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Undergraduate German 2018-2019

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

Learn more about modern German history, culture and literature while also extending your skills in reading German texts.  

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

Learn more about modern German history and culture while also extending your skills in reading German texts. 

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 German culture and involves the close analysis of German texts. 

GM301A: HUMANS AND OTHERS: MODERNITY AND ITS DISCONTENTS A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

What does it mean to be human? Writers have explored this question by turning to the nonhuman, and to realms of experience that modern human life excludes. The course examines literary works in relation to early twentieth century thought, society and culture in order to understand writers' discontentment with modern life. The course involves reading some key works of German literary modernism, by authors such as Döblin, Kafka, Rilke, Musil, and Hesse, alongside works by influential thinkers of this period such as Nietzsche, Simmel and Freud.

GM301B: ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

In recent decades, environmental crisis has become a global concern. In this course we examine how literary writers have engaged with issues such as pollution, nuclear disaster and climate change. If we are to prevent future environmental disaster we need more than an understanding of the scientific facts – we need to understand how attitudes towards the environment are culturally shaped, and how environmental discourse is generated, debated and circulated.

GM3050: GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY 5

30 credits

Level 3

Full Year

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.

GM3067: GERMAN LANGUAGE FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES 1

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.

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? 

GM3567: 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.

GM3595: ALLUSION AND FUSION IN GERMAN LITERATURE C

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

“Everyone who lived in high-up, magical places must feel the same way. You come down into the world and you mingle, but all the while there's something calling you back.” (A. Hasan) The pain of feeling different from others is one of the most enduring themes in literature. For some this is enriching, others are destroyed by it. 

GM401A: HUMANS AND OTHERS: MODERNITY AND ITS DISCONTENTS B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

What does it mean to be human? Writers have explored this question by turning to the nonhuman, and to realms of experience that modern human life excludes. The course examines literary works in relation to early twentieth century thought, society and culture in order to understand writers' discontentment with modern life. The course involves reading some key works of German literary modernism, by authors such as Döblin, Kafka, Rilke, Musil, and Hesse, alongside works by influential thinkers of this period such as Nietzsche, Simmel and Freud.

GM401B: ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS IN LITERATURE AND CULTURE B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

In recent decades, environmental crisis has become a global concern. In this course we examine how literary writers have engaged with issues such as pollution, nuclear disaster and climate change. If we are to prevent future environmental disaster we need more than an understanding of the scientific facts – we need to understand how attitudes towards the environment are culturally shaped, and how environmental discourse is generated, debated and circulated.

GM4052: GERMAN DISSERTATION (JOINT HONOURS)

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Students engage in their first larger project of independent research. 

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? 

GM4099: GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY FOR SENIOR HONOURS

30 credits

Level 4

Full Year

Building on the skills gained during the Junior Honours language course and before, this module expands and refines German language expertise in writing, reading, speaking and listening, to an advanced level, for their final exit written and oral exam in German.

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 and followed by a 20 minute Viva.

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.

GM4595: ALLUSION AND FUSION IN GERMAN LITERATURE D

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

“Everyone who lived in high-up, magical places must feel the same way. You come down into the world and you mingle, but all the while there's something calling you back.” (A. Hasan) The pain of feeling different from others is one of the most enduring themes in literature. For some this is enriching, others are destroyed by it. 

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