Department of germanic studies tsm handbook

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Trinity College



School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Germanic Studies
TSM Handbook 2011-2012
Table of Contents
General Departmental Information 5
TSM German: General Information 15
Junior Freshman (First Year) 19
Senior Freshman (Second Year) 27

Junior Sophister (Third Year) 39

Senior Sophister (Fourth Year) 43

Quick reference:
Departmental Executive Officer contact details: 3

Individual teaching staff contact details 4

Who can I turn to? (Which member of staff deals with a particular issue?) 7-8
Procedure for submitting assessed assignments 13
List of assessments and deadlines 14
List of SF/JS Seminars in 2011-2012 32
Foundation Scholarship (‘Schol’) in German 38

Department of Germanic Studies

Trinity College Dublin

On behalf of all our colleagues, we would like to welcome you, or welcome you back, to the Department of Germanic Studies!

This handbook applies to all students taking German within the Two Subject Moderatorship. It is meant as a guide and reference point to make your work on this degree programme as informed, effective and enjoyable as possible, by setting out the course structures, the examination and assessment patterns, what is expected of you, and the academic and personal support available to you. Please retain for future reference.
Caitriona Leahy, TSM Coordinator, 2011-2012
Moray McGowan, Head of Department

Departmental Office: Room 5065, Level 5, Arts Building

Telephone: (00 353 1) 8961373

Fax: (00 353 1) 8963762


Executive Officers: Ms Natalie Wynn, Ms Amanda Hopkins

Office Hours (Mon-Fri): posted on office door

The information provided in this course handbook is accurate at time of preparation. Any necessary revisions will be notified to students via e-mail. Please note that in the event of any conflict or inconsistency between the General Regulations published in the University Calendar and the information contained in course handbooks, the provisions of the General Regulations prevail.

Please note that a Word copy of this handbook can be provided on request to the Department of Germanic Studies office in Room 5065, or by e-mailing

Staff in the Department


Moray McGowan
(896) 2415

(Head of Department 2011-12)

Jürgen Barkhoff
(896) 1210

Gillian Martin
(896) 2329

Caitríona Leahy
(896) 1107

Clemens Ruthner
(896) 1935

Peter Arnds
(Comparative Literature and Literary Translation)

(896) 1501


Dr Helen O’Sullivan


(896) 1451

Departmental Language Instructor:

Ms. Katrin Eberbach
(896) 3469

Austrian Lektorin:

Ms. Karin Staufer
(896) 3188

DAAD Lektorin:

Ms. Petruta Tatulescu
(896) 3188

Fachlektorin in Law:

Dr Bilun Müller
Hse 39
(896) 1997

Lecturer in Business German:

Ms. Brigitte Morrogh
(896) 3469

Dutch Lector:

Ms. Alice Schutte
(896) 1451

Dutch Harting Scholar:

Ms. Anne Rutten

Prof. Timothy Jackson
(896) 1589

Dr. Gilbert Carr
(896) 1589

General Information

The Department of Germanic Studies, along with the other departments of modern languages, is part of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. It is involved in several graduate (MPhil) degree programmes, and has research students pursuing MLitt and PhD degrees. Members of the Department are actively involved in research, spanning a wide range of topics in literary and cultural studies, cultural history, intercultural communication, historical and applied linguistics. Full profiles are given on the Departmental website.

The Department contributes to six undergraduate (BA) degrees:

Business Studies and German BSG

Computer Studies, Linguistics and German CSLG

European Studies ES

Germanic Languages GL

Law and German LG

Two Subject Moderatorship TSM

College and Departmental Terminology
The following abbreviations are commonly used in College.

Junior Freshman (1st year) JF

Senior Freshman (2nd year) SF

Junior Sophister (3rd year) JS

Senior Sophister (4th year) SS
Terms & Semesters

Michaelmas Term (Semester 1) MT

Hilary Term (Semester 2) HT

Trinity Term (Examinations) TT

There are two 12-week semesters, equating to Michaelmas Term and Hilary Term. Each semester has a study week: Week 7. Annual examinations are held in Trinity Term. Supplemental examinations take place in late August/early September.
Dates 2011-2012

On the timetables the terms are indicated by week numbers, counting from the first week of statutory term in September. Statutory terms are longer than teaching terms, and are generally not of relevance to undergraduate students. The week numbers are given in brackets after the teaching term details below:

Michaelmas Term (5 - 16) 26 September to 16 December

Hilary Term (21 - 32) 16 January to 6 April

Trinity Term is not a teaching term: it consists of three weeks of revision, followed by four weeks of examinations.

Marking System
In Trinity, the following system is used in marking exams and assessed work. The words in brackets indicate how each grade is pronounced when said aloud.

I (first) 70 - 100

II.1 (two-one or upper second) 60 - 79

II.2 (two-two or lower second) 50 - 59

III (third) 40 - 49

F1 30 - 39

F2 0 - 29

The letter F in the last two marks stands for fail.

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