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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2008-2009 (archived)


Department: Modern Language and Cultures (German)


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2008/09 Module Cap None. Location Durham


  • B in German at A level (or its equivalent).


  • Modern Languages, Combined Honours and all Joint and 'with' programmes: German Language 1(I) (GERM1011). Other: see Chairman/Chairwoman of the Board of Studies in MLAC or his/her representative.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • This module will introduce students to two important German literary genres, drama and narrative.
  • The concern will be with the ways in which stories and plays work, how they communicate meaning to readers and spectators.
  • (This can then be applied to any plays and stories, from any period, in any language).


  • The set texts usually include narrative works by Brentano, Grass, Kafka, Kleist and Mann, and plays by Brecht, B_, Holz/Schlaf, Lessing and Weiss.
  • The module works from first principles, no former knowledge of German literature is required.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
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Subject-specific Skills:
    Key Skills:

      Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

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      Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

      Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
      Tutorials 4 2 in Term 1; 2 in Term 2 1 Hour 4
      Seminars 22 1 Per Week 1 Hour 22
      Total contact hours 26
      Preparation and Reading 174
      Total 200

      Summative Assessment

      Component: Commentary Component Weighting: 15%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Commentary (Term 1) 1000 words 100%
      Component: Essay Component Weighting: 25%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Essay (Term 2) 1500 words 100%
      Component: Examination Component Weighting: 60%
      Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
      Written examination 2 hours 100%

      Formative Assessment:


      Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University