• Class Number 5664
  • Term Code 3360
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Wesley Lim
    • Dr Wesley Lim
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/07/2023
  • Class End Date 27/10/2023
  • Census Date 31/08/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
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

Instructor has provided PDFs that have been uploaded onto Wattle.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

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 Die wilhelminische Ära bis 1914
2 Die wilhelminische Ära bis 1914
3 Weimarer Republik
4 Weimarer Republik Hausarbeit 1
5 Nazizeit & Stunde Null
6 Zusammenfassung und Wiederholung Test 1
9 DDR Hausarbeit 2
10 DDR
11 Wiedervereinigung Test 2
12 Offen Schlussprojekt;Mündliche Prüfung

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Written assignment 1 W4 15 % 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Test 1, 1 hr W6 15 % 2, 3, 6 
Written assignment 2 W9 15 % 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Test 2, 1 hr W10 15 % 2, 3, 6 
Oral exam W12 20 % 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Schlussprojekt W12 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 Integrity 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 Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

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 W4

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 W6

listening and reading comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, content

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 W9

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 W10

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 W12

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

Schlussprojekt W12

Value: 20%

Estimated return date: within two weeks after the due date 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

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

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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. Extensions may be granted 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).

Dr Wesley Lim
+61 2 6125 2785

Research Interests

Dr Wesley Lim

By Appointment
Dr Wesley Lim
+61 2 6125 2785

Research Interests

Dr Wesley Lim

By Appointment

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