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Die Welt im Spiegel der zeitgenössischen ӧsterreichischen Literatur

Level 5, 20 Credits.

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In diesem Kurs beschäftigen wir uns mit Variationen im Topos der österreichischen zeitgenössischen Literatur. Bekannte österreichische Autoren behandeln Themen von Konflikten in Europa und der Welt. Wir diskutieren die Grenzen zwischen dem Fiktionalen und dem Faktischen anhand von 5 ausgewählten Werken.

Couse syllabus

The aim of this module is to analyse and discuss selected works of modern and

contemporary Austrian literature. Selected Authors who wrote about political events outside Austria and general existential aspect of contemporary global issues. If available the books will be supported by films.

Topics covered

The following books will be discussed (in this order)

  1. Daniel Kehlmann, Ich und Kaminski, 2002
  2. Daniel Kehlmann, Ruhm, Rowohlt, 2009
  3. Gerhard Roth, Der Berg, Fischer 2000
  4. Christoph Ransmayer, Die letzte Welt, Fischer, 1988
  5. Michael Köhlmeier, Zwei Herren am Strand, Carl Hanser 2014

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at students with a good command of German language who wish    to consolidate or re-activate and  further practise their language skills by discussing Austrian literature and the world. The course will be conducted entirely in German.

Learning and Teaching

The centre point of discussion will focus on why Austrian writers took up themes outside their environment. For this course, a selection of books and handouts will be used. Students will engage in discussions and reading activities.

Coursework and Assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.

You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Library and Computing Facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website under Student Information, or by ringing (029) 2087 0000.

Accessibility of Courses

Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Division on (029) 2087 0000 for more information.