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2020/2021  BA-BBLTO1001U  German Studies 1

English Title
German Studies 1

Course information

Language German
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc and MSc in Business, Language and Culture, BSc
Course coordinator
  • Bjarne Ørsnes - Department of Management, Society and Communication (MSC)
Main academic disciplines
  • Language
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 11-06-2020

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Learning objectives
  • Identify factual information about their chosen language area taught during the course,
  • Identify rules governing grammar in their chosen language
Examination
The exam in the subject consists of two parts:
German Studies 1 Multiple-choice Test:
Sub exam weight50%
Examination formWritten sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group examIndividual exam
The duration of the exam is 2 hours in total (1 hour per sub exam).
Assignment typeMultiple choice
Duration2 hours
Grading scale7-point grading scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodWinter
AidsClosed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
German Studies 1 Grammar Test:
Sub exam weight50%
Examination formWritten sit-in exam on CBS' computers
Individual or group examIndividual exam
The duration of the exam is 2 hours in total (1 hour per sub exam).
Assignment typeWritten assignment
Duration2 hours
Grading scale7-point grading scale
Examiner(s)One internal examiner
Exam periodWinter
AidsClosed book: no aids
However, at all written sit-in exams the student has access to the basic IT application package (Microsoft Office (minus Excel), digital pen and paper, 7-zip file manager, Adobe Acrobat, Texlive, VLC player, Windows Media Player), and the student is allowed to bring simple writing and drawing utensils (non-digital). PLEASE NOTE: Students are not allowed to communicate with others during the exam.
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If the number of registered candidates for the make-up examination/re-take examination warrants that it may most appropriately be held as an oral examination, the programme office will inform the students that the make-up examination/re-take examination will be held as an oral examination instead.
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

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. These concepts and perspectives help students develop an understanding in a different theoretical tradition 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.

Description of the 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.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given continuously through written or oral assignments, both as teacher supervised peer-to-peer feedback, quizzes and tests (online and offline) and as individual/group discussions (online and offline). Students are encouraged to participate in feedback activities and to make use of the weekly office hours for individual feedback (office hours can also be online by arrangement).
Student workload
Lectures 46 hours
Exam 2 hours
Preparation 158 hours
Total 206 hours
Expected literature

To be announced on Canvas

Last updated on 11-06-2020