Graduate Course Descriptions 2019W

Germ 500A: German Studies Research Methods
Credits: 3
Winter 2019 Session | Term 1
Instructor: Kyle Frackman, Kyle.Frackman@ubc.ca
Day and Time: Monday, 2:00pm - 5:00 pm
Location: BUCH D214

Course description:

An introduction to and overview of research methods and skills that are useful for scholars in German Studies. The goal of the course is to facilitate a practical workshop in which students can learn how to successfully complete tasks that will be parts of their careers. While the methodology of the course is grounded in the academic profession, the skills underlying the various tasks (like paper-writing, presenting research, reviewing scholarship) are more widely applicable beyond higher education. We will aim to identify the skills developed in academic work that may be beneficial beyond the academy.

Germ 506B: Intercultural Competence: Narratives of Belonging
Credits: 3
Winter 2019 Session | Term: 2
Instructor: Markus Hallensleben, mhallen@mail.ubc.ca
Date and Time: Thursday, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: BUCH D228

Course description:

This course is open to graduate students from all fields and focuses on narratives of belonging from an interdisciplinary cultural studies perspective. How do people relate to place? Does the question "Where are you from?" assume a linear narrative and sedentarist perspective of exclusion? How do we narratively create and perform belonging, cultural spaces, phenomenological borders, national and ethnic identities? With an emphasis on contemporary postmigrant narratives from and about refugees and immigrants in German-language literature that have become central to society and in social studies, we will investigate counter-perspectives to Eurocentric, ethnically and nationally centred visions of identity.

Germ 510: German Literary History
Credits: 3
Winter 2019 Session | Term 1
Instructor: Ilinca Iurascu, iurascu@mail.ubc.ca
Day and Time: Wednesday, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Location: BUCH B219

Course description:

Paper. Machines. Ruins. Rocks. Under these four headings, this course will engage with literary studies and theories of materiality. Readings from Marxist criticism, history of the book, media archeology, ecocriticism and thing theory, with particular attention to developments in modern German literary culture. Students from Arts and other faculties welcome.

Germ 531A: Sex Politics and German Film History
Credits: 3
Winter 2019 Session | Term 2
Instructor: Ervin Malakaj, ervin.malakaj@ubc.ca
Day and Time: Tuesday, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Buchanan Tower 997

Course description:
This course pursues the cultural history of German cinema from its beginnings to today through the lens of sex, sexuality, sexology, and desire. We will consider major and minor cinemas against the backdrop of key moments of Germany's cultural, social, political, and transnational history.

Germ 403A/532A: German Comics and Graphic Novels
Credits: 3
Winter 2019 Session | Term 2
Instructor: Elizabeth Nijdam
Day and Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: Buchanan Tower 997

Course description:
In this course we will read a selection of contemporary German-language comics and graphic novels (in translation) to discuss several issues facing Germany today (including the representation the Holocaust, East German experience and the refugee crisis) while introducing students to important theories in comics studies.

Germ
Credits: 3
Winter 2019 Session | Term 1
Instructor: Gaby Pailer, pailer@mail.ubc.ca
Day and Time: Monday, August 26 (4pm - 6pm), Tuesday, August 27 - Friday, August 30 (10am - 3pm)
Location: Buchanan Tower 997

Course description:
This one-week seminar is dedicated to queer life in early modern Europe focusing on the Thirty-Years-War and its aftermath, both in 17th century and in 21st century German narrative prose. The seminar will have a research symposium format with introductory lectures and discussion moderation by the instructors. Students are expected to prepare a presentation pertaining to one of the course readings. Please send a notice of intent of approximately 300 words describing your academic curiosity of the topic, potential focus of investigation and textual preference to Gaby Pailer, Professor of German Literature, (pailer@mail.ubc.ca) by June 15, 2019.

Please consult the graduate handbook (MA or PhD) for instructions on how to enrol in GERM 547.