GERM 2223 - German IIA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019

For Germany, the path into the 21st century has been full of turning-points and events which have shaped the generations. This course provides an overview of essential facts about politics, society and culture from 1945 to the present. The accompanying seminar will provide students with the opportunity to study topics in more depth through the discussion of various texts associated with the historical milestones presented in the lectures.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GERM 2223
    Course German IIA: 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 1003 or equivalent, new SACE Stage 2 Continuers' German with a scaled grade of B or higher or equivalent
    Incompatible GERM 2221
    Course Description For Germany, the path into the 21st century has been full of turning-points and events which have shaped the generations. This course provides an overview of essential facts about politics, society and culture from 1945 to the present. The accompanying seminar will provide students with the opportunity to study topics in more depth through the discussion of various texts associated with the historical milestones presented in the lectures.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Simon Walsh

    Judith Wilson
    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 have:
    1) an in-depth knowledge of some of the issues central to an understanding of contemporary German society, culture and language
    2) the ability to locate, organise and evaluate primary and secondary sources of information pertaining to the study of those issues
    3) the ability to work independently and cooperatively to further their understanding of German society, culture and language
    4) the ability to communicate information, ideas and arguments about aspects of contemporary Germany cogently and coherently
    5) a greater awarenness of cultural difference/s and its/their impact on German society, but also on their own
    6) the capacity to understand the complex nature of contemporary German society and of the cultural productions that represent or crticise it
    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, 5, 6
    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, 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
    3, 4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    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
    4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There will be a reader for this course which can be purchased from Image and Copy at the beginning of the semester.
    Recommended Resources
    A list of recommended references will be provided with the detailed Course Outline made available to students at the beginning of the semester.
    Online Learning
    For a list of online resources click on Library – Resource Guides – German Studies Resources.
    Lecture materials will be available online.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The modes of teaching and learning employed in the course are largely classroom-based and face-to-face. They include:

    1) a lecture “Milestones in German History: 1945 to the Present“ which is designed to contribute to students’ understanding of contemporary Germany by focusing on important events and turning points in post-war German history and to provide a context for the study of individual aspects of contemporary German culture treated in language workshops and elsewhere throughout the course.

    2) a seminar based on issues discussed in the lecture 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:
    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.

    1x1 hour lecture 12 hours per semester
    1 x 2 hour seminar 24 hours per semester
    6 hours reading/viewing/reviewing 72 hours per semester
    4 hours assignment preparation 48 hours per semester
    Total 156 hours per semester

    Learning Activities Summary
    Detailed information will be provided in the Course Outline students receive at the beginning of the semester.
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific requirements in addition to those already mentioned.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    In 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 and society, past and present.
  • 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
    Oral presentation, written responses, minor research project, major research project.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Lecture – 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. 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.

    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.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Course Learning Outcome/s
    Participation/prepararation/written responses Formative & summative 15% 1, 3, 4, 5
    Oral Presentation Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Minor Research Assignment Formative & Summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Major Research Assignment Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6

    The oral presentation gives students the opportunity to explore a topic they are interested in and also to practise presenting material in a different format. The presentation should be approx. 10 minutes long and directly related to the themes of the seminar. Material should be provided in a way that makes it accessible and interesting to other members of the seminar.
    Like the oral presentation, the minor research assignment (1500 words) gives the students the opportunity to explore a topic in more detail, practise presenting the material in a written format and get some feedback before tackling the major research assignment at the end of the semester. It should be correctly referenced, have a clear structure and be presented in an appropriate register.
    Participation is based on preparation of the week’s material and participation i.e. active contribution and engagement with other members of the group.
    Written responses give students the opportunity to respond to issues raised in the seminar and develop their language skills in German.
    The major research assignment (2500 words) is the major summative assessment for this course. It is designed to enable students to explore a particular topic in more depth. Students will be assessed on their knowledge of the topic, their critical engagement with secondary sources on the topic and their ability to develop and express their own point of view.
    Information will be provided in the Course Outline students receive at the beginning 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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