Hammer’s German Grammar und Usage. Fourth Edition. Revised by Martin Durrell. Edward Arnold.
Recommended Dictionaries: Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache (Langenscheidt) and a good bilingual dictionary, e.g. Collins or Oxford Duden (not a pocket one!).
Two readers (Universität & Fachsprache) will be supplied by the Department along with some additional materials.
3-hour end-of-year written paper containing comprehension and grammar exercises (cloze test) and a translation exercise (60 marks)
20-minute end-of-year oral/aural examination (Referat with question/answer session) (20 marks)
Fachsprache Project (20 marks)
All students must complete weekly homework and preparatory Referate..
The end-of-year written examination must be passed; other failed components may be compensated at the discretion of the examiners as long as the overall numerical mark is 40 or above.
STUDENTS CANNOT RISE WITH THEIR YEAR UNLESS THEY PASS THIS MODULE.
Students complete evaluation forms at the end of the module.
GR2013 German Business and Cultural History (10 ECTS credits) Mandatory
This module is taught in two parallel streams (Cultural History and German Business) over two semesters.
Cultural History Aims
This stream aims to increase students’ background knowledge and cultural competence in respect of the historical and cultural development of the German-speaking world. It also provides training in listening comprehension. Both aspects are preparation for studying in a German-speaking country.
Cultural history investigates how the history and culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, especially since 1800, have shaped today’s society. This will be achieved by a thematic rather than a chronological approach to the key issues of the cultural history of Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Contact teaching: Lectures with accompanying tutorials
Directed and self-directed learning (production of a critical essay)
On successful completion of this module stream, students should be able to
discuss in detail aspects of the history and culture of the three German-speaking countries.
describe how cultural history has shaped modern society in these countries.
understand a lecture in German.
process the acquired knowledge and apply this critically to the writing of an extended essay.
Dr Clemens Ruthner and others
Lectures &Tutorials/ Contact hours
1 hour per week plus 1 hour optional tutorial
Recommended Texts/ Key Reading
Course outline, handouts and bibliography supplied during the lectures.
• 1 x 2-hour written examination (70 marks)
• Essay of 1200-1500 words in German [Submission Wk. 4 HT] (30 marks)
German Business Aims
The aim of this module stream is to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of the German business environment and to consolidate and build on the specialist vocabulary, knowledge and skills acquired
in GR1003. It also aims to enable students to present specialist information on a range of topics in oral and written form in the appropriate register.
The approach is thematic and task-based. The main themes covered will include industrial relations, entrepreneurship, organisational structures, mergers/acquisitions and investments. Students are encouraged to compare and contrast business practice in German-speaking countries and in Ireland.