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Australian National University

  • Code GERM6508
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Academic career Graduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gabriele Schmidt

With an emphasis on academic German, this course continues with the development of listening and reading comprehension skills and with the development of oral and written communication. Students will learn and practise how to develop a critical argument in a university essay in German and how to give a class presentation with an academic content.

The course introduces students to post-war German literature and engages students in the critical study of topical issues in contemporary German-speaking societies. The latter includes a research project on Switzerland. Furthermore, it provides students with learning opportunities in the area of intercultural communication.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Express themselves clearly and without much sign of having to restrict what they want to say.
  2. Use German for academic purposes, e.g. essay writing with appropriate referencing in German.
  3. Read and analyse longer literary texts in German and relate them to German-speaking culture.
  4. Understand current affairs in the German-speaking societies and analyse and critique them.
  5. Conduct a research project in German (This includes developing research questions, finding relevant literature about the chosen topic, and structuring and writing a longer research essay.)
  6. Use some generic skills, e.g. critical thinking, written and oral communication, research skills, teamwork.

Indicative Assessment

This course has continuous assessment to provide students with regular feedback on their learning progress. Proposed are:


One 2-hour in-class mid-semester test (15%) [Learning Outcomes addressed: 1, 2, 6]

One 1800-word research project (25%) [Learning Outcomes addressed: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6]

One 1500-word literary analysis (20%) [Learning Outcomes addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6]

One group project (5%) [Learning Outcomes addressed: 5, 6]

One 15-minute in-class research presentation (15%) [Learning Outcomes addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6]

One 2.5-hour final examination (20%) [Learning Outcomes addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6]

Workload

3.5 contact hours per week plus approximately 6.5 hours of regular work per week outside class.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM6507 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

To be announced.  Check the Wattle site or contact the Course Convenor for further details.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an assumed language proficiency equivalent to the successful completion of the intermediate level.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  Tuition fees will be published by 1 October for the next year.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $1542
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478

International fee paying students

Year Commencing Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762

Terms

Second Semester, 2014

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
6385 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014

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