GMST 020. Topics in German Studies I
Spring 2021 Topic: Artificial Humans in German Culture
This fifth semester course explores the uneasy relationship of humans with technology, including the most prominent forms of artificial intelligence present throughout centuries of cultural production in German-speaking territories: golems, alrauns, homunculi, automata, clones, cyborgs, artificial humans. Students will learn that many of the current challenges posed by technological developments, and particularly by artificial intelligence, are not unique to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Class discussions, as well as short class presentations, will support students’ efforts to learn and correctly use the necessary vocabulary. Weekly language games will help students retain vocabulary, review grammar, and learn new structures. Students will learn how to write an essay by producing several drafts and improving them. Students will engage literature, music, visual art and media, as well as current newspaper articles. This course serves as the introduction to the interdisciplinary field of German Studies.
Prerequisite: GMST 008 or Placement Test Score of 550 and above.
Eligible for GLBL-Paired
Spring 2021. Meirosu.
Fall 2022. Meirosu.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: German Studies
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/german-studies
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