English   Danish

2010/2011  BA-BLC_GS1  German Studies 1

English Title
German Studies 1

Course Information

Language German
Point 7,5 ECTS (225 SAT)
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Course Period Autumn
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 Støber - Department of Intercultural Communication and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Language and Intercultural Studies
Last updated on 29 maj 2012
Learning Objectives
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • demonstrate a good grasp of the factual information about their chosen language area taught during the course,
  • demonstrate a good grasp of the rules governing grammar in German, and
  • demonstrate the capacity to present a topic related to the curriculum, using suitable vocabulary and intelligible German.
German Studies 1
Exam Period Winter Term
The evaluation consists of three partial examinations: one multiple-choice test on course content; one grammar test, and one oral presentation. All three tests must be passed in the 1st year. All three tests are given a pass/fail assessment by the teacher. If students do not meet the required standard to pass these tests, they may resit at a later date, but they must be completed before starting their 2nd year BLC studies.
The course is designed to integrate horizontally with the parallel courses in Globalisation Studies and British and American Studies and to provide the foundation for a progression within German Studies in the bachelor’s programme as a whole.
Prerequisites for Attending the Exam
Course Content

German One, First Semester, provides a basic historical, geographical introduction to Germany and German-speaking countries. Topics dealt with include: regional diversity, the formation of the modern German state, the political and economic development after 1945 and after 1990 as well as reflections on the changing role of key social institutions that are adapting to modern society such as political parties, civil society organisations, the media, education and the family. The course will also introduce basic concepts important to understanding sociopolitical and cultural development in Germany, including: federalism, economic organisation, political and cultural identity with reflections on demography, migration and integration.

The course is built up around two dimensions – content and language:

The content dimension provides a general introduction to the modern German-speaking areas from a historical perspective. It also presents basic knowledge of politics, economics and culture in the students’ chosen region. The course broadly follows the thematic organisation of the parallel Globalisation Studies lecture series and draws on the addressed theories and concepts. These conceptual approaches 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’ basic grammar skills, pronunciation and fluency; and their reading and aural comprehension. 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 will take place in German and all reading will also be in German A combination of lectures, class discussions and student presentations will develop the students’ knowledge and ability to analyse and understand current cultural and social processes in the chosen region.

Münch, Ursula (2009): Charakteristika des Föderalismus. In: Informationen zur politische Bildung, Heft 298.

Alemann, Ulrich von (2003): Das Parteiensystem der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Opladen.

Lösche, Peter (2006): Geschichte und Entwicklung in Deutschland. In: Informationen zur politischen Bildung (Heft 292)

Neumann, Lothar F./ Schaper, Lothar F. (2010), Die Sozialordnung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn.