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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title German Language, Business and Society
Module Code GE498
School SALIS
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Olga Springer
Semester 2: Olga Springer
Autumn: Olga Springer
Module TeachersOlga Springer
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The module consists of two units: German Business and Society in a Globalized World (Unit 1) and Ethics (Unit 2). In Unit 1, the module seeks to introduce students to a range of aspects of life and work in German-speaking countries in the context of globalization. Unit 2 aims to explore the meanings of moral concepts and the methods supporting ethical standards and institutions in economic, political and social spheres in the context of German-speaking countries. It also aims to enable students to recognise, identify and evaluate the nature of moral conflicts in their current and future work environments. A number of advanced grammar aspects will be covered. Students will focus on both productive and receptive language skills in their exploration of the module themes. All language contact in this module takes place through the target language.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand in detail complex information from articles and reports concerned with business and/or ethical issues in which the writers adopt particular viewpoints.
2. Write clear, well-structured texts on business and ethical topics, synthesizing and evaluating information and arguments on the one hand while putting forward reasoned arguments/points of view on the other hand.
3. Demonstrate a clear understanding of complex issues relating to course topics, with appropriate highlighting of significant points and relevant supporting detail.
4. Demonstrate a good command of a broad lexical repertoire, including business-specific language and ethical topics, allowing gaps to be readily overcome with circumlocutions.
5. Show good grammatical control of complex structures.
6. Source credible, reliable and complex information in the target language on a range of topics, using a variety of online media and contacts.
7. Demonstrate critical analytical skills when presenting, discussing and commenting on complex topics.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars48Active engagement in weekly timetabled in-person sessions.
Assignment Completion50Engaging in individual and collaborative activities to address tasks set.
Directed learning78Preparing and reviewing of content provided in synchronous sessions and on the Loop page of the module.
Independent Study74Students assess their own progress and address individual needs through independent study.
Total Workload: 250

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

Indicative Content and Learning Activities
Timetabled sessions are interactive and learner-centred. They may take the form of short presentations, interactive discussion-based sessions or Q&A opportunities. Students are expected to work independently on set tasks outside of lessons, both individually and collaboratively, and to take ownership of their language-learning progress by reflecting critically about it and by initiating learning opportunities for themselves beyond the classroom.

Module resources
Students will be exposed to a broad range of authentic German-language resources in various media, such as online editions of well-known newspapers and magazines. Resources will be made available through the Loop site of the module. Examples: www.spiegel.de; www.zeit.de...

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Written ExamIn-class written test30%n/a
PresentationOral presentation30%n/a
AssignmentWritten production with reflective element40%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

    Other Resources

    Programme or List of Programmes
    EBGBA in Global Business (Germany)
    INTBBachelor Business Studies International

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