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Queen's University

GRMN 308*

Survey of German Cultural History I

Fall 2011

Instructor: Dr. Christiane Arndt
Office:  Kingston Hall 408, Tel: 613-533-2073


Course Description:

Language learning involves five major skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and cultural competence. GRMN 308* focuses on the intensive development of all of these skills, in the context of an extended survey of the major historical events and cultural movements, from the Middle Ages to the late nineteenth century, that have shaped the identities of today’s three German-speaking countries. (GRMN 309*, in the winter term, continues the survey until the present day.) The discussion of historical and cultural topics will be based on readings from Wulf Koepke’s Die Deutschen: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart and will be supplemented by videos and other materials.

Students are also required to attend a grammar tutorial from 9:30-10:30pm on Wednesdays (1 hour per week) in Kingston Hall 306.  The tutorial hour is a compulsory part of the course.  It will begin in the second week of classes.

Required Text (available from the Campus Bookstore):

Koepke, Wulf. Die Deutschen: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart.

Recommended Text:

Handbuch zur Deutschen Grammatik. Ed. Larry D. Wells

Marking Scheme

Attendance and participation: 15%
1 oral presentation: 10%
3 vocabulary quizzes: 15% (5% each)
2 written translations: 10%
2 brief compositions: 20%
Tutorial (participation and attendance): 5%
Final Exam: 25%

Detailed Weekly Schedule

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000