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PL10957: Deutschland 1871 bis 1989

[Page last updated: 20 April 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 12      [equivalent to 24 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 240
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Period:
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: CW 10%, ES 45%, EX 45%
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites:
Aims: This unit will consider the development of the German nation between the founding of the German Empire in 1871 and the peaceful revolution of 1989, which brought about the reunification of the two post-war German states. The unit will examine the internal tensions which marked this development, examining both their political and cultural manifestations. It will also consider Germany's relationships with its neighbours.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, students will be able to:
* demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of the historical and cultural development of the German nation from its first unification in 1871 to the peaceful revolution in 1989
* to understand the development of the German political system during this period and the challenges which German faced on the road to successful and stable democracy
* to understand the economic development of Germany between the late 19th and late 20th centuries
* to understand the key cultural of Germany between the late 19th and late 20th centuries
* to analyse the social challenges faced by Germans in the period
* to understand Germany's place in Europe and the wider world during this period.

Skills: 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.

Content: The unit will address the following topics: the emergence of a sense of national identity in nineteenth century Germany; the unification of the country in 1871 and the ensuing political weaknesses of the Wilhelmine period; the culture of the Weimar period; the growth of the National Socialist Party in German; 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; the Federal Republic's foreign relations; literature and film of the post-war period.
This unit is taught in German.

Programme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2021

PL10957 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB44 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB31 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB31 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio French) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB38 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB39 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Mandarin) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB37 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB36 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and ab initio Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB36 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (German and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB36 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages (Spanish and ab initio German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)

Notes:

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