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 2018

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.

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

Winter 2018

DANI100 Elementary Danish I Sections

Instructor(s): West, Kim

DANI110 Elementary Danish II Sections

Instructor(s): West, Kim

DANI200 Intermediate Danish I Sections

Instructor(s): West, Kim

DANI210 Intermediate Danish II Sections

Instructor(s): West, Kim

Winter 2018

GERM100 Beginners' German I Sections

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

Instructor(s): BRILEY, ALEXIS CLARK STRUCH, GELA Kumar, Uma Faller, Florian Pashan, Sara O'Brien, Adelheid Hempen, Daniela MASLENIKAU, IHAR

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.

Instructor(s): BRILEY, ALEXIS CLARK STRUCH, GELA Faller, Florian Pashan, Sara MASLENIKAU, IHAR

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): BRILEY, ALEXIS CLARK STRUCH, GELA Faller, Florian Lieblang, Jason

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, GELA Kumar, Uma Faller, Florian

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.

Instructor(s): Rieger, Caroline

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.

Instructor(s): Salumets, Thomas BRILEY, ALEXIS CLARK Hempen, Daniela Taubeneck, Steven

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.

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

GERM318 Introduction to German Linguistics Sections

Basic theories and methodologies of modern German linguistics.

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): Hempen, Daniela

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

GERM402 Words and Music in German Literature (in English) Sections

Study of individual works and genres in which words and music together form a whole. Possible topics include the Lutheran Hymn, the Volkslied, the Romantic Lied and Brecht songs, operas by Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and music and the musician as a subject in literature. No musical training is necessary to take this course.

Instructor(s): Gassner, Florian

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

Topics of special interest, varying from year to year.

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): Gassner, Florian

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.

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): O'Brien, Adelheid

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).

Instructor(s): O'Brien, Adelheid MASLENIKAU, IHAR

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 2018

POLS200 Beginner's Polish Sections

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

Instructor(s): Kudzia, Helena

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

The German Nazi Holocaust in Polish Literature and film.

Instructor(s): Karwowska, Bozena

Winter 2018

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.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta Prykhodko, Dariya RODOVA, LIUDMILA

RUSS102 Basic Russian II Sections

Continuation of RUSS 101.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta Prykhodko, Dariya RODOVA, LIUDMILA

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

RUSS300 Third-Year Russian Sections

Intermediate oral practice, syntax and composition.

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.

Instructor(s): Bowers, Katherine

RUSS316 Russian through Film (in Russian) Sections

Conversation and composition using Russian film.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta

RUSS323A Fantastic Worlds in Russian Fiction (in English) - RUSSIAN FICTION Sections

Russian genre fiction and film (science fiction, fantasy and gothic).

Instructor(s): Bowers, Katherine

RUSS400B Fourth-Year Russian - FOURTH-YEAR RUSS Sections

Advanced oral practice, reading and composition.

Instructor(s): Chitnev, Veta

RUSS412 Dostoevsky in Translation Sections

Instructor(s): Bowers, Katherine

Winter 2018

SCAN335 Vikings and Norse Mythology (in English) Sections

History, literature, and mythology of early Scandinavian societies.

Instructor(s): West, Kim

SCAN336 Scandinavian Crime Fiction (in English) Sections

Crime fictions and films as a mirror of Scandinavian society.

Instructor(s): Karlström, Lena

SCAN413B The Literatures of the Baltic in English Translation - LIT BLT ENG TRAN Sections

An examination through literature of the historical, cultural, and ethnic elements that have made the Baltic area the crossroads of northeastern Europe. The emphasis is on literature from the Germanic and Finno-Ugric languages. Authors to be studied include Strindberg, Tikkanen, Transtromer, Kaplinski, Grass, Bobrowski, Lenz.

Instructor(s): Salumets, Thomas

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

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 2018

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 2018

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