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The Berlin Republic - LAN00007I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Ms. Nadine Saupe
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

This module 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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of some key aspects of the German speaking world
  • Develop an understanding of some historical aspects and their significance
  • Understand complex written and aural authentic materials
  • Present and develop arguments effectively in both spoken and written German
  • Achieve a good level of accuracy in the production of both written and spoken German


Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (7 day week)
Open Exam
N/A 30
University - closed examination
The Berlin Republic
2 hours 70

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment: Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on formative work

Written Formative work:

Written comments on the work, and mark on University mark scale

Oral/written feedback in class, discussing major issues and mistakes/content/structure

Individual feedback during office hours and in progress/feedback meetings

Oral Formative work:

Feedback on oral presentations and class discussions

Direct oral feedback in class discussions

Written Feedback form for oral presentations with mark on university marking scale, comments on different aspects of the presentation, i.e. content, argumentation, logic, register etc.

Individual feedback during office hours and in progress/feedback meetings

Written feedback will usually be given within 1 week to 10 days.

Assessment and feedback

Open examination

Feedback: written feedback within 3 weeks.

Closed examination, Summer term, Weeks 5-7

Feedback: written feedback form with a mark on the university marking scale, confirmed by the second marker, and written comments on different aspects of the work, i.e. structure, content, logic and argumentation, grammatical accuracy, examples of typical mistakes (language).

Indicative reading

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.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.