Module Identifier GE31010  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Paul Cooke  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 German.  
Course delivery Lecture   15 lectures / seminars / tutorials  
Assessment Continuous assessment   2 translations + 1 essay of 1000 words in German   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours Translation and essay   60%  

Brief description

This course 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.

Further Notes

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:

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.

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Sontheimer, Kurt; Bleek, Wilhelm. (1999) Grundzuege des politischen Systems der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Munich: Piper