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PL10793: Die Bundesrepublik vom Wirtschaftswunder zur Wende

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 33%, EX 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 33%)
  • Exam (EX 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit will consider the development of the Federal Republic, a state which has often been described as a political, economic and cultural success story in comparison with previous attempts to build a peaceful and prosperous German democracy. The unit will examine the reasons for that success, but also look at the internal tensions which marked this development between 1949 and 1989, examining both their political and cultural manifestations.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the unit will be able to:
* understand the history of the Federal Republic, its development as a state and the reasons for its success
* understand the political system in the Federal Republic and the challenges which West German democracy faced in this period
* understand the role of the different political parties in the Federal Republic
* analyse the causes of the ‘economic miracle’ and the economic challenges the Federal Republic subsequently faced
* analyse the ways in which the Federal Republic sought to deal with the challenges posed by the student movement and by left-wing terrorism after 1968
* understand the Federal Republic’s place in Europe and the wider world
* understand the importance of the Federal Republic’s relations with the German Democratic Republic.

Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, effective communication in the target language, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Students will examine the founding of the Federal Republic, the social, political and economic order of the Federal Republic, the challenges to that order that emerged before unification, and the Federal Republic’s foreign relations, particularly focused on Europe and the GDR. Further, students will discuss films and literary texts (3 in total) which facilitate greater understanding of these issues.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL10793 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA(Hons) German and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB06 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB07 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB02 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB23 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.