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GRN2080 - German Studies 8

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Christiane Weller


Clayton Second semester 2007 (Day)


Component 1: Continuation of first semester; further development of speaking and writing skills in German. Component 2: An examination of German culture from the early nineteenth century to the late nineteenth century in a socio-historical context through the study of selected texts. This component will familiarize students with the key elements and main stages of the cultural history of the German-speaking region in this period, as well as with the conventions of cultural periodisation in German (eg Romantik, Biedermeier, Junges Deutschland, Realismus), presenting the work of a number of important and also some more marginal German-speaking writers in the process.


Component 1: By the end of this semester, students should have acquired the knowledge and skills as outlined in the objectives for first semester. After completion of component 2 students should also have gained

  1. an overview of the main periods, styles, genres, intellectual preoccupations and socio-historical trends in German literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth century;
  2. the ability to recognise and analyse a variety of texts in accordance with the categories of genre, style and epoch;
  3. reading skills necessary to understand advanced German;
  4. essay-writing skills, an ability to engage in informed discussions of literature and culture, using appropriate terminology and applying the range of language skills pertinent to component 1.


Essay (1000 words): 20%
Class paper: 15%
Test (45 min.): 15%
Exam (1 hour): 20%
4 homework exercises: 20%
Oral assessment: 10%

Contact hours

4 hours (2 x seminars and 2 x tutorials) per week


GRN2070 or equivalent


GRN1080, GRN1100, GRN2040, GRN2060, GRN2100, GRN3060, GRN3080