1653 German in Administrative Practice

1653 German in Administrative Practice

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Margit Horvath, PhD

Prerequisits:

The course is designed for students of intermediate (Lower/Mid)  level, who had German as a second language at the secondary school (between 280 and 420 hours).

1. Objectives and competences

Objectives

  • to help students to develop skills for reading and understanding of specific vocabulary referring to Local, State and European administration (at intermediate level);
  • to help students to develop skills to compare the main characteristics of the political system in Slovenia, Germany and/or Austria and make conversation on common issues from public life and administration (at intermediate level);
  • to help students to develop skills for writing
  • a summary or expressing an opinion based on reading and listening materials (at intermediate level).

Competences:
Students are able to:

  • use more complex vocabulary of general and administration-related professional language (at intermediate level);
  • understand  reading/listening materials on various  contents referring to public life and administration (at upper-intermediate level);
  • talk about current events and issues from
  • the administrative practice (at intermediate level);
  • express opinion on certain problems and
  • analyse (dis)advantages of possibilities (at intermediate level);
  • write a summary/an opinion about a certain
  • current professional topic (at intermediate level).

2. Content

  • Demographic development in Slovenia
  • Family life (single-parent families)
  • Meaning of democracy (separation of powers)
  • Youth, politics and voting rights
  • Political system in Slovenia (constitution, parliament, …)
  • Political system in Germany and Austria
  • Rights of minorities and multilingualism (Slovene minority in Austria)
  • Local self-government in Slovenia
  • Local self-government in Germany (tasks of municipalities)
  • Quality of life in cities (security and Oktoberfest)
  • Structure of the EU and its policies
  • Administrative offices and bureaucracy

Grammar structures: Relative clauses, Present Participle used as an Adjective, Prepositional phrases (Verb - Preposition Idioms), Past Participle, Adjectival Nouns, modal verbs in the preterit and perfect tense, subordinate clauses (indem, dadurch dass), Forms of the Passive Voice,  Inflection of  comparative and superlative form of Adjectives, subordinate clauses (wenn, damit, um + zu), Past Perfect Tense, subordinate clauses (III), Conjunctive I (forms),  Inflection of Adjectives (II), “zu” with Infinitive, Past Conditionals, Indirect questions.

3. Readings

  • Obvezna literatura in viri (typical textbooks and readings):
  • Margit Horvath, Deutsch in der Verwaltungspraxis, študijsko gradivo
  • Dvojezični spletni slovar: na www.pons.si
  • Dodatna literatura in viri:
  • Tuji (spletni) viri in časopisni članki
  • Katerakoli slovnica nemškega jezika

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • use basic grammatical and functional structures relevant for the field of public administration;
  • use more complex vocabulary of general language and basic public administration vocabulary in spoken and written discourse;
  • understand  reading/listening materials on various  contents referring to public life and administration (at intermediate level);
  • talk about current events and issues from
  • the administrative practice;
  • express opinion on a certain problem
  • and analyse (dis)advantages of  possibilities;
  • autonomously use online language resources.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for tutorials
  • tutorials
  • e-learning
  • debate
  • research work online, (PP) presentations
  • intercurricural collaboration

6. Assessment

  • written and/or oral exam (60%)
  • assignments (10%)
  • active participation in tutorials (5%)
  • research work & presentations (15%)
  • tests (10%)