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Lecturer(s) Dr Clemens Ruthner and others

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Dr Clemens Ruthner and others

Lectures &Tutorials/ Contact hours

3 hours per week,

plus 1 hour optional grammar tutorial

Recommended Texts/ Key Reading

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.


Module Evaluation

Students complete evaluation forms at the end of the module.


GR2013 German Business and Cultural History (10 ECTS credits) Mandatory

Module Content/Outline

Stream I

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.

Methods of student teaching and learning

  • Contact teaching: Lectures with accompanying tutorials

  • Directed and self-directed learning (production of a critical essay)

Learning Outcomes

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)

Stream II

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.

Methods of Teaching & Student Learning

  • Short lectures followed by discussion

  • Directed Learning, e.g., group work

  • Experiential learning through participation in role plays & simulations

All teaching is conducted through German.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • outline the main concepts and ideas relating to the thematic areas covered in the course;

  • describe and analyse in depth, in both oral and in written form, and using the appropriate vocabulary, charts, diagrams and statistical material relating to the themes covered in the course;

  • understand aural and written specialist texts of moderate complexity dealing with the themes covered in the course;

  • carry out specific oral and written tasks relating to the thematic areas covered in the module, using the appropriate vocabulary and register and with an acceptable level of accuracy;

  • apply the correct principles of structure and

style to the writing of short academic essays in

the L2 on the themes covered in the course;

  • make PowerPoint presentations in the L2

on business topics.

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