CONTEMPORARY GERMANY I - 2017/8
Module code: GER1050
School of Literature and Languages
SALLER C Ms (Lit & Langs)
Number of Credits
FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students)
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 117
Seminar Hours: 33
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT (1000 WORDS)||40|
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
This module is taught in the target language in semester 2 of FHEQ Level 4
This module aims to equip students with a broad general knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of Germany and the German-speaking world, including an introduction to the historical background that has shaped the contemporary societies and cultures in these regions.
|1||Be able to follow and take notes from lectures delivered in German||KCPT|
|2||Be able to participate in seminars in German||KCPT|
|3||Have acquired basic and specialised vocabulary related to social and cultural issues||KC|
|4||Have gained an understanding of the relevance and value of a historical perspective within the study of modern languages and cultures||KC|
|5||Be able to describe the development of Germany and the German-speaking world||KCPT|
|6||Be able to read and critically evaluate authentic sources on a range of cultural and social issues||KCPT|
|7||Be able to write critically in German on cultural, historical and social issues||KCT|
|8||Have developed communicative skills in German||CPT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Indicative content includes:
Historical events and developments and their impact on the German-speaking world today
Nation states and nationalities
State and religion
Immigration and multiculturalism
Aspects of everyday life
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Enable students to develop their language skills as a medium for understanding, expression and communication, through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language;
Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.
Develop communication skills through interactions in class;
Acquire a broad knowledge of the history, culture and institutions of the societies in which German is used.
The learning and teaching methods include:
Three contact hours per week over Semester 2.
Classes will include lectures and seminars;
students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
Subject-specific knowledge of German history and culture.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
written assignment of 1000 words (to be submitted after week 8). Takes the form of a literature review, enabling students to develop subject specific knowledge, improve their written German, and develop research skills.
Two hour exam. Students answer eight questions, in German, on various topics covered in the module. Assesses ability to write accurate and appropriate German, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of topics covered.
Formative assessment and feedback
Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.
Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.
Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.
Reading list for CONTEMPORARY GERMANY I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ger1050
Programmes this module appears in
|Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|English Literature and German BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Business Management and German BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Modern Languages (French and German) BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Modern Languages (German and Spanish) BA (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics with German BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.