• 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
  • Course convener
    • Dr Gabriele Schmidt
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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This course continues with the development of listening and reading comprehension skills and with the development of oral and written communication. This includes the study of modern German grammar and vocabulary, and training in and reflection on language learning strategies.

The course introduces students to contemporary literature, film and culture in the German language with a focus on 20th century history of the German-speaking countries. Students will reflect on concepts such as 'Vergangenheitsbewältigung' and how they are dealt with in literature, film, museums, etc. The course encourages students to relate those contents to their own cultural background.

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. describe unpredictable situations clearly,
  2. explain the main points in an idea or problem with reasonable precision, and
  3. express viewpoints and develop arguments without much conspicuous searching for words, using some complex sentence forms to do so.
  4. be able to read literary texts and understand German films in the context of German-speaking culture and be able to analyse and critique them, and
  5. demonstrate an understanding of 20th century history of the German-speaking countries.
  6. demonstrate generic skills, e.g., critical thinking, written and oral communication, research, teamwork.

Indicative Assessment

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

One 1 hour in-class mid-semester test (15%) - Learning outcomes addressed: 2, 3, 6.
Three written assignments, each 300 words (each 15%, total of 45%) - Learning outcomes addressed: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
One 15 minute oral examination (15%) - Learning outcomes addressed: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
One 2.5 hour final examination (25%) - Learning outcomes addressed: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

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 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

Motyl-Mudretzkyj, Irene and Michaela Späinghaus (latest edition): "Anders gedacht: Text and Context in the German-Speaking World". Kursbuch und Arbeitsbuch. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Brussig, Thomas (2003): "Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee". Easy Readers edition. Stuttgart: Klett.

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an assumed language proficiency equivalent to the successful completion of GERM2105.

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1247 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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