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Unit Overview


This unit, taught entirely in German, is designed for students who have completed a major in German Studies and work at honours or postgraduate level. It furthers students' knowledge of the German literary canon from the seventeenth through to the twentieth century. Students also explore issues raised by literary canons, including—How can we explain the rise of some literary texts to canonical status? What is the role played in this process by cultural and historical contexts? Who or what is excluded from such a canon? Are there any common features to canonical literary texts? Are these contested? How did linguistic, literary, cultural traits of such canonical texts evolve over the course of centuries?

The objectives of the unit are to (1) further German language skills to Level C1/C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Gemeinsamer Europaischer Referenzrahmen); (2) develop skills in reading, analysing and discussing texts; (3) further develop research skills in German Studies in preparation for further studies; (4) reflect critically on the process leading to the building of literary canons in general, and the German literary canon in particular; and (5) further interpersonal skills and independent learning skills in preparation for postgraduate studies.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand written academic German having used twentieth-century as well as contemporary academic debates/scandals/schools of thought as case studies; (2) identify a variety of genres; (3) demonstrate their oral and written communication skills in a practical setting; (4) apply academic conventions/critiquing/providing constructive feedback in general; (5) detect intercultural differences in academic discourse; (6) demonstrate their independent learning skills; and (7) further develop their interpersonal skills.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) written assignments; and (3) oral tasks. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
  • 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.