Evil and the Quest for Knowledge: Faust in Literature and Media




COURSE TITLE: German Civilization: Research and/or Internet Projects

Fall 2010: Evil and the Quest for Knowledge: Faust in Literature and Media




FORMAT: Web-based course (completely available on-line, no face-to-face meetings required)


TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: An internet-capable computer with an available internet connection, word-processing software such as Microsoft Word or Office for Mac, a university e-mail account, ability to work with Blackboard


PREREQUISITES/COREQUISITES: Proficiency level: GER 204 or equivalent


FOR WHOM PLANNED  Taking this course allows students to fulfill the General Education core requirement for a Global Literature course. It is especially useful for students wishing to expand their knowledge of German for reading, travel or study abroad, or further studies in German or literature.



A. Campitellli

Department telephone: 336-334-6427


CATALOG DESCRIPTION:  Course aims at improving students’ language proficiency and familiarity with German literature. Bilingual course: taught in English and German


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES: Student Learning Outcomes


You will discover the recreation of Faust in the seminal work of Christopher Marlowe Doctor Faustus. 

·        You will identify the characteristics that contribute to the archetype of Faust. 

·        You will discuss the intellectual developments and conflicts associated with the transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. 

·        You will discern and articulate how these cultural currents are reflected in the Marlowe’s text and its German chapbook source.



You will read Goethe’s Faust.  This reading is in German.

·        You will discuss its important themes and merits as well as compare it with Marlowe’s version.  

·        You will identify the shifts in thinking associated with the Enlightenment and

·        articulate how these cultural changes shaped Goethe’s interpretation and distinguish it from its sixteen-century origins.


Twentieth-century Fausts provide perspectives from

·        World War I. Friedrich Murnau’s film  Faust

·        World War II. Thomas Mann’s novel Doctor Faustus. This reading is in German.


To summarize, when you pass this course, you …


1.      have read and discussed a number of well-known and highly influential works of German and world literature.

2.      can articulate how each work manifests a part of the cultural history of the West from the Middle Ages to modernity.

3.      have sharpened your critical thinking by participating in on-line discussion, textual interpretation and study of the development of ideas.

4.      have practiced your writing skills and research skills by producing a number of short essays and a term project.

5.      have increased your German vocabulary, reading and writing skills through close reading of literary and critical texts and experience in writing short and long compositions with peer feedback and guided revision.

UNCG Mission Statement

This course conforms with the university’s mission statement because it is “committed to teaching based in scholarship and advancing knowledge through research.”


Through your reading you will acquire knowledge of these influential works. Through the written development and expression of your ideas you will develop intellectual skills. By comparing and constrasting the varied treatments of this archetype through six centuries of Western culture, including contemporary interpretations, you will achieve an informed appreciation of your own and different cultures.   


Sharing your approaches to these works and putting them into context historically, philosophically and intellectually contributes to your social, aesthetic, and ethical development and also to that of your classmates.  The on-line-discussion-based format depends on your participation and commitment to form a community of actively engaged students founded on open dialogue, shared responsibility, and respect for the distinct contributions of each member.







Instructional methods include assignment of close, engaged readings of seminal literary texts while interacting with guiding questions, taking notes, producing short analytical essays and participating in on-line discussions. These writing activities are incorporated into the process of encountering the works under consideration.


Because an important goal of the course is the development of language skills in German, students read all texts in the original language, although it is of course permitted to refer to an English translation when encountering difficulties deciphering a passage. In assignments, all quotations from the works must be in the original language when possible. Students use German as much as possible in the Discussion Forums and other assignments; however, the use of English is not prohibited unless indicated otherwise on a particular assignment, as students are encouraged to exchange ideas freely.


Each student will contribute a summary of a scholarly article and will participate in the production of a group Wiki providing information related to the literary works under consideration. The Wiki must be in German.


Each student will produce a final research paper of 5 – 8 pages.

·        Students submit a proposal for their final research paper by the end of Week 8.

o       The proposal will include the topic, thesis, and an annotated bibliography that includes at least three scholarly articles, at least one of which must be in German.

·        Students post a polished draft of the final project in the Discussion Forum for peer review by the beginning of Week 15.

o       Group members respond with critiques within the week (end of Week 15).

o       The final project is posted in the Discussion Forum and e-mailed to the instructor on the first day of exams of the semester.




·        Participation  (100 points)

o       Outstanding participation = A

§         participates 3 to 4 days weekly; contributions are substantive, perceptive, thoughtful and well-written, advances the discussion and engages with and encourages other participants, uses German consistently as correctly as possible, assignments submitted in a timely manner

o       Good participation = B

§         participates twice weekly or more, contributions are substantive, thoughtful and well-written, uses intelligible German most of the time, courteous to other participants, assignments submitted in a timely manner

o       Average participation = C

§         participates twice per week, contributions lack substantive evidence of student’s engagement with the work, contributions poorly written, uses German only when it is required, minimally attentive to others’ contributions and feedback, assignments submitted in a timely manner

o       Less-than-average participation = D

§         participates an average of twice per week, most contributions of minimal quality to meet requirements of the assignment, usually inattentive to others’ contributions and feedback, contributions poorly written, uses German only when it is required, assignments submitted late

o       Unsatisfactory participation = F

§         participates on an average less than twice per week in the discussion forums, contributions lacking in substance or poorly written, uses German only when it is required, assignments submitted late or not submitted

·        Discussion Group

o       15 weeks, 4 contributions, minimum of 2 two days weekly

o       See Course Calendar for due dates of Discussion Board Postings

o       Each Posting is worth 10 points and responses to postings are 5 points.

o       A = 10 / 5 (Outstanding), B = 8 / 4 (Very Good), C = 6 / 3 (Average), D = 4 / 1 (Unsatisfactory), F = 0 (Not completed)

o       One point is deducted for responses entered after the due date.


·        Report posted to Blackboard Wiki, 20 points


o       Topic with due dates individually assigned to each student in the course.

o       Post your report on the Wiki available through Blackboard.

o       Wikis must be in German, approx. 350 words, illustrated or supplemented with multi-media if desired.


·        Article summary posted to Blackboard Wiki, 15 points


o       Topic with due dates individually assigned to each student in the course.

o       Post your report on the Wiki available through Blackboard.

o       Wikis may be in German or English


·        Final Project, proposal 5 points, polished draft 5 points, final draft 30 points

o       Five to eight typed pages, 12-pitch, double-spaced, MLA style

o       Proposal with thesis and annotated bibliography due by end of Week 7 (5 points). Bibliography must include at least three scholarly articles, at least one of which must be in German.





Syllabus quiz



Sich vorstellen



Discussion 1 – 17 @ 10 points each



Response 1 – 17 @ 5 points each



Response Wikis 1 – 6 @ 5 points each



Response AS 1 – 6 @ 5 points each



Project Proposal



Wiki (auf Deutsch)



Article Summary



Project Draft



Project Final Draft






Total Points




Texts, Films, Music


·        Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus with the English Faust Book. David Wooten, ed. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett, 2005. ISBN 0-87220-729-3


·        Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust. First Part. German-English edition. Peter Salm, translator, editor, notes. New York: Bantam Books, 1962. Bantam Classic reissue, September 2007.


and / or


·        Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust, 2 part-volumes, ed. by Albrecht Schöne (Frankfurt a.M.: Deutscher Klassiker Verlag, 2005; ISBN 978-3-618-68001-7


·        Thomas Mann. Doktor Faustus. Frankfurt Main, Germany: Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag. Text in German. 4x7. 510 pages.

Mann, Thomas

ISBN 10: 3596212308

ISBN 13: 9783596212309 

Bookseller: Renaissance Books

(Riverside, CA, U.S.A.)

Bookseller Rating: 

 Price: US$ 12.50


and (optional)


·        Mann, Thomas, Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend


John E. Woods (Translator)

Paperback - 544 pages (August 1999)

Vintage Books; ISBN: 0375701168



Readings to discuss

Wiki assignments



Unit 1


Weeks 1 & 2

·        Tao te Ching 3, 19, 20, 27, 80

·        Prometheus

·        Genesis 1-3 available on Blackboard.

Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus. 


1.      Science in the Renaissance

2.      Religion in the Renaissance

3.      Martin Luther & the Reformation

4.      Christopher Marlowe

5.      Article from Collection 1

·        Tao te Ching 3, 19, 20, 27, 80

·        Prometheus

·        Genesis 1-3

available on Blackboard.

Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus. 

Including introduction and "The Source of Doctor Faustus" pp. 110- 159.

Unit 2

Weeks 3 - 4

Book of Job

Goethe’s Faust Part I

6.      Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

7.      Enlightenment

8.      Romanticism

9.      Article from Collection 2

Book of Job

Goethe’s Faust Part I

Unit 2

Weeks 5 & 6

Goethe’s Faust Part I

10.  Friedrich Murnau

11.  World War I & Weimar Republic

12.  Article from Collection 2


Goethe’s Faust Part I

Goethe’s Faust Part I, Part II, Act V

Svankmajer’s Faust

Unit 2- Unit 3

Weeks 7 & 8

Goethe’s Faust Part I, Part II, Act V


Svankmajer’s Faust


13.  Jan Svankmajer

14.  Czech Republic in 20th century

15.  Existentialism

16.  Article from Collection 2

Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus

Murnau’s Faust

Ken Russell’s Altered States

Randy Newman’s Faust

Unit 3

Week 9 & 10

Murnau’s Faust

Ken Russell’s Altered States

Randy Newman’s Faust

17.  Friedrich Nietzsche

18.  Soren Kierkegaard

19.  Albrecht Dürer

20.  Article from Collection 3

Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus

Unit 4

Weeks 11 & 12

Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus

21.  Thomas Mann

22.  Wendell Kretzschmar and Ludwig van Beethoven

23.  Hugo Wolf

24.  Article from Collection 3

Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus


Unit 4

Weeks 13 - 15

Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus

Summary Discussion


Final project


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY:  Each student is required to sign the Academic Integrity Policy on all major work submitted for the course.  Refer to UNCG Undergraduate Bulletin/Graduate Bulletin.


ATTENDANCE POLICY:  This is a Web-based course offered entirely on-line. It is asynchronous, so that students work on their own schedules. There are no face-to-face meetings in this course, nor are any classrooms on campus assigned to us. However, you must be disciplined about setting aside time at least two or three times per week to participate in the Discussion Boards, just as you would have to do if you were attending class on-campus.


FINAL EXAMINATION: There is no final examination. Please fill out an evaluation and participate in a summary discussion on Blackboard to complete the course.


Fall 2010 Course Calendar GER 305: Evil and the Quest for Knowledge: Faust

Fall 2010

What is Due

Mon. 23 August

Week 1

Syllabus Test – Sich vorstellen

Wiki Group 1 organizes assignment.

Wed. 25 August

Discussion Group Posting 1: Tao te Ching, Genesis, Myth of Prometheus

Wiki Group 2 organizes assignment.

Fri.27 August 2010

Response to Discussion Group Posting 1

Mon. 30 August

Week 2

Discussion Group Posting 2: Marlowe’s Faust

Wiki 1 posted by midnight

Wed. 1 September

Response to Discussion Group posting 2 and to Wiki 1.


Fri. 3 September

Discussion Group Posting 3: Marlowe summary

Wiki 2 posted by midnight

Monday 6 September

(Reading, research)

Wednesday 8 September 2010

Response to Discussion Group Posting 3
Wiki Group 3 organizes assignment

Friday 10 September

Discussion Group Posting 4: Book of Job


Monday 13 September  Week 4

Response to Discussion Group Posting 4

Response to Wiki 2

Wednesday 15 September

Discussion Group Posting 5: Introduction and Prologues to Goethe’s Faust

Friday 17 September

Response to Discussion Group Posting 5

Monday 20 September Week 5

Discussion Group Posting 6: Goethe’s Faust Part I

Wiki 3 posted by midnight

Wednesday 22 September

Response to Discussion Group Posting 6.

Friday 24 September

(Reading, research)

Monday 27 September Week 6

Discussion Group Posting 7: Goethe’s Faust Part I
Wiki Group 4 organizes assignment.

Wednesday 29 September

Response to Discussion Group Posting 7: Goethe’s Faust Part I


Friday 1 October

Response to Wiki 3

Monday 4 October

Discussion Group Posting 8: Goethe’s Faust Part II

Wednesday 6 October 2010

Response to Discussion Group Posting 8.

Friday 8 October

end of Week 7

Discussion Group Posting 9: Goethe’s Faust Part II

Wiki 4 posted by midnight

Monday 11 October

(Reading, research)

Wednesday 13 October

Response to Discussion Group posting 9

Wiki Group 5 organizes assignment.

Friday 15 October

end of week 8

Discussion Group Posting 10: Svankmajer’s Faust – First Impressions

Proposal for Final Project Due by midnight

Monday 18 October

week 9

Respond to Discussion Group Posting 10.

Discussion Group Posting 11: Svankmajer’s Faust – Analysis

Wednesday 20 October

Response to Discussion Group Posting 11

Response to Wiki 4

Friday 22 October

Discussion Group Posting 12: Murnau’s Faust

Monday 25 October


Wiki 5 posted by midnight

Response to Discussion Group Posting 12

Wednesday 27 October 2010

Wiki Group 6 organizes assignment.


Friday 29 October

Discussion Group Posting 13: Randy Newman’s and Ken Russell’s Fausts


Monday 1 November

Response to Discussion Group Posting 13: Newman and Russell

Wednesday 3 November

Response to Wiki 5

Friday 5 November

Wiki 6 posted by midnight

 Discussion Group Posting 14: Mann’s Doctor Faustus

Monday 8 November

Response to Discussion Group 14

Wednesday 10 November

(Reading, research)

Friday 12 November

(Reading, research)

Monday 15 November

Discussion Group Posting 15: Mann’s Doctor Faustus

Response to Wiki 6.

Wednesday 17 November

(Reading, research)

Friday 19 November

Response to Discussion Group posting 15.

Monday 22 November

Discussion Group Posting 16: Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus

Wednesday 24 November

(Reading, research)

Friday 26 November

(Reading, research)

Monday 29 November

Post polished draft of Final Project on Discussion Board.

Response to Discussion Group posting 16

Wednesday 1 December

Discussion Group Posting 17: Mann’s Doctor Faustus

Friday 3 December

Complete peer reviews of Discussion Group members’ Final Projects.

Monday 6 December

Response to Discussion Group Posting 17 and to critiques of your final project.

Wednesday 8 December

Parting Thoughts

Post Final Project on Discussion Board.

Complete Course Evaluation.




Wiki Group

Article Group


Wiki 1 -

Collection 3 (or 2)


Wiki 2

Collection 3 (or 2)


Wiki 3

Collection 3 (or 2)


Wiki 4

Collection 3 (or 2)


Wiki 5

Collection 1 (or 2)


Wiki 6

Collection 1 (or 2)


Wiki 6

Collection 3 (or 2)


Wiki 2

Collection 3 (or 2)


Wiki 3

Collection 1 (or 2)


Wiki 4

Collection 1 (or 2)


Wiki 5

Collection 2 (or 1)


Wiki 6

Collection 3 (or 2)


Wiki 5

Collection 1 (or 2)


Discussion Groups


Discussion Group Orange:

Adams, Koerner, Behr, Chiu, Edwards, Hock


Discussion Group Gruen

Montague, Page, Patterson, Roach, Sickler, Vasilj and Haga


Post your Discussion Board Postings to your group’s threads. Feel free to read and comment on the other group’s threads as well, however, this is optional.




Wikis will provide background information about the historical periods, authors, historical figures and other important information necessary for a better understanding of our texts. On the Calendar at the end of the Course Syllabus you will find Wiki topics to be covered for each Wiki assignment period.


There are two due dates for Wiki groups on the Calendar. On the first due date, group members discuss how to prioritize and cover the suggested topics in the Syllabus Calendar. The second due date is for submission of the Wiki.


Das Wiki soll auf Deutsch sein. Es soll ungefaehr 350 – 500 Woerter enthalten. Sie koennen auch Bilder, Kurzfilme oder Musik anwenden, um Ihr Wiki zu ergaenzen.


Monday 30 August - Wiki 1 – extension

Friday 3 September - Wiki 2 – Koerner, Adams and Montague

Monday 20 September - Wiki 3 – Behr and Page

Friday 8 October - Wiki 4 – Chiu, Lewis and Patterson

Monday 25 October - Wiki 5 – Edwards, Roach and Haga

Friday 5 November - Wiki 6 – Hock, Vasilj and Sickler


Article Summary


Monday 30 August – Article Summary Wiki 1 – extension

Friday 3 September – Article Summary Wiki 2 – Edwards, Hock and Page

Monday 20 September – Article Summary Wiki 3 – Roach, Patterson and Haga

Friday 8 October – Article Summary Wiki 4 – Behr, Vasilj and Sickler

Monday 25 October – Article Summary Wiki 5 – Chiu and Koerner

Friday 5 November – Article Summary Wiki 6 –Adams, Lewis and Montague


Read an article from the Article Collection indicated. Article Collections 1, 2 and 3 are available in Blackboard under “Course Documents.”

Summarize the article and relate it to the work under discussion. Supplement it as desired with images or sound files as appropriate (for example, if you are writing about a musical work). Post it using the Wiki tool to make it available to other students in the course.


You may write your summary in German or English. Quote sources in the original language. List the article heading in MLA style.


Consult with the other members of your group AHEAD OF TIME so that no two people summarize the same article. The group deserves a broad variety of summaries, not repetitions. There is no credit for the summary if it is a repetition of a summary already posted.


Course Participants


Adams, Alexandria,

Behr, Alexandra

Chiu, Shih-Jung

Edwards, Lisa

Hock, Ruth

Koerner, Erika

Lewis, Erwin

Montague, Christie

Page, Wesley

Patterson, Preston

Roach, Sarah

Sickler, Rebekah

Vasilj, Igor


Course E-mail,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Final Project


This is a research project. In scope, it should be no less than 5 pages (excluding the page listing Works Cited) and no more than 8. What question do you want to answer or what thesis to you want to develop? Which work or works are your focus?

Schreiben Sie entweder auf Deutsch oder auf Englisch. Zitieren Sie die Werke in der Originalsprache.


Proposal for Final Project


Choose a topic related to at least one of the literary works included in our course syllabus and submit a proposal to your instructor via e-mail by Week 4. Your proposal must include an annotated bibliography. You must use a minimum of three academic articles for your research project of the kind included in the Article Collection on Blackboard (it is acceptable to use three articles from this collection relating to your topic.) You do not have to have everything on your Resource List read to include it in your proposal, but you should say at least why you have chosen to read it and how you think it relates to your topic and will help you to develop your thesis.


See the Course Calendar for the exact due date. Not submittting the proposal will deduct 5% from your grade for the assignment. For every day the proposal is overdue, 1% will be deducted from the grade for the assignment.


Writing, Revising and Submitting the Final Project


Use MLA style to format your paper and your bibliography. Be sure to credit all quotations, paraphrases and hypotheses to the proper sources. One week before the due date, submit a draft of your paper to your Discussion Group for a peer review and commentary. This should not be a first draft, but should be ready or almost ready for submission. Read and consider your peers’ comments and revise your project accordingly. Submit your final draft as an attachment through the discussion board on the final day of the course.  If you have substantially revised your essay, invite your Discussion Group members to read the revised version.


Use proper expression for a critical essay. You are not writing a popular review; you are not talking about what you like or dislike, how things seem to you, or sharing a subjective opinion. You are setting forth a well-considered interpretation based on evidence in the texts backed by your research. Expressions such as "I think that ... " or "In my opinion, ... " or "It seems to me like ... " are therefore inappropriate. For example, "I don't like Faust because ... " is not acceptable; it’s better to write, "Faust is more anti-hero than hero in this work, as this passage clearly demonstrates..."  Avoid redundancy; aim for elegant and efficient expression of your ideas.  It’s much better to write 5 excellent pages than 8 rambling and repetitive pages. Therefore, revise the essay rigorously, with consideration for the time and intelligence of your audience.


Using Wikipedia


You may use Wikipedia for convenience, but you may not use it as a resource for either your Wikis or your semester project. Instead, use the reference resources available through the UNCG library, such as encyclopedias and academic journals.  Wikipedia is a great resource, but because it is not certified or juried by reputable experts, it is not appropriate for academic scholarship.





·        Submit proposal to instructor by e-mail by Wednesday of Week 4.

·        Focus of research must be a literary work.

·        Include an annotated bibliography with proposal.

·        Use a minimum of three articles from academic journals.

·        Do not use Wikipedia for research projects.

·        Submit proposal on time (5% of grade).

·        Use  MLA Style.

·        Use scholarly language.

·        Make arguments based on evidence drawn from the texts.

·        Length of final project – 5 to 8 pages, not including Works Cited.

·        Submit a polished draft one week prior to the end of the course to your Discussion Group for peer review.

·        Read Discussion Group members’ papers and provide peer review.

·        Read peer reviews of your paper and respond or revise appropriately.

·        Submit final revision through Discussion Board the morning of the final day of class.

·        Read Discussion Group members’ papers who advise you of substantial revisions subsequent to peer review.