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Course Overview

Students will gain detailed knowledge and understanding of the fascinating political and cultural developments and historical events in 20th century Germany.

They will be introduced in weekly lectures and tutorials to a variety of texts and contemporary films.

This course is taught in English and normally taken in conjunction with GM1054 German for Beginners 1. It is specifically recommended to students with the intention to proceed with German Studies beyond level one.

No pre-requisites are required.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gundula-Maria Sharman

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

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What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GM1052 Modern German Culture 1 (Studied)
  • GM1556 Modern German Culture 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course is intended for beginners, wishing to proceed with German Studies beyond level 1. It provides an introduction to cultural, historical and social aspects of 20th-century Germany through the study of a selection of texts, socio-historical documents and films. In addition to formal lectures and tutorials, students are expected to follow a programme of directed reading.

Further Information & Notes

This course may only be taken in conjunction with German for Beginners 1 (GM 1054) or otherwise by permission of Head of School.
Prescribed reading for the course is: Mary Fulbrook: The Fontana History of Germany 1918-1990. The Divided Nation (Fontana) 

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Mathematics with German
  • German Joint
  • German Minor
  • MA German Studies

Contact Teaching Time

53 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One written assessment assignment of ca. 1500 words (100%).
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment is provided in small-group work and group and individual presentations in the tutorials.


A CGS mark plus written and verbal feedback is given on all assessments. Written assignments are routinely returned on an individual basis.

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