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This subject consists of area studies relating to aspects of modern German literature, linguistics, and cultural studies. Students will do intensive studies, including a range of representative texts, authors or approaches in a key area of German literature, linguistics and cultural studies from the Enlightenment to the present. Students should gain an introduction to a specialised field in one of these areas. The subject aims to provide a broad understanding of the wider social literary or linguistic issues, concepts or methods involved in the respective field. On completion of the subject students should demonstrate a critical appreciation of the material covered as well as an appreciation of specialist language through the use of sophisticated oral and written German.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have gained an introduction to a specialized field in one of the three core areas of modern German literature, linguistics, and cultural studies;
- have gained a broad understanding of the wider social, literary or linguistic issues, concepts or methods involved in the field, reflecting critically similarities and differences in this understanding from a European and from an Australian viewpoint;
- have gained a critical appreciation of the subject matter in the field appropriate for level 3, both from the internal viewpoint of the German-speaking area of Europa and from an external Australian viewpoint;
- have gained an appreciation of academic German as well as research and analytical skills in the fields of interest chosen through the confident use of sophisticated oral and written German at level B1/B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages;
- have acquired public speaking skills (relative to entry level) through seminar discussion and class presentations;
- have learned to do self-directed small research projects appropriate for level 3 in the field of German Studies at a high level of organisation and analysis;
- have demonstrated the ability to use scholarly sources of relevance for German Studies.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have developed research skills to find information from various sources, including dictionary, library, the internet and interviewing people;
- have acquired written communication skills through essay writing and seminar discussion;
- have acquired an 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;
- have acquired more advanced skills in intercultural analysis.
Last updated: 16 June 2020