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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: GER3009 Module Title: VIENNA: IMPRESSIONS OF A CITY
Module Provider: Language & Translation Studies Short Name: LIG327
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: SALLER C Ms (Lang & Trans)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Research essay (2,500 words)

Qualifying Condition(s)
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview
This is a final year optional module for German. The module is taught entirely in the target language, delivery is over 1 semester in two-hour weekly lecture seminars.

Successful completion of level 2 modules

Module Aims

The module introduces Vienna, the capital of Austria and one of the major cities within the German-speaking world. Students will examine and discuss various cultural and historical topics relevant to the development of modern day Vienna.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students

  • will have gained an insight into the historical, cultural and political development of one of the major Central European cities
  • will have become more aware of the cultural diversity and the cultural differences within the German-speaking world
  • will have developed a better understanding of the linguistic varieties within the German-speaking world
  • will have become acquainted with some of the most influential 20th century writers, composers, artists, scientists, and thinkers who lived and worked in Vienna, among them Sigmund Freud, Arnold Schönberg and Gustav Klimt
  • will have developed the ability and acquired the necessary knowledge to link the works of these individuals to social developments and cultural environments, thus being able to better understand and interpret their works
  • will be able to conduct independent research on given topics and present their findings in written and spoken German
Module Content

The following topics will be discussed:

  • Presentation and self-representation of a city 
  • Wiener Moderne: society, art, literature and architecture around 1900
  • Politics in Vienna: from innovation to extremism
  • Viennese literature, art and film after 1945
  • aspects of daily life
Methods of Teaching/Learning

Classes will be organised by module tutor into lecture and discussion sessions, the latter sometimes led by students.

Selected Texts/Journals
A compendium of selected texts will be provided by the module tutor at the beginning of and throughout the semester.
Recommended Reading:
Barea, Ilsa, Vienna: legend and reality, London: Secker und Warburg, 1966.
Das Jüdische Echo, Vol. 48, Oktober 1999.
Fischer, Ernst, Hauptwerke der österreichischen Literatur, Einzeldarstellungen und Interpretationen, München: Kindler, 1997.
Gainham, Sarah, The Habsburg twilight: tales from Vienna. London: Weidenfels and Nicolson, 1979.
Hofbauer, Friedl, Leseheft Wien, Wien: Österreichischer Bundesverlag, 1988.
Le Rider, Jacques, Modernity and crises of identity: culture and society in fin-de-siècle Vienna. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1993.
Miklin, Richard, Wien. Literarische Spaziergänge durch Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 2000.
Payne, Laura, Essential Klimt, Bath: Parragon, 2000.
Ponger, Lisl, Fremdes Wien, Klagenfurt/Celovec, 1993.
Short, Christopher, Schiele, London: Phaidon, 1997.
Steidl, Norbert, Stadtbuch Wien, Seefeld: M. Velbinger, 1996.
Torberg, Friedrich, Die Tante Jolesch, München: dtv, 2004.
Twaroch, Johannes, Typisch Österreich. Literatur in Anekdoten, Wien: Amalthea, 2003.
Wunberg, Gotthart (ed.), Die Wiener Moderne. Literatur, Kunst und Musik zwischen 1890 und 1910, Stuttgart: Reclam, 1981.
Last Updated

JULY 2009