GRMN2812 German Studies 12

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the GRMNI German Studies; GRMNA German Studies major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit is mainly intended for students wishing to major in German. It allows students to explore and perform texts and plays written for the stage. While the theoretical part of the workshops surveys the history and evolution of theatre in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, the practical focus in each semester is on a different playwright, era and performance style.

The workshops involve 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. Through the rehearsal and performance of the play, students practise speaking and reading German and improve their pronunciation in particular. The final performance is also the culmination of a semester's work and evidence of successful and sustained teamwork, demonstrating the students' sense of responsibility and ownership.
Students are able to (1) engage with the theory and practice of drama and its production; (2) familiarise themselves in great detail with one German language theatre text; (3) organise, advertise, rehearse and perform their own theatre project; and (4) reflect on their teamwork and personal progress as well as develop a sense of responsibility and ownership. Students gain an increased level of competency in all four macro skills—listening to, speaking, reading and writing German corresponding to proficiency levels ranging from B1 to C1 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 as well as memorising and communication strategies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignment; (2) oral and online tasks; 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)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
Unit rules
GRMN1104 German Intermediate II
GRMN1404 German Studies 4
GRMN1402 German Studies 2
GRMN1102 German Beginners II
GRMN2203 German Intermediate I
GRMN1406 German Studies 6
the consent of the convener
GRMN2213 German Youth on Stage
Contact hours
2 set hours per week over 10 weeks plus additional rehearsal times tba.
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.