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Module

GER2036 : Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland bis 1990: writers, media, society

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Teresa Ludden
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 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 features of the history, politics and society of the Federal Republic from its foundation to its unification with the GDR; to assess the role played by public intellectuals, writers and filmmakers in understanding history; to encourage students to read German in an academic register, and to encounter and practise spoken German in an academic context.

Outline Of Syllabus

We begin by examining the division of Germany, the outbreak of the Cold War and the origins of the Federal Republic. The history of the Federal Republic is then traced to 1990, with particular emphasis on Adenauer’s policy of western integration in the 1950s, the student movement in the 1960s, Brandt’s Ostpolitik in the 1970s and the unification of Germany in 1990. Against the backdrop of the historical developments we study and assess the influence and contribution made by writers, intellectuals and filmmakers looking at questions such as how the BRD dealt with and negotiated the National Socialist past, and the role of the public intellectual in shaping the new democracy. Alongside historical material we will study two novels which engage with social and political problems and two films which pose questions about the legacy of the past, trauma and memory.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Including formative essay to be submitted in week 6
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
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/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

German will be the normal language used in lectures; 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. This will develop their oral presentation skills and, additionally, enable them to practise constructing coherent and reasoned arguments.
The essay is in English worth 100% and is linked to practising critical thinking, analysis of texts and ability to write in academic English

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
Essay2M1002,500 words in English
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MWeek 3.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

German will be the normal language used in lectures; 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 a 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.

The essay is in English worth 100% and is linked to practising critical thinking, analysis of texts and ability to write in academic English

Reading Lists

Timetable