German Language and Culture 1B

Subject 126-131 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 2, - 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: 126-130 German Language and Culture 1A
Corequisites: .
Recommended Background Knowledge: .
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: .


Dr Leo Kretzenbacher
Subject Overview:

This subject aims at further consolidating and developing students' competence in German and introduces them to important cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the German-speaking countries. The language component is designed to consolidate and extend the students' proficiency in both written and spoken language through a range of activities, including grammar exercises and analysis of more complex texts and authentic audio-visual material. The Special Studies seminars gives students the opportunity to develop topics of interest within the general areas of German literature, linguistics and culture. Students will be introduced to a variety of specialised terminology and should develop analytical skills relevant to the topic area.

Assessment: For the language component: A 1-hour exam 25% (during the exam 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). For the Special Studies component: Two 1-hour written examinations 25% each (during examination period) OR written work totalling 2000 words 50% (during the semester) OR a 1-hour examination (during examination period) and written work of 1000 words 25% each (during the semester).
Prescribed Texts: Handbuch zur deutschen Grammatik (Jamie Rankin and Larry D. Wells), (latest ed) 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.


Formerly available as 126-133 German 1D. Students who have completed 126-133, or 126-131 German 1B are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

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

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