• 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, film and literature, 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 in depth, as both product and reflection of German culture and German society more generally.
  4. Apply German language skills, both active and passive, at an advanced level. 

Indicative Assessment

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

1st essay (40%), 1500-1800 words, due in the teaching break (early April) – LOs 1,2,3,4.

2nd essay (in lieu of an exam), (50%) 1500-1800 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 GERM3007 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 GERM2046 or FILM3046.

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. A basic introduction to film studies would help.

A reading brick, available via Wattle.




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

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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
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
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