• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

Gender – ideas about masculinity, femininity, and relationships between women and men – is a central factor shaping cultural representations. Transgressions of familiar gender "roles" through practices such as cross-dressing can reflect a culture's fascination with, but also concern about, larger processes of political or social change. This course examines texts from three key moments in modern German history, reflecting on how ideas of gender have changed or stayed the same over time. We will investigate gender representations in Weimar Classicism around 1800, examining excerpts from canonical authors such as Lessing and Goethe, before moving on to media and literary representations from Germany's Weimar Republic (1918-1933), a period often described in terms of "crisis" and "decadence." Finally, we will examine gender in the German present, using film as a platform for thinking about how representations of gender transgression continue to shape popular culture and ideas about "identity" in significant ways. 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. 

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, critique, and undertake research on literary representations in German from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries
  2. Analyse, critique, and undertake research on visual representations of gender from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries
  3. Demonstrate advanced reading comprehension skills in German through engagement with a wide range of literary, visual, scholarly, and popular culture materials
  4. Demonstrate an advanced level of spoken German, including skills in formal class presentations
  5. Demonstrate an advanced level of written German, including in German academic writing and analysis

Indicative Assessment

Close analysis  in German of a literary text/s, 1200 words  (25%) [LOs 1, 3, 5]
Research essay in German,1,800 words (45%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 5]
Oral class presentation in German, 15 minutes (recorded) (20%) [LOs 1, 2, 3, 4]
Class participation, including online activities (Wattle) and readings to be completed outside of class (10%) [LOs 1, 2, 3].

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 40 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 2 hours class per week, and 16 hours of in-class film viewing (8 films during the semester), and
b) 90 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM3007 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 GERM6511.

Preliminary Reading

Johann Wolfgang Goethe, "Die nat├╝rliche Tochter" (Reclam Universal-Bibliothek)
Irmgard Keun, "Das kunstseidene M├Ądchen" (Ullstein 2002)


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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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