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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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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?

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

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to cultural, historical and social aspects of 20th-century Germany through the study of a selection of texts, socio-historical documents. 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: Neil MacGregor, Germany, Memories of a Nation.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: One in-class exercise (50%); one essay 1500 words (50%)

Resit:  Essay 1500 words (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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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