• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

Alongside a historical overview, beginning with the silent film era and extending up to the present, aspects considered include film as social document, and the aesthetics of film. Featured film makers include Fassbinder, Wenders and Tykwer. New European and transnational (Turkish-German) tendencies are also examined.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  1. Understand the main directions taken by one of the leading cinema movements worldwide;
  2. Apply basic skills of film analysis;
  3. Contextualize German cinema as both product and reflection of German culture and German society more generally.
  4. Apply increased German language skills, both active and passive. 

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial participation (10%) throughout the semester - LOs 1,2,3,4

1st essay (40%), 1200-1500 words, due in the teaching break (early April) – LOs 1,2,3,4

2nd essay (in lieu of an exam), (50%) 1200-1500 words, during the exam period – LOs 1,2,3,4

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One-hour lecture, one-hour tutorial, on average a 2-hour film screening each week. 6 hours/week private study (secondary reading and viewing).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM2105 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

Beicken, Peter: Wie interpretiert man einen Film? (Reclam, 2011).

A reading brick, plus prescribed films for viewing (none of which needs to be purchased). Details will be available on Wattle.

Preliminary Reading

None required, but a basic introduction to film studies would help.

An up-to-date reading list will be made available via WebCT or equivalent ahead of the next course offering.

Assumed Knowledge

Students of German Studies, with the appropriate prerequisites, are eligible.



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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