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DS1319 German - Language, Culture and Social Studies 4.5 credits

The course prepares the student through lectures and group practice for studies, degree project work or placement in German-speaking countries.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus DS1319 (Autumn 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Insight into the culture of German-speaking countries focusing on intercultural differences
  • Practice expressing oneself orally and in writing in response to practical situations abroad
  • Information about language use in German-speaking countries
  • Practice in understanding and conversation
  • Optional tandem practice with German-speaking students
  • Study visit

Intended learning outcomes

EU language portfolio levels B1/C1,

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

Listening comprehension

  • understand the content of clear standard speech on general subject areas/events (level B2)

Reading comprehension

  • assimilate the content of letters and written information of various types and from different sources (level B2/C1)


  • converse and discuss informally on topics of personal interest or related to studies, work or topical events. (level B1)
  • orally summarise texts of a general nature (level B1/B2)


  • produce short essays and texts (level B1/B2)

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entrance requirements for university studies, i e completed upper secondary schooling with 4-5 years’ study of German. A diagnostic test before course start.

Recommended prerequisites

See under Eligibility


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • NÄR1 - Attendance, 1,5 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

75% attendance and home assignments (NÄR1; 1,5 credits), written examination (TEN1; 3 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Profile picture Elke Schmölder-Hanson

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web DS1319

Offered by

ECE/Language and Communication

Main field of study

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Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Elke Schmölder-Hanson, tel. 790 9602,

Supplementary information

Summer course in August. The course has limited participation. Students who are not present at course start risk losing their place on the course.

The course programme may be subject to changes and courses with an insufficient number of students can be cancelled or get a reduced number of lessons.