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German Studies

MajorYear: 2019

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Overview

German has more than 100 million native speakers and is the third most popular foreign language world-wide. Knowledge of German opens up the rich culture of German-speaking Europe as well as its history, philosophy, literature, music and scientific traditions. The German Studies program has a proud history of more than half a century at the University of Melbourne and provides students with the opportunity to complete part of their studies overseas through scholarships and exchange programs.

German language subjects are organised in a progressive sequence of units from German 1 through to German 10 and has four entry points (German Studies 1, 3, 5 and 7). Placement in the correct entry point is determined by the German Studies program, based on the results of the online placement test. Hence all students who enrol in German at The University of Melbourne for the first time need to undertake the placement test. Thereafter students normally progress through the sequence in consecutive order. Accelerated progression is possible with the permission of the course convenor. Mid-year entry is also possible into subjects with even numbers.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who complete this major will:

• Interpret a range of different genres relevant in German-speaking social and cultural contexts;
• Communicate effectively in a variety of oral and written formats, comprehending and producing German discourse with fluency (relative to entry level) and appreciate its cultural contexts;
• Specialize in at least one of the three core areas of modern German literature, linguistics, and cultural studies;
• Apply relevant research and analytical skills combined with a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship;
• Appreciate German-speaking cultures in a differentiated and informed way;
• Engage critically and to constructively in intercultural dialogue as a bicultural and bilingual person and as a global citizen;
• Independently apply a wide range of learning techniques (in German and English) as autonomous, motivated, self-directed and well-organised learners;
• Act confidently in German-speaking milieus and target culture, and work effectively in a cooperative way using German and English as media.

Structure

100 credit points

A 100-point major and 75-point minor sequence is available. The sequence is as follows for the four most common entry points for the Major and Minor.

Students will have their appropriate entry point determined by the German Studies program, based on the results of the online placement test. Please refer to the following link for further information: http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/soll/resources/language-placement-testing

The following description of the entry points below is indicative only:

  • German Studies 1 entry point: for students who have very little or no background in the German language.
  • German Studies 3 entry point: usually for students who have undertaken four or five years of secondary school German or who have obtained a low VCE German score.
  • German Studies 5 entry point: usually for VCE German students.
  • German Studies 7 entry point: usually for native speakers or near-native speakers of German, or for candidates who have spent a number of years in a German speaking country.

Students completing a major in German Studies will usually undertake 25 points at level one, 37.5 points at level two and 37.5 points at level three. Students completing a minor will usually undertake 25 points at level one, 25 points at level two and 25 points at level three.

Subject Options

GERMAN STUDIES 1 ENTRY POINT:

German Studies 1 entry point - Level 1

Students completing a German Studies major or minor with a German 1 entry point are required to complete the following Level 1 subjects (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM10004 German 1
Summer Term
Semester 1
12.5
GERM10005 German 2
Summer Term
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 1 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the German Studies major with a German 1 entry point are required to complete the following Level 2 subjects (37.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are only required to complete German 3 and German 4 (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM20004 German 3
Semester 1
12.5
GERM20005 German 4
Semester 2
12.5
GERM20006 German Cultural Studies A
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 1 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the German Studies major with a German 1 entry point are required to complete the following Level 3 subjects (37.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are only required to complete German 5 and German 6 (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM30005 German 5
Semester 1
12.5
GERM30006 German 6
Semester 2
12.5
GERM30001 German Cultural Studies B
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

GERMAN STUDIES 3 ENTRY POINT:

German Studies 3 entry point - Level 1

Students completing the German Studies major or minor with a German 3 entry point are required to complete the following Level 1 subjects (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM10001 German 3
Semester 1
12.5
GERM10002 German 4
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 3 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the German Studies major with a German 3 entry point are required to complete the following Level 2 subjects (37.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are only required to complete German 5 and 6 (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM20007 German 5
Semester 1
12.5
GERM20008 German 6
Semester 2
12.5
GERM20003 German Cultural Studies B
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 3 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the German Studies major with a German 3 entry point are required to complete the following Level 3 subjects (25 points) and one Level 3 elective (12.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are only required to complete the following Level 3 subjects (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM30021 German 7
Semester 1
12.5
GERM30022 German 8
Semester 2
12.5

GERMAN STUDIES 5 ENTRY POINT:

German Studies 5 entry point - Level 1

Students completing the German Studies major or minor with a German 5 entry point are required to complete the following Level 1 subjects (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM10006 German 5
Semester 1
12.5
GERM10007 German 6
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 5 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the German Studies major with a German 5 entry point are required to complete the following Level 2 subjects (37.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are only required to complete German 7 and 8 (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM20001 German 7
Semester 1
12.5
GERM20002 German 8
Semester 2
12.5
GERM20003 German Cultural Studies B
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 5 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the German Studies major with a Post-VCE entry point are required to complete the following Level 3 subject and two Level 3 electives (37.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are only required to complete the following subject and one Level 3 elective (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM30003 German 9
Semester 1
12.5

GERMAN STUDIES 7 ENTRY POINT

German Studies 7 entry point - Level 1

Students completing the German Studies major or minor with a German 7 entry point are required to complete the following Level 1 subjects (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM10008 German 7
Semester 1
12.5
GERM10009 German 8
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 7 entry point - Level 2

Students completing the German Studies major with a German 7 entry point are required to complete the following Level 2 subjects (37.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are only required to complete German 9 and German 10 (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM20009 German 9
Semester 1
12.5
GERM20010 German 10
Semester 2
12.5
GERM20003 German Cultural Studies B
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies 7 entry point - Level 3

Students completing the German Studies major with a German 7 entry point are required to complete the following Level 3 subjects and one level 3 European Studies subject (37.5 points). Students completing the German Studies minor are required to complete one of the two following subjects and one level 3 elective (25 points).

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GERM30002 German Cultural Studies C
Semester 1
12.5
GERM30023 German Cultural Studies D
Semester 2
12.5

German Studies Electives - Level 3

Code Name Study period Credit Points
EURO30005 Europe and its Others
Semester 2
12.5
EURO30003 European Modernism Not available in 2019 12.5
EURO30002 Memory & Memoirs of 20th Century Europe
Semester 1
12.5
EURO30004 Screening Europe: Image and Identity Not available in 2019 12.5
EURO30001 Language and Society in Europe Not available in 2019 12.5
GERM30002 German Cultural Studies C
Semester 1
12.5
GERM30004 German 10
Semester 2
12.5
GERM30023 German Cultural Studies D
Semester 2
12.5
LANG30001 Languages at Work
Semester 2
12.5

Links

http://languages-linguistics.unimelb.edu.au/

Last updated: 1 May 2019