Tobias Boes University of Notre Dame

Tobias Boes


Spring 2016:

GE 30104 – Advanced Composition & Conversation
This course expands on grammatical structures and offers students the opportunity to increase the sophistication of their written and oral German. The thematic focus of the class for the spring semester 2016 will be the contemporary refugee crises in Europe.

GE 20201 – Intermediate German I
The goal of this class will be to improve the four linguistic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as students’ understanding of German culture.  To accomplish this task, we will create an immersive environment in which we speak exclusively German, and also use an all-German textbook.


[On Leave 2015]


Fall 2014:

Engl 44347 – Imagining Europe: From the Age of Enlightenment to the Age of the Euro
(Taught at Notre Dame’s Study Abroad Campus in London)
In this seminar, we will examine how poets, novelists, and filmmakers have imagined Europe over the course of the last 200 years. How do you give an imaginative shape to something that is too vast to ever be encompassed in its entirety, and too complex to be reduced to any uniform vision? Throughout the semester, we will make use of local resources in London to support our studies.

Engl 44427 – Remembering the Great War in Britain and Germany
(Taught at Notre Dame’s Study Abroad Campus in London)
August 2014 marks the centenary of the Great War, an event that will be commemorated throughout Europe over the course of the following year. The London Undergraduate Program gives Notre Dame students a unique opportunity to observe these commemorations and learn about the various ways in which the war contributed to the formation of modern European identity. Our course will focus on two case studies drawn from opposite sides of the conflict and will investigate the various ways in which poets, artists, historians, and ordinary people have tried to make sense of these cataclysmic events over the course of the last 100 years.


Spring 2014:

Lit 73894 – From Philology to World Literature
This course, one of two required classes for every student in the Ph.D. in Literature Program, offers an overview of different models that have been used to justify the comparative study of literature. While the course readings are arranged chronologically and touch on many of the major schools of academic criticism of the last century, the class is not intended as a “theory survey.” Instead, we will try to outline several different ways in which we might conceptualize the relationship between literature and the extra-textual world, and will then ask what role these various models still play in what has sometimes been called our present “post-theoretical” era.

GE 20201 – Intermediate German I
[as above]


Fall 2013:

GE 30104 – Advanced Composition and Conversation
[as above, though with focus on the 2013 Bundestag elections]

GE10101 – Beginning German I
This class serves as an introduction to the exciting world of German language and culture, and is intended for students who do not possess any prior knowledge of grammar or vocabulary.  Over the course of the semester, you will develop the ability to communicate in German about different aspects of everyday life, such as: who you are and where you live, your family and friends, sports and hobbies, and your everyday routines.  As you explore these topics, you will develop the basic skills required for written and spoken expression, including understanding authentic German texts and conversations, building up a general vocabulary base, and learning to use basic grammar constructions.


Spring 2013:

GE 40103 – Richard Wagner and the Artwork of the Future
This course will introduce students to the aesthetic and cultural significance of the German composer Richard Wagner (1813-1883), as well as to his artistic legacy in a variety of media from film to computer games throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  Focus on three of Wagner’s operas (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Tristan und Isolde, and Parsifal), as well as on background texts and on Wagner’s own theoretical writings.

GE 20201 – Intermediate German I
[As above]