Module Identifier GE30610  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Winifred Davies  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Paul Cooke  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 German.  
Course delivery Lecture   15 lectures / seminars / tutorials  
Assessment Oral examination     80%  
  Continuous assessment   Two oral presentations on a group basis   20%  

Brief description

This oral course, conducted through the medium of German, examines the way in which Germans see themselves and their own experience, in the context of political and social development from 1945 to the present day. The two sections of the module will concentrate on: (i) Ost-ins Westdeutsche nach der Vereinigung; (ii) Frauen in Deutschland.

Further Notes

Students are advised to read as many of the Recommended Background texts as is feasible, during the intercalary year.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should have extended their knowledge of modern German by having focused on German reactions to certain major events of the period under discussion, and by having participated actively in structured language work. This should have improved their skills in the register of academic discourse. The outcome: enhanced knowledge, oral fluency at a high level, developed presentation skills.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
A. Grosser. Deutschlandbilanz. Geschichte Deutschlands seit 1945. dtv 1007
G. Gaus. Wo Deutschland liegt. Eine Ortsbestimmung. dtv 10561
O. Klein. (1994) Plotzlich war alles ganz anders: deutsche Lebenswege im Umbruch. Koln: Kiepenheuer & Witsch
E. Kolinsky. (1995) Women in 20th-century Germany. A Reader.. MUP
C. Maier. (1997) Dissolution: the crisis of Communism and the end of East Germany. Princeton: Princeton University Press
K. Wagenbach. Vaterland, Muttersprache (Deutsche Schriftsteller und ihr Staat von 1945 bis heute).. Verlag Klaus Wagenbach, Quartheft 100
J. Ardagh. Germany and the Germans. Penguin Books
G. Craig. The Germans. Penguin Books
Deutscher Bundestag (Hrsg.). (1981) Fragen an die deutsche Geschichte.
M. Fulbrook. (1995) Anatomy of a dictatorship: inside the GDR 1949-1989. Oxford: Oxford University Press