German & Modern Greek Studies with a year abroad

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BA

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Full Time

| UCAS code: RR29
Attain a high level of proficiency in German language and develop knowledge and critical understanding of the culture and society on this degree programme in the heart of London. One of only three UK institutions that teach Byzantine & Modern Greek to BA degree level.

KEY BENEFITS
German
  • Highest-rated department in German within London and nationally on the strength of its world-leading and internationally excellent research.
  • Teaching informed and delivered by staff who carry out that research.
  • Exceptionally wide range of modules covering literature, language, film, and history.
  • Central location offers students access to a variety of libraries and resources, including the Goethe-Institut and the Austrian Cultural Forum.
  • Opportunity to study in a German-speaking country offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.

Byzantine & Modern Greek
  • King's is one of only three UK institutions that teach Byzantine & Modern Greek to BA degree level.
  • The Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's is the largest of its kind, with all staff active in research at international level, in a wide range of fields.
  • Location makes collaboration possible with many Greek cultural organisations based in London.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to improve their language skills during a year studying abroad.
  • Graduates go into a wide range of professions, including law, government service, journalism, teaching and the financial services industries.

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UCAS code
RR29
Programme type
Joint honours
Duration
Four years
Location
Strand Campus
Year of entry 2015
Offered by
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Centre for Hellenic Studies
Department of German
Closing date
Please refer to the UCAS website for application deadline dates, or contact the relevant Admissions Office for further advice
Fees & funding
For information on fees and funding for undergraduate programmes at King's go to http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ug/funding/
CONTACTS
Address
Strand Campus
Email
Tel
020 7848 2350/2374
Fax
020 7848 7200


PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
You will have the opportunity to attain a high level of proficiency in speaking, writing and reading the German language, whilst developing your knowledge and critical understanding of German culture and society. Our exceptionally wide range of modules covers literature of all periods, German film, German history, German philosophical thought, and German political and social theory.

King's is one of only three UK institutions that teach Byzantine & Modern Greek to BA degree level, and most of our modules are taught in small groups. Language teaching is 'communicative', using a wide range of authentic materials, including video and computers, while also providing a firm grounding in writing and grammatical skills. Literature, history and linguistics classes are discussion-based.

For more information about the Departments of German and Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, follow the department contact links.


ABOUT THE Centre for Hellenic Studies

CAREERS
Language students are always sought after, and many of our students find it very useful to have one of the less common EU languages. A qualification in Modern Greek Studies will often catch the eye of an employer looking for independent-minded graduates. Our students go into a wide range of professions: law, government service, the financial industries, journalism, school and university teaching etc. Many of them choose to continue to travel and to work in careers with an international aspect.

Recent graduates have found employment as:
• Academic university posts in the UK, US, Greece & Cyprus
• Political Researcher
• Trainee Chartered Accountant, Pricewaterhousecooper
• Financial Journalist
• Theatre Director
• Post Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Asia Minor studies

TEACHING STYLE
Most of our modules are taught in small groups. Language teaching is communicative, using a wide range of authentic materials, including video/DVD and computers, while also providing a firm grounding in writing and grammatical skills. Literature, history and linguistics classes are discussion-based.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
The normal length of study is four years, of which the third is spent studying abroad. Assessment is by a mixture of coursework and examination. On your year abroad (if applicable) you will carry out assessed coursework contributing towards your degree.

LOCATION
The exceptionally rich Burrows Library of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies is part of King's Library, now magnificently housed in the Maughan Library, Chancery Lane. Our geographical position makes it possible for us to collaborate with the many Greek cultural organisations based in London.

SPECIAL NOTES
All degree programmes include the requirement that the third year should be spent in study abroad, which may be either wholly in Greece or Cyprus or wholly in another country relevant to your programme of study, or be divided between the two. Exemptions from the year abroad are possible for some categories of students, including native speakers of Greek.


ABOUT THE Department of German

CAREERS
Studies of graduate employability repeatedly stress the career value of language degrees. Employers in UK and international business, the press and media, IT and technology, marketing and public relations, public administration, international development, law, finance, teaching and lecturing, interpreting, translating and others have been found repeatedly to value foreign language competence, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that fosters relationship-building, teamwork, and the capacity to move easily in international contexts. Studying German, you will also gain fluency in a language and knowledge of a country and its culture that is increasingly in demand, given Germany’s central role in European economic and political development. Recent graduates have found employment in sectors including media production and journalism, human relations, finance, business development, retail and marketing, the civil service, teaching and lecturing. A considerable number have continued to further study. Recent employers of King’s German graduates include Goldman Sachs, Astra Zeneca, the National Assembly of Wales, CNN, the American University in London, and the University of Oxford.

TEACHING STYLE
In 2011-12, the Department launched a new curriculum that reflects our commitment to innovative and research-led teaching. Staff across the Department contribute introductory and specialist modules that draw from their own research in German literature, culture and history. Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and one-to-one supervision. This brings you into close contact with tutors in a department that is regularly ranked among the top three research departments in the UK. Language classes involve in-depth work with different kinds of media, literary and academic texts. Teaching is in German and English, according to the subject area. Our teaching style is interactive; students participate informally in small group discussions in seminars or online discussion fora, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT
Following Year 1 foundation modules in culture, history and politics, more specialised modules in Years 2 and 4 reflect the rich research expertise of Department staff. The King’s German Department ranked joint second in the country in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, and the commitment of our staff to research excellence is matched by our enthusiasm for teaching. Our rigorous three-year language programme is tailored both to your own level of language competence, and to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Non-native speakers take core language modules covering the key skills of reading, writing, listening, spoken interaction and production, and translation. Native speakers currently take a separate module in Translation from and into German. Assessment is in a variety of forms including précis and oral presentation, work placement portfolios, longer academic essays in both English and German, and oral and written exams.

LOCATION
Located in the heart of London, the department can draw on unparalleled print, audio-visual and online resources, including the King’s Maughan Library and Senate House Library, the Institute of Germanic and Romance Studies, the British Film Institute and the British Library. All are within easy walking distance of the Strand Building. The Goethe-Institut and Austrian Cultural Forum also have extensive media and library holdings, and run lively programmes of films, readings, seminars and exhibitions which complement the Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play. All teaching takes place at the Strand Campus.

SPECIAL NOTES
The third year of this programme is spent in Germany, Austria or German-speaking Switzerland, normally as a student at university or as a teaching assistant in a school or on an approved work placement. We have exchange links with universities in Munich, Frankfurt (Main), Heidelberg, Berlin and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).

 

Currently, students study the following core modules. If there are options available the current choices are also shown. King's reviews its optional modules on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the department(s) for further advice.

YEAR 1

You should take the core modules plus a choice of options in Modern Greek. Native German speakers also choose one optional German module. (This is because their German language module is worth 15 credits, rather than the 30-credit core language module taken by non-native speakers.)



YEAR 1 CORE

German

Texts and Contexts: an introduction to German literature and culture (compulsory)
AND
German Language Core Module I (non-native speakers only)
OR
Translation from and into German I (native speakers only)

Greek

Modern Greek Language



YEAR 1 OPTIONS
German options (for native German speakers only)
Milestones of German History
One Hundred Years on German Cinema
Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society
German Politics and Society
 
Modern Greek
Reading modern poetry comparatively (Greek/English)
Translation strategies: Modern Greek/English
Art and Empire: the Legacy of Byzantium
Receptions of the past: the Hellenic world from Antiquity to today

Department of German module descriptions: 
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/german/modules/index.aspx

Centre for Hellenic Studies (Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies) module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/modules/index.aspx


YEAR 2

You should take the core modules outlined plus a choice of options in Modern Greek, and two or three options in German (depending on whether you are a non-native or native German speaker).



YEAR 2 CORE

German

German Core Language Module II (non-native speakers)
OR
Translation from and into German II (native speakers)



YEAR 2 OPTIONS
German

The Beginnings of the Arthurian Tradition in Germany
Women in the early modern period: representations and responses
German Realist fiction in the nineteenth century
History into literature
Modernism and the Avant-garde
A year in the life of German-language film
Politics and popular culture in Germany after 1870
Germany since 1945: politics, society, economics
18th-century German thought: the education of humanity
Language and mind


Modern Greek

The novels of Nikos Kazantzakis
Modernity and the nation in Greek fiction since 1922
Myth and Literature: ancient stories, modern meanings
Forms of discovery: hardy, Cavafy and the modern short poem
Language varieties and sociolinguistics
Constantinople: Imperial capital - medieval metropolis 
The Byzantine Empire, 600-1453

Department of German module descriptions:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/german/modules/index.aspx

Centre for Hellenic Studies (Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies) module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/modules/index.aspx



YEAR 3
Normally spent abroad.

YEAR 4

You should take the core modules plus up to three optional modules in German and a choice of options in Modern Greek, which could include a dissertation.



YEAR 4 CORE

German

German Language Core Module III (non-native speakers)
OR
Translation from and into German III (native speakers)



YEAR 4 OPTIONS
German

Religion, sex and politics: German literature of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
Goethe: from Sturm und Drang to Classicism
Heinrich Heine
Kafka
Aspects of post-1945 German fiction
The Third Reich in the post-war German novel
Brechtian cinema and political modernism
Power and everyday life in the GDR
German reunification: culture and politics
Politics and everyday life in twentieth-century Germany
Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature
Writing in Tongues: Multilingual Literature in the German Context
Contemporary German Politics
Dissertation 

Modern Greek
Modern Greek Language
Modern Greek Dissertation
Long essay in Linguistics
Text and discourse analysis
Language politics and ideologies: Greek, European, global contexts
War in Greek poetry 1897-1981
Romanticism and Revolution: Byron, the Shelleys and Greece
Origins of nations and nationalism: Identity in the Hellenic world
Descent to the Underworld: Transformations of a myth

Department of German module descriptions:
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/german/modules/index.aspx

Centre for Hellenic Studies (Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies) module descriptions: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/chs/modules/index.aspx



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Australia
Tertiary Entrance Ranking
Austria
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Chile
Chile
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China
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Cyprus
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Czech Republic
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Denmark
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Estonia
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France
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Germany
Abitur

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Ghana
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Greece
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Hong Kong
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Hungary
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Ireland
Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher level unless otherwise stated)

Six subjects at Higher Level with grades of A1 A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 including German at minimum grade B1. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Italy
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Japan
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Latvia
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Lithuania
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Malaysia
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Mexico
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Moldova
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Netherlands
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Turkey
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United Kingdom
Compulsory subjects
German

A levels

AAB including German at minimum grade B. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy
Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer
Access to HE Diploma

Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit. In addition applicants must either offer an academic qualification equivalent to A-Level grade A in German or, take the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) as evidence of proficiency in German.

Cambridge Pre-U
Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 M2 including German at minimum grade M2. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

 

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma - with Distinctions - is likely only to be considered when offered in combination with other qualifications in German such as A-Level grade B. Alternatively, if you have DDD, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Combinations of the BTEC Level 3 Diploma (with Distinction) and other qualifications (such as two A-levels) considered

 

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AB in Advanced Highers including German at minimum grade B, in addition to AAAAB in 5 Highers. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

International Baccalaureate
Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 665 including German at HL5. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.
Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

 

European Baccalaureate
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USA
Advanced Placements/SAT-R and SAT/ACT
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OTHER REQUIREMENTS
Aptitude testing
No test required

APPLYING TO KING'S
If you are interested in coming to King’s, you should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and apply online via the UCAS website (click on 'apply'). If you are applying through a school or college, you will need to obtain a 'buzzword' from the centre you are applying through. Alternatively, you can apply as an individual, independent of a school or college. Please see the UCAS website for instructions. The UCAS institution code name for King’s is KCL, and the institution code is K60.

There are a few programmes which require direct application to King's, this will be stated above

SELECTION PROCEDURE
Most applicants are considered between November and March. Admission requirements are flexible, but evidence of study in German to an appropriate level is always required. A detailed list of the additional credentials and musical skills required for the BA German & Music can be found on the web page of the Department of Music.

Student profiles

German & Modern Greek Studies with a year abroad BA
'King's first attracted my attention because it is one of only a few UK universities where you can study German & Modern Greek in combination. After visiting the College for interview I was sure that this was the place I wanted to study. Both departments offer an impressive range of courses, and the freedom to specialise in whatever area interests me most is a major plus for me.

I spent a year abroad in Thessaloniki and Munich which was a great opportunity to stretch myself both academically and personally. I was able to pursue new things, and the experiences and insights I gained by living alone abroad are invaluable.

The rewards of living in London are obvious; there's always something to see or do, whatever your tastes and interests, and although there's no getting away from the fact that London is expensive, you'll find that many events are free or offer student discount. I really don't think there's a better time to enjoy a city like London than when you're a student!'