• 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, International Relations, European Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

The primary focus will be the Federal Republic of Germany present and past, but the course will also include the former German Democratic Republic, Austria and Switzerland. The German situation today will be approached via discussion of major social, political and cultural issues. Changes in everyday lifestyles, traditions and values (ecology, peace, the women's movement) will also be examined. In using target- language materials, this course provides an invaluable complement to European Studies and IR. 

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. analyse and critique German-speaking societies via written and visual texts
  2. have an understanding of current affairs in German-speaking societies, and of world events from a European perspective
  3. combine this acquired ‘insider' perspective with their own as an informed outsider
  4. further develop generic skills, e.g., critical thinking, written and oral communication, research, teamwork.

Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation in class, 10-12 min (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Essay, 1500 words (40%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
In-class test, 50 min (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Culturally informed and linguistically engaged participation in seminars (readings and quizzes) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3 hours of class per week, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM2105 or GERM3106 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 GERM3020.

Prescribed Texts

Renate Luscher, Landeskunde Deutschland: Von der Wende bis heute (2011).

A reading brick.

Preliminary Reading

Any brief historical overview (in German) of Germany from 1945 on.




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
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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