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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - German

Undergraduate Course: German Language Paper 2 (ELCG10017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryGerman Language Paper 2 is a weekly class in analytical writing in semester 1 and literary translation from German into English in semester 2.
Course description The analytical writing element of the course teaches students to engage critically with German scholarly sources and to structure and sustain, in German, an argument relating to political, cultural, or social issues in an academic context. The course will develop students writing style and vocabulary in German and their competence in academic German grammar and syntax. In the second semester, students will practise translating literary extracts with a view to developing cultural awareness and linguistic sensitivity, as well as good translating skills.

Formal assessment of German Language Paper 2 will be a in the form of a combination of coursework and examination. Overall, 80% of the course is examined by coursework; and 20% is examined by examination, with students sitting a 90-minute examination at the end of Semester 2.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: German 2 (ELCG08006)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in German
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 20 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) For the 'From Opinions to Arguments' component, you will be required to complete one piece of formative coursework and two pieces of summative coursework, each consisting of a commentary in German. For the formative assessment (ca. 300 words) and the first summative assessment (ca. 450 words), you will prepare commentaries on texts by your course tutors. For your final piece of summative assessment (ca. 1,000 words) you will compare and contrast two scholarly articles of your own choosing and providing an analysis of a topic. There will be no exam for this part of the course.

For the Literary Translation component, you will be required to complete one piece of formative coursework (designed to prepare you for your exam) and to write one piece of summative coursework, consisting of a translation of a German literary text - or an extract from one - into English (ca. 1000 words) and a commentary outlining your translating strategy and rationale in English (ca. 500 words). In the exam for this component, the candidate will be required to translate a short passage from a German literary text (ca. 300 words) into English and will be given a choice of three texts from which to choose.

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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)German Language Paper 21:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a broad palette of German vocabulary with a high degree of grammatical accuracy in writing, even on abstract, complex and unfamiliar topics, supported by a sophisticated understanding of the culture of the German-speaking countries.
  2. Produce clear, complex written pieces in German on academic subjects, which develop arguments both critically and systematically with the use of relevant emphases, subsidiary points, sources, and examples.
  3. Engage successfully and creatively with the theory and practice of literary translation from German to English, producing excellent literary English in an appropriate style and register, and showing an appreciation of issues of cultural difference.
  4. Engage with complex, challenging texts in German, showing an ability to read for style, register, content, narrative perspective, and other features of literary narrative.
  5. Consistently exercise autonomy and initiative, taking significant responsibility for the work of others and for a range of resources to bring about new thinking.
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KeywordsDELC German 4 LP2
Course organiserDr Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8980
Course secretaryMiss Gillian Paterson
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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