Module Identifier GE31010  
Module Title THE LANGUAGE OF GERMAN POLITICS  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Karina Lindeiner-Strasky  
Semester Semester 2  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 3 German.  
Course delivery Lecture   15 lectures / seminars / tutorials  
Assessment
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Translation and essay60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 translations + 1 essay of 1000 words in German40%
Supplementary Exam 1 x 2 hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3 hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted100%

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 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.

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:
http://www.mathematik.uni-ulm.de/germnews
http://www.mathematik.uni-ulm.de/de-news

Reading Lists

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

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6