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GM4094: IMAGES OF CHILDHOOD B (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

“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. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Gundula-Maria Sharman

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • Either European Studies (EU) (Studied) or German (GM) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • GM3094 Images of Childhood A (Studied)
  • GM3594 Images of Childhood C (Studied)
  • GM4594 Images of Childhood D (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will analyse the portrayal of childhood in the German speaking countries during the first half of the 20th century. The source materials drawn on will include literature, autobiography, film and the expressive arts. Questions such as the child's perception of the historical process, the right to childhood, and the process of socialisation are examined in detail. Particular issues to be addressed include: the utopia of childhood, adolescence in the Third Reich, and children and the Holocaust. The course will examine the works by authors such as G. Grass, Anne Frank, Ilse Aichinger, and painters such as Max Lieberman and Paula Moderson-Becker as well as various films.

Further Information & Notes

The course may not be included as part of a graduating curriculum with Level 3 course Images of Childhood A.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One in-class presentation (30%) and one essay 70%, word length Sen Hons 3500 words.

Resit: one 2-hour written exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

Discussion in class.


All essays and presentations are discussed individually within no more than 2 weeks of submission. All assignments receive CGS marks, which the Course Guide links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials. Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

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