This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any 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 faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics|
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 ability; from introductory (entry point 1) to proficient (entry point 3). 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, master's and doctorate level in German linguistics, literature and cultural studies. Students should contact the coordinator for further advice.
The German studies coordinator 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 coordinator.
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:
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 studies, 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.
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.
Students complete a standard minor chosen from one of the following options:
Students complete a standard major consisting of six compulsory language units as listed below and also including two electives chosen from units that can be counted towards the discipline.
Students wishing to undertake German studies have the option of starting in one of three 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.
For students with no knowledge of German or who have previously studied German at a junior secondary level only.
For students with some prior knowledge of German, but generally not to VCE level. In some circumstances, and with permission of the German studies coordinator, students with a pass standard in German at Year 12 may also enter at this level.
This stream assumes that students have reached a pass standard in German at Year 12 level or its equivalent.