Module LXG-3013:
Women in Germany

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics.

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Prof Carol Tully

Overall aims and purpose

  1. To develop an in-depth understanding of the historical, political and social developments in women's history in Germany from 1800 onwards.
  2. To develop an understanding of women's historiography and feminist ideologies.
  3. To develop an understanding of women's writing as a cultural cipher, reflecting historical realities.
  4. To develop independent study skills and the presentation of arguments in essays supported by historical evidence.

Course content

This course will examine the development of the Women’s Movement in Germany from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century, based upon historical and other cultural material. Issues covered include the struggle for equality in the home, the right to work and vote, the role of women in World War I and the National Socialist regime, the treatment of women in the GDR, and the rise of twentieth century feminism. Feminist theory and literary and film material will be used to ground discussions of the historical events.

Recommended Reading: Ute Frevert, Women in German History: From Bourgeois Emancipation to Sexual Liberation (New York: Berg, 1989) Eva Kolinsky, Women in Contemporary Germany: Life, Work, and Politics (New York: Berg, 1993)

Other Learning Resources: Other materials will be provided during the course as required.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

D- - D+: For the award of credit, students should demonstrate a satisfactory comprehension of the various themes and debates studied, showing a basic understanding of the correlations and interrelations relevant to women’s history in Germany and a limited ability to analyse and evaluate historical sources. Students will also show an awareness of accepted academic conventions.

good

C- - B+: For the award of higher grades, students should demonstrate a solid comprehension of the various themes and debates studied, showing a clear understanding of the correlations and interrelations relevant to women’s history in Germany and a good ability to analyse and evaluate historical sources. Students will show familiarity with accepted academic conventions.

excellent

A- - A*: For the award of the highest grade, students should demonstrate a detailed comprehension of the various themes and debates studied with a nuanced understanding of the correlations and interrelations relevant to women’s history in Germany and an excellent ability to analyse and evaluate historical sources. Students will demonstrate originality in their work, as well as full competence concerning academic conventions

Learning outcomes

  1. Analysis of documents and literary and filmic materials.

  2. Present arguments in presentations, essays and examinations supported with literary, filmic, and historical evidence.

  3. Demonstrate a mastery of basic study skills, such as the ability to follow a course of reading, make effective use of notes and secondary sources, and benefit from class discussions.

  4. Place the issues covered in the context of modern German and European history.

  5. Display an understanding of the socio-historical and ideological background to the period.

  6. Display an understanding of the key issues surrounding the Women’s Movement in Germany and be able to analyse and interpret historical material related to the origins of the movement and its development.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM examination

• Two hour examination at the January examination period (date tbc), worth 50% of overall mark. You will be required to answer two questions, one relating to the women’s movement of the nineteenth century and one relating to the developments of the twentieth / twenty first centuries.

50
INDIVIDUAL PRESENTATION Seminar Paper

• A 10-15 minute presentation on a topic area of your choice (25%), leading to an essay of 2000 words (25%). Topics can include any area of the course including the impact of individual figures, as well as current issues, comparative approaches etc. We will discuss the presentations in class in the early part of the semester. You can also come for guidance at any time during the semester. Presentations will be held in Weeks 11 & 12; submission date for essay: Friday 19 January 2018.

25
ESSAY Essay

• A 10-15 minute presentation on a topic area of your choice (25%), leading to an essay of 2000 words (25%). Topics can include any area of the course including the impact of individual figures, as well as current issues, comparative approaches etc. We will discuss the presentations in class in the early part of the semester. You can also come for guidance at any time during the semester. Presentations will be held in Weeks 11 & 12; submission date for essay: Friday 19 January 2018.

25

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Seminar

2 hour seminar per week

200

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Extract and synthesise key information from written and/or spoken sources in English / Welsh and/or the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument in written and/or oral assignments and class discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • Critical skills in the close reading, description, reasoning and analysis of primary and secondary sources in the target language and/or English or Welsh (incl. filmic, literary and other sources). (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15)
  • Competence in the planning and execution of essays, presentations and other written and project work; bibliographic skills, including the accurate citation of sources and consistent use of conventions and appropriate style in the presentation of scholarly work. (Benchmark statement 5.10, 5.14, 5.15)
  • The ability to gather information, analyse, interpret and discuss different viewpoints and to place these in a wider socio-cultural and/or geo-historical and political and/or socio-linguistic context and to revise and re-evaluate judgements in light of those of the course leader, certain individuals or groups studied and/or fellow students. (Benchmark statement 5.13, 5.15 and 5.16)
  • The ability to write and think under pressure and meet deadlines. (Benchmark statement 5.15)
  • The ability to write effective notes and access and manage course materials including electronic resources / information provided on online learning platforms and library resources. (Benchmark statement 5.15, 5.16)
  • The ability to work creatively and flexibly both independently and/or as part of a team. (Benchmark statement 5.15).
  • The ability and willingness to engage with and appreciate other cultures and to articulate to others (in written and verbal form) the contribution that the culture has made at a regional and global level. (Benchmark statement 5.7)
  • The ability to grasp and discuss how films reflect objective or subjective positions in their treatment of their subject matter. (Benchmark statement 5.7 and 5.10)
  • The ability to comprehend, critically engage with and apply relevant theoretical concepts to materials being studied. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • The ability to engage in analytical, evaluative and original thinking. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • Critical understanding of key topics in the sphere of modern critical, cultural and translation theory, highlighting landmark figures and offering close readings of segments of their texts. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • The ability to organise and present ideas and arguments in presentations, classroom discussions and debates. (Benchmark statement 5.14, 5.16)
  • Develop reading and audio-visual comprehension skills in the target language through the study of primary sources in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Sensitivity to and appreciation of contrasting types of press and media in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.7, 5.10)
  • The ability to develop and manage an independent research project in English/Welsh. (Benchmark statement 5.10, 5.15, 5.16)
  • Skills in the critical reading and analysis of literary and/or musical and/or filmic texts. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • The ability to comprehend and apply cultural idioms by studying primary and secondary materials in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to comprehend, critically engage with and apply information from a variety of theoreticians to German case studies. (Benchmark statement 5.11)
  • The ability to critically understand the history of the German women's movement and its place in the international women's movement. (Benchmark statement 5.10, 5.11)
  • The ability to critically understand German and Germanophone culture and its relationship to other cultures. (Benchmark statement 5.7)
  • The ability to critically understand how Germany has tried to come to terms with its past(s). (Benchmark statement 5.7)
  • The ability to critically understand the history, political situation and culture of East and/or West Germany. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • The ability to analyse German-language texts (incl. films, visual materials and ideas) and place them in a wider historical-political and socio-cultural context. (Benchmark statement 5.4, 5.7, and 5.11)
  • The ability to develop and manage an independent research project in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.10, 5.15, 5.16)
  • The ability to analyse and interpret a wide range of canonical German films and place them in the wider context of German film history. (Benchmark statement 5.14, 5.15)

Resources

Resource implications for students

Students may wish to purchase a copy of Frevert's Women in German History.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/lxg-3013.html

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