Graduate German A

Subject GERM90003 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24, 36 or 48 hours (2, 3 or 4 hours of seminars for 12 weeks depending on level and placement test)
Total Time Commitment:

140 hours


Students will be required to take an online placement test prior to enrolling.



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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:


Prof Alison Lewis


Professor Alison Lewis


Subject Overview:

The aim of this subject is to develop German language abilities, both oral and written, for graduate students. Students will have the opportunity to learn idiomatic and formal features of the language, and apply their abilities to the analysis of a range of complex issues within the German-speaking world. Students will be placed in an appropriate stream of language study, or a customised course, according to their background and proficiency needs within the subject.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this subject, depending on entry level, students should have:

  • developed an advanced use of idiomatic and conversational forms of German and the capacity to use them freely;
  • developed a level of proficiency in written structures of sophisticated complexity and the capacity to use them freely and confidently;
  • cultivated the ability to interpret messages of different registers and degrees of formality, including those occurring in a variety of audiovisual media and individual and group spoken forms;
  • the ability to discuss and critically analyse social, political, cultural and historical issues in the German-speaking world;
  • developed a set of flexible and transferable linguistic skills for different types of professional contexts
  • 1 oral presentation of 10 minutes (equivalent to 1,000 words), due mid-semester (20%)
  • 1 reflective journal (equivalent to 1,000 words) ongoing, due end of semester (20%)
  • 1 research project (3,000 words), due at the end of semester (60%)
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • developed effective oral communication skills in a Language Other Than English (LOTE) through class participation and presentations
  • developed public speaking skills and confidence in oral expression in a LOTE
  • developed the ability to process information in a LOTE and to communicate it
  • developed the capacity to think theoretically and analytically about language forms, structures and use.
  • developed effective time management and planning skills.
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Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Modern Languages - 100 Point Program

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