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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST3780 Germany Occupied and Divided 1945-63

40 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr Matthew Frank
Email: TBA

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module examines the course of German history from defeat in 1945 to the building of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Adenauer era. We will assess the impact defeat and foreign occupation had on Germany, taking a comparative approach that looks at all four occupation zones, and which gives equal weight to developments in the two German states that emerged in the late 1940s. As well as looking at how the 'German Question' played out on the international stage in the early stages of the Cold War, we will also focus on domestic sources of tension (legacies of Nazism, the influx of refugees, political and economic reconstruction) as the two Germanies sought to define a role for themselves in the postwar era.

Objectives

On completing this module students will:
- have explored a key aspect of post-1945 European history in depth
- be able to reflect on the relationship between national and international history
- be familiar with historiographical debates on this topic
- be accustomed to handling primary sources
- have the skills and confidence to identify and develop a research topic

Syllabus

Topics will include:
- Allied postwar planning for Germany
- a comparison of Allied occupation policies
- the establishment of the German Federal and German Democratic Republics
- politics in 1950s West Germany
- impact of refugees and returning PoWs
- cultural and social legacies of defeat/overcoming the past
- 'Americanization' and 'Sovietization'
- the 'German Question' in the early Cold War

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Seminar222.0044.00
Private study hours356.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored throughout the course on contributions in seminars as well as non assessed work which they will need to complete for each seminar.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 3,000 word assessed essay to be delivered by 12 noon on Friday of exam week 220.00
Essay1 x 3,000 word assessed essay to be delivered by 12 noon on Monday of May Revision week20.00
Oral PresentationVerbal presentation undertaken in class. Any re-sit will be an equivalent written exercise.10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2009

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