Zachary Seguin

GER Courses

GER 100 – Zeitgeist and Popular Culture

An introduction to life, society, and culture in modern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.

GER 101 – Elementary German I

This course aims to bring German language, culture, and everyday life into the classroom. Students with little or no prior knowledge are introduced to the structure of German and develop their listening/comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Classes are communicative and emphasize interaction in German. Online exercises and audio/video materials accompany each chapter of the textbook.

GER 102 – Elementary German II

A continuation of GER 101.

GER 180 – German and Russian Literary Masterpieces

An examination of major Russian and German literary works that have influenced world literature.

GER 200 – Transcultural Studies

This course provides an introduction to transcultural views of literature, film, language, and literature and media culture (e.g., fairy tales and their adaptation in other cultures; authors who work in multiple languages; transcultural comics; multilingual and transcultural films; local cultures' interaction with global arts and media scenes, etc.).

GER 201 – Intermediate German I

This course continues the work of GER 101/102. It offers practice in speaking, reading, and writing, with vocabulary building, grammar, and exercises in comprehension.

GER 202 – Intermediate German II

Strengthening of communicative skills, grammar review, vocabulary building, written practice, conversation on issues of contemporary life in German-speaking countries.

GER 203 – Written Communication

The most important elements of German grammar are examined, and students develop the skills necessary for various types of written communication.

GER 204 – Integrative Language Seminar

Develops competence in reading, writing, and oral skills. This course also prepares students for the international ZD (Certificate for German as a Foreign Language) exam.

GER 211 – Integrative Language Seminar I

This course develops reading, writing, and oral skills, and intercultural competence.

GER 212 – Integrative Language Seminar II

This course builds on GER 211 to develop competence in reading, writing, oral skills, and intercultural competence.

GER 220 – Once Upon a Fairy Tale: Fairy Tales, Then and Now

This course studies fairy tales in the broader context of the history of childhood and practices of education and socialization. The course will concentrate on the German and Russian context and in particular on the work of the Brothers Grimm and Alexander Afanasyev, and will also consider fairy tales drawn from a number of different national traditions and historical periods.

GER 230 – Vikings!

This course will examine the Viking Age cultures, which flourished in Northern Europe and beyond from c. 800 to 1100 C.E.. The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the Viking Age and to deepen students' understanding of the processes through which peoples in the present give meaning to the past.

GER 250 – Performance German I

This course improves students' oral and written skills via creative performances in our everyday life. Students will be actively involved in marketing products, conducting job interviews, writing CVs, improvising theatre skits, hosting poetry slams, or even instructing yoga - all in German.

GER 261 – Languages and Society I

This course examines the role that languages play in multilingual societies from a linguistic perspective. It focuses on topics such as dialects, language contact and change, bilingualism, language choice, and language and identity.

GER 262 – Languages and Society II

This course examines the role that languages play in multilingual societies from a social and cultural perspective. It focuses on topics such as plurilingualism and multilingualism, language maintenance and loss, language planning and politics, multilingual and heritage language education.

GER 271 – German Thought and Culture: Objects

An exploration of human-made objects that open up perspectives on German-speaking society and culture. Objects to be studied might include the Berlin Wall, the swastika, Luther's Bible, donairs, and Volkswagens. Students acquire skills in cultural analysis and learn about major developments in literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, and music.

GER 272 – German Thought and Culture: People

An exploration of key figures whose contributions to the arts and intellectual life have shaped German-speaking society and culture. Persons to be studied might include Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Leni Riefenstahl, and Hannah Arendt. Students acquire skills in cultural analysis and learn about major developments in literature, philosophy, religion, art, architecture, and music.

GER 280 – Comparative Literature: Theory and Practice

An introduction to comparative literature, its history as a discipline, and its continuing role in literary studies. Past and present theoretical approaches to literature are used to illustrate the interpretive possibilities achieved by overcoming national, linguistic, and other boundaries. Examples are drawn from a variety of literatures.

GER 286 – Great German Thinkers

An introduction to and examination of the thought of one important figure (such as Leibniz, Kant, Nietzsche, or Heidegger) or school (such as Idealism, Romanticism, or phenomenology) of German philosophy. The choice of the philosopher(s) studied varies from term to term.

GER 291 – Survey of German Literature and Culture

Introduction to the major periods of German literature and culture.

GER 292 – Survey of German Literature and Culture

A continuation of GER 291.

GER 298 – Topics in Cultural Studies

Selected topics in cultural studies.

GER 299 – German Abroad

This immersion course provides students with an introduction to and a familiarity with selected topics in German-speaking environments. The topics range from history and culture, to language and linguistic varieties in the German-speaking world, as well as arts and the German-speaking media landscape. Course offerings include classes abroad as well as field trips.

GER 301 – Language, Culture, and Identity

This course provides an introductory overview of fundamental concepts of language, culture, and identity and relates them to foreign/second language learning and teaching. The course is not language-specific but rather addresses general questions related to learning and using more than one language.

GER 303 – Interactive German Language and Culture

This course develops German language skills and cultural awareness. Discussions include such topics as Heimat, nation, migration, and study abroad. Students will engage with and reflect on different social and cultural perspectives through interviews, videos, and texts. Online interactions, including with people in and from Germany, form an integral part of the course.

GER 304 – Reading and Translating

Students learn strategies for understanding a variety of texts such as newspaper reports, manuals, and fiction. Translation exercises are used to improve language skills.

GER 305 – German for Professional Purposes I

A third-year language course concentrating on the language requirements for the modern workplace. Praxis-oriented language and inter-cultural training combined with discussion of the German business world, in particular business organization and the marketplace.

GER 306 – German for Professional Purposes II

A third-year language course concentrating on the language requirements for the modern workplace. Praxis-oriented language and inter-cultural training combined with discussion of the German business world, in particular industrial production and international trade.

GER 307 – German for Professional Purposes

This language course teaches students the skills needed to function in German business and professional environments. Praxis-oriented language and intercultural training are combined with a discussion of the German business world.

GER 308 – German through Comics

German-language comic strips and graphic novels enable students to explore modern language use. Colloquial German language skills are sharpened in this course, and the place of the comic strip and graphic novel in society is discussed.

GER 309 – The Structure of German

Students in this course investigate grammar phenomena in electronic corpora (large principled collections of texts) to develop their language awareness and the accuracy and appropriateness of their written German.

GER 331 – Exploring the German Language

An introduction to the study of linguistics with a focus on developing the German language skills necessary for linguistic analysis.

GER 332 – Studies in Genre (Prose and Poetry)

An introduction to the study of prose and poetry with a special focus on developing the German language skills necessary for analysis of these genres.

GER 333 – Studies in Genre (Theatre and Film)

An introduction to the study of theatre and film with a special focus on developing the German language skills necessary for analysis of these genres.

GER 334 – Exploring German Literature

An introduction to the study of prose, poetry, and theatre. Periods in German literary history, forms of literary expression, and the methodologies used to analyze these forms are examined. Special attention is also paid to developing the German language skills necessary for literary interpretation.

GER 350 – Performance German II

This course improves students' more advanced oral and written skills via creative performances in our everyday life. Students will be actively involved in marketing products, conducting job interviews, writing CVs, improvising theatre skits, hosting poetry slams, or even instructing yoga - all in German.

GER 353 – Intermediate Conversation and Composition on Topics in German "Landeskunde"

Conversation and composition on topics in German "Landeskunde" with grammar review and study of German vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. This course is taught in Mannheim in conjunction with the '"Waterloo in Germany" program.

GER 354 – Intermediate Conversation and Composition on Topics in German "Landeskunde"

Conversation and composition on topics in German "Landeskunde" with grammar review and study of German vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. This course is taught in Mannheim in conjunction with the "Waterloo in Germany" program.

GER 359 – Topics in German Film

Selected topics in German film.

GER 362 – German Film Classics

Masterpieces of German film from the silent era to present.

GER 363 – German Filmmakers in Hollywood

An examination of the work of filmmakers who have made a mark in both European and American cinema.

GER 364 – German and Russian Film Pioneers

An examination of early German and Russian cinema, and the way these two film industries influenced each other. Influential theories of film from the period will also be studied.

GER 383 – Culture in the Third Reich: Racism, Resistance, Legacy

An examination of German culture during the Nazi period (1933-1945). The course will analyze representations of Nazi ideology in the arts (film, art, architecture, and propaganda), the literature of exile and "inner emigration," and the impact of the Nazi legacy on post-war German culture.

GER 385 – Culture Behind the Iron Curtain

An examination of the culture of the Soviet Union, the German Democratic Republic, and other states that experimented with socialism in the 20th century. Representations of Marxist-Leninist and Stalinist ideologies in literature, cinema, and the arts; the role of the state in directing cultural expression; and resistance to totalitarian control of culture are examined. Western representations of the Cold War are also studied.

GER 395 – Waterloo in Germany Program

Study abroad at a German university in the fall term.

GER 396 – Waterloo in Germany Program

Study abroad at a German university in the winter term.

GER 397 – Waterloo in Germany Program

Study abroad at a German university in the spring term.

GER 398 – Topics in Cultural Studies

Selected topics in cultural studies.

GER 399 – German Abroad

This immersion course provides students with an introduction to and a familiarity with selected topics in German-speaking environments. The topics range from history and culture, to language and linguistic varieties in the German-speaking world, as well as arts and the German-speaking media landscape. Course offerings include classes abroad as well as field trips.

GER 407 – Applied Apprenticeship

For Honours German students interested in a career in international business. The course involves an apprenticeship in an industrial setting in Germany, Austria or Switzerland of no less than twelve weeks combined with weekly written reports, a presentation, and a final report. The course is offered on a credit/non-credit basis and cannot be used to meet the Core German Course requirement. Due to the costs involved with working in a foreign country, paid positions are eligible for credit in the course.

GER 420 – Topics in Language Pedagogy

Topics in the instruction of German and other foreign/second languages.

GER 431 – Senior Seminar

Topics in German literary and cultural studies, and linguistics chosen by the instructor in consultation with the department. These courses reflect research interests of the faculty and form part of a well-rounded undergraduate education in "Germanistik".

GER 490 – Senior Honours Project

German Honours students in their third or fourth year may complete, with departmental permission, a major project, the results of which must be presented in a substantial essay. The topic should reflect the student's field of interest.

GER 495 – Reading Course in Approved Topics

Reading course in topics chosen in consultation with an advisor.

GER 600 – Methods of Research

A course designed to foster an understanding of the fundamental notions of critical inquiry and to provide training in intellectual and practical skills common to research in the areas of applied linguistics, film and literary studies.

GER 601 – Approaches in Linguistics

GER 602 – Approaches in Literary and Cultural Theory

Major currents in twentieth-century literary theory are discussed and applied to primary texts so that students can develop their own critical position.

GER 603 – Approaches in Language Didactics

GER 604 – Approaches in Film and Performance Theory

GER 610 – Topics in German Linguistics

GER 611 – Topics in Second Language Acquisition and Computer Assisted Language Learning

GER 612 – Topics in Sociolinguistics

GER 613 – Topics in Discourse Analysis

GER 614 – Topics in Linguistic Theory

GER 615 – Topics in Language Education

GER 620 – Topics in German Literature and Culture

GER 621 – Topics in Comparative Literature and Culture

GER 622 – Topics in Film and Electronic Media

GER 623 – Topics in Literature and Cultural Theory

GER 695 – Reading Courses in Approved Topics

GER 700 – Methods of Research

A course designed to foster an understanding of the fundamental notions of critical inquiry and to provide training in intellectual and practical skills common to research in the areas of applied linguistics, film and literary studies.

GER 701 – Approaches in Linguistics

GER 702 – Approaches in Literary and Cultural Theory

Major currents in twentieth-century literary theory are discussed and applied to primary texts so that students can develop their own critical position.

GER 703 – Approaches in Language Didactics

GER 704 – Approaches in Film and Performance Theory

GER 710 – Topics in German Linguistics

GER 711 – Topics in Second Language Acquisition and Computer Assisted Language Learning

GER 712 – Topics in Sociolinguistics

GER 713 – Topics in Discourse Analysis

GER 714 – Topics in Linguistic Theory

GER 715 – Topics in Language Education

GER 720 – Topics in German Literature and Culture

GER 721 – Topics in Comparative Literature and Culture

GER 722 – Topics in Film and Electronic Media

GER 723 – Topics in Literature and Cultural Theory

GER 751 – Topics in Linguistic Methodology

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 752 – Topics in Theories and Models of Applied Linguistics

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany

GER 753 – Topics in Theories and Methods of Cultural and Literary Studies

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 754 – Topics in Theories and Conceptions of Modernity

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 761 – Topics in Interaction and Text

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 762 – Topics in Research Directions in Language Acquisition and Multilingualism

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 763 – Topics in Sociology of Language and Cultural Differentiation

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 764 – Topics in History of Language

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 765 – Topics in German Grammar

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 771 – Topics in Individual and Society in Historical Transformation

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 772 – Topics in Aesthetic Transformations and Theoretical Concepts

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 773 – Topics in Intercultural Perspectives, Post-colonial Constellations & Transnational Discourses

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 774 – Topics in German Literature and Culture Before 1700

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 774` – German Literature and Culture Before 1700

Literature of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque. Exemplary texts are examined in their cultural and historical contexts. This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 775 – Topics in Modern German Literature

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 780 – Topics in Media Studies

This course is taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 790 – Topics in Intercultural Perspectives

This course is normally taught in Mannheim, Germany.

GER 791 – Academic Writing

Writing skills do provide an important tool in the academic world and are necessary for writing essays, presentations and research papers. However well you know your subject, it is not necessarily an easy task to talk and write about it. Therefore this course is designed for students who want to develop or imporove their academic writing skills and presentation techniques. The focus of the course is on processes of generating ideas, collecting information, and establishing a thesis statement. Furthermore it also gives an introduction to the development, structure, argumentation forms, and stylistic issues of academic papers with special attention to North American usage. This course is taught either in Waterloo or Mannheim Germany.

GER 792 – Master's Thesis Colloquium

The function of the MA Colloquium is the preparation and discussion of the MA thesis. It covers key components of the thesis and the writing process, such as theoretical reflection on relevant literary, cultural, linguistic or media theories, research methodologies, existing research and the writing of a research report, as well as techniques for presenting research results.

GER 793 – Knowledge Transfer & Reflection

The course encompasses two learning elements: A Knowledge Transfer Project and an Intercultural Reflection. Both elements are designed to encourage reflection on your academic and experiential learning progress and to engage with a wider audience.