• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest European Languages, European Studies, Language Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Wesley Lim
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2021
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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:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. provide clear descriptions, express viewpoints and develop arguments without much searching for words, using some complex sentence forms to do so
  2. express themselves confidently, clearly and politely in a formal or informal register, appropriate to the situation and person(s) concerned
  3. read literary texts and understand German films in the context of German-speaking cultures and will be able to analyse and critique them
  4. demonstrate a strong understanding of 20th century history of the German-speaking countries including concepts such as ‘Vergangenheitsbewältigung’. They will be able to relate those concepts to their own cultural background
  5. conduct a small research project on a topic related to the German language and culture and to write a report on their project.

Indicative Assessment

Three written assignments, 350 words each (10% each for a total of 30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]
Two in-class tests, 60 min (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
Research project related to the German language and culture, 500 words (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Oral examination, 10 min (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Final examination, 2.5 hours (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3.5 hours of class per week, and
b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM6505 or have equivalent level of language proficiency as demonstrated by placement test. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course. Incompatible with GERM2106

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an assumed language proficiency equivalent to the successful completion of GERM6505.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5462 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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