GM1TG-German Texts and Genres

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: A-Level German or equivalent
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Melani Schroeter


Summary module description:

This module aims to build and enhance students’ text analysis skills in order to make as effective as possible their work and engagement with a range of primary and secondary texts which they will encounter during the remainder of their study programme.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be expected to:
• recognise and characterise a variety of genres across different domains of communication
• analyse the structure and style of texts in relation to genre characteristics and typicality
• demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a range of literary genres discussed in class
• organise and articulate a coherent written text analysis in a coursework essay and under examination conditions

Additional outcomes:
• Familiarity with a range of mainly literary genres
• Awareness of how genres shape communicative acts and intentions
• Recognition of playful undermining of genre conventions

Outline content:
We will start with some theoretical considerations of the notion of ‘text’: What is it that makes a combination of language signs form what we recognise as texts, and how is it that we are able to recognise and produce different types of texts (genres) for different purposes? What characterises texts belonging to different genres, and how do we distinguish a cooking recipe from a ballad, a shopping list or an autobiography? We will focus on recognising different types of texts by looking at their structure, style and communicative purpose. In doing so, students will analyse in depth a variety of mostly literary genres, including novellas, poetry, drama and novels. We will also include some examples of transgression, development, subversion and blending of genres. These will serve to highlight how a reader’s expectations regarding the structure and purpose of different genres are influenced by assumptions about style, form and function, the disappointment of which contributes to the strong and mostly entertaining effect of, for example, parody.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars and in-class discussions and analysis of material to prepare in advance of the classes.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 20 20
Guided independent study 70 70 20
Total hours by term 90.00 90.00 20.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 60
Written assignment including essay 40

Other information on summative assessment:

Two essays of 1500 words, one due at the beginning of Spring Term (20%) and a second one due at the beginning of Summer Term (20%). One written exam in Summer Term (60%).

Formative assessment methods:
Two in-class tests at the end of Autumn Term and Spring Term.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    2 hours

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Resit in August/September (written examination only) if overall failure at Part 1 or if wishing to continue with German.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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