German 5

Subject GERM30005 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 4 hours: 1 x 2-hours language seminar. 1 x 1-hour lecture, 1 x 1-hour lecture tutorial
Total Time Commitment:

4 contact hours/week, 4 additional hours/week. Total of 8 hours per week.


German 4 or German Intermediate Language & Culture B or a VCE score of above 30 or equivalent.

Subject Code(s): GERM10002 or GERM20005



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

GERM10006 or GERM20007 German 5.

Students who have completed GERM10006 German Language and Culture 1A are also not allowed to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

Students will consolidate their ability to communicate in German in oral and written discourse and develop cultural literacy in German by engaging with key themes in modern German-speaking societies such as the German concept of "Heimat". Students will develop more advanced language skills through reading short newspaper and magazine articles and watching film and television clips. They will produce shorter texts of different types (eg. informal and formal letters, summaries and advertisements) and learn how to discuss contemporary issues. Students will also gain an understanding of the principles of organizing language as well as developing proficiency in the use of the appropriate linguistic tools for the formation of situation-appropriate vocabulary, sentence and text structures. Through the lecture and accompanying tutorial students will be introduced to central aspects of the literature, culture and linguistics of German-speaking countries. Students will become familiar with specialized terminology and will develop analytical skills relevant to the topic area.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject students will be able to:

  • use a range of vocabulary relating to contemporary German societies and be familiar with specialised terminology relating to important literary, linguistic and cultural aspects of the German-speaking countries in the modern era;
  • deploy more complex linguistic structures to speak and write about events in the past from different perspectives and express opinions, desires and intentions;
  • interpret and analyse texts and genres of a moderate level of complexity occurring in a variety of audio-visual media;
  • comprehend spoken forms of German of moderate complexity on a range of topics to do with contemporary life in German-speaking societies;
  • develop a proficiency in writing German of a moderate complexity and using analytical language on cultural and literary topics.
  • develop the skills to synthesize and present information in the encyclopedic genre

For the cultural studies component

  • A 1 hour examination during the examination period [25%]
  • Written work (totalling 500 words) during semester [12.5%]

For the language component

  • A 1 hour exam during the examination period [25%]
  • 1 essay totalling 500 words during the semester [12.5%]
  • 1 listening comprehension test during the semester [hurdle requirement]
  • Mid-semester test (in class) [10%]
  • Oral Presentation including a written handout and encyclopedia entry during semester [10% + 5% encyclopedia entry]

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:
  • Anne Buscha and Szilvia Szita, B Grammatik. Leipzig, Schubert Verlag. ISBN 978-3-941323-10-0.
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:

At the end of this subject students will:

  • be able to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library, the internet
  • have acquired a foundation in intercultural communication practices;
  • have acquired written communication and analytical skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
  • be able to show attention to detail through essay preparation and writing;
  • have acquired time management and planning skills through managing and organising workloads for recommended reading, essay and assignment completion;
  • have acquired public speaking skills through tutorial and seminar discussion and class presentations.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (German)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Classics

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