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PL11017: Introduction to German: language and society

[Page last updated: 12 August 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 24      [equivalent to 48 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 480
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX40CW40OR20
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
This unit is intended for students with no prior knowledge of German but who wish to fast-track their study of the language to achieve levels equivalent to students completing advanced language programmes.
While the focus of this unit is on language acquisition, students will also be provided with an introduction to the politics and culture of the countries where their language of study is spoken. This gives them the necessary knowledge to engage with contemporary topical debates and understand up-to-date material studied in class.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
* Demonstrate good knowledge of basic grammar structures and be able to use and understand more complex structures of the German language;
* Use grammar structures in written texts mostly in areas of simple narration and immediate need and use more complex structures correctly in longer written texts;
* Display command of several basic communicative functions and of a broader range of vocabulary;
* Demonstrate oral skills in a variety of familiar subjects;
* Demonstrate an understanding of German political and cultural trends.


* Precision and creativity in the use of basic written language and in areas of practical need and narration of events towards the end of the academic year;
* Make simple and effective oral statements in the target language and effective communication in the target language in a variety of real- life situations;
* Independent learning strategies.

The course begins with an intensive introduction to the foundations of the language allowing students to progress rapidly. Students will develop integrated skills in written and spoken language, receive a solid grounding in grammar and will be able to produce effective communication in the target language in a variety of real-life situations.
Students will also gain a basic understanding of political and cultural life in Germany.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL11017 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB44 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB31 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and ab initio German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB36 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)