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Module

GER2010 : A Cultural History of Berlin: Cabaret, Catastrophe, Capital

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Teresa Ludden
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML to introduce the most important aspects of the cultural history of Berlin from 1900 to the present day; to understand Berlin’s cultural and historical importance during the Weimar Republic; to understand aspects of Weimar culture and society through the analysis of print media, film, social theory and literature; to understand the history of the divided city 1945-1989 and how this was represented in aesthetic representations; to understand 21st Century changes and developments and the role played by the contemporary city as cultural capital of Germany; to encourage students to read German in an academic register, and to engage in critical discussions about texts and history in an academic context.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Berlin history 1900-1933: Revolution, foundation of the Weimar Republic.
•       Berlin Symphonie einer Grossstadt (Ruttmann, 1927)
•       Berliner Berichte, (Joseph Roth, 1929)
•       Kuhle Wampe, (Dudow, 1932)
•       Jeder stirbt fuer sich allein, (Hans Fallada, 1947)
•       Berlin history and culture 1945-1989: the divided city and the Cold War
•       ‘Souvenirs von den Kontrollen’, (Hildebrandt, 1963)
•       Post-Wende Berlin: New identities and the city 1990-present day
•       Simple Stories, Ingo Schulz, (1999)
•       Goodbye Lenin, (Becker, 2003)
•       Architecture and memorial culture in the capital city

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Includes reading activities for lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Includes preparation for seminars
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities130:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online: Whole group taster session, overview of module, look through the syllabus.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will provide students with an introduction to the main concepts, topics and texts issues covered in 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. Online small group teaching allows the students to achieve the main learning aims of analysis an interpretation of texts. Students will also be expected to prepare a short non-assessed presentation 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Essay 2,500 words Submitted week 9
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MWeek 6
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed essay will allow students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main texts covered in the module, and to produce a reasoned and coherent argument in writing. The essay will be based on 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, word-processing, footnoting and referencing. Essay tests the ability to think analytically, the ability to construct an argument and allows the students to demonstrate skills in close reading of texts, independent research, creativity, and decision-making.

Formative essay to be written during Semester 1 to allow for individual feedback.

Resit 2,500 word essay

Reading Lists

Timetable