GERM 3223 - German IIIA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

The aim of this course is to develop students' understanding and critical appreciation of German culture through the study of texts, written and visual, in the framework of their social and historical context. Students will not only develop their cultural understanding, but also their reading and analytical skills and their language proficiency. For details of course content, students should consult the web or the Department handbook.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GERM 3223
    Course German IIIA: 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 2204 or equivalent
    Course Description The aim of this course is to develop students' understanding and critical appreciation of German culture through the study of texts, written and visual, in the framework of their social and historical context. Students will not only develop their cultural understanding, but also their reading and analytical skills and their language proficiency. For details of course content, students should consult the web or the Department handbook.
    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:
    1) will be familiar with some significant texts that have played and still do play an important role in German culture
    2) will have a greater understanding of German history and culture from the eighteenth century to the present
    3) will be able to extract, synthesise and critically evaluate information from primary and secondary sources relating to topics treated in the course
    4) will have the ability to work independently and cooperatively to explore some of the issues and questions raised in or by the texts in more depth
    5) will be able to communicate information, ideas and arguments about topics treated in the course cogently and coherently in German
    6) be able to identify ethical, social and cultural issues raised by the texts and interpret them within their social and cultural context
    7) will have a very good basis for further study and research in German Studies, and 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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 3
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4, 5
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    One of the major literary works of Johann Wolfgang Goethe, e.g. The Sorrows of Young Werther or Faust (editions with additional materials) as well as the following book which can also be purchased at Unibooks:
    Christoph Jürgensen / Ingo Irsigler: Sturm und Drang, (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Reihe: UTB Profile), 2010, ISBN 9783825233983
    Recommended Resources
    A list of recommended materials will be provided on MyUni and additional references will be provided in the course 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 via MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    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 which will provide the historical and social context for the texts on the course.
    2) a seminar based on the various texts 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 and other resources

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Students are expected to devote to their German studies in addition to the 3 contact hours.
    Preparation for seminar 2
    Reading 3
    Research for seminar presentation and assignments 4
    Learning Activities Summary
    Students will be provided with a detailed course outline at the beginning of the semester.
    Specific Course 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 – Participation in the seminar is important. You should provide a reason if you are going to be absent.
    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
    Seminar presentation, written response, minor research project, major research project.Assignment will include:
    an oral presentation,
    a major research assignment,
    a minor written response and
    a written end-of-semester test (in week 13).
    Assessment Detail
    The oral presentation in the seminar 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. 12 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 gives the students the opportunity to explore a topic in more detail, practise presenting the material in a written format. They are able to expand on an aspect of their oral presentation and develop from it an interpretative perspective on the text, e.g. a Maerchen.

    The written response requires students to answer a given question related to the topics of the lecture and/or the seminar.

    The major research project 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. It should be correctly referenced, have a clear structure and be presented in an appropriate register.
    All work handed in during the year should have a German cover sheet obtainable from the School of Humanities office on the 7th floor of the Napier building.
    NB. The cover sheet requires the signature of the student declaring that the work handed in is their own individual work.

    Legal nature of the cover sheet
    The cover sheet is a legally binding document that asks you to confirm that you have read and understood the rules relating to plagiarism and related forms of cheating, that you are handing in the final version of your work and not a draft, that it has not been submitted for any other course, that you allow it to be photocopied or scanned and submitted to a plagiarism detection programme, and that you have kept a copy of the assignment that you will be able to produce on demand.

    Return of Work
    Work completed in semester time will normally be returned in class. If students miss a class, it is their responsibility to collect their work from their lecturer/tutor. The normal turn-around time for homework is one week, for essays and longer assignments possibly two weeks, depending on numbers. Extensions 10% will be deducted from work handed in after the due date unless there are legitimate compassionate or medical grounds and appropriate certification is provided. The 10% penalty applies for the first week; after that the work will not be accepted. Students who have legitimate grounds and require an extension should contact staff before the due date.

    Please note
    a) All marks are subject to moderation. An adequate standard must be reached in each part of the course. Final grading (High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass...) will be based on performance in each part of the course.
    b) Students should keep a copy of all major pieces of work passed in for assessment.
    c) It will be assumed that all work submitted for assessment is the student's own work. Work that is obviously not the student's own will be given zero and cannot be redeemed.
    d) Students may be given additional work if they fail the course, or if they have legitimate compassionate or medical grounds and appropriate certification (letter from counsellor, medical certificate). Where students are given supplementaries or additional work for poor performance, the maximum result they can achieve for the course is 50%.
    e) Staff will provide guidance where needed but won’t read and correct drafts of your work.
    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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