German society, culture, and literature III

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60
Type: P

Course Description

Objectives and competences

  • Awareness of the complexity of the notion of culture and the culture of German-speaking societies;
  • Awareness of the plurality of cultural environments through historical developments in German-speaking societies;
  • Awareness of the similarities and differences between the Slovene social system and that of German-speaking societies;
  • Ability to understand how literature in German contributed to shaping the social, political, and cultural factors of modern German-speaking societies;
  • Ability to recognize and judge canonical authors in the selected German-speaking societies.
  • Awareness of various aspects of the selected German-speaking societies (e.g., political system, education, religion, culture, holidays, customs, and leisure-time activities). 

Content (Syllabus outline)

The course is divided into two units:

a) German society and culture 3

b) German literature 3


German society and culture 3:

-      Perception of the space of the self and others, stereotypes and prejudice, the relation between home and abroad.

-      Historical overview (Austria and Switzerland), the meaning and influence of historical events on general developments in Europe.

-      Historical and cultural development in Slovene ethnic territory in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in light of events in the Habsburg Monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

-      Overview of selected events in society, culture, and arts (music, art, architecture, film, media, theatre, etc.)


German literature 3:

-      Continued overview of German-language literatures, exile literature, postwar literature, modern literature.

Following recent developments in literature by reading journals, attending readings, guest speakers, television programs, and literary adaptations for TV and film.


  • Koppensteiner, J.: Österreich. Ein landeskundliches Lesebuch. Wien: Praesens Verlag, 2010.
  • Vocelka, K.: Österreichische Geschichte. München: Beck, 2010.
  • Ulrich, A.: Medien in Österreich.Wien: BPD (najnovejša izdaja/newest edition).
  • Ackerl, I.: Wiener Moderne 1890–1910. Wien: BPD (najnovejša izdaja/newest edition).
  • Camartin, I.: Die Deutschen und ihre Nachbarn: Schweiz. München: Beck, 2008.
  • Hamann, B.: Die Deutschen und ihre Nachbarn: Österreich. München: Beck, 2009.
  • Medved, Drago: Slowenisches Wien. Celovec: Mohorjeva 1995.
  • Beutin, W.: Deutsche Literaturgeschichte. Von den Anfängen bis zur Gegenwart. Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler Verlag, 2008.
  • Scheitler, I.: Deutschsprachige Gegenwartsprosa seit 1970. Tübingen, Basel: A. Francke, 2001.
  • Freund, Wieland; Freund, Winfried (ur.): Der deutsche Roman der Gegenwart. München: W. Fink, 2001.
  • Huyssen, A.; Scherpe R. K.: Postmoderne. Zeichen eines kulturellen Wandels. Reinbek bei Hamburg: Rowohlt, 1993.
  • Wiegmann, H.: Die deutsche Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts. Würzburg: Königshausen u. Neumann, 2004.
  • Pezold, K. (ur.): Geschichte der deutschsprachigen Schweizer Literatur im 20. Jahrhundert. Berlin: Volk und Wissen, 1991.
  • Zeyringer, K.: Österreichische Literatur seit 1945: Überblicke, Einschnitte. Wegmarken. Innsbruck: Haymon, 2001.
  • Material prepared by the teacher.

For their home reading students have to select at least 7 works from the reading list provided by the lecturer.


Enrollment in the third year of Interlingual Communication.


The final grade consists of the average from the two subjects (German society and culture & German literature). To pass, students must get a positive grade in both subjects. Student responsibilities at both subjects:

-       German society and culture: final exam (covering German society and culture I, German society and culture II, German society and culture III) – 50 % of the final grade;

-       German literature: home reading; i.e., at least seven works from the reading list provided by the lecturer, final exam (covering German literature I, German literature II, German literature III) – 50 % of the final grade.

Grading scale: 6-10 or A-E (positive grade), 1-5 or F (negative grade). The assessment is in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the examination regulations of the Faculty of Arts.