GERM 3223 - German IIIA: Culture

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

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)
    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, 3
    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
    1, 4, 5
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    7, 3, 6
    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, 6
    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
    1, 6, 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Die Leiden des jungen Werther. Textausgabe mit Materialien. Stuttgart et al.: Ernst Klett (Editionen für den Literaturunterricht) 6,95 EUR; 978-3-12-351911-6. This is our basic text of the seminar and the first novel of Goethe (English translations titled The Sorrows of Young Werther are available in the Barr Smith Library/bookshop). Students need to purchase this book at Unibooksor through the Internet booktrade
    • Christoph Jürgensen / Ingo Irsigler: Sturm und Drang, (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht / Reihe: UTB Profile), 2010, ISBN 9783825233983. This book can also be purchased at Unibooks or through the Internet booktrade.
    • A selection of primary/secondary literature and worksheets (Arbeitsblätter) provided in a Reader, as copies in seminar sessions and/or on MyUni: including e.g. some poems of Goethe (Willkomm und Abschied, Mailied, Prometheus; Ganymed); Hans Rudolf Vaget: ‚Die Leiden des jungen Werthers‘. In: Interpretationen. Goethes Erzählwerk, hg. v. Paul Michael Lützeler und James E. McLeod, Stuttgart 1985, S. 37-72. [Barr Smith 833G59Z.L]

    Recommended Resources
    A list of recommended materials will be provided in the Course outline in the first seminar session and on MyUni. 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 and recordings as well as resources such as announcements, discussion boards or external web-links 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, but also include e-learning forms such as discussion boards, blogs, or journals:
    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, 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 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.
    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
    summativeSeminar presentation, written response, major research project (including 'journals' on MyUni) and a written test.
    Assignment will include:
    • an oral presentation,
    • a minor written response
    • a major research assignment, and
    • a written end-of-semester test (in week 13).

    ASSESSMENT TASK                   TASK TYPE                                        WEIGHTING       COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES
    oral presentation formative and summative 25% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    minor written response summative 15% 1, 2, 4, 6, 7
    major research assignment formative and summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
    written end-of-semester test summative 20% 1, 2, 4, 6, 7
    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.

    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 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.

    The seminar presentation is the point of departure for a seminar paper which should add some new aspects, and develop from it an interpretative perspective on the text, e.g. a Märchen. The seminar paper will be assessed on demonstrated knowledge of the primary sources, appropriate use of secondary sources and correct referencing, a well-structured and independent argument and clear and reasonably sophisticated language.

    Minor written responses/homework requires students to answer a given question related to the topics of the lecture and/or the seminar and develop their language skills in German.
    Participation is based on preparation of the week’s material including online resources (discussion boards, blogs, journals or wikis) and participation i.e. active contribution and engagement with other members of the group.

    The major research project is designed to enable students to explore a particular topic in more depth and practise presenting the material in a written format. Students will be assessed on their selection and organisation of materials (shown in blogs or journals in MyUni), 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.

    Information on submission will be provided in the detailed Course
    Outline that 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.

  • Student Feedback

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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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