Post-1989 German Cinema - GRMN3280

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The fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 led to fundamental cultural and political re-alignments in German-speaking countries, unleashing a wave of cultural comment and creative activity. The 1990s and early twenty-first century saw a revitalisation of the film scene in both Germany and Austria, evident not only in highly acclaimed niche productions but also in a series of international box-office hits. This module will explore the themes and styles of 'post-Wende' German-language cinema, focusing on representations of the past and the phenomenon of ‘Ostalgie’; multiculturalism and migration; the transformation of Berlin post-1989; and the documentary turn in German and Austrian film since 2000.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Film Review (1,000 words) – 40%
Critical Essay (2,000 words) – 60%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate knowledge a representative selection of contemporary films that give nuanced and critical perspectives on German-language culture and history;
2 Demonstrate knowledge of the basics of film theory and cinema history as relevant to German-language culture;
3 Demonstrate knowledge of spoken German in a variety of registers and accents.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Interpret and evaluate information critically, having synthesised it from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject
2 Formulate original opinions in a self-critical manner on the basis of sound factual knowledge and from a balanced perspective;
3 Demonstrate an array of research and study techniques, including note-taking, library and bibliographical skills, use of the internet, and the accessing of source materials;
4 Work independently and creatively, to manage their time and workloads effectively.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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