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GER2036 : Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990

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


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML to introduce the most important features of the history, politics and society of the Federal Republic from its foundation to its unification with the GDR; to understand the role intellectuals and writers played in shaping, criticising and reflecting this society; to analyse politically engaged texts; to encourage students to read German in an academic register, and to encounter and practise spoken German in an academic context.

Outline Of Syllabus

• The division of Germany. Foundation of the BRD, Cold War
• Entnazifizierung, das Grundgesetz and the Electoral System of the BRD (and contemporary Germany)
• Political parties in the BRD
• The Adenauer era
• The 1950s and the ‘Wirtschaftswunder’
• The 1960s: history, politics and crises
• The student movement
• The 1970s: Willi Brandt and the liberal reforms
• Brandt’s Außenpolitik
• Terrorism, Springer, democracy in crisis
• 1980s Helmut Kohl era
• Unification

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:0044:00Prep for seminars/ guided reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Preparation for oral presentation.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1100:00100:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

German will be the normal language used in lectures; English will be used to give brief summaries of difficult points and to clear up misunderstandings. Lectures will provide students with an introduction to the main issues covered by the module. Seminars will be used for student-active discussion of the issues, in order to enable students to develop their interpersonal skills and to practise their ability to articulate ideas. Students will also be expected to prepare an assessed presentation in German on a subject of their choice relating to the texts and issues explored in the module. This will develop their oral presentation skills and, additionally, enable them to practise constructing coherent and reasoned arguments.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation152M20Topics allocated by wk 3, presentation in German with accompanying Powerpoint slides and/or handout in German. *Cont in Rationale
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2A803,000 words in English.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MOptional practice essay. To be submitted in week 7.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed essay will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the period in question, and to produce a reasoned and coherent argument in writing. The essay will be based on extensive individual study and encourages students to carry out individual research. In addition, the essay will enable students to show evidence of the following skills: bibliographical work, independent research and referencing.

The oral presentation will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the topic, to organise data and present facts and opinions in German about key areas of the history and politics of the BRD, to produce handouts and powerpoint slides in German.

* Each student will do one presentation in either Semester 1 or Semester 2.

Resit: 4000 word essay.

Reading Lists