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Information relevant to 2003 – Discipline/School Information

German – School of English, Journalism and European Languages

Coordinator: Dr E Meidl

The School offers a range of German (HEG) units which may be studied as individual units within the BA course, or as part of a major in German. Students from other faculties interested only in learning the language may enrol in the relevant language skills units.

Native speakers of German should consult the Coordinator of the German section concerning a suitable course of study. Students with no knowledge of German find beginners’ German to be an enjoyable, manageable and satisfying experience. All the communicative skills of understanding, speaking, reading and writing are practised. German is very close to English. Both languages, German and English, are based on the same linguistic roots and principles. They share a wide range of concepts and vocabulary. Students who have studied German at school and successfully completed TCE German Stage 4 (HA) will be accepted into the second year German units. The German literature units are designed to provide a study of literary texts and cultural practices, authors, periods and literatures from the medieval period to the present day. They include German, Austrian and Swiss literatures and range from drama, poetry, novels to film study units and German for Tourism and Business. These units are offered on a professional basis. There are scholarships available for study in Germany, and every year a good percentage of third year students are successful.

A Bachelor of Arts degree with German is highly rated by many employers because of the combined skills it brings: literacy, communication skills, cultural awareness, analytical thinking and the ability to alter one’s perspective. The diplomatic service, foreign banking, community services, tourism, international law, journalism and medicine are areas where the knowledge of German is a definite bonus.

Students who are interested in using their German studies for teaching qualifications and who are considering applying for the BTeach are advised to consult the Faculty of Education’s information booklet The Bachelor of Teaching or to contact the Education Faculty office on the Launceston campus.

The School of English, Journalism and European Languages at Hobart offers two undergraduate courses in German, a Major/Honours course and a Diploma.

Major in German for students enrolled in a Bachelor degree

A major in German will be a minimum of 100%. Students undertaking a major in German will take the core units and electives as follows:

Route (a) :

25% level 100; a minimum of 75% at level 200/300.

Route (b) :

a minimum of 37.5% at level 200; a minimum of 62.5% at level 300.

Each of these routes involves a minimum of three years study.

Level 100

HEG100 German 1 (worth 25%) is an intensive beginners’ unit (4 hours a week plus 1 hour Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)) designed to bring students to a degree of linguistic competence equivalent at least to TCE German Stage 4 (HA). It has no prerequisite.

Levels 200 and 300

For those students wishing to continue their studies of the language, there are various units which provide for advanced work in language and literature.

HEG201, HEG203, HEG205 and HEG213 presuppose the successful completion of (a) HEG100 or (b) TCE German Stage 4 (HA). The units concentrate on building competence in aural, oral, reading and writing skills. HEG201 is a core unit. Students in doubt about whether to enrol in HEG100 or in HEG201 should consult the Coordinator of the German section. Transfers are possible early in the year after consultation and on the strength of results achieved by the student.

In order to complete the major, students choose an appropriate number of level 200/300 units. Upon completion, students will have reached an advanced level of competence in communicating (listening, speaking, reading, writing) in current German, and will have studied in depth major representative works of German literature from the eighteenth century to the present day, within the context of their cultural and socio-political background. The units on German film complement the students’ understanding of German life and culture. Students intending to major in German must take the film study units at 3rd-year level.

Notes:

Degree students may not enrol in a lower and a higher level of the core language units concurrently unless approval has been obtained from the Coordinator.

Degree students may not enrol in a lower level after they have passed a higher level of the language.

Level 200/300 units offered in 2003

Unit title campus offered weight prereq coreq m.excl enrol code
Core units
German Language Skills 2 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEG100 or TCE German Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEG201
German Language Skills 3 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEG201   HEG302 HEG301
German Language Skills 3B Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEG301     HEG302
Electives
Semester 1
Themes of Love in German Texts Hobart: semester 1 12.5% HEG100 German or TCE German Stage 4     HEG205
From Realism to Naturalism Hobart: semester 1 12.5% HEG201     HEG307
Semester 2
Post-1945 German Film Hobart: semester 2 12.5% HEG100 or TCE German Stage 4 (HA) or equiv; no prereq for students from other Schools     HEG212/312
Fiction in Divided Germany Hobart: semester 2 12.5% HEG100 or TCE German Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEG213
Single units in the German Program

Students who wish to include German in a degree other than the BA and whose degree structure prevents them from taking a full major or minor may choose to concentrate on learning the language and further developing their linguistic competence. They should take (part of) the following sequence: HEG100 , HEG201 , HEG301 , HEG302 .

Students who wish to include German in a degree other than the BA and whose degree structure prevents them from enrolling in a year-long unit selected from the list below may be allowed to enrol for one semester only. Contact the discipline coordinator for further details.

Unit title campus offered weight prereq coreq m.excl enrol code
German 1 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25%       HEG100
German Language Skills 2 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEG100 or TCE German Stage 4 (HA) or equiv     HEG201
German Language Skills 3 Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEG201   HEG302 HEG301
German Language Skills 3B Hobart: (full-year) ie semesters 1 & 2 25% HEG301     HEG302
Students who commenced a language major before 2001

For students studying German, a major consists of 112.5% HECS weighting normally made up of:

25% at level 100
37.5% at level 200, plus
50% at level 300.

Students commencing at level 200 normally take

50% at level 200, plus
62.5% at level 300
German 4 (Honours)

Those wishing to proceed to Honours in German should discuss their program with the Coordinator of the German section.

Requirements for entry to German 4 (Honours) are a major of 112.5% in German and a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 7 (Distinction) or higher. Students should contact the Coordinator of German for further information. Honours prepares students for successful study at a German university and a possible future career in Germanistik.

Postgraduate

Students who successfully complete the German 4 (Honours) year with a result of HU (Upper Second-class Honours) or above may apply to enrol in a postgraduate degree by research at the University. Interested students should consult the subject coordinator.

Diploma in Languages, specialising in German

The Diploma is designed for those with or without degrees who wish to upgrade their language competence. Students must consult the Coordinator of the German section before enrolling. They will need to have successfully completed HEG100 or TCE German Stage 4 (HA). The course consists of two or three years part-time study and involves 50% at level 200 in German, and 50% at level 300 in German.

Location and notices

The German staff are located at the Hobart campus on the top floor of the Humanities Building.

The office of the Administration Officer of English, Journalism and European Languages, to whom enquiries should be directed in the first instance, is (Hbt) Room 557. The German section’s notice board is opposite Room 571. Students should not hesitate to contact the School in person or by telephone (03) 6226 2347, if they have any questions about the information in this Handbook. Staff may be consulted during their office hours, as posted.

Preparing for the course

A good dictionary and reference grammar are indispensable. It is recommended that the following be purchased:

Collins German-English/English-German Dictionary

Duden Stilwõrterbuch

M Durell, Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage, 3rd edn.


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