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Modules

GER2038 : Introduction to Medieval Studies (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, to build on skills gained at Stage 1 and to provide students with a broad-based knowledge of the issues surrounding the historical study of German literature, language and culture. To prepare students for more specialist study of medieval language and literature at Stage 3.
Medieval literature is the foundation for many of the themes recurrent throughout German history: romantic concepts of love as well as fantasy films on knights. This hidden treasure can only be uncovered when going back to the text themselves: to the tales of the knights of the Round Table as well as to imagery of visions and allegory. This course is intended to introduce German students to the philological and literary study of medieval German while at the same time school their cultural awareness of representations of the Middle Ages by introducing them to key concepts of medieval Art and culture and also to its representations in modern literature and film.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics as follows:
• the development of German in outline;
• practice in the reading of Medieval German;
• principal themes of medieval German literature
• medieval hermeneutics (allegory) as cultural concepts;
• editing German texts;
• evaluating the representations of medieval themes in modern media.
Reading References:
M.O'C. Walshe A Middle High German Reader (essential)
Christopher Young/Thomas Gloning A History of the German Language through Texts (background)
plus primary source material

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

There are two main approaches to German medieval studies. This course is intended to introduce German students to the philological and literary study of medieval German while at the same time school their cultural awareness of representations of the Middle Ages by introducing them to key concepts of medieval Art and culture and also to its representations in modern literature and film.
Lectures introduce theoretical concepts and demonstrate techniques which students put into practice during the seminars and in private study, using Blackboard for support.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50Exam with a seen translation and a linguistic commentary.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1A50Word limit: 2,000 words.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The three parts of the exam reflect the different elements of the course: linguistics, literature and culture. The presentation will be on a cultural aspect, the written exam on the linguistic side and the essay comprises a literary analysis.
The essay questions are designed to test the command of the language and an awareness of secondary sources; the methodology used to tackle the problem; the use of philological and historical conventions, terminology and the command of the subject. The written assignment develops skills in research and writing to allow students to demonstrate ability to communicate ideas and arguments fluently and succinctly within the accepted presentational format(s) (style, bibliographical and referencing conventions). In the examination, the passages set for translation and the accompanying commenting exercises test the students’ learning and acquisition of Medieval German.

SEMESTER ONE ONLY STUDY ABROAD: The coursework assessment needs an earlier submission date but otherwise remains unchanged.

Reading Lists

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