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Undergraduate German 2019-2020

GM1049: BACKGROUND TO GERMAN FOR 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 FOR 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. 

GM301G: FAIRY TALES AND FEMINISM

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

Germanic literature is famous for its fairy tales. From the brothers Grimm to contemporary re-imaginings of traditional tales, fairy tales have undergone continual revisions, reflecting changing social norms. We examine tales from the early 19th century to the present day, with attention to the gender roles that these tales reveal or perhaps challenge. As we learn more about changing perspectives on gender in German culture, we can reflect upon the challenges that we still face today.

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.

GM3069: GERMAN JUNIOR HONOURS LANGUAGE STUDY

15 credits

Level 3

Full Year

This junior honours language course will build on and extend students' written skills and fluency in German.

GM3070: GERMAN LANGUAGE STUDY - LEVEL 3

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.

GM3094: IMAGES OF CHILDHOOD A

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

“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. 

GM351F: FILM AND POLITICS: GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN FILMMAKERS FACING T

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course, which includes both fiction and documentary film, considers the strong political dimension of 21st-century German and Austrian filmmaking, as contemporary German and Austrian filmmakers not only engage with societal and historical issues in their home countries, but also turn their attention to global problems such as modern-day food production, the refugee crisis, and the global economy. The course will include films by Fatih Akin, Ruth Beckermann, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Valeska Grisebach, Carmen Losmann, Christian Petzold, and Hans Weingartner.

GM3589: MEANS AND MOTIVES: GERMAN CRIME FICTION C

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

Why are we endlessly fascinated with murder and violence? The more peaceful the society, the greater the fascination - so it seems.

GM3598: TRANSGRESSION FROM STURM UND DRANG TO ROMANTICISM C

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course introduces students to the major literary and cultural movements known as 'Sturm und Drang' and history. Through analysing literary texts and other works of cultural importance, the course engages critically with the relationship between art and society, and explores the role of subversive art during a period of rapid social change. Romanticism, and examines the impetus for and impact of these movements in the context of modern German history.

GM401G: FAIRY TALES AND FEMINISM

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

Germanic literature is famous for its fairy tales. From the brothers Grimm to contemporary re-imaginings of traditional tales, fairy tales have undergone continual revisions, reflecting changing social norms. We examine tales from the early 19th century to the present day, with attention to the gender roles that these tales reveal or perhaps challenge. As we learn more about changing perspectives on gender in German culture, we can reflect upon the challenges that we still face today.

GM4094: IMAGES OF CHILDHOOD B

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

“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. 

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.

GM451F: FILM AND POLITICS: GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN FILMMAKERS FACING T

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course, which includes both fiction and documentary film, considers the strong political dimension of 21st-century German and Austrian filmmaking, as contemporary German and Austrian filmmakers not only engage with societal and historical issues in their home countries, but also turn their attention to global problems such as modern-day food production, the refugee crisis, and the global economy. The course will include films by Fatih Akin, Ruth Beckermann, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Valeska Grisebach, Carmen Losmann, Christian Petzold, and Hans Weingartner.

GM4558: DISSERTATION IN 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.

GM4589: MEANS AND MOTIVES: GERMAN CRIME FICTION D

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

Why are we endlessly fascinated with murder and violence? The more peaceful the society, the greater the fascination - so it seems. 

GM4598: TRANSGRESSION FROM STURM UND DRANG TO ROMANTICISM D

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course introduces students to the major literary and cultural movements known as 'Sturm und Drang' and history. Through analysing literary texts and other works of cultural importance, the course engages critically with the relationship between art and society, and explores the role of subversive art during a period of rapid social change. Romanticism, and examines the impetus for and impact of these movements in the context of modern German history.

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