• 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
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The primary focus will be the Federal Republic of Germany present and past, but the course will also include the former German Democratic Republic, Austria and Switzerland. The German situation today will be approached via discussion of major social, political and cultural issues. At the same time, changes in everyday lifestyles, traditions and values (ecology, peace, the women's movement) will not be neglected.

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements for this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. analyse and critique German-speaking societies via written and visual texts.
  2. have an understanding of current affairs in German-speaking societies, and of world events from a European perspective, and
  3. combine this acquired ‘insider' perspective with their own as informed outsiders. In using target-language materials, this course provides an invaluable complement to European Studies and IR.
  4. Students will also have the opportunity to develop generic skills, e.g., critical thinking, written and oral communication, research, teamwork.

Indicative Assessment

  • A 10-15 minutes' oral presentation in class (25%) [LOs 1,2,3,4]
  • A 1500 word essay (40%) [LOs 1,2,3,4]
  • An in-class test (25%) [LOs 1,2,3,4]
  • Class participation (10%) [LOs 1,2,3,4]

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2.5 contact hours per week plus approximately 7.5 hours of regular work per week outside class.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM2105 or GERM2106 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. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GERM3020.

Prescribed Texts

Renate Luscher, Landeskunde Deutschland: Von der Wende bis heute (2011).

A reading brick.

Preliminary Reading

Any brief historical overview (in German) of Germany from 1945 on.




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:
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.

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, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3199 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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