GERM 3221 - German IIISA Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

The aim of this course is to develop students' understanding and critical appreciation of German culture through the study of literary texts and auditive and visual materials in the framework of their historical context. Students on their respective study level will not only develop their cultural and transcultural understanding, but also their analytical and reflective skills as well as their language proficiency (listening, speaking, reading, writing).

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GERM 3221
    Course German IIISA Culture
    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 GERM 3223 or GERM 3224 or its equivalent
    Course Description The aim of this course is to develop students' understanding and critical appreciation of German culture through the study of literary texts and auditive and visual materials in the framework of their historical context. Students on their respective study level will not only develop their cultural and transcultural understanding, but also their analytical and reflective skills as well as their language proficiency (listening, speaking, reading, writing).
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Stefan Hajduk

    Dr. Stefan Hajduk
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will demonstrate:

    1. an understanding of at least one of the highly significant texts that have played and still do play an important role in German culture and its external impact in Europe and other parts of the world
    2. a greater understanding of German history and culture from the eighteenth-century enlightenment to the present, including self-reflective perspectives on Australian cultures
    3. the ability to extract, synthesise & critically evaluate information from primary & secondary sources which have to be searched for in digital databases & are related to course topics
    4. the ability to work independently & cooperatively to explore some of questions raised in or by the texts & audio-visual materials in more depth & from different perspectives
    5. the capacity to combine and communicate information, ideas and arguments about topics treated in the course cogently and coherently in German
    6. the ability to identify ethical, socio-cultural and intermedial issues raised by the texts as well as by auditive and visual materials and interpret them within their social and cultural context
    7. improved knowledge as well as linguistic and analytical skills for further study and research in German Studies & for travel, study or work in a German-speaking environment
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1-4, 6

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    2, 4, 6

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    4, 5, 6

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    2, 4, 6

    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    3, 4

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    2, 4, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    see Course Guide at the beginning of the semester
    Recommended Resources
    Students should ensure that they have access to a good German dictionary. Check this site to see what is available:

    Before the start of the semester students will be informed about required and recommended resources via MyUni and in the Course Guide.
    Online Learning
    On MyUni I have provided you with a Select Bibliography for the lecture, which gives an idea of the broader research field. Some of these texts are available through the Barr Smith Library. You are not expected to read all these texts listed, but are invited to explore the topic in more depth. Furthermore, on MyUni you will also find the weekly updated programme with reading homework, further materials, as well the access to the course discussion group, journals and blogs. Please check regularly also the week folders under Modules, ‘course materials’ and ‘course information’.
    Lecture recordings and other materials as well as resources such as announcements, discussion boards or external web-links will be available via MyUni and ECHO 360°.
    For a list of further online resources click on Library – Humanities Resources and How do I guides:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The modes of teaching and learning employed in the course are largely classroom-based and face-to-face.
    The lecture is (prerecorded) online:
    1) A lecture giving an introduction to the history of German Culture particularly to the literary epoch of the early Goethezeit (1770-1800). Beginning with biographical aspects of representative relevance for the historical context, the focus will be on the development of works of the young Goethe and the distinctively German literary movement of Sturm und Drang.
    2) A two-hour seminar will have the concerted textual work at the centre of attention and include small group as well as individual discovery activities. Week by week a number of determined text passage(s) of Werther are read as homework and then analysed, explained and interpreted in class.
    3) Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their learning through:
     independent personal study
     independent computer-based learning
     online access to lecture materials and other resources

    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 2-hour seminar per week 24 hours per semester
    2 hours preparation for seminar per week 24 hours per semester
    3 hours reading per week 36 hours per semester
    5 hours research for presentation & assignments per week 60 hours per semester
    TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will be provided with a detailed course outline at the beginning of the semester.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Hurdle 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.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    1. Referat: oral presentation in German of 12 minutes + questions (part of small group discovery) 

    2. Seminararbeit: major research assignment in English; based on the oral presentation; 

    3. Written response: minor assignment, paper in German to a given question related to the topics of the lecture and/or seminar; 

    4. Test: Written end-of-semester test (100 min / in week 12 seminar). Answering in English to given questions to the topics of both the course
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Lecture – students are expected to listen repeatedly, but at least once to the (prerecorded) lecture each week before the seminar takes place.

    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. 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.

    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 Detail
    Information 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

    Course Grading

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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