German Language and Culture 1A

Subject 126-130 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable


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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour language seminar and two 1-hour seminars of Special Studies
Total Time Commitment: .
Prerequisites: A pass in VCE German or equivalent.
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Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: .
Core Participation Requirements: .


Dr Leo Kretzenbacher
Subject Overview:

This subject gives students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of German literature, linguistics and culture, and focuses on revision and further development of students' competence in German. The lecture and accompanying tutorial introduce students to central aspects of the literature, culture and linguistics in German-speaking countries. Students will be introduced to specialised terminology and should develop analytical skills relevant to the topic area. The language component is designed to consolidate and extend students' communicative and linguistic skills through oral and written activities and exercises. Aural comprehension will be developed through the use of audio-visual material.

Assessment: A 1-hour examination 25% (during examination period); written work toalling 1,000 words 25% (during semester); a 1-hour exam 25% (during the examination period); a 10-minute oral exam 12% (at the end of semester); essays totalling 500 words 10% (during semester); and three vocabulary tests 3% (during semester).
Prescribed Texts: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells), (latest edition) Houghton Mifflin
Recommended Texts: .
Breadth Options:

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

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Environments
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Engineering

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.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have furthered their skills to express themselves in a clear and structured way in writing through essay writing and seminar discussions;

  • be able to deliver oral presentations with ease and confidence;

  • be able to work efficiently as a team member.

  • have developed skills in cross-cultural analysis;

  • have developed an understanding of the social, historical and cultural context of the topics under discussion.


Students who have completed 126-130 German 1A may not enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Modern Languages (German)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (German)

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