Module Catalogue 2022/23

GER1016 : Deutschland zwischen 1871 und 1945

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simone Schroth
  • Lecturer: Mrs Sara Heim
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Language requisite: German A-level or equivalent standard.

Co Requisites
Code Title
GER1071Level B (HE Intermediate) German
Co Requisite Comment



In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML: to introduce students to German history in the period 1871-1945 and to develop their comprehension of spoken German as well as writing in German.

Outline Of Syllabus

The following items will be covered:
•       Die Reichsgründung
•       Industrialisierung
•       Die Arbeiterbewegung
•       Der Erste Weltkrieg
•       Die Weimarer Republik
•       Der Aufstieg der Nationalsozialisten
•       Politik im Dritten Reich
•       Juden im nationalsozialistischen Deutschland
•       Widerstand gegen den Nationalsozialismus
•       Der Zweite Weltkrieg

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the module students will have gained detailed insights into political, economic and cultural and social developments in Germany from the 'Reichsgründung' to the collapse of the Third Reich. They will have some understanding of the main factors affecting the course of German history in the period under discussion, and will be aware of some of the factors that need to be considered in the use of the courses.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Lectures will be given in German in order to enhance students' listening comprehension. Seminars and group work may be conducted partly in English where appropriate, but source material will be mainly in German so that reading comprehension skills will be practised as well as analysing skills like analysing of historical paintings, political speeches, political cartoons, statistics and photographs as historical source. Students will learn specific vocabulary and will learn how to discuss historic topics in written form in German.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Present-in-Person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00Present-in-Person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1671:00167:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GER1116Deutschland zwischen 1871 und 1945 - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures are used to impart facts, set out problems, and suggest solutions, as well as to allow students to practice their listening comprehension and widen their vocabulary. In particular they will outline the main developments, give insights into the major factors affecting German history, and give an indication of the problems which can be encountered in the use of the sources. The seminars will allow students to focus in detail on specific aspects of the module, to work in groups and to give presentations in German, so deepening their knowledge and understanding as well as practising key skills.

In their reflections on the 2020/2021 teaching, students highlighted the fact that being able to listen to the recording of the live lectures on Canvas as often as they wanted was very useful with regard to their learning, understanding and assignment/exam preparation.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A40See below for details.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M402,000 word essay in English.
Oral Examination1M20Group presentations plus discussion; in Semesters 1 & 2; topics allocated in Semester 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

One 90-minute written examination during the semester 2 assessment period consisting of:
1.       a number of questions with one-word / short sentence answers in German
2.       3 questions, 2 of which must be answered in detail in German

Essay (in English):
The essay tests the students’ knowledge of content discussed in the first semester and asks them to demonstrate their understanding of particular aspects of the module, as well as demonstrating analysing skills like analysing of historical paintings, political speeches, political cartoons, statistics and photographs as historical source.

Group Presentation (partly in German, partly in English):
Working in groups of two or three, students present on a topic related to one of the lectures. They provide a vocabulary list as well as Power Point slides, and at least one question / task (in German or English) for in-class discussion. This tests knowledge of content as well as language and presenting skills.

Exam (in German):
The first part of the examination tests the range of students’ knowledge of content discussed in the second semester; the second part asks them to demonstrate in more detail their understanding of particular aspects of the module. The exam tests as well language skills and specific vocabulary .


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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