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Students who commenced study in 2016 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2016 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.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Coordinator

Dr Heinz Kreutz

Websites

Faculty of Arts

School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics

Location

Clayton

German studies is 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, you will engage in practical language study and receive fundamental training in German culture and history as well as German linguistics. Elective units 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.

German can be studied from beginner level up to a level of near-native language competence. The German studies program has three entry points, each comprising a first and second semester unit. To ensure that students are placed in the most appropriate level according to their individual profile and the best outcome they can expect to achieve, all students, except beginners, are required to undertake placement testing prior to the start of their first semester of language study.

You may also undertake further studies at honours, master's and doctorate level in German linguistics, literature and cultural studies. Contact the coordinator 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.

Overseas study

The German studies program has ten active exchange agreements with German universities and cultural institutions. You are encouraged to consider study overseas as part of a major and/or an honours degree in German studies, linguistics or comparative literature and cultural studies. You can replace language units with equivalent language study overseas units. Funding may be available through Monash Abroad and the German Government. For detailed information contact the German studies program. For a list of units, please refer to the German studies Study Abroad webpage. You must obtain written approval from the German studies program before enrolling.

Availability

German studies is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts and 0202 Bachelor of Letters at Clayton as a minor, major or extended major, A2001 Bachelor of Global Studies at Clayton as a major and A0501 Diploma of Languages at Clayton as a major.

Outcomes

In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:

  • analyse the structure and understand the context of authentic, formal and complex language
  • read and translate or interpret a range of German for social and professional use
  • draw upon a sophisticated and detailed awareness of a range of important themes in German culture and literature, including familiarity with the historical context

Units

Major requirements (48 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited to the majormajor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html) and at least 18 points must be at level 3. Six language units (36 points) must be completed.

Note: Students can replace some of their required units with up to 24 points of language study overseas units or up to 12 points of study overseas summer semester units.

Entry point 1 - Introductory

For students will little or no knowledge of the language.

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 1 gateway unitsgateway units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(c.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS3102 German dialects and dialectology
  • ATS3104 German literature in the age of Goethe
  • ATS3105 On the brink of modernity (Germany and Europe 1890-1920)
  • ATS3108 Introduction to the study of media culture from a German studies perspective

(d.) One language unit (6 points) from:

(e.) Two units (12 points) from the remaining capstone or Language units or the elective list below with at least one unit at level 3.

Entry point 2 - Intermediate

For students who have some prior knowledge of the language. Prior knowledge is 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, depending on the results of a language placement test.

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS3102 German dialects and dialectology
  • ATS3104 German literature in the age of Goethe
  • ATS3105 On the brink of modernity (Germany and Europe 1890-1920)
  • ATS3108 Introduction to the study of media culture from a German studies perspective

(c.) Four language units (24 points):

(d.) One unit (6 points) from the remaining capstone units or the elective list below.

Entry point 3 - Proficient

For students with a pass standard in German at Year 12 level or equivalent.

Students are encouraged to take language study overseas units, which can count as satisfying some components of the major.

Students complete:

(a.) Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):

(b.) One level 3 capstone unitcapstone unit (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (6 points) chosen from:

  • ATS3102 German dialects and dialectology
  • ATS3104 German literature in the age of Goethe
  • ATS3105 On the brink of modernity (Germany and Europe 1890-1920)
  • ATS3108 Introduction to the study of media culture from a German studies perspective

(c.) Four language units (24 points):

(d.) One unit (6 points) from the remaining capstone or language units or the elective list below.

Minor requirements (24 points)

No more than 12 points at level 1 may be credited towards the minorminor (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2016handbooks/undergrad/arts-07.html).

Students complete:

(a.) Three units (18 points) from the German language sequence under the major, following the entry point guidelines and taken in order

(b.) One level 2 or 3 unit (6 points) as listed within the major. It is a highly recommended that students complete a level 2 unit before enrolling in a level 3 unit.

Extended major requirements (72 points)

No more than 24 points at level 1 may be credited to the extended major and at least 24 points must be at level 3.

Students are required to undertake a period of overseas study in order to complete an extended major.

Students complete:

(a.) The requirements of the major in German Studies (48 points).

(b.) Any combination of the following to a total of 24 points:

  • ATS3139 Extended major research unit
  • ATS3083 Translating across cultures
  • ATS3948 Internship (undergraduate)
  • Study overseas units

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Relevant courses

Diplomas

  • A0501 Diploma of Languages

Bachelors

Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degrees:*

  • A2000 Bachelor of Arts
  • A2001 Bachelor of Global Studies
  • 0202 Bachelor of Letters

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor or major by using 24 or 48 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor or major can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:*

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2006 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3009 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Global Studies
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2003 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Global Studies

* Students cannot complete both the minor and major in the same area of study.