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German Studies


This program serves both full and part time students, and those seeking educational enrichment in areas related to the establishment and evolution of German humanism from the Reformation to modern times. The certificate may be completed concurrently with, and complements, major and minor programs in areas such as history, humanities, philosophy and political science.

The program requires basic proficiency in the German language (writing, reading, listening and speaking), and is intended for students who wish to pursue further studies in literature, history, philosophy and political science, and may be completed in conjunction with a degree program.

Those students planning to obtain a bachelor of arts within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) may complete the certificate in such a way that some of the FASS breadth requirements are fulfilled by the same courses. Courses used toward the certificate may also be used toward a major and minor.

Course Requirements

This program requires a minimum of 21 units as stipulated below. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all prerequisites are met.

Students complete four German language courses including all of

GERM 102 - Introductory German I (3)

Emphasis on the acquisition of spoken fluency, correct pronunciation, and reading facility. This course will be for all students who have not taken BC grade 12 German or its equivalent.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Claudia Hein
Mo, We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D200 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3517, Burnaby
D300 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
GERM 103 - Introductory German II (3)

Continues the work of GERM 102. It should be taken, wherever possible, in the term immediately following GERM 102. Prerequisite: GERM 102 or equivalent.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Claudia Hein
Tu, Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
GERM 201 - Intermediate German I (3)

Emphasis on oral command, accurate and idiomatic expression; reading of intermediate texts. Prerequisite: GERM 103 or equivalent.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Claudia Hein
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6125, Burnaby
RCB 7300, Burnaby

and a minimum of three courses selected from the following list, or other courses with the approval of the Language Training Institute.

ENGL 392 - Studies in World Literatures in English (4) *

The study of a selection of literary works in English, mainly from regions other than Canada, Britain and the United States. The course may focus on one or several literatures. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught, though students who obtained credit for English 392 prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit.

CA 137 - The History and Aesthetics of Cinema II (3) *

This course will examine selected developments in cinema from 1945 to the present, with attention to various styles of artistic expression in film. May be of particular interest to students in other departments. Students with credit for FPA 137 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

CA 337 - Intermediate Selected Topics in Film and Video Studies (4) *

An intermediate course in critical studies in film addressing a variety of topics. This course can be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 6 credits in film studies (CA (or FPA) 135, 136, 137, 186, 235, 236, 237, 335, 436) or 9 credits in CA (or FPA) courses including CA (or FPA) 136 or 137.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Joseph Clark
Mo 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 1600, Vancouver
HIST 224 - Europe from the French Revolution to the First World War (3)

A survey of European history emphasizing the French Revolution, and Napoleonic Europe and first Industrial Revolution, liberalism and its opponents, agrarian conservatism, liberalism and conservatism, the Revolutions of 1848, the struggles for political unification, the second Industrial Revolution and the origins of the First World War. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Lauren Rossi
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3150, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5015, Burnaby
D102 Mo 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D103 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
D104 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5019, Burnaby
HIST 225 - 20th Century Europe (3)

A survey of European history from the First World War emphasizing the origins and effects of the World Wars, the emergence of the Soviet Union and of fascism. Breadth-Humanities.

HIST 332 - Politics and Culture in Modern Germany (4)

An examination of major themes in German history from the establishment of a united German Empire in 1871 to the reunification of Germany in 1990. Emphasis will be placed on issues related to the formation of German national identity and the problems associated with modernization and militarism. Attention will be given to the difficulties of Weimar democracy, the nature of the Third Reich, and contrasting developments in East and West Germany after 1949. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history.

HIST 338 - World War II (4)

An introduction to the history of the origins and course of the second world war. Prerequisite: 45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 225.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
HUM 240 - Studies in Modern Culture (3) *

A thematic approach to two or more cultures through the examination of a selection from historical, literary, philosophical and/or aesthetic materials. Prerequisite: 30 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Dionysia Eirini Kotsovili
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5004, Burnaby
HUM 307 - Carolingian Civilization (4)

A focused interdisciplinary study of the Carolingian civilization achieved in early medieval Europe under Charlemagne and his family. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

HUM 340 - Great Cities in Their Time (4) *

An exploration of the cultural and intellectual accomplishments of a specific city that achieved prominence in a particular time period, and had substantial impact and influence on human civilization. Examines the political, social, religious, and cultural factors that help to explain a city's significance and investigates the achievements of its citizens. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: 45 units. Breadth-Humanities.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Antone Minard
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 5125, Burnaby
HUM 350 - Special Topics: Great Figures in the Humanistic Tradition (4) *

An interdisciplinary study of the life and works of an individual who has made a lasting contribution to the humanistic tradition in more than one field of endeavour (e.g. philosophy, politics, literature, economics, religion). This course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: 45 units. Students with credit for this topic under another Humanities course number may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities.

PHIL 280 - Introduction to Existentialism (3)

A study of existentialist philosophers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, and Camus and a survey of precursors such as Kant and Hegel.

PHIL 451W - Advanced Topics in the History of Philosophy (4)

May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: two 300 level PHIL courses. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Martin Hahn
Tu, Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 2122, Burnaby
POL 348 - Theories of War, Peace and Conflict Resolution (4) *

Examines the origins and causes of several major conflicts during the last century. This course reviews various theories on the causes of conflict and war in the international system. It also examines the techniques of preventive diplomacy, peacekeeping, crisis management and coercive diplomacy as they have been used to try to forestall open warfare and maximize the opportunities for peaceful change and the negotiated resolution of international disputes. Both documentary and feature films will be used to illustrate many types of conflict and warfare in the international system. Course simulations, when employed, will concentrate on the problems and risks that are involved in international efforts to contain and reverse the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Prerequisite: Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kanya Adam
We 9:30 AM – 1:20 PM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
J100 Defne Ezgi
Tu 5:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver

* may be used if the subject is primarily Germany and its people (literature, film and/or video, great historical figures, etc.); requires program director’s approval.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six transfer credit units of 100 division language courses (only GERM 102 and 103) may be used toward this certificate.

Course Challenge Credit

A maximum of six units of 100 division language courses (only GERM 102 and 103) may be challenged for credit for this certificate.