GERM 3221 - Advanced German A
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code GERM 3221 Course Advanced German A Coordinating Unit German Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites GERM 3204 or equivalent Course Description The aim of this course is to develop students' understanding and critical appreciation of German language and culture through the study of a range of different texts, written and visual. Students will develop their cultural understanding, their reading and analytical skills and their language proficiency. For details of the course content, students should consult the web or the Department handbook.
Course Coordinator: Dr Simon WalshDr. Stefan Hajduk
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1) will have a greater understanding of German culture and society from the late nineteenth century to the end of World War I
2) an in-depth knowledge of some of the cultural issues, movements and artefacts central to an understanding of the historical development of Germany and its political role in Europe
3) the ability to locate, organise and critically evaluate primary and secondary sources of information pertaining to the study of those issues
4) will be able to communicate information, ideas and arguments about topics treated in the course cogently and coherently in German
5) the ability to identify ethical, social and cultural issues raised by literary texts and works of art and interpret them within their political, economic and cultural context
6) a greater awarenness of cultural difference/s and its/their impact on German history and society, but also on their own
7) the ability to work independently and in a group to analyse, evaluate and generate ideas in relation to German language and culture as part of European history
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 4, 5, 7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2, 3, 5, 6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4, 5, 7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-7 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1, 2, 5, 6, 7 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
3, 5, 6, 7
Recommended ResourcesYou are strongly advised to purchase the grammar reference Dreyer, Schmitt. Lehr- und Arbeitsbuch der deutschen Grammatik aktuell (Hueber). Students should ensure that they have access to a good German dictionary. Check this site to see what is available: http://www.germanprofessor.org/dictionaries/
Online LearningSome lecture materials and recordings as well as resources such as announcements, discussion boards or external web-links will be available online via MyUni.
For a list of further online resources click on Library – Resource Guides – German Studies Resources.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe modes of teaching and learning employed in the course are largely classroom-based and face-to-face, but also include e-learning forms such as discussion boards, blogs, or journals:
1) a lecture which will provide the historical and cultural context for the materials on the course.
2) a seminar based on the various texts and visual materials on the course and the issues they raise, which will give students the opportunity to study topics in more detail and more depth.
Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning through:
1) independent personal study
2) independent e-learning
3) online access to lecture materials, recordings and other resources such as discussion boards, blogs, journals or external web-links
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Workload Total hours 1 X 1-hour lecture per week 12 hours per semester 1 X 1-hour tutorial per week 12 hours per semester 1 X 1-hour grammar class per week 12 hours per semester 3 hours preparation for the 3 classes per week 36 hours per semester 3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester 2 hours research for presentation & assignments per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours for homework 24 hours per semester TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryStudents will be provided with a detailed course outline at the beginning of the semester.
Specific Course RequirementsHurdle requirement
Students who do not meet the following requirement will be awarded a grade of Fail for the course:
- a minimum of 75% attendance in all classes.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceIn the seminar students will be given the opportunity to work independently and cooperatively to explore topics and issues that particularly interest them and to embark on their own quest to discover more about German culture, language and society, past and present.
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment SummaryResearch assignments (including online journals/blogs), oral presentation, homework, participation:
Major research essay in English or German
Minor research project (individual or small group discovery):
Oral presentation in German
Seminar paper in English; based on the presentation
Participation and homework in German
Homework in German
ASSESSMENT TASK TASK TYPE WEIGHTING COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES major research essay summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 oral presentation formative and summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 seminar paper formative and summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 participation and homework formative and summative 15% 1, 2, 4, 5
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.
Essays x 4: 40%
Timed Quizzes x 5: 20% (announced in advance, made available on MyUni at the beginning of the relevant workshop, and completed in class)
Referate 20% (2 x 10%): Instead of a single presentation at the end of the semester lasting 10-15 minutes, there will now be two separate oral presentations. The first presentation (10 minutes + discussion) will be a partner presentation in week 7 and will be based on the topic the partnered group use for Aufsatz 2 (which the partnered group will write separately). The second Referat will be an individual presentation (topic TBA) at the end of the semester (5-7 minutes).
Participation and Preparation: 10%, demonstrated by regular and punctual attendance in Zoom workshops, by contributions that indicate advanced preparation and by working congenially with other class members. This mark will also include week 1-2 of the semester, but not week 4 and 5, which were interrupted by the transition to online teaching
Reflection in English on German Language Learning: 10% (at the end of the semester, students will complete a 750-word reflection on what they have learnt in the class, where they can still improve and how, and what their future goals are with German.
Assessment Related RequirementsLecture – students are expected to attend all classes, but if they are unable to attend the lecture, it is students’ responsibility to contact their lecturer or course coordinator about their absence and to ensure that they get any material that may have been handed out in the lecture missed.
Seminar – as a mark will be given for participation and performance, attendance is compulsory. Students who are obliged to miss the seminar must provide a reason.
Students who require alternative arrangements for assessment or extensions for assignments must notify staff before the due date and must provide evidence that they have legitimate medical or compassionate grounds for their request.
Assessment DetailInformation will be provided in a detailed course outline that students receive at the beginnning of the semester
Information will be provided in a detailed course outline that students receive at the beginnning of the semester
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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