GM3MIG-Migration in Germany

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer module
Pre-requisites: GM2L3 Advanced German Language I or GM2L4 Advanced German Language II
Non-modular pre-requisites: Pass in Part 2 German
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Melani Schroeter

Email: m.schroeter@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

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


Aims:

The module aims to provide students with an insight into an intensely debated issue 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:

A series of interactive lectures in Autumn Term and student-led seminars and discussions in Spring Term. The focussed seminar discussions will be based on preparatory reading of the primary material. Students will acquire important background information from interactive lectures and will be encouraged to undertake independent work in preparing for seminar discussions and assignments. Students may also undertake an academic placement, through which they will learn how to apply the knowledge and skills gained in studying for this module in a professional context outside the University.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 18 2
Guided independent study: 40 90 40
       
Total hours by term 50 108 42
       
Total hours for module 200

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

Summative assessment- Examinations:

One two hour exam (60%) in Summer Term.


Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework: One commentary of 3000 words (40% ) to be handed in by the first week 7 of Spring Term.



One piece of assessment worth no more than 50% of the module mark can be replaced by a report produced after an academic placement. The placement must be agreed in advance by the module convenor; the length of the report is to be equivalent to standard departmental practice for coursework.  


Formative assessment methods:

Students will be required to hand in a draft outline for their commentary by the end of Autumn Term.


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re- examination in August in the event of failure in this module and the degree as a whole. Coursework bearing a confirmed mark of 40% or more can be carried forward; all other coursework to be resubmitted by 12 NOON on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed, by 12 NOON on the first working day thereafter.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 8 April 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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