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English - Transatlantic Relations: Current Affairs in the U.S. and the E.U. C1

Module SZ0438

This Module is offered by TUM Language Center.

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2015/6 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2015/6SS 2012

Basic Information

SZ0438 is a semester module in English language at Bachelor’s level and Master’s level which is offered irregularly.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of language courses as soft-skill courses
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This course allows students to improve their English skills by speaking and writing about the current events and social/political issues which are of interest to them. Classes are organised thematically around topics selected by students (recent courses, for example, have dealt with topics as diverse as immigration, fracking, Scottish independence, US elections, and conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East). Presentations introduce a topic each week (these will be made by the lecturer in the first classes and by students from then on) before group and pair speaking tasks allow students to explore issues in greater depth. Importantly, the activities allow students to develop practical English skills which will be of use in both professional and social contexts, e.g. discussion, information exhange, argumentation, negotiation etc.

Students will also develop their English writing skills for a report and examination.

Learning Outcome

After completion of this course students can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning; they can express themselves fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; they can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes and they can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Ability to begin work at the C1 level as evidenced by a placement test score.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Communicative and skills oriented treatment of topics with use of group discussion, case studies, presentations, listening exercises, and pair work, etc.


Course handouts, online platform, video taping


no info

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Grades for an oral presentation including handout and visual aids (25%), homework assignments (50%), and a final written examination (25%) contribute equally to the final course grade. Duration of the final examination: 60 minutes.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

English - Transatlantic Relations: Current Affairs in the U.S. and the E.U. C1
Mon, 2022-07-25, 15:15 till 16:45 Dieser Termin ist der Abgabeschluss für die Prüfungsleistungen. till 2022-06-30 (cancelation of registration till 2022-07-24)
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