GM3MIG-Migration in Germany

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pass in Part 2 German
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Melani Schroeter


Summary module description:

The module aims to provide students with an insight into a much debated topic in German society after 1945: migration. Thereby, the links between official politics, social change, public debates and attitudes towards immigration will be investigated.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that students will be able to:
- analyse a variety of texts from different periods in their relation to the migration discourse;
- critically discuss the shifts of central issues within German migration discourse;
- appreciate the ways in which politically relevant topics are reflected in different genres, incl. popular culture;
- demonstrate skill in oral and written organisation and presentation of their ideas.

Additional outcomes:
The module aims to enhance reading and text comprehension skills in German and in the development of oral communication skills and independent as well as collaborative work to prepare for classes.

Outline content:
This module deals with the much-debated issue of migration in Germany. The module will look at the history of migration, at the different groups of migrants and their different reasons for migration. The main focus will be on the period after 1945 and on the Turkish minority in Germany – the former guest workers. The module will also deal with the place of migrants in German society and culture. With regard to migration, official politics very much shaped the premises for the way in which the issue has been debated in public. Thus, the module also looks at the way official politics reacted to migration and at the media discourse about migrants and migration. The material for the module will consist of a variety of texts from the media, political documents, literary texts, song lyrics, films and TV series. This material will illustrate various facets of the situation of migrants in Germany and of the way the Germans reacted to and dealt with immigration.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Student-led seminars and discussions; focussed seminar discussions will be based on preparatory reading of the primary material. Students will acquire important background information from seminar presentations and will be encouraged to undertake independent work in preparing seminar presentations and essays.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 18 2
Guided independent study 60 80 30
Total hours by term 70.00 98.00 32.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 50
Written assignment including essay 50

Other information on summative assessment:

Coursework: One essay of 2000 words (25%)to be handed in at the beginning of Spring Term, one commentary of 2000 words (25%) to be handed in at the end of Spring Term. One exam (50%) in Summer Term.

Formative assessment methods:

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:
    Two hours.

    Requirements for a pass:
    40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Written examination only in August in the event of failure in this module and in Finals as a whole.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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