Information for Fall 2020

Welcome Dickinsonians! The German department is looking forward to seeing you all this fall in our classes!

The German Department is committed to providing every student an open path towards the minor and major. If you would like to know more about the major and/or minor requirements, see our curriculum page.

Below are answers to common questions about Fall 2020 which we will update regularly. Please be aware that the plans for the fall are subject to change. For the most updated information, contact the chair or your instructor. Please do check here for the most recent information during Course Request Period in late July.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the instructor of the course and/or the department chair.

Courses Name Email address
202, 213 (Modern German Film) Kamaal Haque, Chair haquek@dickinson.edu
101, 102 Ann Hudson hudsona@dickinson.edu
201, 360 (German Pop) Sarah McGaughey mcgaughs@dickinson.edu

 

FAQ 

I intend to return to campus in the fall. What courses can I take?

I cannot return to campus in the fall, but I will be taking courses. What courses can I take?

I will not be taking a German course in the fall. What courses will be offered in the spring?

What will my course look like?

What about academic support like the Multilingual Writing Center (MWC) and Academic Tutoring? Will I be able to work with a peer tutor on writing or course material?

What will co-curricular events (German Table, public lectures, class visitors, German Club) look like?

 

 

 

I intend to return to campus in the fall. What courses can I take?

All courses are open to students who return to campus. At this time only two courses will be taught remotely – German 201 and German Pop (360). If you have questions or concerns about taking remote courses when on campus, please contact Sarah McGaughey, mcgaughs@dickinson.edu.

 

I cannot return to campus in the fall, but I will be taking courses. What courses can I take?

The German department currently plans to teach most courses in person. German 201 and German Pop (360) can be taken remotely. Here is more information about course formats. If a course you need is not available in a remote format, please contact the department chair, Kamaal Haque, haquek@dickinson.edu.

 

I will not be taking a German course in the fall. What courses will be offered in the spring?

The German department encourages students to not take a semester of coursework off, particularly in our sequenced courses 101-102-201-202. We understand that this is not always possible. In Spring 2021 the following courses will be taught in German.

Course Nr. Course Title Instructor Course Times
101-01 German in Everyday Life I Ann Hudson MTWRF 10:30-11:20
102-01 German in Everyday Life II Ann Hudson MTWRF 8:30-9:20
102-02 German in Everyday Life II Ann Hudson MTWRF 9:30-10:20
201-01 Intermediate German I Sarah McGaughey MTWR 10:30-9:20
202-01 Intermediate German II Kamaal Haque MTWR 9:30-10:20
251-01 Architecture in the German-Speaking World Sarah McGaughey MR 13:30-14:45
400 American in German Literature and Film (Senior Seminar) Kamaal Haque W 13:30-16:30

 

 

 

What will my course look like?

All courses will look differently due to Covid-19. Like the college, German courses in person and online will take health and safety recommendations as well as appropriate methods of instruction into consideration while providing the excellence of a Dickinson education that both you and we expect. Learning goals for our courses have not changed, but the way we will achieve those goals will be different depending on the format of the course. We will be prepared to offer all of our courses in a remote instruction format, should that become necessary.

For information on the general safety precautions of in-person teaching, see the college website. There you will find information on rooms, social distancing, and masks.

Prof. McGaughey is currently planning to teach courses remotely. The classes will meet regularly during the scheduled class time on Zoom and include collaborative writing projects to be completed online or via Microsoft Office365. For that reason, you should have a device with a larger screen (desktop, laptop, tablet), an internet connection, webcam, and a microphone. Access to a printer, a camera (like on a phone), and a scanner or app that generates PDFs is strongly recommended.
In German 201 students will also meet regularly with our colleague, Verena Mertz, in Bremen, Germany. With Verena you will practice speaking in a more informal setting than our regular Zoom meetings. German 360 (German Pop) covers a movement in German literature that incorporates media, particularly music, videos, and film. We will work collaboratively on a class Wiki and a blog.

Prof. Haque will be holding classes in person. If you cannot take his course in person because you do not want or cannot take in-person courses, please contact him and he will work with you to make his course accessible to you (Please note: this does not apply to students who cannot take his courses in person due to course conflicts).  While the current plan is to hold class in person, there is a good chance the class may move partially online depending on how many students may need to be quarantined, or if Prof. Haque himself needs to be.  For that reason, the technology needs specified by Prof. McGaughey above are also highly recommended.

Prof. Hudson will be holding classes in person. Verena Mertz, our colleague in Bremen, will work with students remotely one day a week.

 

What about academic support like the Multilingual Writing Center (MWC) and Academic Tutoring? Will I be able to work with a peer tutor on writing or course material?

We will continue to make all tutoring options available as much as possible. Tutoring will take place virtually due to the physical challenges of meeting health and safety recommendations.

More on the MWC, including tutors and tutoring schedule, can be found here.

Academic advising offers tutoring services for students that includes reviewing grammar topics, speaking, and writing. For access to a tutor, please contact your instructor.

 

What will co-curricular events (German Table, public lectures, class visitors, German Club) look like?

The Department is currently focusing on planning our courses and providing you the support you need to be successful in your German department class. While this is our priority at this time, we also plan to maintain an active program that might include in-person outside gatherings as well as virtual events. As the college moves further into planning for the fall, we will know more about student-run activities like German Club. If you have ideas or would like to express an interest in German programming, please contact the chair, Kamaal Haque, haquek@dickinson.edu.

Updated 6/25/20

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