UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GRMN1002 German Studies 3B

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the GRMNP German Studies major sequence
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
Content Elementary to intermediate German language skills are consolidated and developed further in order to aid students to make the transition to more advanced German language study. This intensive German unit replicates the workings of a cross-media journalistic editorial board. Students are contributors, judges and editors/producers of a radio show as well as of a student magazine called UBER, which appears once per semester in a print and online version. As members of the editorial team students develop, plan, write, discuss, produce, market and distribute Western Australia's only German language youth magazine and pod-cast radio program.

The academic objectives of the unit are to further (1) consolidate and improve skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the German language; (2) increase awareness of intercultural issues using German as an example; (3) improve research skills utilising a variety of sources and experiences; (4) develop independent learning skills; (5) develop interpersonal skills; and (6) improve communication skills in a range of contexts in both spoken and written German and English.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) consolidate their knowledge of German grammar and vocabulary; (2) extend their knowledge of German and English and their command of the languages through focus class topics, enabling them to understand a variety of language registers and to comprehend authentic written and spoken texts in a range of situations and contexts; (3) practise using German in a variety of situations and function appropriately in a German-speaking environment; (4) gain more confidence and fluency in their spoken German through regular speaking practice; (5) build on their cultural and linguistic understanding of German and German-speaking societies; and (6) reflect on their team work and personal progress as well as develop a sense of responsibility and ownership. Students gain an increased level of competency in all four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), allowing for proficiency levels ranging from A1 to A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen). Students demonstrate their knowledge of performance in theory and practice, and develop an increased awareness of intercultural understandings and memorising and communication strategies.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) written assignments; (2) oral presentation; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Dale Adams
Unit rules
Prerequisites: WACE Stage 2 German or equivalent
Co-requisites: GRMN1403 German Studies 3
Contact hours language classes: 1 x 2 hours per week (over 13 weeks, involves a mix of formal instruction by the tutor, class discussions, group and pair work on linguistic and cultural issues, as well as presentations and role plays)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/GRMN1002/SEM-1/2017

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