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LAC2002 Language, History and Identity

Semester 2, 2011 Online 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


  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. (

  • Aufderstrasse, H et al 2006, Lagune 2, 3 Audio-CDs Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
  • Aufderstrasse, H et al 2006, Lagune-Kursbuch 2 Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
  • Aufderstrasse, H et al 2006, Lagune-Kursbuch 2 Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
  • Aufderstrasse, H et al, Glossar XXL German-English Glossary, Deutsch als Fremdsprache Niveaustufe A2, Max Hueber Verlag, Deutschland.
  • Liu Xun 2002, New Practical Chinese Reader, Textbook 2, Beijing Language and Culture University Press, Beijing.
    (New Practical Chinese Reader, Audio 4 CD Textbook 2, Beijing Language and Culture University Electronic & Audiovisual Press.)
  • Wu, Jingrong 1999, A Chinese-English dictionary, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.
    ([FOR CHINESE].)
  • Wu, Jingrong 1999, Chinese-English dictionary, Beijing Language and.
  • 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.

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.
  • Brand, LM, Kresin-Murakami, J & Pechatscheck, K 1995, Die Schone ist angekommen:ein Grammatikkrimi, Klet Edition Deutsch, Munchen.
  • Fairbank, JK 1992, China : a new history, Harvard University Press, London.
  • Fehringer, C 2002, grammar in context : analysis and practice, Arnold, London.
  • Hachenburger, P Jackson, P 2000, Topics, questions, keywords a handbook for students.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage] FOR GERMAN.)
  • Harrison, H 2001, China, Arnold, Co-published in the USA by Oxford, New York.
  • Hua, S & NetLibrary Inc 2001, Chinese political culture, 1989-2000, M.E Sharpe.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage].)
  • James, P 1998, Modern Germany politics, society and culture, Routledge, ebrary Inc.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage] FOR GERMAN.)
  • Morton, WS & Lewis, CM 2004, China its history and culture, 4th edn, McGraw-Hill, New York.
    ([Available online via the USQ Library homepage] FOR CHINESE.)
  • Wendt, HF 1992, Langenscheidts Grammatiktafel Deutsch, Langenscheidt, Berlin.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 6.00
Private Study 159.00

Assessment details

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

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

Graduate qualities and skills

Elements of the following Graduate Skills are associated with the successful 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)
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:
    There are no attendance requirements for this web course. However, it is the student?s responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  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

  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. 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

  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.