Guidelines for Part IB
The scheduled papers will introduce you to some of the most important events and movements in European intellectual, literary and political history. The German-speaking nations have had a decisive hand in making Europe, and European culture, what it is today. A knowledge of German is equally essential for understanding medieval Europe, and studying the history of the German language is a natural complement to the study of Romance philology or of linguistics. One common feature of the German scheduled papers on the whole, and of the accompanying lectures, is that they emphasise the historical and general philosophical dimension to a much greater extent than those of any other Department in the Faculty.
In Part IB the Department currently runs six German options: one for ex-ab initio students only (Ge 1) and five papers exclusive to Part IB (Ge 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7). It is sensible in making your choice of IB subjects to ask what they might lead on to or complement when you come to Part II. In particular you should remember that in Part II you will have to offer a dissertation or translation project (and may choose to offer two dissertations) and that a dissertation may (and probably should) lie in the area of a paper which you have already studied, so that you can feel confident of your general knowledge of the background to what should be a closely-focused project. In the detailed list of options which follows you will find some specific advice on which papers at the IB level best fit in with which subjects for Part II (including dissertations).
You may substitute a Long Essay for any of the following papers in Part IB: Ge 2, 5, and 6.
The Department also participates in three comparative papers for Part II. These are not available in Part IB, but if you are thinking of taking one of them in your final year you should be thinking now about which options this year will best prepare you for them.
In all cases specimen or past examination papers, which are kept in the MML Library, give some idea of the kind of questions that are set. See also Marking criteria for scheduled paper essays and the Faculty policy on plagiarism
Summary of the German scheduled papers for Part IB
- Paper Ge 1: Introduction to German studies (available only to those students who took ab initio in Part IA)
- Paper Ge 2: German history and thought since 1750
- Paper Ge 4: The making of German culture, 1
- Paper Ge 5: Modern German culture (1), 1750 - 1890
- Paper Ge 6: Modern German culture (2), 1890 to the present day
- Paper Ge 7: German language: a linguistic introduction
A full list of all the MML scheduled papers available is given in Schedule IB.