Germanic Studies

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Germanic Studies

Major

1000 level units of study

GRMN1001 German 1

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive July,Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr tutorial/week Prohibitions: GRMN1111 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total (15%), 1x equivalent to 750wds speaking and listening test (15%), 1x equivalent to 1000wds grammar, listening, reading test (20%), 1x 2 hours exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
These practical language classes are designed to develop listening, reading, writing, and speaking skills in German, as well as cross-cultural competency. By the end of the unit you will have acquired the basic skills and vocabulary needed to deal with everyday situations in German. Activities in the classroom also introduce you to the cultures of the German-speaking world.
GRMN1002 German 2

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: GRMN1001 or GRMN1111 Prohibitions: GRMN1122 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total(15%), 1x equivalent to 750wds speaking and listening test (15%), 1x equivalent to 1000wds grammar, listening, reading test (20%), 1x 2 hours exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The practical language classes in this unit build on GRMN1001. By the end of the unit you will be able to communicate in a variety of simple and routine situations in German. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world.

2000 level units of study

Language
GRMN2003 German 3

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: HSC Beginners course (with a mark above 70) or German Continuers (with a mark below 70) or GRMN1122 or GRMN1002 Prohibitions: HSC German Continuers with a mark above 70 or GRMN1211 or GRMN2611 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total (15%), 1x equivalent to 675wds oral presentation (15%), 1x equivalent to 900wds grammar, listening, reading test (20%), 1x equivalent to 2250wds final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The practical language classes in this unit build on GRMN1002. By the end of the unit you will be able to communicate in a variety of simple and routine situations in German. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world.
GRMN2004 German 4

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: GRMN2003 or GRMN1211 or GRMN2611 Prohibitions: GRMN1222 or GRMN2612 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total (15%), 1x equivalent to 750wds oral presentation (15%), 1x equivalent to 1000wds grammar, listening, reading test (20%), 1x 2 hours exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The practical language classes in this unit build on GRMN2003. By the end of the unit you will be able to communicate in most situations likely to arise while travelling in a German-speaking country. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world
Culture
GRMN2632 Weimar Germany

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 or 2000 or 3000 level from Germanic Studies Prohibitions: GRMN2450 Assessment: 1x10min (1000wd equivalent) presentation (20%), 1x2000wd source analysis (30%), 1x500wd essay plan (10%), 1x2500wd essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit introduces students to the history, culture, and society of the Weimar Republic. Lasting from 1919 to 1933, the Weimar Republic was Germany's first democracy. Bookended by the First World War and the Third Reich, this period in modern Germany saw great cultural experimentation, but also extraordinary political turbulence. Using a variety of textual sources in the original language, as well as visual material and film, students will reflect on what makes the Weimar Republic essential for understanding modern Germany.
Textbooks
Mann, Tonio Kröger. Mario und der Zauberer (Fischer Tb. 1381) Kafka, Das Urteil und andere Erzählungen (Fischer Tb. 19) Brecht, Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder (es 49)
GRMN2633 Topics in German Film

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2-hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 or 2000 or 3000 level from Germanic Studies Prohibitions: GRMN2455 Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1x1500wd written tutorial paper (25%), 1x1500wd class presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit of study will explore German film from the perspectives of film theory and historical culture. Discussions will situate films within the German political and cultural context of their time and study them from the perspective of contemporary cross-cultural critique. The unit may concentrate on the works of a specific director, a period or a genre, or deal with key social and political issues within a selection of German films.
Textbooks
German film course pack to be purchased from the University Copy Centre
GRMN2642 Nineteenth-Century German Culture

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 or 2000 level in Germanic Studies Assessment: 12x75wd weekly homework (15%), 1x1200wd equivalent presentation (20%), 1x1500wd source analysis (25%), 1x2400wd essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit offers an introduction to the German-speaking world in the 'long' nineteenth century. By analysing literary texts and discussing the cultural, social and political changes that took place from the French Revolution to the end of the First World War, the unit will explore how the twin dynamics of nationalism and revolution shaped the emergence of modern German culture and society.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
GRMN2643 Teaching and Learning Methods in German

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 or 2000 level from Germanic Studies Assessment: 1x3000wd essay (50%), 1x1500wd written tutorial paper (25%), 1x1500wd equivalent tutorial presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit surveys influential theories and approaches of language teaching and learning as well as methodologies and didactics of German as a foreign language. The theoretical foundation will be applied to the teaching of language and culture to help students develop a repertoire of teaching techniques and strategies. The assessment tasks are designed to give students the opportunity to apply new knowledge in teaching and learning methods through discussion, presentation and independent research.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units

3000 level units of study

Language
GRMN3005 German 5

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: HSC German Extension course or the HSC German Continuers course (with a mark above 70) or GRMN2004 or GRMN1222 or GRMN2612 Prohibitions: GRMN2613 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total(15%), 1x equivalent to 750wds oral presentation (15%), 1x equivalent to 1000wds grammar, listening, reading test (20%), 1x 2 hours final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
These practical language classes build on GRMN2004. By the end of the unit you will be able to communicate on a range of more complex issues, both verbally and in writing. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world.
GRMN3006 German 6

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x2hr tutorials/week Prerequisites: GRMN3005 or GRMN2613 Prohibitions: GRMN2614 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total (15%), 1x equivalent to 750wds oral presentation (15%), 1x 1000wd short essay (20%), 1x 2 hours final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
These practical language classes build on GRMN3005. By the end of the unit you will be able to communicate on a range of complex texts and situations, and to express yourself in German with a degree of fluency. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world.
GRMN3007 German 7

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr tutorial/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: GRMN3006 or GRMN2614 Prohibitions: GRMN2617 or GRMN2618 or GRMN3008 or GRMN3009 or GRMN3010 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total (10%), 1x equivalent to 675wds oral presentation (15%), 1x equivalent to 900wds short essay (25%), 1x equivalent to 2250wds final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
These practical language classes build on GRMN3006. By the end of the unit you will be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts and situations, and to express yourself in German with ease and spontaneity. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world.
GRMN3008 German 8

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr tutorial/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: GRMN1311 or GRMN2615 or GRMN3007 Prohibitions: GRMN1322 or GRMN2616 Assessment: 12x Weekly online homework exercises equivalent to 750wds total (10%), 1x equivalent to 750wds oral presentation (15%), 1x 1000wd short essay (25%), 1x 2 hours final exam (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
These practical language classes build on GRMN3007. By the end of the unit you will be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts and situations, and to express yourself in German fluently and spontaneously. You will be able to express and justify your views on topical issues, both verbally and in writing. Using authentic materials in the classroom will also enable you to improve your cultural competency and deepen your knowledge of the German-speaking world.
GRMN3009 German Language and Society

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr tutorial/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: GRMN3008 or GRMN2616 or GRMN1322 Assessment: 1x equivalent to 500wds listening comprehension (15%), 1x equivalent to 500wds reading comprehension (15%), 1x equivalent to 1500wds oral presentation (30%), 1x 2000wd project essay (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit enhances your language skills while enabling you to study contemporary German society. Using materials drawn from contemporary print and (audio-)visual media, you will expand your capacity for written and spoken expression by engaging with key social and cultural issues in the contemporary German-speaking world.
GRMN3010 Translating German Culture

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr tutorial/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 3000 level of Germanic Studies language units Assessment: 1x 500wd bilingual glossary (15%), 1x 2500wd translation project (50%), 1x 1500wd commentary (35%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit allows you to enhance your language skills by studying translation. Using a range of materials, you will put into practice basic translation concepts and techniques, enabling you to build your knowledge of German language and culture.
Culture
GRMN3015 Gender and Sexuality in German Culture

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level from Germanic Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level of European Studies Assessment: 1x 1500wd tutorial paper (25%), 1x 1500wd presentation (25%), 1x 3000wd research essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Reading works by some of the most important modernist authors, this unit explores discourses of gender and sexuality in German and Austrian culture at the turn of the twentieth century.
GRMN3611 Contemporary German Fiction

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 or 2000 level in Germanic Studies Assessment: 1x3000wd research paper (50%), 1x1500wd tutorial paper (25%), 1x1500wd equivalent class presentation (25%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an overview of important currents in contemporary German fiction. Student will study a selection of highly acclaimed novels in depth and reflect on influential approaches in literary analysis. They will gain an insight into the diversity and originality of contemporary German literature and an understanding of the relationship between literary fiction and their historical and cultural contexts. The assessment tasks are designed to give students the opportunity to apply new knowledge and methodology through independent research.
Textbooks
Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units
GRMN3613 Research in German as a Foreign Language

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 or 3000 level from Germanic Studies Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit will examine themes from the field of Research in Language Teaching and Learning (Sprachlehrforschung) as well as the theoretical and practical aspects of German as a foreign language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache). The main issues addressed are the acquisition and teaching of German as a foreign and second language along with major questions in applied linguistics. The assessment tasks are designed to give students the opportunity to apply new knowledge and methodology through independent research on tertiary language teaching concepts and multiple language acquisition.
GRMN3682 Foreign and Exotic in German Literature

This unit of study is not available in 2021

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Senior credit points in German or (GRMN1311 and GRMN2322) Prohibitions: GRMN2682 Assessment: 1xOral Presentation (equivalent to 1000wds) (20%), 1x1500wd tutorial paper (25%), 1x3500wd Research essay (55%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
The unit investigates questions of national identity and foreignness (Fremde) in modern literary texts in German. We will consider the construction as well as the deconstruction of belonging and 'being foreign', both by native authors and by so-called 'Auslaender' (foreigners, migrants) writing in German. Narratives critical concepts of a national identity which excludes, rejects and devalues the 'other', as well as narratives by authors 'embodying' the foreign and 'exotic', will be compared.

Interdisciplinary Project unit of study

GRMN3999 Interdisciplinary Impact

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive December,Semester 1,Semester 2 Prerequisites: Completion of at least 90 credit points Prohibitions: Interdisciplinary Impact in another major Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Interdisciplinarity is a key skill in fostering agility in life and work. This unit provides learning experiences that build students' skills, knowledge and understanding of the application of their disciplinary background to interdisciplinary contexts. In this unit, students will work in teams and develop interdisciplinarity skills through problem-based learning projects responding to 'real world problems'.
GRMN3998 Industry and Community Project

Credit points: 6 Teacher/Coordinator: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Session: Intensive February,Intensive July,Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Prerequisites: 72 credit points Corequisites: Interdisciplinary Impact in any major. Assessment: Refer to the unit of study outline https://www.sydney.edu.au/units Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This interdisciplinary unit provides students with the opportunity to address complex problems identified by industry, community, and government organisations, and gain valuable experience in working across disciplinary boundaries. In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, students integrate their academic skills and knowledge by working in teams with students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. This experience allows students to research, analyse and present solutions to a real¿world problem, and to build on their interpersonal and transferable skills by engaging with and learning from industry experts and presenting their ideas and solutions to the industry partner.