This course aims to increase students' awareness of some key aspects of German society and culture with a focus on historical events and how they shaped German politics and society as it is today. Students will investigate the problems and opportunities facing German society, politics and social policy and how regional varieties, federalism and centralism are causing a constant struggle in the creation of a German national identity.
At the end of the module students should have a good understanding of how the Berlin Republic came to be. Seminars will work on an overview of the historical background and the Berlin Republic’s institutions and political system in the present day.
After satisfactorily completing the module you should be able to show:
Students must have successfully completed:
The module lasts for three terms, two contact hours per week per term in terms 1 and 2 and 2 x 1 hour seminars in term 3. Some time will also be devoted to self-study in the eLab, online or in the library/at home.
You will be expected to complete and submit exercises and other written assignments regularly and to present some of this work in seminars. In addition, reading and other preparation for the seminars will be required.
There will be weekly seminars which will deal with social, cultural and political issues relating to the German speaking world and practical issues used for year abroad preparation. You will use audio-visual resources, online materials and a number of texts in order to research the topics discussed in class. There will be one prepared oral presentation per year/per student and some topics will be developed in group work and then presented in the seminar.
The teaching will be in small groups and will be conducted in German.
Students must be in possession of a monolingual German dictionary.
A dossier of texts and materials will be provided by the tutor. Videos and audio passages will be provided or they will be available online/in the eLab.
Written feedback will usually be given within 1 week to 10 days.
About this module
- Module name
The Berlin Republic
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- Term(s) taught