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GM2043: MODERN GERMAN CULTURE 3 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

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. 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
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 2

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

  • One of GM1049 Background to German for Beginners 1 (Passed) or GM1052 Modern German Culture 1 (Passed) or GM1546 Background to German Beginners 2 (Passed) or GM1549 Background to German for Beginners 2 (Passed) or GM1552 Modern German Culture 2 (Passed) or GM1554 German for Beginners 2 (Passed) or GM1556 Modern German Culture 2 (Passed)
  • 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 consists of the study of selected aspects of German culture, involving the close analysis of German texts, together with lectures introducing students to the social, political and cultural context in which the texts were written. The aim of the course is to develop students' vocabulary and knowledge of German and their stylistic awareness, to provide students with the ability to analyse literary works, including film adaptations, and to apply all these skills to the study of modern texts selected for their literary importance and relevance to modern German society. The texts and lectures complement those of GM 2543. This course may be taken on its own or together with GM 2040 or GM 2042.

The course consists of lectures and tutorials in which students generate and discuss ideas about the texts and the frameworks within which they are studied.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Behavioural Studies with German
  • German Joint
  • German Major
  • MA German Studies
  • MA German Studies (Mode B)

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 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.


The above assessments are given CGS marks, and extensive written feedback is also given on each piece of work. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is also given in tutorials, and is offered optionally on one-to one basis, with the course tutor.

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