- Code GERM3049
- 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, European Studies, Literature, Film
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course explores the pivotal role of Berlin in German culture and memory of the 20th and 21st centuries. Few places have seen as much upheaval as the German metropolis in this period, from the final years of the Wilhelminine monarchy, the heady “dancing on the volcano” of the Weimar Republic, and the horrors of National Socialism and its aftermath, to the walled division of the city during the Cold War, reunification in 1990, and the cultural flourishing of the “Berlin Republic” in the 21st century. Through literature, film, and popular culture, discussion will focus on representations and transformations of Berlin’s urban spaces, including as sites of protest, nostalgia, Heimat (home), trauma, and memory. This will include stories by writers and artists from Berlin as well as from further afield, such as narratives of Jewish-German, immigrant, and subcultural life. Students who have completed this course will demonstrate advanced levels of spoken and written expression that accord to the conventions of academic German, in addition to substantial discipline-based research skills.
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:
- Analyse, critique, and undertake research on literary representations in German from the 20th and 21st centuries
- Analyse, critique, and undertake research on visual images of Berlin, and the city’s place within German culture
- Demonstrate advanced reading comprehension skills in German through engagement with a wide range of literary, visual, scholarly, and popular culture materials
- Demonstrate an advanced level of spoken German, including skills in formal class presentations
- Demonstrate an advanced level of written German, including in German academic writing and analysis.
Indicative AssessmentClose analysis in German, 800-1,000 words (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Essay in German, 1,500-1,800 words, due during the exam period (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5]
Oral Presentation in German,15 minutes (20%) [Learning Outcomes1, 2, 3, 4]
Class participation, including online activities (Wattle) and readings to be completed outside of class (10%) [Learning Outcomes
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 44 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours of class per week and 20 hours of in-class film viewing (2 hours per week across 10 weeks), and
b) 86 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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Prescribed TextsCourse readings will be listed on the course Wattle site. Additionally, there will be a reading brick for this course.
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