GERMAN 326 - Intermediate German
Winter 2019, Section 004 - The Birth of Psychology
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures


Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
GERMAN 230 or 232 or RCLANG 291 or the equivalent as per placement test results.
Other Course Info:
Taught in German.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:


This course will explore theories and questions stemming from original efforts at establishing psychology as a legitimate, empirical field in the early 20th Century. The practice of this new discipline was intended to contribute to more satisfying life attitudes and relationships, which would ultimately improve society. By reading select texts from the field in German, students will explore various models of the psyche including perspectives on “the unconscious” and how it contributes to neuroses and to therapeutic processes. Pioneers such as Freud, Jung, Adler, Reich, Sabine Spielrein, and Lou Andreas-Salome will be examined in films that will paint a picture of the contexts in which they forged their ideas. Recent research has proven the effectiveness of psychodynamic methods, in which the therapist’s relationship to a client is an essential “seeing” and “hearing.” At a time when Freud’s ideas seem to have lost their significance informal study, this course will give him, and other German-speaking depth psychologists, a place to be acknowledged and discussed.

Course Requirements:

  • Attendance/Active Participation 30%,
  • In-class written essays 15%,
  • Quizzes 10%,
  • Homework including free choice assignments 25%,
  • Project: deeper focus and presentation on one pioneer 10%,
  • Take home final 10%


GERMAN 326 - Intermediate German
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (REC)
 In Person
MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (REC)
 In Person
WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (REC)
 In Person
MW 7:00PM - 8:30PM
006 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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