UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GRMN2403 German Studies 3

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the GRMNB 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 2 elective
Content This unit uses the discussion and analysis of recent German cultural productions such as advertisements, film, literature and music as the basis for language acquisition. Class discussion focuses mainly on the examination of contemporary film as well as of other visual art and German language culture, on their links to current sociopolitical issues and their connections to wider cultural phenomena. This research-intensive part of the unit covers a broad range of theoretical issues including questions of gender, representation and difference (especially with regard to 'Ostalgie' and 'Auslander'). The language component fosters and deepens the knowledge of contemporary German language usage and reinforces grammatical structures by utilising materials from the lecture. The unit consolidates and improves the language ability of learners of German at an intermediate level with a research-intensive approach. It also aims to further develop cultural and linguistic awareness and to improve students' communication skills and knowledge of and about language, in the target language as well as in English.

Students gain an increased level of competency in all four macroskills—listening to, speaking, reading and writing German corresponding to Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen). Students develop an increased awareness of intercultural understanding and of language learning, as well as research skills and communication strategies and increased awareness of how languages work in general.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain an increased level of competency in all four macroskills—listening to, speaking, reading and writing German corresponding to Level A2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen) and (2) develop an increased awareness of intercultural understanding and language learning, as well as research skills and communication strategies.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class and online tests; (2) written assignment; and (3) oral tasks. 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: GRMN1402 German Studies 2
Incompatibility: GRMN2202 German Beginners Bridging Elective
Contact hours Interactive lectures: 2 hours per week (over 13 weeks); language classes: 1 hour per week (over 13 weeks).
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/GRMN2403/SEM-1/2017
Texts

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