Undergraduate Course Outline B.A. in German Studies
First Year B.A.
|GE 4711 or GE 4701
||Deutsche Sprache, Kultur und Literatur 1 (ADVANCED) or Deutsche Sprache und Kultur 1 (AB INITIO)|
|GE 4712 or GE 4702
||Deutsche Sprache, Kultur und Literatur 2 (ADVANCED) or Deutsche Sprache und Kultur 2 (AB INITIO)|
Second Year B.A
|Autumn Semester :
|GE4713 or GE 4753
||Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 1|
|GE4723 or GE 4763
||Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 1|
||Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 2|
||Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 2|
Third Year B.A.
|OC4310 and OC4320
||Off Campus Programme|
Fourth Year B.A.
||Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 3|
||Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 3|
||Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 4|
Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 4
1st Year - Advanced
GE 4711 Deutsche Sprache, Literatur und Kultur 1
An introduction to German language, culture, history and literature of the twentieth century through the discussion of film, fictional and non-fictional texts and intensive language practice. The grammar lecture in the language element focuses on the reflection and extension of existing (second level) grammatical knowledge. In the accompanying communication skills tutorial, conducted in small groups, students apply grammatical structures in oral and written communication at A2/B1 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Classes in Kultur and Literatur consist of one lecture in English (Kultur) and one interactive workshop in German (Literatur). In the culture lecture, film, newspaper articles and secondary sources are used to highlight aspects of German-speaking cultures such as Austria and Switzerland. The main thematic focus, which may differ from year, may be on gender, ethnic, national and regional identity or everyday culture. The literature class involves the reading and discussion of a literary text to provide students with further access to these topics and to develop their reading and analytical techniques. The module consists of 4 contact hours in total. [The order of topics in culture and literature outlined in GE 4711/12 may alternate in particular years.
GE 4712 Deutsche Sprache, Kultur und Literatur 2
This module continues all aspects of the work begun in 4711 within a similar course structure. The language element, consisting of a grammar lecture and a communication skills tutorial, continues the analysis and practice of grammatical structures and vocabulary work on A2/B1 level begun during the autumn semester. In the culture lecture, film and other media are used to highlight aspects of contemporary German culture. Particular emphasis is given to the political and cultural division of Germany after 1945 and the situation after unification in 1990. Students gain an insight into political and social structures, such as the education system or the situation of migrant communities, and learn how these are reflected in aspects of everyday life, youth cultures and other subcultures. The literature workshop allows participants to practice their reading techniques, principles of textual analysis and writing skills. The literary texts discussed here are thematically linked to the culture lecture, and thus may focus on children’s literature, migrant literature or film versions of literary texts in one particular year. The module consists of 4 contact hours in total. [The order of topics in culture and literature outlined in GE 4711/12 may alternate in particular years.]
GE 4701 Ab Initio 1
In the culture lecture, which is held in English, film, newspaper articles and secondary sources are used to highlight aspects of German-speaking cultures such as Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Particular emphasis is given to the themes of gender, ethnic, national and regional identity as well as to everyday culture (1 hour, see GE 4711). The main focus of this module is on acquiring German language skills at A1 level, which includes the introduction to grammatical structures and their application as well as the development of oral and written communication skills in intensive language tutorials, conducted in small groups (4 hours). In this semester ab initio students have 5 contact hours in total. This module is aimed at students without or with very basic German language skills.
GE 4702 Ab Initio 2
In the culture lecture, held in English, film and other media are used to highlight aspects of contemporary German culture. Particular emphasis is given to the political and cultural division of Germany after 1945 and the situation after its unification in 1990. Students gain an insight into political and social structures, such as the education system or the situation of migrant communities, and learn how these are reflected in aspects of everyday life, youth cultures and other subcultures (see GE 4712). The grammar lecture and language tutorials continue the intensive practice of grammatical structures, vocabulary work, written and oral language skills begun during semester 1. Students should obtain a minimum grade of B2 at the end of this semester, if they wish to continue with German in second year. The module consists of 5 contact hours in total.
Second Year - Advanced
GE 4713 Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 1
The module consists of classes in grammar, linguistics, writing and oral communication skills. The grammar lecture explores grammatical structures at level B1. Communication skills are further developed through written and oral discussion of topical issues such as emigration, women, family and travel in specific writing skills and communication skills tutorials. The linguistics lecture introduces students to the history and development of the German language, looks at both contemporary language debates and the variety of the German speaking areas, and provides a practice-oriented overview on phonology and phonetics. The module consists of 4 contact hours in total.
GE 4723 Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 1
The module provides an insight into the history of modern German literature and society from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century. Classes consist of one lecture in English (Kultur) and one interactive workshop in German (Literatur). Students are introduced to the literature of a particular period of this time within its wider cultural context. Such periods may include, for example, the Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, Weimar Classicism, Romanticism, Vormärz, Realism and Naturalism. At the same time, students gain an insight into the German culture(s) of this time in a wider sense, including the structures of society and in how far “German” is a useful term here. Selected topics for exploration include the changing political boundaries, the rise of the middle classes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the situation of women and ethnic minorities, the difficult beginnings of a German democracy, the development of nationalism and the founding of the German nation state. The module consists of 3 contact hours in total.
GE4753 Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 1 (Ab Initio)
This module has been specifically designed for students who entered the German Studies programme at ab initio level in the previous year. The module consists of a linguistics and a grammar lecture as well as grammar, writing skills and communication skills tutorials (as in GE4713). The module focuses predominantly on grammatical structures and communicative skills (oral and aural) at A2/B1 level (3 hours per week). A separate class aims at developing topic-based writing skills (1 hour per week). The grammar lecture explores grammatical structures at B1 level and practices them in a specific ab initio tutorial. Communication skills are further developed through written and oral discussion of topical issues, such as family, education, gender, identity, etc. The linguistics component introduces students to basic concepts such as syntax and morphology, as well as providing an introduction to the history of the German language and is mostly taught through the medium of English (1 hour per week).
GE4763 Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 1 (Ab Initio)
This module, which introduces students to the literature and culture of the late 18th and 19th century in German speaking countries, caters specifically to students who started with German ab initio in Year 1. Students are introduced to the literature of periods such as the Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, Weimar Classicism, Romanticism, Vormärz, Realism and Naturalism. Selected topics for exploration in the culture lecture (1 hour) include the rise of the middle classes in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the position of women in society, the difficult beginnings of a German democracy, the development of nationalism, regional differences and the founding of the German nation state. The literature tutorials (2 hours) focus on fairy tales of the 18th and 19th century. An additional tutorial (2 hours) is provided to support students as they expand their German vocabulary and improve their reading skills.
Ab Initio students are provided with extra bridging tutorials.
Advanced and AB INITIO
GE 4714 Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 2
An extended survey of grammar at level B1/B2. Improvement of students’ oral, aural and writing skills in German through the discussion of a wide range of familiar and relevant topics. The linguistics lecture continues work begun in the autumn semester, focusing this term on different structural elements of the German language. In addition to concepts of morphology, syntax, and semantics, the lecture will introduce students to the realm of pragmatics. The module consists of 4 contact hours in total.
GE 4724 Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 2
The module continues the work begun in GE 4723. Attention this term focuses on an overview of the history of German literature and society from the late nineteenth century to the present. Students are introduced to the literature of periods such as early modernism, high modernism, National Socialism and post-1945. The society element involves an examination of selected topics, such as mass culture and modernism, gender and modernism, politics and culture between 1933 and 1945, "Trümmerfrauen", post-1945 protest movements in FRG and GDR, "Die Wende" etc. The module consists of 3 contact hours in total.
Third Year B.A.
Advanced and AB INITIO
OC4310 and OC4320 Off Campus Programme
In third year B.A. students normally spend an academic year / semester abroad, either as a student at a German, Austrian or Swiss university or as an English language assistant at a German or Austrian secondary school.
The year abroad gives students the opportunity to improve their language skills as well as to get to know a foreign culture at first hand and broaden their personal horizons.
Fourth Year B.A.
Advanced and AB INITIO
GE 4717 Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 3
The final year language components continue work on complex grammatical structures with the aim of developing a high degree of fluency and correctness in spoken and written German. Particular emphasis is placed on stylistic improvement and language awareness in translation and writing skills classes as well as in the oral communication skills tutorial. In the linguistics lecture students will be introduced to applied linguistics to allow them to explore specific aspects in further depth in GE 4718. The module consists of 4 contact hours in total.
GE 4727 Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 3
This module explores particular movements within literature and the arts during specific periods, such as Vormärz, Fin de Siècle, New Objectivity or post-war literature and culture. Emphasis here is on addressing such a movements within its national and international contexts. The society element deals with social change during the period discussed. The module consists of 3 contact hours in total.
GE 4718 Deutsche Sprache und Linguistik 4
The module continues the language work of GE 4717 and revises important grammatical structures. The linguistics lecture will focus on one of the aspects of applied linguistics discussed in GE 4717, such as pragmatics, contrastive linguistics, sociolinguistics/anthropological linguistics, second language acquisition, translation or intercultural communication for further in-depth analysis. The module consists of 4 contact hours in total.
GE 4728 Deutsche Literatur und Kultur 4
This module examines aspects of regional, national, and ethnic identity in the German-speaking world, and how these are reflected in literary texts, film and other media. Classes normally consist of one lecture in English (culture) and a workshop in German (literature), which are thematically linked. The focus may vary from year to year, and possible themes include either of the following: problems of self-definition in Switzerland; Austria; in East and West Germany; in the former “German East”, encompassing German-speaking minorities in today's Russia, Rumania, Hungary or Poland; representations of the "Jew" in German culture; multiculturalism in contemporary German society; German-Irish relations, in conjunction with the Centre for Irish-German Studies (UL); images of self and Other in literary texts, film and other media . The module consists of 3 contact hours in total.