Undergraduate Courses

Course Rubrics

CENS Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies RUSS Russian
DANI Danish SCAN Scandinavian
GERM German SLAV Slavic Studies
POLS Polish SWED Swedish

Note: if an instructor has not yet been assigned to a course for a particular session, the course may not appear in the list below. Please check the course schedule for current information about our course offerings, and make sure to select the correct Session (e.g. Winter 2016,  Summer 2016).

Find out more about UBC’S Business Language Courses, including the Business German program, here.

Winter 2016

CENS201 Contrasts and Conflicts: The Cultures of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English) Sections

An introduction to the cultural history of the peoples of Central, Eastern and Northern Europe as reflected in their literature, art and music.

CENS202 Great Works of Literature from Central, Eastern and Northern Europe (in English). Sections

Major works of Central, Eastern and Northern European literature from the eighteenth century to the present in their European context.

CENS303A Representations of the Holocaust (in English) - REPRESENTNS HOLO Sections

The Nazi Holocaust in film and literature from Central, Eastern, and Northern European Countries.

Instructor(s): Karwowska, Bozena

CENS307 Witches: Myth and Reality Sections

Examination of the cultural, social, and historical construction of the witch in central and northern Europe with comparisons to recent history, current events, and popular culture.

Instructor(s): Frackman, Kyle

CENS404 Gender and Nation: Women's State in Modern Central, Eastern and Northern European Literatures and Cultures Sections

Cultural and social discourses of gender in literary works written in Central, Eastern and Northern Europe roughly between 1850 - 1930.

Instructor(s): Taubeneck, Steven

Winter 2016

DANI100 Elementary Danish I Sections

Instructor(s): Monrad, Jens

DANI110 Elementary Danish II Sections

Instructor(s): Monrad, Jens

DANI200 Intermediate Danish I Sections

Instructor(s): Monrad, Jens

DANI210 Intermediate Danish II Sections

Instructor(s): Monrad, Jens

Winter 2016

GERM100 Beginners' German I Sections

Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations. See also GERM 433.

GERM110 Beginners' German II Sections

Introduction to the language. Ability to communicate accurately in a variety of everyday situations, speak about past events and express ideas and hypotheses in German. See also GERM 433.

GERM200 Intermediate German I Sections

Competence and fluency in everyday situations; ability to report and narrate past events fluently and to express opinions; familiarity with contemporary issues in the German-speaking societies.

Instructor(s): Struch, Angelika GANZENMUELLER, PETRA Baer, Ursula

GERM210 Intermediate German II Sections

Competence and fluency in everyday situations; ability to report and narrate past events fluently and to express opinions; familiarity with contemporary issues in the German-speaking societies; introduction to German for professional purposes.

Instructor(s): Struch, Angelika GANZENMUELLER, PETRA

GERM300 Intermediate German III Sections

Fluency in many relevant situations; competence in the most important areas of cultural life; familiarity with study resources and study skills. Review and expansion of grammar; fostering of speaking and writing skills.

GERM301 German Literature 1900 - 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected works against the background of literary, social, and political developments in twentieth-century Germany with special emphasis on plays and novels dealing with the First World War and Nazism.

GERM302 German Literature after 1945 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of selected literary works from West, East, and the United Germany, as well as from Austria and Switzerland.

GERM303 German Literature Before 1900 (in English) Sections

Reading and discussion of translated works from the German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to 1900.

Instructor(s): Hempen, Daniela

GERM304 German Cinema (in English) Sections

Screening, discussion, and critical analysis of German cinema from the silent era to the 21st century.

GERM305 The Culture of Nazism (in English) Sections

Literature, film and ideology in the Third Reich.

GERM310 Intermediate German IV Sections

Fostering of the ability to discuss controversial issues, express ideas clearly in writing and write essays on selected topics in German. Ongoing grammar review and expansion.

GERM314 Business German Sections

Review of the most important grammatical patterns in application to business geography, import-export trade, marketing, finance, accounting, taxation, workplace conditions and requirements; oral and written forms of presentation for work with German business.

Instructor(s): GANZENMUELLER, PETRA

GERM318 Introduction to German Linguistics Sections

Basic theories and methodologies of modern German linguistics.

Instructor(s): Rieger, Caroline

GERM325 German Translation Sections

Theory, methodology, and practice of translation from German into English.

Instructor(s): Rieger, Caroline

GERM370 Reason and Revolution: Studies in the 18th Century Sections

Masterpieces and major trends of eighteenth-century German literature against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.

Instructor(s): Pailer, Gaby

GERM390 Progress and Disaster: Studies in the 20th and 21st Centuries Sections

Masterpieces and major trends of 20th and 21st-century German literature against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.

Instructor(s): Hallensleben, Markus

GERM400 Advanced German I Sections

Near-native competence and thorough understanding of critical contemporary topics in a limited number of areas fostering study skills. All skills will be fostered but the course focuses on accurate writing and conversation in particular.

Instructor(s): Rieger, Caroline

GERM403A Studies in Modern German Culture (in English) - MOD GERM CULTURE Sections

Topics of special interest, varying from year to year.

Instructor(s): Taubeneck, Steven

GERM403B Studies in Modern German Culture (in English) - MOD GERM CULTURE Sections

Topics of special interest, varying from year to year.

Instructor(s): Taubeneck, Steven

GERM408A Selected Issues in German Culture - ISSU IN GERM CUL Sections

In depth study of one topic from German cultural history, varying from year to year. Possible topics: Germany of the New Europe; Gender and nation in German culture; topics from theory, such as the Frankfurt School.

Instructor(s): Baer, Ursula

GERM410 Advanced German II Sections

Development of capabilities to deal with a variety of authentic texts from and about Germany, Austria and Switzerland; fostering of communicative skills, cross-cultural analysis and critical thinking; effective and accurate communication in both spoken and written German.

Instructor(s): Rieger, Caroline

GERM411 Major Controversies in German Culture (in English) Sections

Selected debates and controversies in the German-speaking countries.

Instructor(s): Kumar, Uma

GERM412 German Media Studies (in English) Sections

Major themes and methods in German media studies.

Instructor(s): Iuraşcu, Ilinca

GERM414 Business German Sections

Review of the most important grammatical patterns in application to business geography, import-export trade, marketing, finance, accounting, taxation, workplace conditions and requirements; oral and written forms of presentation for work with German business. Formerly GERM 314.

Instructor(s): GANZENMUELLER, PETRA

GERM433 German for Reading Knowledge I Sections

A multimedia introduction to reading skills in German leading to a second year reading knowledge in just one term. Students are expected to work largely independently. Course restricted to beginners or to students with no more than one term of beginner's German (or equivalent).

GERM434 German for Reading Knowledge II (Languages for special purposes) Sections

Multimedia teaching of reading skills in German for special purposes. Students are expected to work largely independently. Focuses on specific topics of the student's choice in the humanities, the natural sciences, economics/business and music and enhances skills in technical reading.

Instructor(s): O'Brien, Adelheid

Winter 2016

POLS200 Beginner's Polish Sections

Introduction to contemporary Polish. Oral practice, grammar, reading, writing.

Instructor(s): Kudzia, Helena

POLS424 Polish Literature and Film in Translation Sections

Selected films and translated literature by Polish writers and filmmakers, with emphasis on the interaction between politics and literature.

Instructor(s): Karwowska, Bozena

Winter 2016

RUSS101 Basic Russian I Sections

Introduction to contemporary Russian with emphasis on specialized vocabulary for science, commerce, law, etc. Oral practice, grammar, reading and writing. Note: Students who intend to use RUSS 101, 102 and 200 to satisfy the Faculty of Arts language requirement must register for both RUSS 101 and 102 in the same year.

RUSS102 Basic Russian II Sections

Continuation of RUSS 101.

RUSS200 Second-Year Russian Sections

Intermediate oral practice, grammar, reading, composition. A special section may be provided for Science students.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta

RUSS206 Nineteenth-Century Russian Writers in Translation Sections

The writings, lives, and thought of selected authors.

Instructor(s): Prykhodko, Dariya

RUSS207 Twentieth-Century Russian Writers in Translation Sections

The writings, lives, and thought of major Russian authors.

Instructor(s): Prykhodko, Dariya

RUSS215 Russian Practice Sections

Emphasis on oral practice and reading. It is recommended that this course be taken concurrently with RUSS 200.

RUSS300 Third-Year Russian Sections

Intermediate oral practice, syntax and composition.

Instructor(s): Habajova, Irina

RUSS306A Russian Literature in Translation - RUSS LIT IN TRAN Sections

A comprehensive historical and critical presentation with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Instructor(s): Bowers, Katherine

RUSS316 Russian through Film (in Russian) Sections

Conversation and composition using Russian film.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta

RUSS400 Fourth-Year Russian Sections

Advanced oral practice, reading and composition.

RUSS412 Dostoevsky in Translation Sections

Instructor(s): Bowers, Katherine

Winter 2016

SCAN333 Major Works of Scandinavian Literature (in English) Sections

Selected Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic texts ranging from Old Norse sagas to contemporary literary works against the background of literary, social, and political developments in Scandinavia.

Instructor(s): Monrad, Jens

SCAN414 Topics in Danish and Northern European Cultural Studies (in English). Sections

Selected topics, such as ethnicity, migration, identity, women's issues, Danish and Northern European film.

Instructor(s): Monrad, Jens

SCAN415 The World of the Sagas (in English) Sections

Scandinavian contributions to medieval and early modern world literature, culture and history.

Instructor(s): Frackman, Kyle

Winter 2016

SLAV307A Literature and Film in Eastern Europe - LIT&FLM EAST EUR Sections

Films and translated literature by Slavic writers with emphasis on the interaction between politics and literature.

Instructor(s): Switzer, Ania

Winter 2016

SWED100 Elementary Swedish I Sections

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SWED110 Elementary Swedish II Sections

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SWED200 Intermediate Swedish I Sections

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SWED210 Intermediate Swedish II Sections

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena