• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, European Languages, European Studies, Literature, Film

This course explores the pivotal role of Berlin in German culture and memory of the 20th and 21st centuries. Few places have seen as much upheaval as the German metropolis in this period, from the final years of the Wilhelminine monarchy, the heady “dancing on the volcano” of the Weimar Republic, and the horrors of National Socialism and its aftermath, to the walled division of the city during the Cold War, reunification in 1990, and the cultural flourishing of the “Berlin Republic” in the 21st century. Through literature, film, and popular culture, discussion will focus on representations and transformations of Berlin’s urban spaces, including as sites of protest, nostalgia, Heimat (home), trauma, and memory. This will include stories by writers and artists from Berlin as well as from further afield, such as narratives of Jewish-German, immigrant, and subcultural life. Students who have completed this course will demonstrate advanced levels of spoken and written expression that accord to the conventions of academic German, in addition to substantial discipline-based research skills.

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. Analyse, critique, and undertake in-depth research on literary representations in German from the 20th and 21st centuries
  2. Analyse, critique, and undertake in-depth research on visual images of Berlin, and the city’s place within German culture
  3. Demonstrate advanced reading comprehension skills in German through engagement with a wide range of literary, visual, scholarly, and popular culture materials
  4. Demonstrate an advanced level of spoken German, including highly developed skills in formal class presentations that integrate current discipline-based research
  5. Demonstrate an advanced level of written German, including in German academic writing and analysis that integrates current discipline-based research

Indicative Assessment

Close analysis in German, 1000 words (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 5]

Essay in German, 2,500 words, due during the exam period (50%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5]

Oral Presentation in German,20 minutes (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]

Class participation, including online activities (Wattle) and readings to be completed outside of class (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3].

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2 hours of lectures and a 2 hour in-class film viewing per week for 13 weeks. Student are expected to undertake a further 6 hours of independent study each teaching week of the semester (total 130 hours).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed GERM6506 or have an 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 GERM3049.

Prescribed Texts

Course readings will be listed on the course Wattle site. Additionally, there will be a reading brick for this course.



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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
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3555 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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