Module code: GER2031

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader


Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 22

Tutorial Hours: 11

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Examination 2-HOUR EXAMINATION 60

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is taught in the target language in Semester 2.


Module aims

To equip students with knowledge and understanding of the major political and economic institutions, the contexts in which they were created and evolved and their relevance in German speaking societies.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Follow and take notes from lectures delivered in German CPT
2 Participate in seminars in GermanĀ  KCP
3 Describe the development of the political and economic systems of Germany and German-speaking countries KCT
4 Read and critically evaluate authentic sources on a range of topics related to contemporary society KCP
5 Write critically and extensively in German on politico-economic topicsĀ  KCP

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

The following areas are indicative of topics to be covered:

The state and its citizens
The constitution
The political parties
The electoral system
State political institutions
Regional politics and institutions
The relationship of the target country with the European Union and other international organisations
Foreign policy
Economic policies
Economic structure
Economic performance
Financial institutions
Trades Unions and employers’ organisations

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop their language skills as a medium for understanding, expression and communication, through listening, speaking, reading and writing in the target language;

Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;

Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

Develop research skills, through reading and presenting findings, through informal class presentations and in the written assignment;

Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.

Develop communication skills through interactions in class;

Acquire a broad knowledge of the history, culture and institutions of the societies in which German is used.


The learning and teaching methods include:

Three contact hours per week over Semester 2.

Classes will include lectures, seminars and group activities;

students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

Ability to analyse and interpret texts;

Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

Ability to take notes effectively and use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

Subject-specific knowledge of German history and culture.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


Written assignment of 1500 words (to be submitted after week 8). Takes the form of a literature review, enabling students to develop subject specific knowledge, improve their written French, and develop research skills.

Two hour exam. Students answer eight questions, in French, on various topics covered in the module. Assesses ability to write accurate and appropriate French, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of topics covered,



Formative assessment and feedback


Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.

Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Liberal Arts and Sciences BA (Hons)/BSc (Hons) 2 Optional A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
English Literature and German BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Business Management and German BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (French and German) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Modern Languages (German and Spanish) BA (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.