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Overview

German Studies at UNSW places special emphasis on integrating the study of social, historical and cultural developments in Germany with the teaching of practical language skills. This approach aims to enable you to achieve a high level of communicative competence in German while offering you a critical understanding of this fascinating modern European society.

Students in the intermediate and advanced sequences who will complete some components of their sequence via cross-institutional study are advised that they are responsible for enrolling themselves before the appropriate UNSW and partner university deadlines for cross-institutional enrolment, which fall well before the beginning of regular UNSW teaching periods. See Cross Institutional Study.

Each course of cross-institutional study requires approval from the German Studies convenor, with whom students must consult at an early stage to discuss the selection of courses. Students who successfully complete German Studies courses cross-institutionally will have their results reported as transfer credits at UNSW, i.e. specific grades will not appear on their transcript.

If in a given term you are unable to take appropriate courses cross-institutionally you may be eligible to apply for an individual variation of program.

Placement Information

If you have prior language knowledge you will need to take an online placement evaluation so that we can assess your skills and select an appropriate level of course for you. Information about the evaluation and additional course details can be found on the web at: hal.arts.unsw.edu.au

You will not be permitted to enrol in language courses that are too easy for you. If this occurs, you will be requested to change your enrolment.

If you are admitted in your first year of study to ARTS2510 or higher on the grounds of ability and/or previous study, such courses will be counted as Level 1 courses in terms of degree requirements.

Study Level

Undergraduate

Minimum Units of Credit

24

Specialisation Type

Minor

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Specialisation Structure

Students must complete 24 UOC.

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Arts/Education (Secondary) Students

The minor in German Studies (24 uoc) must not be taken as it is not an approved teaching specialisation.

Cross-Institutional Prescribed Electives

If you commence at Advanced Level you may take up to 12 UOC approved upper-level German Studies prescribed electives via cross-institutional study.

Additional Information

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory or Advanced you cannot commence study until Term 1.

Pre-2019 Handbook Editions

Access past handbook editions (2018 and prior)

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