• 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
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maureen Gallagher
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course will examine key themes in German literary and cultural studies. Through the study of acclaimed novels and texts, which may include film and other media, 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 using sophisticated oral and written German. 

Each iteration of this course will be based around particular modules or themes. These may include (but are not limited to) the following: 

  • Themes in Contemporary Literature
  • Dance and performance studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • Germans and Indigenous Cultures
  • Gender in German Culture
  • Crossing borders: Cultures of migration and refuge 
  • Jewish German culture
  • Stories relating to a particular region or city in the German speaking world, e.g. Berlin, Austria, the former eastern territories

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Other Information

This course may be taken multiple times with different content.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay in German (2000 word) (30) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Class paper or in-class test in German (1000 word) (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  3. A 15-minute recorded oral class presentation in German (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Class participation, including online activities (10) [LO 1,3,4]
  5. Oral exam (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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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 peer-to-peer, online and tutorial activities

b) 94 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 GERM6051.

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

Prescribed Texts

Any required texts will be communicated by the course convenor and via Wattle.

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.  

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.

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
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2895 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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