• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, European Languages, European Studies, Literature
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Wesley Lim
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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This course will examine key themes in German literary and cultural studies. Through the study of widely acclaimed texts and novels, students will gain a critical appreciation of significant currents in German culture and society, and their broader historical context. Students will develop specialist vocabulary and skills enabling them to discuss these texts and authors using sophisticated oral and written German. 

Each iteration of this course will be based around particular modules or themes, which may include the following: 

  • Living beside the Berlin wall
  • Dance and performance studies
  • Film/cinema and media studies
  • Philosophy in German Literature
  • Intergenerational trauma and dealing with the past
  • Crossing borders: Cultures of migration and refuge 
  • "Der Krimi": German crime narratives
  • The German historical novel
  • Jewish German culture
  • Stories relating to a particular region or city in the German speaking world, e.g. Berlin, Austria, the former eastern territories
  • Gender in German culture

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate critical engagement with and reflect upon key themes, texts, and authors in contemporary German literary and cultural studies;
  2. analyse and undertake in-depth research on literary texts and authors using appropriate databases and discipline-specific methods;
  3. demonstrate an advanced level of spoken German, including highly-developed skills in formal class presentations; and
  4. demonstrate an advanced level of written German, including in German academic writing and analysis that integrates current discipline-based research.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 1 x 2,500 word essay in German [LOs 1, 2, 4] (40%) (40) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. 1x 1,500 word class paper or in-class test in German [LOs 1, 2, 4] (25%) (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. A 20-minute recorded oral class presentation in German (25%) [LOs 1, 2, 3] (25%) (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Class participation, including online activities (10%) [LOs 1, 3, 4]. (10) [LO 1,3,4]

In response to COVID-19: Please note that Semester 2 Class Summary information (available under the classes tab) is as up to date as possible. Changes to Class Summaries not captured by this publication will be available to enrolled students via Wattle. 

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 24 hours of seminars

b) 12 hours of film screenings and/or additional tutorials

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you are assumed to have knowledge of German equivalent to completion of Advanced German 1 GERM6507, or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GERM3051

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

To enrol in this course you are assumed to have knowledge of German equivalent to completion of Advanced German 1 GERM3007, or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test.


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:
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 $3570
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3460 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person N/A

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