• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Screen Studies
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Cultural Studies, European Studies, Film

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, themes of "Heimat" (sense of home), and dealing with the past. The course will connect themes of identity, history and memory to wider European and international debates.

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; and
- 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.

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, including links to European and global film production contexts;
  2. use the language of film analysis to examine and critique recent German films;
  3. critically engage with a range of cinematic texts and secondary literature; and
  4. develop insights into a major non-English speaking culture, and into international debates about identity, history, and memory.

Indicative Assessment

Online learning journal based on weekly films, readings, and class discussions, 2000 words (25%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Essay, 1800 words (40%) Learning outcomes 1-4
Close scene analysis, 10 min presentation or 1000 word essay (25%) Learning outcomes 2-4
Tutorial participation (10%) Learning outcomes 1-4
 

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Workload

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; and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses SCRN6113, FILM2012, FILM6012, GERM2113 or GERM6513.

Prescribed Texts

All texts will be supplied on the course Wattle page.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
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.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6202 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 31 Aug 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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