Monash University

Postgraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 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.

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


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


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

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

* By research.