This module aims to deepen students’ critical knowledge and understanding of contemporary Germany in its European context. In addition, and building on the knowledge and skills acquired during the year abroad, the module aims to increase proficiency in the practice of different registers of German, both written and spoken. It will also enable students to master the techniques of extended essay writing in German.
Satisfactory completion of the course should enable students to:
Students must have successfully completed one of the following:
Two seminar hours in terms 1 and 2. There will be no timetabled teaching sessions in week 10 of term 2 to allow for individual consultations to discuss the end of year paper. In term 3, there will be one seminar in weeks 1 and 2 focusing primarily on consolidation of knowledge and language skills. Weeks 3 and 4 will focus on oral presentations.
All the lessons are conducted as seminars in order to encourage discussion and interaction. Therefore, completing weekly tasks in preparation for class discussion is an essential part of students’ commitment.
The classes will cover a number of themes which are important to understand the making of contemporary Germany as an influential state in contemporary Europe. The critical analysis of intellectual controversies about its past and national identity as well as political debates about its geopolitical role and economic model in the European context will form the centre of the seminar enquiry.
Using authentic materials from a range of sources (television broadcast, newspaper articles, books, websites), particular emphasis will be given to developing students’ ability to present and analyse sources from a critical perspective. The medium of instruction is German.
A dossier of texts and materials will be provided by the tutor. Additional resources will be available on the VLE site of the module. In addition, students are expected to keep up with German current affairs.
Written feedback will usually be given within two weeks.
All modules provide an opportunity to work on general oral/written communication skills (in class and in assessments) and general self management (organising your studies), alongside the specific skills in language or linguistics that the module teaches.
In addition to these, this module will allow you to particularly develop skills in social and intercultural awareness. By investigating current issues in societies where German is spoken, you will learn how historical and political events shape societies, how cultural expectations inform debates and how you can best communicate your understanding in German.
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About this module
- Module name
German language and society III
Deutsche Sprache und Gesellschaft III
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- Term(s) taught