• Class Number 2777
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Manuel Clemens
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
    • Dr Stephanie Borst
SELT Survey Results

This course continues with the development of listening and reading comprehension skills and with the development of oral and written communication. This includes the study of modern German grammar and vocabulary, and training in and reflection on language learning strategies.

The course introduces students to contemporary literature, film and culture in the German language and engages students in the study of topical issues in contemporary German-speaking societies. Furthermore, it provides students with learning opportunities in the area of intercultural communication. 

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. Describe unpredictable situations in German.
  2. Explain the main points in an idea or problem with reasonable precision in German.
  3. Express thoughts in German on abstract or cultural topics represented in German-speaking literature or film.
  4. Read literary texts and relate them to German-speaking culture.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of current affairs in the German-speaking societies, and to analyse and critique them.
  6. Demonstrate generic skills, e.g., critical thinking, written and oral communication, teamwork.
  7. Conduct a small research project related to the course topics.

Required Resources

Anders gedacht: Text and Context in the German-Speaking World. Textbuch und Übungsbuch, (Einheit 1-5). 3rd Edition. Boston: Heinle, 2014. (Harry Hartog bookstore).

The books will also be used in second semester.

Textbooks and audio CDs are in the Chifley Reserve Collection. 

  • A dictionary is recommended.
  • Recommended Grammar: Em Übungsgrammatik: Deutsch als Fremdsprache by Axel Hering, Magdelena Matussek, Michaela Perlmann-Balme. Ismaning: Max Hueber, 2002. (Chifley Library, Reserve Collection)

The German Studies Program has its own homepage: http://slll.cass.anu.edu.au/students/future/disciplines/german-language-and-culture The homepage and its linked websites provide information on courses, academic staff, scholarships, exchange opportunities, the German-speaking community in Canberra, and links to relevant sites such as the “Goethe Institut” and German-speaking newspapers. The homepage is regularly updated.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to the whole class

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Language students are reminded that it is prohibited to have assignments proof-read by other persons, e.g. native speakers, prior to submission. Such assistance falls under the definition of “cheating” and will be reported. If you need assistance please contact one of the teaching staff.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Montag: Kurseinführung Dienstag: 1. A: Das Wandern; GR: Infinitive mit um...zu Mittwoch: 1. B: Literarische Epochen; Autoren, Komponisten und Donnerstag: GR: Verben mit Präpositionalobjekt, da-Komposita
2 Montag: 1. D: Märchen; GR: Präteritum Dienstag: 1. D: Wandrers Nachtlied Mittwoch: 1. D: Goethe; GR: wo-Komposita
3 Montag: Canberra Day Dienstag: GR: Verben und verwandte Nomen; 1. E: Der Mond Mittwoch: 2. A: Umweltschutz; Drei Artikel Donnerstag: Parteienlandschaft in Deutschland; 1. Hausaufgabe
4 Montag: 2. B: Ziele der Grünen in Deutschland Dienstag: 2. C: Cem Özdemir GR: Genitiv Mittwoch: GR: Perfekt Donnerstag: 2. D: Atomkraft? Nein, danke! 1. Hausaufgabe fällig ?1. Hausaufgabe fällig am Donnerstag
5 Montag: GR: Präpositionen mit Genitiv; Futur Dienstag: 3. A: Migration; GR: Infinitiv mit zu Mittwoch: 3. A: Grafik beschreiben; GR: Konjunktiv II im Präsens Donnerstag: Test 1 Test 1 am Donnerstag
6 Montag: 3. A: Grafik beschreiben; GR: Konjunktiv II im Präsens Dienstag: 3. B: Einwanderung und Einbürgerung; GR: bekommen vs. werden Mittwoch: 3. C: Deutschsein und Fremdsein Donnerstag: Test 1 zurück
7 Montag: Public Holiday Dienstag: Test 1 zurück Mittwoch: 3. D: Kurzfilm Schwarzfahrer 2. Hausaufgabe Donnerstag: Public Holiday
8 Montag: 4. A: Weimarer Republik; GR: Reflexive Verben Dienstag: 4. B: Comedian Harmonists: Filmsequenz 1-3; GR: Relativsätze 2. Hausaufgabe fällig Mittwoch: 4. B: Comedian Harmonists: Filmsequenz 4-6 Donnerstag: 4. B: Comedian Harmonists: Filmsequenz 7-9 2. Hausaufgabe fällig am Dienstag
9 Montag: 4. B: Comedian Harmonists: Filmsequenz 10-11 Dienstag: GR: Reflexive Verben Mittwoch: 4. B: Filmkritik; 3. Hausaufgabe Donnerstag: Test 2 Test 2 am Donnerstag
10 Montag: Lola rennt: Einführung Dienstag: Kurzreferate: Die Comedian Harmonists nach der Trennung Mittwoch: Kurzreferate: Die Comedian Harmonists nach der Trennung Kurzreferate am Dienstag und Mittwoch
11 Montag: 5. A: Lola rennt: 1. Sequenz; GR: Satznegation Dienstag: 5. A: Lola rennt: 2./3. Sequenz; GR: Modalpartikeln Mittwoch: 5. A: Lola rennt: 4. Sequenz; GR: Konjunktiv II der Vergangenheit Donnerstag: 5. A: Lola rennt: 5. Sequenz; GR: Komparativ 3. Hausaufgabe fällig 3. Hausaufgabe fällig am Donnerstag
12 Montag: Public Holiday Dienstag: 2 5. A: Lola rennt: 6. Sequenz Mittwoch: 5. B: Gedanken zum Film; GR:Satzstellung Donnerstag: 5. B: Gedanken zum Film; GR: Superlativ 5. Abschluss

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Written assignment 1: 350 words (chapter 2) 10 % 21/03/2019 30/03/2019 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Written assignment 2: 350 words (chapter 3) 10 % 16/04/2019 26/04/2019 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Written assignment 3: 350 words (chapter 4) 10 % 02/05/2019 12/05/2019 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Test 1 (chapter 1-2) 10 % 28/03/2019 10/04/2019 1, 2, 6
Test 2 (chapter 3-4) 10 % 18/04/2019 28/04/2019 1, 2, 6
Oral presentation (chapter 4) 15 % 01/01/2029 01/01/2029 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
Final examan (all chapters) 20 % 01/01/2029 01/01/2029 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
One research essay, 500 words 15 % 01/01/2029 01/01/2029 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 21/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 30/03/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Written assignment 1: 350 words (chapter 2)

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 16/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Written assignment 2: 350 words (chapter 3)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 02/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 12/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Written assignment 3: 350 words (chapter 4)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 28/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 10/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 6

Test 1 (chapter 1-2)

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 18/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 6

Test 2 (chapter 3-4)

Assessment Task 6

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Oral presentation (chapter 4)

Value: 15%

The oral presentation will be marked on language, content and presentation.

Assessment Task 7

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Final examan (all chapters)

Assessment Task 8

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 01/01/2029
Return of Assessment: 01/01/2029
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6

One research essay, 500 words

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

In addition to the copy submitted on Wattle please also submit a hard copy for marking. Please give the hard copy to your lecturer in class or put it into her essay box. Assignments must include the cover sheet available on Wattle.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

For certain items of assessment, no late submission is permitted without a formal extension. This will be specified on the assessment information materials.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned in class. If you were unable to collect your assignment in class, please collect it from your lecturer’s office.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not applicable.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Manuel Clemens

Research Interests

Dr Manuel Clemens

Wednesday 15:00 16:00
Dr Stephanie Borst
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Research Interests

Dr Stephanie Borst

Tuesday 14:00 15:00

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