German Cultural Studies C

Subject GERM30002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours - 1 x 2.5 hours seminar per week.
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


German 6 or German 7 or German 8. If enrolling in German at The University of Melbourne for the first time, a result at least equivalent to German 7 from the online German Placement Test.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
Semester 2
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Leo Kretzenbacher



Subject Overview:

This subject is offered in the form of a seminar which introduces research methods and materials in different specialised fields within the three core areas of Germanic studies: literature, linguistics, and cultural studies. The topics of the seminars include a range of representative texts, authors and approaches in the key areas of German literature, linguistics and cultural studies. By choosing one of the seminars, students will gain both an introduction to research methods and materials in Germanic studies and familiarity with a specialist field. Students should develop the ability to approach specific problems in a chosen area of interest through the critical use of sophisticated oral and written German.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • have been introduced to research methods and materials in the academic discipline of Germanic studies and be able to critically reflect on and confidently make use of such methods and materials;
  • have been introduced to a special field in at least one of the three core areas of literature, linguistic and cultural studies;
  • have demonstrated a critical appreciation of the subject matter in that field , both from the internal viewpoint of the German-speaking area of Europa and from an external Australian viewpoint and the capability of finding and critically analysing research literature on it in both German and English;
  • have gained an appreciation of academic German as well as research and analytical skills in the fields of interest chosen through the confident use of sophisticated oral and written German at level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
  • have acquired public speaking skills (relative to entry level) through seminar discussion and class presentations;
  • have learned to do self-directed small research projects in the field of German Studies at a high level of organisation and analysis.
  • 1000 words of in-class assessment during semester [25%]
  • 3000 words essay during the exam period [75%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should:

  • have developed written and oral communication skills as well as an understanding of the social, historical and cultural context of the topics under discussion.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: German
Graduate Diploma in Arts - German

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