German Culture and Society





Offered by

Global Business Engineering




Admission requirements for the Global Business Engineering Programme.

For international students at least one year of German at high school level or an equivalent background. I.e. Start Deutsch 1, Goethe-Institut Certificate. Documentation is required.

The course must be passed before the limit set in the course curriculum.

Main purpose

The purpose of this course is to develop the students’ language proficiency in German.  Besides, the aim is to develop the students’ knowledge and understanding of cultural, social, and political issues in Germany as well as in other German-speaking areas of the world.



After the course the students should have knowledge about, understand and reflect on
  • the German language, including syntax, phonetics, grammar, and semantics
  • historical, social, cultural, and political conditions in German-speaking areas.


After the course the students should be able to:
  • communicate reasonably well in German
  • understand spoken German
  • read, understand and discuss authentic texts in German about cultural, social or political issues
  • make presentations on cultural, social or political issues
  • write simple texts in German
  • search information in German on cultural, social and political issues and to present the results of this in German.



After the course the students should to a certain extent, be able to
  • communicate in a clear language, orally and in writing, in an international context
  • function and cooperate with people with different educational, language, and cultural backgrounds
  • structure own learning in an effective way and critically acquire new knowledge within relevant engineering areas
  • use the knowledge of the German language and the German society as well as the German-speaking areas in practice in an international context.


Teaching methods and study activities

The semester workload (5 ECTS) corresponds to approx. 137 hours of student work comprising compulsory written and oral assignments, compulsory presentations of self-studied subjects as well as various grammar exercises.

Participation of lecturer and students
Initiated by the lecturer
60 hours - 44 %
  • Lessons, scheduled
  • Excursions
  • Introduction to written assignments and feedback
  • Semester tests
  • Feedback project work
  • Exams and tests
Participation of students
Initiated by the lecturer
60 hours - 44 %
  • Assignments, self-study
  • Project and group work
  • Homework for lessons
  • Selected exercises
  • Preparation for exams
Participation of students
Initiated by students
10 hours - 7 % 
  •  Self-study
  • Project work
  • Study groups
  • Literature search
  • Exam preparation
Participation of lecturer and students 
Initiated by students
5 hours - 5 %
  • Meetings
  • Study guidance


Handouts: Articles from newspapers, magazines and the Internet.
Books: Will follow


Admission to the examination is on condition that: 
  • A number of individual compulsory written assignments, stipulated by the lecturer at semester start, are handed in and approved within the stipulated deadlines
  • One individual oral presentation has been made and approved.



Oral examination

Individual oral examination. The examination is composed of an unknown text and questions in relation to the topics of the course.

time 40 minutes.

Duration of examination: Approx. 20 minutes.

Allowed tools: All

External examiner.

Please note that re-examinations may take a different form than the ordinary exams.

The course must be passed before the limit set in the course curriculum.

Grading criteria

Examinations account for 100 % of final grade.

Additional information



Birgitte von Fyren Balsløv (BIBA)

Valid from

8/15/2018 12:00:00 AM

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