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German Studies: Old and New Challenges

Undergraduate Programmes in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland


Peter Rolf Lutzeier

This collection of specially commissioned contributions by leading scholars in German Studies gives a comprehensive overview of the current and future state of the discipline in British and Irish universities; in particular in terms of topics taught and methodologies used in Undergraduate Programmes. Any such course provision faces the challenge of striking the right balance between academic standards, the expectations and interests of the students, demands by potential employers and the tightening of resources.
Contents: Peter Rolf Lutzeier: Introduction - Nigel B.R. Reeves: German Studies: Old and New Challenges - John Sandford: What does 'Culture' mean in German Cultural Studies? - Holger Briel: New Media in German Studies - William Henry Jackson: The Case for Medieval Studies - Helmut Peitsch: The Case for Literary Studies - Peter Rolf Lutzeier: The Case for Language/Linguistic Studies - Michael Anthony Rogers: The Case for Specialist Studies: Austrian Studies - Malcolm Pender: The Case for Specialist Studies: Swiss Studies - Florian Krobb: The Case for Specialist Studies: Jewish Studies - Elizabeth Boa: The Case for Gender Issues in German Studies - Christiane Gabriel: DAAD Lektor/Lektorin: A Variety of Roles and Functions - Theo Harden: German as the Medium of Instruction: Any Problems? - Petra Wend: German ab initio: The German Department as a mere Language School? - John Taylor: Work Placement in a German speaking Country.