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Unit Overview


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 will engage in two weeks of intensive enquiry-based research, supported by ten lectures delivered by English-speaking and German-speaking experts from Tokyo University, Chuo University and UWA, as well as Waseda University, Hiroshima Peace Institute and Hosei University.

6 points
Not available in 2024JapanFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours option in German Studies [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced linguistic facility in written and spoken German; (2) show initiative and develop the ability to work both independently and in groups at an advanced level; and (3) acquire an enhanced 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.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Alexandra Ludewig
Unit rules
enrolment in
Honours in German Studies
Contact hours
150 hours of student engagement
In 2023, this unit will run from 13th November to 24th December, with the in-country component taking place between 17th November and 2nd December. There are mandatory activities before and after the in-country component.

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].
  • 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.