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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

Module Title German Society and Literature
Module Code GE190
School SALIS

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Module Co-ordinatorDr. Aine McGillicuddyOffice NumberC1105
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course introduces you to ideas and movements that have played a decisive part in the evolution of modern German society to the present day. The module is delivered through German/English. To practise basic techniques of textual analysis through discussion of short literary pieces and film representative of the ideas/periods covered. To extend your reading skills and vocabulary in a variety of registers and text types in German

Learning Outcomes

1. Discuss political and cultural factors which have shaped the development of Germany from Nazi dictatorship to democracy up to the present day
2. Relate a selection of German literary texts and films of cultural & political significance to the historical context in which they were written
3. Recognize and command linguistic usage in German in intermediate and advanced texts

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24Discussion of texts and film and their historical , socio-political context, semester-long course (12 hours in Semester 1)
Independent Study101Preparation and revision of classwork
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

The module will consist of seminar classes based on introductory short lectures
The lectures will identify and survey significant periods and stages in German culture and history since the Nazi period. It will offer insights into society and politics in Germany at particular points in its development: Nazi German society, 1945 and zero hour, division of Germany into East and West, Reunification and German society up to the present day. Analysis of short stories or other literary extracts and/or film, in German, produced in the German-speaking countries post 1945 and up to the reunification and its aftermath will be focused upon and students will be introduced to key terms associated with significant developments in German society.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
Indicative Reading List

  • M.Pasley: 1982, Germany. A Companion to German Studies, Methuen, London & New York,
  • K. Pinson: 1966, Modern Germany. Its History and Civilization, MacMillan, New York,
  • M. Fulbrook: 1992, A Concide History of Germany, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge,
  • M. Fulbrook: 2002, History of Germany 1918-2000: the divided nation, Blackwell, Oxford,
  • S. Berger: 2004, Inventing the Nation: Germany, Arnold, London,
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