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Module Evaluation

Students complete evaluation forms at the end of the module.

Introduction to German Literature GR1011 (10 ECTS)

BSG students may choose this module as an option.


GR1011 Introduction to Literature (10 ECTS credits)

Module Content/Outline

This module is designed to introduce students to the study of German literature as an end in itself, and as a means both of gaining cultural knowledge of the German-speaking lands and of improving linguistic competence. Students will read a selection of texts dating from around 1945 to the present day.


  • to develop reading skills in a range of literary text types;

  • to introduce students to the terms and concepts of literary criticism;

  • to enable students to use literary texts as sources of cultural knowledge;

  • to provide students with guided practice in writing critical essays;

  • to introduce students to the use of secondary literature in essay writing;

  • to build up general vocabulary.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • read literary texts independently in German;

  • use literary texts as a source of linguistic and of cultural knowledge;

  • identify key characteristics of different literary genres;

  • write short critical essays, in which primary and secondary material is handled correctly.


Dr Caitríona Leahy and others

Lectures &Tutorials/ Contact hours

1 hour lecture per week plus 1 hour tutorial plus film showings

Recommended Texts/Key Reading

Set texts as notified accompanied by course handouts plus The Cambridge History of German Literature. Ed. By Helen Watanabe-O’Kelly.


  • One 1.5 hour written examination paper: comprising textual commentary based on one of two passages taken from the texts on the course. (60 marks)

  • Four compulsory short essays are submitted within the literature tutorials. (40 marks). The deadlines for submission will be provided in class. Lateness of up to a week carries an automatic penalty of 10%. If an essay is not submitted, a mark of 0% is entered. Incomplete course work may be required to be submitted during the summer. In the meantime, students are recorded as having failed the year.

Module Evaluation

Students complete evaluation forms at the end of the module.

Summary of Junior Freshman Assessment:

Annual examinations are held in Trinity Term (April-May). Supplemental examinations are held in August-September.

The assessment is divided into two or three (if you are taking GR1011) distinct components:

a) GR1000 Language Fluency (10 ECTS)

Students failing the module and required to take a supplemental must repeat the written language examination, the oral and the aural.

b) GR1015 German Business and Area Studies (10 ECTS)

Compensation is allowed at the discretion of the Examiners between the two streams of GR1015 (i.e., German Business Studies and Area Studies) as long as the overall mark for GR1015 is 40 or above. Students who fail GR1015 and who are required to supplement must take supplementals in both streams, i.e., German Business Studies and Area Studies. Marks for continuous assessment will not be carried forward.

c) GR1011 Introduction to German Literature (10 ECTS)

If you have to take supplemental examinations, it is YOUR responsibility to inform yourself fully in respect of which examinations you have to take and the timetable.

Senior Freshman
Course Structure

Language Fluency [10 credits] MANDATORY which includes:

GR2000 SF German Language (4 hrs per week = 2 hrs class, 1 hr Spoken German, and 1 hr private study, all year)

SF Grammar Tutorial (1 hr per week all year) [For students achieving less than 60% in the JF language examinations]
GR2013 German Business and Cultural History [10 credits] MANDATORY which includes:

German Cultural History (1 hr per week all year, plus 1 hr per week optional tutorial)

German Business (2 hrs per week all year)

The course is divided into two distinct parts, the Language Fluency component and German Business and Cultural History.


GR2000 German Language (10 ECTS credits) Mandatory

Module Content/Outline


This programme is designed to enhance existing written, oral and aural German language skills through systematic introduction of complex grammatical structures and to encourage the further development of communicative and cultural competence, particularly in the specialist register.


Students will be introduced to the prevailing terminology of the German university system and to the Fachsprache (specialist register) of their study field/cohort. This will be accomplished through the guided discussion of appropriate text examples, along with vocabulary, grammar, comprehension and translation exercises.

Methods of Teaching and Student Learning

  • Contact Teaching: Tutorials and seminars

  • Directed Learning: Homework

  • Group-work

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • understand and apply more complex features of German grammar, including participial phrases and passive voice, in spoken and written contexts;

  • understand and use appropriately the specialist vocabulary (Universität) and the lexical and syntactic features of a particular field of study (Fachsprache) ;

  • read and understand articles from academic publications and translate extracts into correct and idiomatic English;

  • identify the syntactic and structural differences between oral and written Fachsprache;

  • write essays in German on a topic from their field of study;

  • give oral presentations in German on a topic from their field of study.

The module also aims to develop the following transferable skills:

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