UNDERSTANDING GERMANY: HISTORY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY - 2018/9

Module code: GER1058

Module Overview

This module is taught in the target language in semester 2 of FHEQ Level 4.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

SALLER C Ms (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 4

JACs code: R230

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

None.

Module content

Historical events and developments and their impact on the German-speaking world today
Nation states and nationalities
Vergangenheitsbewältigung
State and religion
Immigration and multiculturalism
Minorities
Aspects of everyday life

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Written Assignment (1,000 words) 40
Examination 2-hour Examination 60

Alternative Assessment

n/a

Assessment Strategy

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.

Module aims

  • 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.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Be able to follow and take notes from lectures delivered in German CKPT
002 Be able to participate in seminars in German CKPT
003 Have acquired basic and specialised vocabulary related to social and cultural issues CK
004 Have gained an understanding of the relevance and value of a historical perspective within the study of modern languages and cultures CK
005 Be able to describe the development of Germany and the German-speaking world CKPT
006 Be able to read and critically evaluate authentic sources on a range of cultural and social issues CKPT
007 Be able to write critically in German on cultural, historical and social issues CKT
008 Have developed communicative skills in German CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 33

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.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for UNDERSTANDING GERMANY: HISTORY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/ger1058

Other information

None

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Business Management and German BSc (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
English Literature and German BA (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
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 2018/9 academic year.