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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Area of Study

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySchool of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics


Areas of research specialisation in German studies include:

  • applied linguistics
  • comparative literature
  • cultural anthropology
  • cultural identity, migration and bilingualism
  • discourse and text analysis
  • German for special purposes
  • German literature from the 18th century to the present (especially Weimar Classic, Romanticism, literature of the 19th century, contemporary literature)
  • history and theory of German drama and theatre
  • history and theory of mass media
  • history of German philosophy
  • literary aesthetics
  • literary theory
  • media studies,
  • poetics
  • psychoanalytic theory
  • rhetoric and cultural studies
  • second language acquisition
  • sociolinguistics
  • sociology of literature
  • travel literature
  • visual culture.


Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)

Students complete 48 points from units listed below, including a research project. All units are 12 points unless otherwise indicated:

  • APG4101 Language and society: Sociolinguistics from a German language perspective
  • APG4746 Critics of civilisation
  • APG4751 Special reading course (German studies)
  • APG4752 Age of Goethe

Research projects

  • APG4745 German language and society: Research project
  • APG4747 Research project in German studies
  • APG4748 Research project in German studies 2 (24 points)

Studies abroad

All graduate students are strongly encouraged to conduct a part of their studies in a German-speaking country. Assistance is provided in obtaining scholarships and arrangements exist with German universities enabling students to continue their courses under supervision and with a maximum of assistance.

Course coordinator

Dr Christiane Weller

Further courses

For a list of units studied or course outlines, refer to the relevant courses.

Relevant Courses

  • 3058 Graduate Diploma in Languages
  • 3937 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Research)
  • 2695 Master of Arts*
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.