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PL10950: Deutschland 1945 bis 1989

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
  • Exam (EX 80%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Learning Outcomes: By the end of this unit, students will be able to
* demonstrate a critical understanding of the development of the historical development of the German nation from 1945 to the peaceful revolution in 1989
* to understand the development of the German political system during this period and the challenges which Germany faced on the road to successful and stable democracy
* to understand the economic development of Germany in the second half of the 20th century
* 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.

Aims: This unit will consider the development of the German nation between end of the Second World War in 1945 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.

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 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.

Programme availability:

PL10950 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc(Hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)


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