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2013/2014  BA-BLC_GS2  German Studies 2

English Title
German Studies 2

Course information

Language German
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc og MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Birgit Stöber - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management (ICM)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 14-11-2013
Learning objectives
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
• present a well-structured summary of text excerpts and establish links between the topics and concepts raised in the text and the region-specific political, economic and social features introduced in the course literature of the 1st and 2nd semester, and
• identify and describe key institutions, moments and figures in the regions studied.
At the end of the course the students should be able to:
• comprehend the questions posed during the examination, and communicate in sufficiently coherent German so that the responses are intelligible.
• present and discuss the exam topic in German using appropriate vocabulary, and
• speak in grammatically accurate and well-pronounced German, that is, avoiding major grammatical, lexical, idiomatic or pronunciation errors that inhibit communication. At this stage, students should be able to show some degree of linguistic awareness by beginning to correct their errors in the exam situation.
German Studies 2:
Examination form Oral Exam
Individual or group exam Individual
Duration 30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time With the listed preparation time: 30 Minutes
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period May/June
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Limited aids, see the list below:
Students have the opportunity to consult reference works, class notes and dictionaries during the preparation session.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure
  • The examination is oral and based on the material from the 1st and 2nd semesters.
  • At the exam, the student will draw a page from the 300-page exam syllabus and has 30 minutes in which to prepare a summary of the text and discuss it in terms of the overall context of the curriculum and of the specific topic that it addresses.
  • This is an open-book examination, meaning that students have the opportunity to consult reference works, class notes and dictionaries during the preparation session.
  1. Two grades are given: one for content and one for language.
  2. Grades are given according to the 7-point grading scale by the teacherand an internal examiner.
Course content and structure

The 2nd semester of German studies is built up around two dimensions – content and language.

The content dimension builds upon knowledge and understanding acquired in the 1st semester with a view to further exploring the interaction between the global and local contexts in German-speaking parts of the world.

In the second semester, focus is on exploring, in a comparative perspective, some of the key institutions, moments and figures that can illuminate our understanding of how a particular context encounters globalization.

Successive backward views in history will be introduced with a view to better comprehend present taken-for-granted values and practices. Topics include state and nation formation; political and economic institutions; the social system, culture in its national, regional and local expressions and the relationship between economic institutions and actors, and their implications for competitiveness.

The course builds on the themes presented in the first semester Globalisation Studies course. These themes are presented in conjunction with perspectives and concepts rooted in the specific language area, so that students develop an understanding of different theoretical traditions, and enhance their nationally specific knowledge as well as their cultural sensitivity.

The language dimension is aimed at improving the students’ grammar skills, pronunciation and fluency as well as their listening and comprehension skills. Emphasis will also be placed on learning and exercising phrases needed in order to make presentations and participate in class discussions.

Teaching methods
All teaching and reading will be in German. A combination of lectures, class discussions and student presentations will develop students’ knowledge and ability to analyse and understand current cultural and social processes in the chosen region.
Expected literature
To be announced on Learn
Last updated on 14-11-2013