German in a Global World

Subject GERM90002 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
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: 24 Hours - 1 x 2 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
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:


Prof Alison Lewis



Subject Overview:

This subject offers students the opportunity to engage with recent as well as historical debates and research findings in the field of German Studies. In particular it focuses on aspects of German in a global world involving transnational, cross-cultural, intergenerational or transhistorical perspectives. Examples of topics that may be covered are German-speaking communities outside Germany; multicultural Germany; patterns of German migration and emigration; Germany, Austria and Switzerland on the European and international stage; German speakers in Australia, past and present; intergenerational legacies from the Nazi and communist eras.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completeion of this subject, students should:

  • have developed an in-depth knowledge of several contemporary or historical topics in the German-speaking world involving transnational, cross-cultural, intergenerational or transhistorical perspectives;
  • be able to engage intellectually with cultural, social and linguistic issues facing the German language and German-speakers in a global world;
  • be able to demonstrate an ability to process and communicate information effectively about the place of German in global contexts;
  • be able to demonstrate a deep appreciation of the value of cultural diversity and of other cultures.
  • Individual class presentation (10 minutes, equivalent to 1,000 words), due during semester (20%)
  • Literature review (equivalent to 1,000 words), due mid-semester (20%)
  • Research essay (equivalent to 3,000 words), due at the end of semester (60%)

Hurdle Requirement - Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • developed effective public speaking and written communication skills;
  • acquired advanced critical thinking and analytical skills;
  • acquired a deep understanding of knowledge contexts and histories;
  • developed effective time management and planning skills.
Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Modern Languages - 100 Point Program

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