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MO4910   'The German Hercules' - Martin Luther and Germany, 1517 - 2000

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 60

ECTS credits : 30

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: Full Year

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: See

Martin Luther was the dominant figure of the European Reformation. His ideas brought about the most radical break with the medieval world. Yet he had a particular significance for Germans, who saw him variously as a leader, a prophet, a symbol of a mythic unity, and as the arch-heretic. This module will explore Luther's ideas and the development of the German Reformation in its intellectual and historical contexts, as well as the different ways in which the reformer's legacy has been interpreted by Germans from his own day to our age. The course will examine Luther's place in the German identities fostered in Bismarckian Germany, under National Socialism, and in the former German Democratic Republic.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 66

Guided independent study hours: 534

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2 x 3-hour Written Examinations = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 7%
Coursework: 33%

Re-assessment: New Coursework: 1 x source exercise (2,000 - 2,500 words) and 1 x 4,000- to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr B M Heal