735 German in Administrative Practice

735 German in administrative practice

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd or 3th year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 30
  • Individual work: 120
  • Lecturer: Margit Horvath, lecturer


1. Objectives and competences

Student knows how to:

  • present the characteristics of our  political system and compare it with Germany or Austria
  • write a summary or opinion based on reading and listening materials at intermediate level
  • make conversation at intermediate level on common issues from public life and administration
  • use the specific vocabulary referring to State and European administration

Student is 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 a certain problem and analyse (dis)advantages of possibilities (at intermediate level)
  • write a summary/an opinion about different professional topics (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 and 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

a) Obvezna literatura in viri (Typical textbooks and readings):

  • Margit Horvath, Deutsch in der Verwaltungspraxis, (v prenovi),  ca. 100 str.
  • Fakten über Slowenien, Government of the RS, Public Relations and Media Office, (the latest edition), 100 str.
  • Spletni dvojezicni slovarji pons:   www.pons.si
  • spletni enojezični slovar DWDS: https://www.dwds.de/wb/Verwaltung
  • Terminološka zbirka izrazov Evroterm: www.evroterm.gov.si/index.php

b) Dodatna literatura in viri:

  • tuji spletni viri in izbrani članki /(video) prispevki za pisne komentarje in ustne predstavitve
  • Online Grammatikübungen und -erklärungen:  https://www.grammatiktraining.de/uebungen.html

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student widens the knowledge of general German and understands the more complex public administration terminology.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Practical work
  • E-learning (Moodle)
  • Debate
  • Presentation
  • Written report

6. Assessment

  • Coursework (in Moodle) and active class participation (15 %)
  • Presentation /written report (15 %)
  • Test (10 %)
  • Written exam  and oral exam (if necessary) (60 %)