• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Languages, European Studies, Film
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
German Film Since the Wall: Identity, History and Belonging (GERM6513)

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.

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. Understand recent directions in contemporary German film and cultural production
  2. Use the formal language of film analysis to engage in in-depth critique of recent German films
  3. Critically engage with a wide range of cinematic texts and secondary literature in German and English
  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

Online learning journal (1,500 words) in German based on weekly films, readings, and class discussions (25%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5]
A research essay in German of 2,500 words (45%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5]
A 20-minute recorded oral class presentation in German (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 4]
Class participation, including online activities (10%) [LOs 1, 3].

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130 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.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM6505 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 GERM2113, FILM2012 or FILM6012.


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

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
2019 $3360
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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