Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


In this course, students will read and watch German fiction from the 20th and 21st centuries. The course focuses on developing students' ability to examine a literary, oral or audio-visual text critically and to relate it to the historical, political and social context of its era. Language skills will also be enhanced through a detailed study of the texts as well as through producing a short piece of fiction in German.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Produce a piece (written or audio-visual) of fiction in German at an advanced level.

2. Apply advanced-level language skills to the comprehension of modern German texts.

3. Demonstrate an accurate comprehension of authentic German texts (written, oral and/or audio-visual).

4. Debate aspects of culture and society as portrayed in contemporary German fiction, with reference to their historical context.

5. Critically discuss literary/cinematic devices, such as form, style, symbolism, imagery and narrative perspective.

6. Analyse and interpret the set texts with reference to secondary literature.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Reading, listening to or watching German literature, audio or audio-visual material.
  • Analysing the fiction works in view of socio-historical and contemporary aspects in German-speaking countries.
  • Producing a short piece of fiction (written or spoken) in German.

Assumed knowledge

GRMN2502 or equivalent

Assessment items

Portfolio: Portfolio (50%)

Quiz: 2 x 10% quizzes (20%)

Project: Project (30%)

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

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