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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

"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? 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
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 3

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?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will examine the discussion of love, marriage and adultery in German and Austrian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the social, cultural and economic context of love relationships and the ways in which the dominant value systems of society are reflected, criticised or subverted over the period. Particular issues to be addressed will include: the significance of reputation and honour, the generation conflict, strategies in self-preservation and surrender and questions of gender and identity. Students will study texts by authors such as Goethe, Fontane, Arthur Schnitzler, Christa Wolf and Sigrid Damm.

Further Information & Notes

This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with GM 3593 / GM 4093 / GM 4593. The course will be available in alternate sessions. 

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 presentation (30%) and one essay 70%, word length Jun Hons 2500 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.

Course Learning Outcomes


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