• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, European Languages, European Studies, Literature
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Wesley Lim
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course will examine key themes in contemporary German literary and cultural studies. Through the study of widely acclaimed texts and novels, students will gain a critical appreciation of significant currents in contemporary German culture and society, and their broader historical context. Students will develop specialist vocabulary and skills enabling them to discuss these texts and authors using sophisticated oral and written German. 


The course is based around 2-4 smaller modules. These may include, among others: 

- The wall in the heads: Writing since unification

- Turkish-German culture

- 21st century women's writing

- Intergenerational trauma and dealing with the past

- Authors as public intellectuals 

- Crossing borders: Cultures of migration and refuge 

- "Der Krimi": German crime narratives

- The German historical novel

- Contemporary Jewish German culture

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Critically engage with and reflect upon key themes, texts, and authors in contemporary German literary and cultural studies
  2. Analyse and undertake in-depth research on literary texts and authors using appropriate databases and discipline-specific methods
  3. Demonstrate an advanced level of spoken German, including highly-developed skills in formal class presentations
  4. Demonstrate an advanced level of written German, including in German academic writing and analysis that integrates current discipline-based research

Indicative Assessment

1 x 2,500 word essay in German [LOs 1, 2, 4] (40%)

1x 1,500 word class paper or in-class test in German [LOs 1, 2, 4] (25%)

A 20-minute recorded oral class presentation in German (25%) [LOs 1, 2, 3] (25%)

Class participation, including online activities (10%) [LOs 1, 3, 4].

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of seminars

b) 12 hours of film screenings

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you are assumed to have knowledge of German equivalent to completion of Advanced German 1 GERM6507, or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GERM3051

Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course you are assumed to have knowledge of German equivalent to completion of Advanced German 1 GERM3007, or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test.


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
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
4611 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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