Civilisation of the German-speaking countries : The present

lgerm1515  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Civilisation of the German-speaking countries : The present
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
22.5 h
Q2

This biannual learning unit is being organized in 2020-2021
Teacher(s)
Language
Deutsch
Prerequisites
Level B2 of the Common Europea Framework of Reference for Languages
 
Main themes
1. the material reality and the communities;
2. political and social organisation (form of government);
3. moral attitudes;
4. intellectual, philosophical and religious life;
5. the hopes, failures and achievements of these communities.
 
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 The course studies the major developments and structures in politics, social relationships and culture, and introduces the students to contemporary life in the German-, English- or Dutch-speaking communities in Europe.
By the end of the course, students are expected to have acquired in-depth knowledge of German-/ English-/ Dutch-speaking Europe.
 
Content
The course seeks to provide students with the basics of the political, social and cultural structures of the German-speaking countries, as well as to introduce the working techniques and research approaches associated with these contents. To this end, the course concentrates mainly on the contemporary aspects of the German-speaking countries, regions and cultures, taking World War II as a starting-point. Special attention is paid to the history of the two German-speaking states, which led to two societies that are in many ways diametrically opposed to each other, and to the profound alterations brought about by the Wende of 1989 and the fall of the Berlin wall. Even if it is hard at this early stage to make a more definitive assessment of the new developments since then, the course will study this reversal in detail.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Mixed approach consisting of presentation (ex cathedra) by the lecturers and/or invited personalities, on the one hand, and presentations held by the students on the basis of their field research on topics dealt with in the course, on the other hand.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

The evaluation of the participants will consist of different components: written end term paper (40% of the final mark), group presentation (30% of the final mark) and individual test on the basis of knowledge at the end of the term (30% of the final mark). 
Other information
Study aids: course book, text syllabus, video extracts of films, documentaries and archives.
Online resources
Course documents and reading portfolio on moodle.
Faculty or entity


Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Sigle
Credits
Prerequisites
Aims
Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English

Minor in German Studies

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General