German History 1914-1945

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    German History 1914-1945

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    German, History

  • Language Level


  • Prerequisites

    Since this module involves aspects of the German language, which will also be tested in the Continuous Assessment and/or exam, an intermediate knowledge of German is a prerequisite.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course will encourage students to engage with key historical events and developments in Germany from 1914 to 1945, in part through the medium of German. It will cover such topics as the First World War, the Weimar period, Hitler's rise to power, the persecution of the Jews, and the Second World War. Students will also practice describing pictures, images and events in German.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - Summarise in broad terms historical, societal and cultural developments in the German-speaking countries from the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 to the end of the Second World War.
    - Describe in some detail some of the main events, themes and debates of this period.
    - Identify some of the most important figures of this era and critically evaluate their contribution to unfolding historical and cultural events.
    - Describe in German and in some detail pictures, images and posters related to events during this era.
    - Organise and structure information in a coherent and meaningful manner in the German language.
    - Interpret and explain in English key German terms introduced in the module.
    - Write responses to exam questions in English and German, making convincing arguments in a clear and structured manner.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 24 hours
    - Planned learning activities: 36 hours
    - Independent student activities: 36 hours

    - Continuous Assessment: 30%
    - University scheduled written examination: 70%

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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