• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject German
  • Areas of interest Contemporary Europe, Sustainability Science, Sustainable Development
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Maureen Gallagher
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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With an emphasis on academic German, this course continues with the development of advanced listening and reading skills, oral and written communication, and critical analysis of cultural texts and contemporary issues. The course introduces students to an extended example of contemporary German literature and engages students in the study of topical issues in contemporary German-speaking societies, including a research project (Hausarbeit) on Switzerland. Students will also develop skills in giving a formal class presentation with academic content (Referat), and in intercultural communication.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. select an appropriate formulation from a broad range of language to express themselves clearly, without having to restrict what they want to say;
  2. read and analyse longer literary texts, e.g. novels, and relate them to German-speaking cultures;
  3. conduct a small research project in German: developing research questions, finding relevant literature, and structuring and writing a research essay including appropriate referencing; and
  4. demonstrate advanced critical thinking in understanding, synthesising and interpreting complex cultural topics and contemporary issues by using discursive and argumentative registers

Indicative Assessment

  1. Essay, 1000 words (20) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. Research project, 800-1000 words (15) [LO 1,3,4]
  3. In-class mid-semester test covering grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and written communication (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  4. In-class oral presentation, 15 min (15) [LO 1,2,4]
  5. End of semester test covering grammar, vocabulary, comprehension and written communication, 2 hours (25) [LO 1,2,4]
  6. Participation, including evidence of preparation, attendance, and active class engagement (10) [LO 1,2,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 42 hours of contact over 12 weeks, including peer-to-peer and tutorial activities, and

b) 88 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed GERM3007 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 GERM6508.

Prescribed Texts

These will be communicated via the course Wattle page

Assumed Knowledge

Students should have an assumed language proficiency equivalent to the successful completion of GERM3007.


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
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $5280
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
7057 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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