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LAC2002 Language, History and Identity

Semester 2, 2011 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities and Communication

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Examiner: Gabriela Pohl
Moderator: Yan Zhao


Pre-requisite: LAC2001 or for German strand GER2101 or for Chinese strand CHI2021


IMPORTANT: Students must elect to study EITHER the German OR the Chinese stream of this course by signing up for the correct lecture and tutorial for their chosen language. This course continues to enhance students' language skills and the cultural frameworks established in LAC2001 to provide a deeper knowledge of significant historical periods and events in the development of German and Chinese nationhood. The course considers more general theoretical perspectives about the formation of national identities and considers how social values immerge and change over time in both German and Chinese contexts. LAC2002 builds on the skills and concepts acquired in LAC1001 to LAC2001


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Language: a. demonstrate developing speaking and listening skills in
    German/Chinese b. demonstrate developing reading and writing skills in
    German/Chinese c. show well-developed pronunciation skills in German/Chinese d.
    apply more complex rules of morphology, syntax and grammatical structures to
    express more elaborate or more specific meaning .e. for German: demonstrate
    knowledge and application of up to 3000 words and phrases necessary for
    communicative competence equivalent to A2 of the Common European Framework of
    Reference for Languages; for Chinese: demonstrate knowledge and application of
    up to 1350 characters and phrases for communicative competence equivalent to
    Basic level required for HSK
  2. Culture: 1. knowledge of major events in the relevant country's (modern)history 2. Knowledge and appreciation of various art forms in the relevant country.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Language component of this course 70.00
2. Culture component of this course 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

  • (Collins 2006, German dictionary plus grammar, 4th edn, Collins, Glasgow, (OR another bilingual dictionary from a reputable publisher, e.g. Langenscheidt, Oxford, Pons or Collins, which incorporates the German spelling reform. [FOR GERMAN]) or newer edition.)
  • Aufderstrasse, H et al 2006, Lagune-Arbeitsbuch 2 Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • Aufderstrasse, H et al 2006, Lagune-Kursbuch 2 Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • Aufderstrasse, H et al, Lagune 2, 3 Audio-CDs, Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • Aufderstrasse, H et al, Lagune 2, Glossar XXL German-English Glossary, Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
    ([FOR GERMAN].)
  • Liu Xun 2003, New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 2, Beijing Language and Culture University Press.
    ([FOR CHINESE].)
  • Wu, Jingrong 1999, Chinese-English dictionary, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, Commercial Press.
    ([FOR CHINESE].)

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • 2005, Collins German verbs, 1st edn, Harper Collins, Glasgow.
  • Barber, SJ, Gschossmann-Hendershot, E, Feuerle, L, Weiss, E, Schmitt, CJ & ebrary Inc 2000, Schaum s Easy Outlines - German, McGraw-Hill.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage] FOR GERMAN.)
  • Brand, LM, Kresin-Murakami, J & Pechatscheck, K 1995, Die Schone ist angekommen : ein Grammatikkrimi, Klet Edition Deutsch, Munchen.
    (FOR GERMAN Online References.)
  • Durrell, M, Using German synonyms, Cambridge University Press, New York, ebrary Inc 2000.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage].)
  • Fairbank, JK 1992, China : a new history, Harvard University Press, London.
  • Fehringer, C 2002, German grammar in context : analysis and practice, Arnold, London.
  • Fox, A 2005, The structure of German, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Hachenburger, P Jackson, P, Topics, questions, keywords a handbook for students of German, Rout 2000.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage].)
  • Harrison, H 2001, China, Arnold, Co-published in the USA by Oxford University Press, New York.
  • Hua, S & NetLibrary Inc. 2001 2001, Chinese political culture, 1989-2000, M.E. Sharpe.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage].)
  • James, P, Modern Germany politics, society and culture, Routledge, ebrary Inc 1998.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage].)
  • Morton, WS & Lewis, CM 2004, China its history and culture, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York, ebrary Inc, [Available online via the USQ Library homepage].
  • Wendt, HF 1992, Langenscheidts Grammatiktafel Deutsch, Langenscheidt, Berlin.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 6.00
Private Study 120.00
Tutorials 39.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives assessed Graduate skill Level assessed Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 100 20 08 Aug 2011 (see note 1)
TEST 1 100 20 08 Aug 2011 All U1,U2,U3,U4,U5,U6,U7,U8,U9 2,2,2
ASSIGNMENT 2 100 20 05 Sep 2011
TEST 2 100 20 05 Sep 2011
TEST 3 100 20 24 Oct 2011

  1. All due dates are preliminary and will be confirmed when the teaching timetable is finalised.

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following USQ Graduate Skills are associated with the sucessful completion of this course.
Ethical research and enquiry (U1)Intermediate (Level 2)
Problem solving (U2)Intermediate (Level 2)
Academic, professional and digital literacy (U3)Intermediate (Level 2)
Written and oral communication (U4)Intermediate (Level 2)
Interpersonal skills (U5)Intermediate (Level 2)
Teamwork (U6)Intermediate (Level 2)
Cultural literacy (U7)Intermediate (Level 2)
Management, planning and organisational skills (U8)Intermediate (Level 2)
Creativity, initiative and enterprise (U9)Intermediate (Level 2)

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    In order to achieve course objectives, attendance at and participation in all learning activities are strongly advised. These are important factors in the development of oral and aural skills and as such will be monitored regularly and cumulatively. Students absent from classes are responsible for obtaining and completing all work and homework covered during their absence and for informing themselves of announcements regarding course-related activities and administrative matters.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To successfully complete an individual assessment item, a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. This statement must be read in conjunction with Statement 4 below.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without extenuating circumstances and without prior approval, then a penalty of a maximum of 5% of the assigned mark may apply for each working day late, up to a maximum of 10 working days, at which time a mark of zero can be recorded for that assignment.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade, a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    The exam for this course is a CLOSED examination, and candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any makeup/outstanding assessment must be completed by a date set by the examiner.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. (a) The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must either submit online or despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner. Online submission must be made by 12 midnight on the due date. (b) Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be despatched to USQ within 24 hours if requested by the Examiner. (c) In accordance with University's Assignment Extension Policy (Regulation 5.6.1), the examiner of a course may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances such as documented ill-health. (d) In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the examiner's convenience. (e) Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements. (f) Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in the course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete-Makeup). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non-directed personal study. (g) Students who, for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assignment or sit for an examination at the scheduled time, may apply to defer an assessment in the course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. One of the following temporary grades may be awarded: IDS (Incomplete - Deferred Examination; IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up); IDB (Incomplete - Both Deferred Examination and Deferred Make-up).

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in the course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect to achieve the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students will require access to email and have internet access to UConnect for this course.