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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Area of Study

All areas of study information should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. The units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
Campus(es)Clayton

Description

German studies programs are designed for students wishing to specialise in German language, linguistics, literature and their relation to culture and society, and also for those seeking a broader outlook within the humanities and social sciences. At every level, students are required to engage in studies of German language and culture, practical language study and fundamental training in German culture and history as well as German linguistics. Optional units, offered at second and third-year levels, offer opportunities for diversification and specialisation in the fields of German literature and culture, media studies and German linguistics. These options are offered from level two (for linguistics) and three onwards.

The compulsory units are organised in streams, catering for different levels of language proficiency; beginners (entry point 1) through stage to a stage of near-native language proficiency (entry point 9). Depending on the units taken at first-year level, the sequences may lead either to an introductory minor or major or to an advanced minor or major. Students may also undertake further studies at honours, masters and doctorate-level in German linguistics, literature and cultural studies. Students should contact the program convenor for further advice.

Right of school to determine entry level and approve accelerated enrolment

The German studies program convenor retains the right to determine the proper proficiency level for any particular student. Students are not permitted to accelerate their enrolment without first consulting the program convenor.

Non-Arts students

In some non-Arts courses students are able to take Arts electives and count them towards their course. Students who decide that they want to study a language as part of their non-Arts course should discuss with their home faculty:

  • whether they are allowed to include language units as part of their course
  • check with their home faculty how many units/credit points they can study and at what year-level
  • how to select the appropriate language units in which to enrol.

Note: Because some students will be unable to study language as first-year level units, the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics has created second-year level codes to enable non-Arts students to complete the equivalent of a first-year sequence in their chosen language. Students wishing to enrol in these units must discuss any future enrolment with the relevant language program before enrolling.

Students who exit at level 10 or above will be awarded an 'Advanced German major', students who exit below level 10 will be awarded a 'Basic German major'.

Language Study Abroad program

The German studies program has ten active exchange agreements with German universities and cultural institutions. Students are encouraged to consider study abroad as part of a major sequence and/or an honours degree in German, linguistics or comparative literature and cultural studies. Funding may be available through Monash Abroad and the German Government. For detailed information contact the German studies program http://www.arts.monash.edu.au/german/index.php.

Students must obtain written approval from the German studies program before enrolling.

Note: Depending on the teaching institution, German study abroad units may be HECS-HELP liable or only available on a fee-paying basis.

Units

First-year sequence

A sequence is normally a first semester first-year level unit which is followed by a second semester first-year level unit in the same discipline.

Minor sequence

Students complete a standard minor chosen from one of the following options:

  • 24 points of core language units
  • 18 points of core language units plus one second-year level elective chosen from units listed below.

Major sequence

Students complete a standard major consisting of six core language units as listed below and also including two electives chosen from units that can be counted towards the discipline.

NOTE: Students may replace some of their core language units with alternate intensive in-country units (up to 24 points), or can choose language study abroad units as electives.

Major sequences - choosing the right entry point

Students wishing to undertake German studies have the option of starting in one of five entry points. The following sequences are provided as guides only. Study Abroad units can be taken in place of any compulsory units with the permission of the program. In exceptional circumstances accelerated levels may be possible, with the permission of the program coordinator.

Basic major sequences

Basic German major, entry point 1

For students with no knowledge of German or who have previously studied German at a junior secondary level only.

  • ATS1091 German studies 1
  • ATS1092 German studies 2
  • ATS2093 German studies 3
  • ATS2094 German studies 4
  • ATS3095 German studies 5
  • ATS3096 German studies 6
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below

Basic German major, entry point 2

For students with some prior knowledge of German, but generally not to VCE level. In some circumstances, and with permission of the head of section, students with a pass standard in German at Year 12 may also enter at this level.

  • ATS1093 German studies 3
  • ATS1094 German studies 4
  • ATS2095 German studies 5
  • ATS2096 German studies 6
  • ATS3097 German studies 7
  • ATS3098 German studies 8
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below

Advanced major sequences

Advanced German major, entry point 3

This stream assumes that students have reached a pass standard in German at Year 12 level or its equivalent.

  • ATS1095 German studies 5
  • ATS1096 German studies 6
  • ATS2097 German studies 7
  • ATS2098 German studies 8
  • ATS3099 German studies 9
  • ATS3100 German studies 10
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • one third year level elective from the list of electives below

Advanced German major, entry point 4

Students undertaking this stream must have reached at least high distinction standard in German at Year 12 or its equivalent. Students wishing to undertake these units must obtain the permission of the head of section prior to enrolment.

  • ATS1097 German studies 7
  • ATS1098 German studies 8
  • ATS2099 German studies 9
  • ATS2100 German studies 10
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • three third year level electives from the list of electives below

Advanced German major, entry point 5

Students undertaking this stream must have reached at least high distinction standard in German at Year 12 or its equivalent. Students wishing to undertake these units must obtain the permission of the head of section prior to enrolment.

  • ATS1099 German studies 9
  • ATS1100 German studies 10
  • two second year level electives from the list of electives below
  • one second or third year level elective from the list of electives below
  • three third year level electives from the list of electives below

Language Study Abroad units

  • ATS2102 German language study program I
  • ATS2103 German language study abroad program II
  • ATS3109 German language study abroad program III
  • ATS3110 German language study abroad program IV

Elective units

  • ATS2101/ATS3101 Second language acquisition and attrition from a German language perspective
  • ATS2684/ATS3684 Intergenerational language learning
  • ATS3102 German dialects and dialectology
  • ATS3103 Language and society: Sociolinguistics from a German language perspective
  • ATS3106 German travel writing from the 18th to the 20th century
  • ATS3107 German romanticism: Literature, aesthetics, philosophy

Units not offered in 2011

  • ATS3104 The contemporary German novel
  • ATS3105 On the brink of modernity (Germany and Europe 1890-1920)
  • ATS3108 Introduction to the study of media culture from a German language perspectice
  • ATS3817 Literary theory and critical practice

Relevant Courses

Diplomas

  • 2368 Diploma in Languages (German)

Bachelors

Single degrees

  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts
  • 1638 Bachelor of Arts as a Participant in the Dean's Scholars Program
  • 3907 Bachelor of Arts (English Language)
  • 3910 Bachelor of Arts (Global)
  • 4077 Bachelor of Arts (International)
  • 1366 Bachelor of Arts (Languages)
  • 4042 Bachelor of Journalism
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters
  • 0821 Bachelor of Music
  • 1144 Bachelor of Performing Arts
  • 1275 Bachelor of Professional Communication

Double degrees

  • 3277 Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 0550 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • 0553 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Banking and Finance)
  • 0555 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Management)
  • 0556 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • 1807 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business and Commerce
  • 3912 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • 0542 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 2672 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science
  • 0170 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics
  • 1541 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-primary
  • 1641 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education-secondary
  • 3906 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 0080 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws
  • 3054 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • 0530 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
  • 3426 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Work
  • 0002 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Theology
  • 3779 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Visual Arts
  • 4403 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Commerce
  • 3537 Bachelor of Arts (Global) and Bachelor of Science
  • 1941 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Communication
  • 4423 Bachelor of Business and Commerce and Bachelor of Professional Communication
  • 0116 Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3281 Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering and Bachelor of Arts
  • 3909 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Bachelor of Information Technology and Systems
  • 1945 Bachelor of Professional Communication and Diploma of Professional Writing