• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest European Languages
  • Minor code GERM-MIN
German Language and Culture Minor

The German Language & Culture Minor is aimed at students developing proficiency in the German language as well as a critical understanding of diverse German-speaking cultures. The Minor includes courses in German language, literature, society and cultural studies, including film, gender, performance, and Black German studies. The exact sequence of courses depends on students' language proficiency when beginning with the minor. Language level placement tests are held prior to commencement.

German is the most commonly spoken first language in the European Union. With a rich literary and philosophical heritage, German is a language of culture, science, technology, trade and international relations. This role has increased since Germany's reunification with Germany playing a leading role in European politics. Its capital Berlin boasts a dynamic art scene and has become a centre of global youth culture and the arts. 

Learning Outcomes

  1. use the language in a range of contexts;
  2. demonstrate a sound understanding of the structure and uses of German. Students can expect to achieve approximately B1 level or higher of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  3. read, understand, and critically analyse German literary texts, films, and a range of print, visual and digital media in the context of German-speaking cultures;
  4. demonstrate a basic understanding of the modern history of the German-speaking countries; and
  5. demonstrate intercultural awareness.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units from the following lists, which must consist of:

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

GERM2104 German Studies: Continuing German 2

GERM3106 German Studies: Intermediate German 2

A maximum of 18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

GERM1021 German Studies: Introduction to German 1

GERM1022 German Studies: Introduction to German 2

GERM2103 German Studies: Continuing German 1

GERM2114 German Cultural Studies*

GERM3007 German Studies: Advanced German 1

GERM3008 German Studies: Advanced German 2

GERM3051 German Literature and Culture*

GERM3114 German Cultural Studies Advanced*

*These upper-level thematic courses may each be taken multiple times, as they are offered with different topics in different semesters, eg Performance Studies, Black Germany, Germans and Indigenous Cultures, Gender in German Culture, German Film since the Wall, Berlin Stories, Contemporary German Society.

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list; the LANG courses must be completed in a German topic:

LANG3001 Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts

LANG3002 Translation across Languages: specialised material

HIST2226 Nazi Germany

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