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FLG (Foreign Language - German)
318
009977
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
New German Cinema and Beyond
New German Cinema
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages & Literature (16FL)
Term Offering
Spring Only
Offered Alternate Odd Years
Spring 2016
Previously taught as Special Topics?
No
 
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture3.0
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Lynda Kemei Nyota
Assistant Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Lecture2525NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: FLG 202 or FLG 212
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16FLGBA German StudiesElective
16FLGINTGerman Studies and International EcoonmicsElective
16FLGSCIGerman Studies Science and TechnologyElective
16FLLGERForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies ConcElective
16FLLGIEForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies Intl Econ ConcElective
16FLLGSCIForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies SCi Tech ConcElective
Survey of the major contributions to German Cinema from the 1960's to the present day. Attention to film as an artistic medium and to the cinematic representation of German history and culture. Topics covered include Nazism, German Terrorism, former East Germany, debates on the position of minorities in Germany, and German Jewish relations. Taught in German.

The course title and catalog description were updated to reflect changes in the course content that allow for inclusion of more recent films and topics ("New German Cinema" is actually a technical term reflecting German cinema of the 1970s and 1980s.)


No

Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Visual & Performing Arts
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
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Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Discuss, orally and in writing, the development of German Cinema from the 1960's to the present; describe the trends in German Cinema beginning with the German New Wave to German Cinema after the fall of the Berlin Wall; explain how the artistic medium of film has responded to the changes in German society and how it reflects, challenges or supports the status quo.
 
 
Weekly film analysis sheets with guided questions on each film; exam questions.
Sample exam question: In what ways is Schlöndorff and von Trotta's film "Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum" ("The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum") representative of the German New Wave? Analyze one brief sequence of the film to support your answer.
 
 
Critically analyze a film sequence and explain its significance in relation to the entire film, with the help of acquired film analysis vocabulary and description of techniques, and applying film analysis concepts.
 
 
Sample weekly homework assignment: Briefly analyze technically the sequence in von Donnersmarck's film "Das Leben der Anderen" (The Lives of Others) where Dreyman plays the piano piece "Sonata for a Good man." Explain why this sequence is often referred to as the "turning point." Whose turning point is it and what do you think of the film's portrayal of this "turning point"?
 
 
Critically discuss the artistic means a film director employs to present his or her topic through the visual and auditory channels of the medium and evaluate their effects on the viewer.
 
 
Sample mid-term questions: 1a) Identify the camera distance and camera angle in the following series of shots. Explain their effect on the viewer in 3-4 brief sentences.
1b) Explain the difference between diegetic and extra-diegetic sound in film. Identify and describe the use of sound and its effect in the following sequence.
Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
Discuss how the films depict current debates in German society and articulate (in German) their own position on these debates. Topics include immigration, multiculturalism, role and responsibilities of the press.
 
 
Sample exam question: What statement is Fatih Akin's Film "Auf der anderen Seite" ("The Edge of Heaven") making about the relationship between Germany and Turkey? What, in your opinion, is the film’s intention in relation to the Multiculturalism Debate in Germany? Support your argument with an analysis of the following short sequence from the film.
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 
Describe how contemporary German cinema has taken up and dealt with questions of "otherness" both within and outside of German society, e.g. the question of German-Turkish relations.
 
 
Short comparative essay and exams.
Sample exam question: "Jenseits der Stille" (Beyond Silence) and "Nirgendwo in Afrika" (Nowhere in Africa) are two very different films, set in two different countries, and yet have several overlapping elements. What are the differences and similarities between these two films by Caroline Link?
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
NA
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
NA
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
FLG 202 or FLG 212 or placement in a 300 level course.
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
Intermediate knowledge of German
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Timothy Corrigan: A short Guide to Writing about Film
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
See syllabus.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
See syllabus.
Part of Faculty member's regular teaching load.


An overview of contemporary German film in terms of its historical and cultural context through discussion and analysis of directors and individual films.


Situating contemporary German film within a global framework, including but not limited to Germany’s position within the European Union, German-Turkish and German-Jewish relations, German images of Blacks, Africa, and racism.


Critical analysis and interpretation of the artistic elements and techniques of the medium of film.


Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

1. situate contemporary German film in terms of its historical and cultural context through discussion and analysis of directors and individual films.

2. situate contemporary German film within a global framework, including but not limited to Germany’s position within the European Union, German-Turkish and German-Jewish relations, German images of Blacks, Africa, and racism

3. identify the various film techniques used in films; explain and interpret films identifying and describing these techniques (mise-en-scène, montage, camera angle and movement, etc.).

4. write a review of an entire film as well as an analysis of a sequence from a specific film

5. prepare a presentation on a recent German film that discusses both its cultural and historical context as well as its cinematic language

6. do all of the above in German.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Essay15%see syllabus
Midterm20%see syllabus
Final Exam25%see syllabus
Homework30%Homework and participation; see syllabus
presentation 10%see syllabus
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
See syllabus

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