GRMN2814 Australian-Japanese-German Traditions and Practices

6 points
Offshore teaching periodJapanFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Level 2 elective
  • Substitute unit for any one Level 2 units (6 points) for the German Studies major
This unit introduces students to the concept of Vergangenheitsbewältigung (dealing with the past), which, with regard to the legacy of World War Two and military history, is dealt with in seemingly diametrically opposite ways in Germany, Australia and Japan. For the study of contemporary Japanese culture (in English and German) students travel to Japan for two weeks of intensive enquiry-based research. While in-country, students attend ten lectures delivered by English-speaking and German-speaking experts from Chuo University and UWA, as well as Waseda University, Hiroshima Peace Institute and Hosei University.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate intermediate levels of linguistic proficiency in written and spoken German; (2) use initiative and develop the ability to work independently and/or in groups; and (3) develop an increased awareness of intercultural understanding and language learning, as well as research skills and communication strategies.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation; (2) written assignment; and (3) oral examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig or contact the Convenor of German Studies
Unit rules
GRMN1403 German Studies 3
GRMN2403 German Studies 3
GRMN1405 German Studies 5
by consent of convenor
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Overseas field trip (estimated cost - $2,500 (to be reimbursed from NCP Funding)).
Contact hours
150 hours of student engagement

Travel occurs in July.
NCP Grant - available for students who meet the required eligibility criteria set by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

For further information contact the Convenor of German Studies or Professor Alexandra Ludewig: [email protected].
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