- Code GERM2113
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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, Gender Studies, European Studies, Literature
This course will focus on recent German cinema, particularly films produced since the year 2000, analysing various themes affecting contemporary German society through a visual as well as narrative framework. These include questions of identity, "otherness,” and intercultural encounter, as well as themes of "Heimat" (sense of home) and dealing with the past.
In particular, the course explores:
- how ideas of home and identity are destabilized by experiences such as exile, emigration, or political change;
- what constitutes contemporary “German” and “European” identity;
- how ideas about national identity intersect with other social identities, including cultural, ethnic, regional, and transnational affinities, as well as identities based in class, gender, and sexuality;
- how contemporary films provide a means of coming to terms with Germany’s turbulent 20th-century past, including the horrors of the Third Reich, and the country's forty-year division into East and West.
The German-language version of this course aims specifically to equip students with an active and specialized vocabulary in German for talking about and analyzing films beyond the level of narrative analysis, as well as a theoretical understanding of important social issues.
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:
- Understand recent directions in contemporary German film and cultural production
- Examine and critique recent German-language films in German, with reference to secondary literature
- Demonstrate an intermediate level of spoken German, including skills in formal class presentations
- Demonstrate an intermediate level of written German, including in German academic writing
Indicative AssessmentOnline learning journal (1,000 words) in German based on weekly films, readings, and class discussions (25%) [LOs 1, 2, 4]
Research essay in German of 1,200 words (45%) [LOs 1, 2, 4]
10-minute recorded oral class presentation in German (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3]
Class participation, including online activities (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3].
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and 24 hours of film screening. b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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