University of Technology Sydney

97608 German Popular Music

8cp; 2 x 1.5hr tutorials/week; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
Requisite(s): 97604 German Language and Culture 4 OR 97605 German Today OR 97606 German Literature OR 97607 German Film


This subject involves in-depth study of German popular music and related texts. Students are provided with a variety of support material that assists them in understanding, interpreting, and discussing German popular music of the 20th and 21st century and express themselves in written and oral form in German. Starting with early popular music like Kabarett and the German swing movement, and extending to more contemporary German music, including Neue Deutsche Welle, Ostrock, Schlager, metal, punk, electronic music, techno, hip hop, indie and current transnational tendencies, students contextualise German music as a reflection of German cultures and German speaking societies. They are given various opportunities and platforms to further advance their skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing in German.

Students take active part in developing subject content and learning activities to practise and consolidate their language skills. By the end of the session students are expected to be able to express themselves effectively and spontaneously on a variety of topics explored in class.

This subject corresponds to Level B1+ (independent user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (Council of Europe).

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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