033 (Reading German for Beginners I). Designed to enable students to read more sophisticated German texts than the ones they dealt with in GER 1033.

Prerequisites: Only students who have passed GER 1033 with grades of B- and above should consider taking GER 1043. Students who have passed GER 1043 with a grade of B or above may take second year language courses.

GER2001Intermediate German I 3 ch (3C)

Starting with a review of the fundamentals of GER 1001 and GER 1002, this course develops a larger vocabulary and deals with more complex sentence structures. It enables the student to read and write German with greater ease and to understand and speak the language more competently.

Prerequisites: 6 ch of first year German or departmental approval. 

GER2002Intermediate German II3 ch (3C)

Continuation of GER 2001

Prerequisites: GER 2001, or equivalent. 

GER2003Applied German Studies I1.5 ch (LE)

This course provides students with the opportunity to explore German culture and language in the community through learning activities outside of the classroom. The objective is to apply knowledge and to develop skills in projects such as organizing cultural events (e.g. Oktoberfest, German Day) and in authentic situations (e.g., meeting native speakers, interacting with the German Society, reviewing films, etc.). Students will complete a variety of writing assignments for a portfolio and/or publication in suitable venues as well as opportunities for public presentations. Students register following a meeting with the director of the German program or the first-year German co-ordinator. All the coursework will be approved by the program director or the first-year German co-ordinator. Limited enrolment. Open to students of all years. 

Prerequisites: GER 1001 and GER 1002, or equivalent.

GER2004Applied German Studies II1.5 ch (LE)

This course is the continuation of GER 2003. It deepens the experience of independent study and learning activities outside the classroom. The organization of and participation in a German immersion weekend and a Language Awareness Day are two core activities which provide opportunity for employing professional skills: designing, marketing, running and documenting an event. Students will complete a variety of writing assignments for a portfolio and/or publication in suitable venues as well as opportunities for public presentations. Students register following a meeting with the director of the German program or the first-year German co-ordinator. All the coursework will be approved by the program director or first-year German co-ordinator. Limited enrolment. Open to students of all years.

Prerequisites: GER 1001 and GER 1002, or equivalent. 

GER3011Modern German Usage I3 ch (3C)

By discussing contemporary topics, both in the classroom and assignments, the students' competence in German is improved and their skills in idiomatic and written usage are developed.

Prerequisites: GER 2001 and GER 1002 or equivalent. 

GER3022Modern German Usage II3 ch (3C)

Continuation of GER 3011.

Prerequisites: GER 3011 or equivalent. 

GER4013Advanced German Usage I3 ch (3C)

Development of advanced skills in oral and written expression.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

GER4023Advanced German Usage II3 ch (3C)

Prerequisites: GER 4013 or departmental approval.

GER4073Literary Texts3 ch (3C) [W]

Reading and discussion of a selection of German literary texts.

Prerequisites: GER 3011 may be taken in conjunction with GER 3022