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Lecturer(s) Dr Gillian Martin

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Dr Gillian Martin

Lectures &Tutorials/ Contact hours

2 hours per week all year

Students should put aside at least 2-3 hours per week for private study

Recommended Texts/Key Reading

Handouts will be provided by the Department.


The module stream is examined as follows:

- Project (1000 words, 12 noon, Friday Week 12 MT (20 marks)

- 10-minute presentation in HT (Week 8) (20 marks)

- 2-hour end-of-year written examination (60 marks)

Students will also be required to submit regular homework.

Module Evaluation

Students complete evaluation forms at the end of the module.

Summary of SF Assessment:

Assessment consists of:

• GR2000 Language Fluency (10 ECTS):

Students failing the module and required to take a supplemental must repeat the written language examination and the oral. Failed Fachsprache projects must be resubmitted by the first day of the supplemental examinations.
• GR2013 German Business and Cultural History (10 ECTS)

Compensation is allowed at the discretion of the Examiners between the two streams of GR2013 (i.e., German Business and German Cultural History) as long as the overall mark for GR2013 is 40 or above. Students who fail GR1015 and who are required to repeat must take supplementals in both streams, i.e., German Business Studies and German Cultural History.

Failed Cultural History and German business projects must be resubmitted by the first day of the supplemental examination period. Marks from the presentation component of the German Business stream will be carried forward.

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.


The Scholarship examinations will be held during the week before the beginning of Hilary Term. BSG students take the following papers:
LANGUAGE FLUENCY (comprising a written paper of 90 minutes and a viva voce of 15 minutes)   
Written Paper: This will normally consist of an essay to be written in German on a topic of contemporary interest.
Viva voce: The 15-minute viva voce examination will be centred on topics of general and business interest. Students may be asked to prepare a short text 10 minutes in advance of the viva voce for discussion with the examiners.
AREA STUDIES (comprising a written paper of 2 hours): This will normally consist of an essay (ca. 400 words) and an analysis of statistical material (ca. 400 words). Both questions will focus on business, economic and social topics relating to the German and international business environment and must be answered in German. The content of this examination will draw on topics covered in the Business German classes in the Junior Freshman year and the first semester of the Senior Freshman year.
Junior Sophister
The Junior Sophister Year is spent abroad on an approved Socrates programme. The universities that are currently part of the Socrates network are Trier, Koblenz (WHU), Düsseldorf, Mannheim, Regensburg, Linz and Innsbruck.
Socrates information sessions are held during Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity Terms. There are also extensive files on the individual partner institutions in the School of Business Studies. You are also encouraged to make contact with incoming Socrates students from German/Austrian universities.
At the partner university, you are expected to attend 3 or more advanced (e.g. Oberstufe/C1 or C2) language modules per semester. In some institutions the number of language modules will be higher. Module descriptions, including information on content and assessment procedures, must be submitted to Dr Martin for approval. In fourth year you are required to write an extensive case study in German, so you should endeavour to attend advanced writing courses in German. Modules in translation are also recommended. Leistungsscheine must be submitted to the School of Business Studies and copies sent to Dr Martin.
You must complete the on-line E-Lab exercises and assessments during the year abroad. Details of E-lab are contained in the E-Lab information pack, which has already been sent to you.
You are also expected to complete a three-month work placement in a German-speaking country as part of the JS year abroad. Advice is given on finding a placement, but it is your responsibility to secure a position. On return, the Work Placement Report Form must be completed and a reference from the employer must be submitted. A note will be placed on your TCD transcript stating that you completed a placement.
It is your responsibility to provide the Department of Germanic Studies with contact details during the year abroad and to keep in regular contact with the Department. Any change of postal address, e-mail address or telephone number must be communicated to Dr Martin and to the Department (
NB According to BESS rules, students must obtain a minimum II.2 grade during their year abroad in order to rise to the Senior Sophister year. Information on credit requirements is in the information pack, which you will receive from the School of Business Studies.

Senior Sophister
Course Lecture/Tutorial Programme
German Business Communication IV (Rhetorik) [10 credits] MANDATORY

GR4001 Rhetorik (2 hrs per week all year)

German Business Communication IV (Intercultural Business Comm.; Translation) [10 credits] GR4015 comprising:

Intercultural Communication (2 block hrs per week all year; 1 hour per week for SpEakwise Wk 4 MT- Wk 4 HT)

Translation (1 hr per week all year)
Case Study [10 credits]

GR4013 Case Study Preparation (1 hr per week MT)

SS Grammar Tutorial (1 hr per week, all year) OPTIONAL

GR3401 Sophister Spoken German (all year) OPTIONAL

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