GRMN4103 Advanced German Cultural Studies

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in German Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Semester 2_2019 [SEM-2_2019]
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