Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Deutsche Geschichte und Kultur / German history and culture

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce students to important facts and figures of modern German History and Culture which still have an impact on the cultural memory of the society. It will show that without having a basic knowledge in these key dates and personalities the German culture cannot be understood sufficiently, neither from an intercultural perspective nor from an intrinsic point of view. As being part of the German culture, the specific federal system of German politics will be discussed, too.

Relevant examples will enhance students' knowledge of German history and culture.

Selected aspects shall be discussed in short presentations by the students.

Dieser Kurs führt ein in zentrale Fakten und Exponenten der modernen deutschen Geschichte und Kultur, die im kulturellen Gedächtnis der Gesellschaft präsent sind. Anhand ausgewählter Beispiele soll gezeigt werden, dass geschichtlich-kulturelles Wissen kulturelles Verständnis stärkt und interkulturelle Kompetenzen erweitert. Als ein wichtiger Teil der deutschen politischen Kultur wird das spezifisch federale System in der BRD ebenso zur Sprache kommen wie gegenwärtige Diskussionen und Debatten in der deutschen Gesellschaft.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at enhancing participants' understanding of modern German history and culture to be able to understand the German mentality and cultural memory and therefore to improve intercultural competences and communication skills both academically as in everyday life situations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- comprehend the most important facts of German history and culture;
- reflect on tendencies in German mentality and cultural memory and put them into the right context with contemporary political and social developments in Germany.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- analyse, assess and classify the key dates and tendencies in German culture, including the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany;
- analyse, assess and classify modern German history and to relate it to current discourses in Germany.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Andrew Bowie: “German philosophy: a very short introduction”. Oxford: Oxford University Press (publisher) 2010.
Nicolas Boyle: “German literature: a very short introduction”. Oxford: Oxford University Press (publisher) 2008.
Mary Fulbrook: “A concise history of Germany”. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (publisher) 2004.
Richard Stokes: “Gefunden: an anthology of German literature”. Heinemann Educational (publisher) 1982.
Horst Dieter Schlosser: dtv-Atlas zur deutschen Literatur. Tafeln und Texte. München: dtv (publisher) 1992.
Teja Fiedler/ Marc Goergen: Die Geschichte der Deutschen. Von den Germanen bis zum Mauerfall. München: dtv (publisher) 2008.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 50%
Presentation (15 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Elisabeth Birk

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