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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title German Culture and Society (Beginners)
Module Code GE191
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Aine McGillicuddy
Semester 2: Aine McGillicuddy
Autumn: Aine McGillicuddy
Module TeachersAine McGillicuddy
Viktoria Gonschorek
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This course offers an introduction, through literature and film and their socio-historical contexts, to German society since the end of the Nazi era. It also contributes to the development of comprehension and reading skills in German.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify key issues and points in the development of German society from Stunde Null to the present day;
2. Recognize how literature and film have contributed to German cultural and political debates;
3. Analyse the language and key themes of German literary and filmic texts.
4. Apply reading skills adequate for the understanding of elementary and intermediate texts in German.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24Discussion and analysis of different types of German texts and film and their historical, socio-political context.
Independent Study41Independent background reading.
Directed learning40Assigned reading and viewing of German texts and films; preparation for and revision of classwork each week following guidelines on Loop.
Assignment Completion20Preparation for and writing of short writing assignments and end of semester essays.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

This module will focus on the development of reading skills and expansion of vocabulary, using German texts and film. The class will discuss a selection of short literary texts and/or a film illustrating debates and issues which have marked the development of postwar Germany: the legacy of World War II, the division into two states, the economic miracle and affluent society, and the process and effects of reunification. Students will also be introduced to key terms linked to significant developments in recent German history. The final examination will test both elements of the course.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentCoursework (4 pieces of written homework submitted online).20%n/a
In Class TestEssay style questions on course content.80%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • M. Fulbrook: 2002, History of Germany 1918-2000: the divided nation, Blackwell, Oxford,
  • S. Berger: 2004, Inventing the Nation: Germany, Arnold, London,
  • R. Burns (ed.): 1995, German Cultural Studies, Oxford Univ. Press, New York,
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Date of Last Revision10-NOV-10

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