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GERM343 Passages 2

German society and culture 2. From Romanticism to Cyberculture and the links between them.

Explore, at an advanced level, the cultural production of the German-speaking countries of Europe and discover why these cultures greatly influence European and international literature, cinema, music, art and political and philosophical thinking. Gain an understanding of German, Austrian or Swiss culture and society at defining moments of cultural change from a range of perspectives.

Paper title Passages 2
Paper code GERM343
Subject German
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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GERM 242 or GERM 202 or GERM 203
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Taught in German. Suitable for students whose German is at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (GERM 331) or above.
Teaching staff
Staff of the German Programme, the Convenor and contributing lecturers will vary in the alternate years in which this paper is offered.
Paper Structure
Passages 2 presents, in modular form, a series of different approaches to German culture, in German. Themes and module topics will also vary accordingly.

Alternates with Passages 1.
Teaching Arrangements
Three lecture hours per week.
Readings available through Blackboard.
Any additional texts to be advised.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Through participation in the lectures, readings, discussions, presentations and written assignments in Passages 2, students will gain:
  • An understanding of German culture and society at defining moments of cultural change through a range of perspectives, aesthetic forms and text-types
  • Competence in discerning and articulating formal and aesthetic practices used in selected examples of German literary and film texts
  • An understanding of these texts as documents that reflect the changes occurring in German social, political and cultural life and that often challenge their society and its self-identity
  • Insight into the work of writers and artists though the medium of a major work and an ability to discuss the texts presented in relationship to their social, cultural and historical context.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22
Friday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 17-22