Economic, legal, social and political issues in German-speaking countries

lmult2411  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Economic, legal, social and political issues in German-speaking countries
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
30.0 h + 15.0 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Language
Deutsch
Prerequisites
B2 level of listening and reading and B2 level of speaking (Common European Framework of Reference).
Main themes
The course touches on the economic, legal, social and political issues in German-speaking countries. It describes the political institutions and the different actors (parties, trends) and tackles the important legal questions discussed in society. During the course, we will describe the major recent social trends by studying the different participants (employers, trade unions, etc.) Finally, the economic underpinnings of the country will be tackled (finance, employment, the structure of companies, management, etc.), in order to speed up the economic immersion in the economic life of these countries. This course also has a seminar component (15 hours) where different aspects of the course are discussed in German using articles and videos.
Aims

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

1 By the end of the course, students should have acquired a solid knowledge of the economic, legal, social and political issues in German-speaking countries. They should be able to describe in detail the political institutions, the different social actors (employers, trade unions, etc.) and the important social questions discussed in the German-speaking countries.
 
Content
The course touches on the economic, legal, social and political issues in German-speaking countries using a variety of sources: newspaper articles, videos, internet sites, etc.) Emphasis will also be placed on the current events of the countries concerned using different media (newspapers, television etc.)
Evaluation methods

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

Written and/or oral examination: the written part consists of a case study that the student will write on a legal, social or political topic chosen by the student. The oral part of the exam will be based on the theoretical part of the course.
Other information
- The teacher will, whenever possible, invite members from the business, diplomatic and journalistic world to come and speak to the students.
- Part 2 of the course (15 hours) is given by the Institut des Langues Vivantes (ILV).
Faculty or entity
Force majeure
Teaching methods
All classes (theory and practice) will be held on Teams.
Evaluation methods
The oral exam will be organized on Teams. The students have to make a presentation (8 minutes), including PPT, Prezzi, etc. support, on a course-related topic. A question on one of the topics dealt with during the course will be asked after the presentation. Assessment focuses on content AND language.
PPT slides will have to be sent to the teacher on the day of the exam in PDF format.
Presentation, slides and answers must be "individual" work reflecting the student's competence in German and his knowledge about course-related topics. Sources must be cited adequately, use of automatic translation tool is forbidden. Not respecting these guidelines will be treated along the rules of the "règlement généreal des études et des examens".


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