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German in Practice


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed German 1 Beginners and German 2 Pre-Intermediate, or German 1 Intermediate and German 2 Upper-Intermediate. If students have not yet passed German 3 Intermediate or German 3 Advanced, they are expected to follow that course alongside the German in Practice course.


This course puts into action the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills students acquired in their language acquisition courses. Students will apply their knowledge of German to authentic texts related to International Studies.

Using a case-study approach, students will practice finding and analysing German data in the first half of the course. In the second half, they will work on a small research project using German data on a topic of their choice.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to locate written and spoken German materials that can serve as data or reference for a (research) project in International Studies.

Students will analyse spoken and written German texts of appropriate level. They will be able to summarise, paraphrase, and evaluate these texts in English.


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Mode of instruction


Seminars are held every week. Attending all seminar sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your lecturer in advance. Being absent at more than two of the sessions will result in a lowering of your participation grade (20% of the end grade) with 0,5 point for each session missed after the first three sessions. Please note that being absent at any session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the lecturer.

Assessment method


  • Class assignments

  • Presentation (midterm exam)

  • Research report


Partial grade Weighing
Class assignments 20%
Presentation (midterm exam) 30%
Research report 50%

End Grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.


If you fail this course, you can resubmit an improved version of your research report (50% of the final grade). In case of resubmission of the research report (insufficient final grade only) the final grade for the research report will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the research report.

The exact arrangements with regards to the format and timing of the Midterm Exam (Presentation) can be found in the course syllabus on Brightspace.

Retaking a passing grade

Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2021 – 2022.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

Reading materials will be made available on Brightspace.


  • Enrolment through uSis for the course is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.



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