Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
(Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 German.
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 hours
Seminars / Tutorials 4 hours per semester


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination (translation and essay)  60%
Semester Assessment 2 translations + 1 essay of 1000 words in German  Continuous Assessment:  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students will have acquired a basic stock of German political vocabulary and be able to understand their English equivalents. They will be able to translate political texts from German into English with a high degree of fluency, recognising the special requirements of such translations, and will be familiar with various aspects of German political life.

Brief description

This course (taught in German) involves translation from German political sources (theoretical and topical), and aims to familiarise students with (1) a special register of the language and (2) the significant political issues in contemporary political life in Germany. Students are requested to read the current periodicals and newspapers held in the Department and to make use of the satellite TV in the Language Laboratory.

It is also recommended that they register with a German-language news service such as German News. For more information see the following websites:

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Sontheimer, Kurt; Bleek, Wilhelm (1999) Grundzüge des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Munich: Piper Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6