• 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

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. analyse, critique, and undertake research on literary representations in German from the 20th and 21st centuries;
  2. assess, critique, and conduct research on visual images of Berlin, and the city’s place within German culture;
  3. demonstrate advanced reading comprehension skills in German through engagement with a wide range of literary, visual, scholarly, and popular culture materials;
  4. display an advanced level of spoken German, including skills in formal class presentations; and
  5. demonstrate an advanced level of written German, including in German academic writing and analysis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Close analysis in German (800-1000 words) (20) [LO 1,2,5]
  2. Essay in German (1500-1800 words) due during the exam period (50) [LO 1,2,3,5]
  3. Oral Presentation in German (15 minutes) (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Class participation, including online activities (Wattle) and readings to be completed outside of class (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed GERM3007, or have an equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test, or with permission of the convener. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed GERM6510.

Prescribed Texts

Course readings will be listed on the course Wattle site. Additionally, there will be a reading brick for this course.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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