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 2018)

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

Winter 2019

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.

Instructor(s): Gassner, Florian

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.

CENS303B 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 2019

DANI100 Elementary Danish I Sections

Students with native or near-native proficiency in a Scandinavian language (e.g. Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) cannot participate in the elementary Danish courses (DANI 100 and DANI 110), but are welcome to join the intermediate courses (DANI 200 and DANI 210).

Instructor(s): West, Kim

DANI110 Elementary Danish II Sections

Students with native or near-native proficiency in a Scandinavian language (e.g. Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) cannot participate in the elementary Danish courses (DANI 100 and DANI 110), but are welcome to join the intermediate courses (DANI 200 and DANI 210).

Instructor(s): West, Kim

DANI200 Intermediate Danish I Sections

Instructor(s): West, Kim

DANI210 Intermediate Danish II Sections

Instructor(s): West, Kim

Winter 2019

GERM100 Beginners' German I Sections

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

GERM105 Intensive Beginners' German Sections

Introduction to and formal acquisition of German through integrated and interactive practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Credit will be granted for only one of GERM 105 or both GERM 100, GERM 110.

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.

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.

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): Briley, Alexis Clark

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.

GERM313 Conversational German II Sections

Emphasis on the study of oral communication skills and strategies. Fluency in many situations, communicative competence in important areas of cultural life, ability to participate in discussions of current as well as controversial issues to express ideas clearly in spoken word.

Instructor(s): Gassner, Florian

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): Kumar, Uma

GERM360 Heaven and Earth: Studies in German Culture and Literature before 1700. Sections

Masterpieces and major trends of the German literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque against the larger background of the political and social developments of the period.

Instructor(s): Gassner, Florian

GERM380 Tradition and Change: Studies in the 19th Century. Sections

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

Instructor(s): Gassner, Florian

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.

GERM406A Selected Topics in German Literature - SEL TPC GERM LIT Sections

A study in depth of one topic of special interest, varying from year to year depending on interests of faculty and students. Possible topics: literature and film, the image of the outside world in German literature, individualism and conformism.

Instructor(s): Hallensleben, Markus

GERM409 Special Topics in German Cinema (in English) Sections

Themes, traditions and techniques specific to German cinema.

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): Hempen, Daniela

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.

GERM426 German Representations of the Holocaust (in English) Sections

The German Nazi Holocaust in German literature and film.

Instructor(s): Kumar, Uma

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.

Winter 2019

POLS300 Intermediate Polish Sections

Intermediate oral practice, grammar, reading, composition.

POLS426 The German Nazi Holocaust in Polish Literature and Film (in English) Sections

The German Nazi Holocaust in Polish Literature and film.

Winter 2019

RUSS101 Basic Russian I Sections

Introduction to contemporary Russian. Oral practice, grammar, reading, and writing.

RUSS102 Basic Russian II Sections

Continuation of RUSS 101.

RUSS201 Second-Year Russian I Sections

Intermediate oral practice, grammar, reading, composition. A special section may be provided for Science students. Credit will be granted for only one of RUSS 201 or RUSS 200.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta

RUSS202 Second-Year Russian II Sections

A continuation of RUSS 201. Intermediate oral practice, grammar, reading, composition. A special section may be provided for Science students. Credit will be granted for only one of RUSS 202 or RUSS 200.

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

RUSS301 Third-Year Russian I Sections

Advanced intermediate oral practice, syntax and composition. Credit will be granted for only one of RUSS 301 or 300.

Instructor(s): Prykhodko, Dariya

RUSS302 Third -Year Russian II Sections

Advanced intermediate oral practice, syntax and composition. Credit will be granted for only one of RUSS 302 or RUSS 300.

Instructor(s): Prykhodko, Dariya

RUSS306A Russian Literature in Translation - RUSS LIT IN TRAN Sections

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

RUSS306B Russian Literature in Translation - RUSS LIT IN TRAN Sections

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

RUSS316 Russian through Film (in Russian) Sections

Conversation and composition using Russian film.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta

RUSS400A Fourth-Year Russian - FOURTH-YEAR RUSS Sections

Advanced oral practice, reading and composition.

RUSS411 Tolstoy in Translation Sections

RUSS412 Dostoevsky in Translation Sections

Winter 2019

SCAN335 Vikings and Norse Mythology (in English) Sections

History, literature, and mythology of early Scandinavian societies.

SCAN336 Scandinavian Crime Fiction (in English) Sections

Crime fictions and films as a mirror of Scandinavian society.

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SCAN411A Scandinavian Drama and Film in Translation - DRAMA & FILM TRN Sections

Traces the explosive development of a provincial theatre into one of the seminal forces of twentieth-century drama and film. Emphasis on Ibsen, Strindberg, and Bergman.

Instructor(s): Frackman, Kyle

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): West, Kim

Winter 2019

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.

Winter 2019

SWED100 Elementary Swedish I Sections

Students with native or near-native proficiency in a Scandinavian language (e.g. Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) cannot participate in the elementary Swedish courses (SWED 100 and SWED 110), but are welcome to join the intermediate courses (SWED 200 and SWED 210).

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SWED110 Elementary Swedish II Sections

Students with native or near-native proficiency in a Scandinavian language (e.g. Danish, Norwegian, Swedish) cannot participate in the elementary Swedish courses (SWED 100 and SWED 110), but are welcome to join the intermediate courses (SWED 200 and SWED 210).

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SWED200 Intermediate Swedish I Sections

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SWED210 Intermediate Swedish II Sections

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena