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Undergraduate German 2015-2016

GM1049: BACKGROUND TO GERMAN BEGINNERS 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

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.

GM1050: GERMAN LANGUAGE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This module is designed for students with an SCE H in German or equivalent. The course develops receptive and productive oral and written German language skills. Students who are considering applying for entry to German Honours must take this course.

GM1052: MODERN GERMAN CULTURE 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

Learn more about German 20th-century literature, dealing with the events that shaped German and European history. As in all good literature, we will discuss universal  themes and topics covering all of the most important aspects of modern life.  

GM1054: GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This language course provides students with a sound foundation in German (grammar and vocabulary). It enables students to understand the gist of authentic written and spoken German and to speak and write about familiar topics with a degree of accuracy and fluency.

No previous knowledge of German is required, but this course is also for students which took German at school before, on any level lower than Higher or A-level.

With 3 Language Classes and 1 Language Practical per week this course encourages and supports students to develop their personal self-study strategies.

GM1549: BACKGROUND TO GERMAN BEGINNERS 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course is intended for beginners, wishing to proceed with German Studies beyond level 1. It provides an introduction to selected German Short Stories from the 20th-century, with a particular focus on relating these to their cultural, historical and social context.

GM1550: GERMAN LANGUAGE 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This module is designed for students with an SCE H in German or equivalent. The course develops receptive and productive oral and written German language skills. Students who are considering applying for entry to German Honours must take this course. The course builds on GM1050.

GM1554: GERMAN FOR BEGINNERS 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This language course provides students with a sound foundation in German (grammar and vocabulary). It enables students to understand the gist of authentic written and spoken German and to speak and write about familiar topics with a degree of accuracy and fluency.

No previous knowledge of German is required, but this course is also for students which took German at school before, on any level lower than Higher or A-level.

With 3 Language Classes and 1 Language Practical per week this course encourages and supports students to develop their personal self-study strategies.

GM1556: MODERN GERMAN CULTURE 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course allows insight into the major upheavals of twentieth century German history, while also extending students’ skills in reading German and in literary analysis. It focuses on a short novel by contemporary author Jenny Erpenbeck, which deals with the inhabitants of a Berlin house from the early 1900s to the late 1990s. Through exploring this literary text, students are able to engage with the ways in which radical social and political change impacts individual lives.

GM2040: GERMAN LANGUAGE (ADVANCED INTRODUCTORY) 1

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

The course consists of language classes leading to advanced communicative competence in German and it will include the analysis of contemporary texts drawn from a variety of contexts. This course may be taken only by students who have completed the German for Beginners courses.

GM2042: GERMAN LANGUAGE 3

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This level two language course will build on and extend students' fluency and written skills in German.

GM2043: MODERN GERMAN CULTURE 3

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

The meaning of life? Knowledge of good and evil? What are the limits of human understanding? Of scientific inquiry? Goethe's Faust knows of no questions that are too big to tackle. In the course, students will encounter some of the greatest literary figures of European thought and  literature, and follow them on their perilous journey. 

GM2540: GERMAN LANGUAGE (ADVANCED INTRODUCTORY) 2

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

The intention of the course is to extend and reinforce further students' command of German grammar, vocabulary and syntactic structures, and to introduce various styles of written and spoken German. The course builds on the work done in GM2040 and  is intended only for continuing beginners. 

GM2542: GERMAN LANGUAGE 4

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

Building on work done in GM 2042, the course will develop further language skills.

GM2543: MODERN GERMAN CULTURE 4

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course consists of the study of selected aspects of modern German culture and involves the close analysis of German texts. The latter are normally 20th-century texts.

GM3050: GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY 5

30 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This  Level 3  course consists of a German language class, a composition class and an oral class. Students are encouraged to refine their oral and written German skills.

GM3066: GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES 3

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course is available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above and only to Honours candidates in European Studies during their period of residence abroad.

The course requires the submission of written assignments by correspondence.



GM3067: GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES 1/ GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES 2

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course is available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above and only to Honours candidates in European Studies during their period of residence abroad.

The course requires the submission of written assignments by correspondence.

GM3069: GERMAN JUNIOR HONOURS LANGUAGE STUDY

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This junior honours language course will build on and extend students' written skills and fluency in German.

GM3070: GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY - LEVEL 3 (FIRST SEMESTER)

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course offers advanced German language learning at Level 3. The course runs for only the first semester.

GM3073: GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN EXILE LITERATURE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

The course will examine the phenomenon of German and Austrian literary and political exile with particular reference to the period 1933-45.

GM3093: LOVE, MARRIAGE AND ADULTERY IN GERMAN LITERATURE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." (F.Nietzsche) Since the beginning, love is one of the most felt, thought about and desired human emotion. Why is it, that we get it wrong so often? 

GM3094: IMAGES OF CHILDHOOD A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

“Don't you find it odd," she continued, "that when you're a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you're older, somehow they act offended if you even try.” (E Hawke) . What is the essence of childhood? What is 'innocence'? What shaped me to become the person that I am?  Let's take a closer look at that we have all experienced - but know so little about. 

GM3567: GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES 1/ GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES 2

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course is available only to students in Programme Year 3 or above and only to Honours candidates in European Studies during their period of residence abroad.

The course requires the submission of written assignments by correspondence.

GM3578: GERMAN SPECIALISED STUDY C

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

Students will select one of a range of options chosen in consultation with the School to complement the remainder of their Honours programme.

GM3589: MEANS AND MOTIVES: GERMAN CRIME FICTION C

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Why are we endlessly fascinated with murder and violence? The more peaceful the society, the greater the fascination - so it seems. This course will examine some highlights of German crime fiction, and attempt to answer the question of how and why this is such a successful genre.



GM3591: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TRANSLATION C

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course will focus on the history and theory of translation and will include practical work on literary and non-literary texts. The course will examine theoretical approaches to translation and the practical techniques applied by translators.

GM4024: SENIOR HONOURS - GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course will further refine written a,d oral language skills, and prepare students for the exit examination. 

GM4052: GERMAN DISSERTATION (JOINT HONOURS)

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Students engage in their first larger project of independent research. 

GM4054: GERMAN LEVEL 4 ORAL EXAMINATION

0 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

German oral exit examination 

GM4073: GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN EXILE LITERATURE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The course will examine the phenomenon of German and Austrian literary and political exile with particular reference to the period 1933-45. 

GM4093: LOVE, MARRIAGE AND ADULTERY IN GERMAN LITERATURE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages." (F.Nietzsche) Since the beginning, love is one of the most felt, thought about and desired human emotion. Why is it, that we get it wrong so often? 

GM4094: IMAGES OF CHILDHOOD B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

“Don't you find it odd," she continued, "that when you're a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you're older, somehow they act offended if you even try.” (E Hawke) . What is the essence of childhood? What is 'innocence'? What shaped me to become the person that I am?  Let's take a closer look at that we have all experienced - but know so little about. 

GM4558: DISSERTATION SINGLE HONOURS - GERMAN

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Students engage in their first larger project of independent research. The dissertation is to be written in German. 

GM4578: GERMAN SPECIALISED STUDY D

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Students will select one of a range of options chosen in consultation with the School to complement the remainder of their Honours programme.

GM4589: MEANS AND MOTIVES: GERMAN CRIME FICTION D

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Why are we endlessly fascinated with murder and violence? The more peaceful the society, the greater the fascination - so it seems. This course will examine some highlights of German crime fiction, and attempt to answer the question of how and why this is such a successful genre.

GM4591: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TRANSLATION D

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course will focus on the history and theory of translation and will include practical work on literary and non-literary texts. The course will examine theoretical approaches to translation and the practical techniques applied by translators.

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