Module Identifier GE30610  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Winifred V Davies  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Other staff Paul A Cooke  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 German.  
Course delivery Lecture   15 lectures / seminars / tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Two oral presentations on a group basis20%
Semester Assessment Oral Examination:  80%

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.

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) "Die Mauer im Kopf" nach der Vereinigung; (ii) Frauen in Deutschland.

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

Reading Lists

** Recommended Background
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
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


This module is at CQFW Level 6