• Class Number 5862
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Katie Sutton
    • Katrin Matthews
    • Silke Ueberle
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course continues with the development of listening and reading comprehension skills and with the development of oral and written communication. This includes the study of modern German grammar and vocabulary, and training in and reflection on language learning strategies.

The course introduces students to contemporary literature, film and culture in the German language with a focus on 20th century history of the German-speaking countries. Students will reflect on concepts such as 'Vergangenheitsbewältigung' and how they are dealt with in literature, film, museums, etc. The course encourages students to relate those contents to their own cultural background.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe unpredictable situations clearly;
  2. explain the main points in an idea or problem with reasonable precision;
  3. express viewpoints and develop arguments without much conspicuous searching for words, using some complex sentence forms to do so;
  4. read literary texts and understand German films in the context of German-speaking culture and to analyse and critique them;
  5. demonstrate an understanding of 20th century history of the German-speaking countries; and
  6. demonstrate generic skills, e.g, critical thinking, written and oral communication, research, teamwork.

Required Resources

Anders gedacht: Text and Context in the German-Speaking World. Textbuch und Übungsbuch, (Einheit 6-10). 3 rd Edition. Boston: Heinle, 2014. (Harry Hartog Bookshop)

Textbooks and audio CDs are in the Chifley Reserve Collection.

Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee. Novel by Thomas Brussig. Easy Readers edition from Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Am-Kurzeren-Ende-Der-SonnenalleeThomas-Brussig/9780850483178?ref=grid-view.

A dictionary is recommended.

Recommended Grammar: Übungsgrammatik: Deutsch als Fremdsprache by Axel Hering, Magdelena Matussek, Michaela Perlmann-Balme. Ismaning: Max Hueber, 2002. (Chifley Library, Reserve Collection)

The German Studies Program has its own homepage: http://slll.anu.edu.au/students/undergraduate/german-language-and-culture. The homepage and its linked websites provide information on courses, academic staff, scholarships, exchange opportunities, the German-speaking community in Canberra, and links to relevant sites such as the “Goethe Institut” and German-speaking newspapers. The homepage is regularly updated.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to the whole class

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Language students are reminded that it is prohibited to have assignments proof-read by other persons, e.g. native speakers, prior to submission. Such assistance falls under the definition of “cheating” and will be reported. If you need assistance please contact one of the teaching staff.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Kurseinführung; Einheit 6 Stationen der Geschichte
2 Einheit 6 Stationen der Geschichte
3 Einheit 6 Stationen der Geschichte
4 Einheit 7 68er Bewegungen und Gegenbewegungen Hausarbeit 1 fällig
5 Einheit 7 68er Bewegung und die RAF
6 Einheit 8: Umgang mit der Vergangenheit Test 1
7 Einheit 8: Umgang mit der Vergangenheit
8 Einheit 9: Kunst und Künstler
9 Einheit 9: Kunst und Künstler Einheit 10: Das Leben im anderen Deutschland Hausarbeit 2 (im Unterricht)
10 Einheit 10: Das Leben im anderen Deutschland Sonnenallee Test 2
11 Sonnenallee
12 Sonnenallee Schlussprojekt; Mündliche Prüfung

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Written assignment 1 15 % 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Test 1, 1 hr 15 % 2, 3, 6
Written assignment 2 15 % 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Test 2, 1 hr 15 % 2, 3, 6
Oral exam 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Schlussprojekt 20 % 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Students are expected to attend regularly and to participate actively. 

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Written assignment 1

350 words

Value: 15%

Estimated return date: within two weeks after the due date 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 6

Test 1, 1 hr

listening and reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, content (chapter 6-7)

Value: 15%

Estimated return date: the week after the break

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Written assignment 2

350 words

Value: 15%

Estimated return date: within two weeks after the due date 

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 6

Test 2, 1 hr

listening and reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, content (chapter 8-9)

Value: 15%

Estimated return date: within two weeks after the due date

Assessment Task 5

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Oral exam

20 minutes

Value: 20%

The oral exam will be marked on language, content and presentation

Assessment Task 6

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Value: 20%

Estimated return date: within two weeks after the due date 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) all submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

In addition to the copy submitted on Wattle please also submit a hard copy for marking. Please give the hard copy to your lecturer in class or put it into her essay box. Assignments must include the cover sheet available on Wattle.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Assignments will be returned in class. If you were unable to collect your assignment in class, please collect it from your lecturer’s office. 

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Not applicable.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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