General knowledge pertaining to various aspects of the German language: its (number of) speakers, German as a Foreign Language, its international status (e.g. German as a scientific language, as a language of economy, etc.).
From a more linguistic point of view, areal-, socio- and contact-linguistic issues will be tackled. Attention will also be paid to the German language from an historical linguistic point of view.
Finally, contrastive phonetics (German-Dutch) will be studied as well.