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Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
German Long Essay
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||German Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit gives students the freedom to formulate and investigate an individual research topic within a range of areas not covered by taught course units currently offered at L2. The range of available research areas will vary from year to year; however, they will typically include aspects of German history, society, thought, language, literature and culture from the 19th-21st centuries. Under the supervision of an appropriate member of staff in German Studies, students undertake guided reading; the formulation of an appropriate research question and preliminary bibliography; the delivery of a short oral presentation on their research; and the writing and submission of a 4,000-word essay.
This course unit is open to Final Year students in German, but may not be taken alongside GERM30000: Dissertation.
Medium of language
English. However, students will be expected to draw upon some sources in German as appropriate to their research topic and level of study.
- to provide students with an opportunity to investigate and write in depth on an aspect of German Studies outside the range of taught courses offered at L2;
- to build on and develop independent study, research and critical thinking skills;
- to build on and develop proficiency in presenting sophisticated arguments orally and in writing;
- to prepare students to undertake a dissertation at L3, if they so choose.
Knowledge and understanding
This will vary according to the topic chosen. By the end of this course unit the successful student will have demonstrated:
• Independence in choosing a research area and formulating a suitable research topic based on their particular interests;
• Resourcefulness, including the ability to use electronic resources as appropriate, in researching that topic;
• Self-confidence in presenting their topic orally to an interested non-specialist audience;
• Intellectual and organisational skills requisite to the production of an extended piece of written work.
• Identifying a research topic;
• Developing a suitable approach to researching it;
• Analysing primary source material;
• Evaluating and organising secondary source material;
• Presenting a cogent argument.
•¿Researching a problem;
•¿Working with an experienced member of staff to develop a solution to the problem;
• Presenting a cogent argument orally and in writing.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
All of the intellectual and practical skills listed above are also transferable skills.
- All of the intellectual and practical skills listed above are also employability skills.
Formative or Summative
Weighting within unit (if summative)
Research Question and Preliminary Bibliography (due in Week 5)
c. 500 words
Oral Presentation (due in Week 8-9
Essay (due in Week 11)
Formative or Summative
Individual oral feedback in supervision meetings
Individual written feedback on summative assessment tasks
Formative and Summative
Recommended readings will depend on the research area chosen. Students will receive a list of recommended readings appropriate to their research area at the beginning of the semester.
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|Sebastian Truskolaski||Unit coordinator|