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Course code: GERM2111.
Course unit value: 0.5.
This is an integrated language-culture course for second-year students. It is taught entirely in German and designed as preparation for university-level study or work experience during the Year Abroad. As such, it functions on two levels:
1. Content: This course aims to provide students with the literary, cultural and political history of the two capitals of Germany and Austria. The course will teach analytical skills in German using a number of texts, from literary genres (poetry, drama, prose) to non-literary genres (newspaper articles, political speeches, editorials).
2. Language acquisition: All work for this course (reading, writing, speaking) must be done in German. Specific language acquisition goals of the course are to:
- refine students' perception of different styles and text types
- enable students to discuss, orally and in writing, literary, social and political issues on a stylistically sophisticated level
- furnish students with a principal vocabulary and style for textual analysis, in preparation for university-level study or professional activity in German during the Year Abroad. Stylistic refinement will take place on two levels - the textual and the contextual. The textual level involves close reading of selected passages/scenes, analyses of plot/character, characterisation and linguistic aspects. The contextual level will involve discussion, analysis and comparison or major historical and cultural issues.
Assessment: two 1 500 word take-home essays (35% each); and one twenty minute oral examination (30%). One essay will be on a
literary/cultural subject, the other on a political/historical subject
(one essay may be resubmitted for a mark improvement of up to 10%). The oral examination will be a report (Referat) on a topic set by the course tutor
and will be recorded, given in teams of four, and based on outline notes only.