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German & Philosophy with a year abroad BA

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Overview

Our German & Philosophy BA offers you an exceptionally wide range of modules in both German and Philosophy covering literature, language, film, history, philosophical thought, political and social theory, as well as philosophy of mind, science and ancient philosophy. Our language modules cater for all levels, from complete beginner to native speaker.

Key benefits

German

  • Highly-rated department in German with an international reputation for the strength of its world-leading and 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.

  • Year abroad in a German-speaking country offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and society and achieve language fluency.

Philosophy

  • One of the largest and most distinguished philosophy departments in the country.

  • The Department is ranked as one of the top-three UK philosophy departments in the 2014 Research Excellence framework for both the quality of our research and research power.

  • Our National Student Survey (NSS) satisfaction results are consistently excellent. In the most recent NSS (2016), 95% of students report bieng satisfied with our teaching.

  • King's offers an exceptionally wide range of optional courses, covering all areas of the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy.

  • Our emphasis on small-group teaching ensures students acquire and hone the skills of critical thinking.

Please note: Assessed internship placements are not included as part of this programme. However, King’s Careers & Employability can help you to find a range of different work experience options, including internships, placements and shadowing opportunities.

Key information

UCAS code RV25

Duration Four years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Joint honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities

DepartmentDepartment of German,Department of Philosophy

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Course detail

Description

Through our required language modules you will 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 three-year language programme is designed to support all levels of language competence, and to the internationally recognised Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Our cultural curriculum reflects our commitment to innovative and researchled teaching. Staff across the Department contribute introductory and specialist modules that draw from their own research in German literature, culture and history.

Our Department of Philosophy has particular strengths in philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and ancient philosophy. We are also able to offer an extremely wide range of modules, including subjects like Indian philosophy and medieval philosophy, which are offered by very few other universities in the UK. Students can take this programme either with an A-level (or equivalent) in German, or as a beginner, following a speciallydesigned ab initio language course.

For more about the departments of German and Philosophy follow the departmental contact links.

Teaching style

Modules are taught through a combination of lectures, small seminars or tutorials, and oneto-one supervision, where our expert staff will provide teaching. 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; you will participate informally in small group discussions, in seminars or online discussion platforms, and formally through seminar presentations and oral assessments.

Assessment

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including précis (written or spoken summaries) 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, our 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 our Department’s internal film screenings, open seminars, exhibitions, and annual departmental play.

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, Mannheim and Vienna (under the European Union Socrates-Erasmus scheme).

 

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

In your first year you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in Philosophy.

Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, in your first year you are required to take:

  • Introductory German (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts for ab initio (30 credits)

 

If you are a non-native German speaker, in your first year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language I (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (30 credits)

 

If you are a native German speaker, you are required to take:

  • Translation from and into German I (15 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (30 credits)
  • One 15-credit optional module from a range of options that may include:

-          Milestones of German History (15 credits)

-          One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)

-          Medieval Germany: Language, Literature and Society (15 credits)

-          An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)

Philosophy

In your first year, you are required to take one 15-credit module from each of the following three groups:

Group 1

•           Greek Philosophy I (15 credits)

•           Modern Philosophy I (15 credits)

 

Group 2

•           Ethics I (15 credits)

•           Political Philosophy I (15 credits)

 

Group 3

•           Elementary Logic (15 credits)

•           Metaphysics I (15 credits)

•           Epistemology I (15 credits)

•           Methodology (15 credits)

You will then choose a further 15-credit module from any of the groups listed above.

 

Optional Modules

Year 2

In your second year you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in Philosophy.

Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, in your second year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language for ab initio II (30 credits)

If you are a non-native  German speaker, in your second year you are required to take:

  • German Core Language II (30 credits)

If you are a native German speaker, in your second year you required to take:

    • Translation from and into German II (15 credits)

Philosophy

Required Modules:

In your second year, you are required to choose three modules (45 credits) from at least two of the following groups, each of which may include the following modules:

Group A

  • Greek Philosophy II: Plato (15 credits)
  • Greek Philosophy II: Aristotle (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Locke & Berkeley (15 credits)
  • Modern Philosophy II: Spinoza & Leibniz (15 credits)

Group B

  • Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Political Philosophy II: Theories of Freedom OR Justice (15 credits) (running in alternate years)
  • Political Philosophy II: History of Political Philosophy (15 credits)

Group C

  • Epistemology II (15 credits)
  • Metaphysics II (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Logic & Language (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mind (15 credits)
  • Intermediate Logic (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Physics I: Philosophy of Space & Time (15 credits)
Optional Modules

German

If you are an ab initio student, in your second year you are required to take:

  • Two optional 15-credit modules, where at least one must contain some pre-modern content, chosen from a range that may include:
    • Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
    • The German Reformation (15 credits)
    • Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction  of a Capital City (15 credits)
    • Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
    • 18th Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
    • A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits

If you are a non-native German speaker:

  • A further 15 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
    • The pre-modern modules listed above
    • German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
    • Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
    • A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
    • Hitler's Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
    • Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker

  • A further 30 credits chosen from optional modules which may include:
    • The pre-modern modules listed above
    • German in London. The City in Literature and Film (15 credits)
    • Society and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
    • A Year in the Life of German-language Film (15 credits)
    • Hitler's Victim? Modern Austrian Literature & Film (15 credits)
    • Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)

Philosophy

Optional modules:

You will take 15 credits from any of the optional modules in the groups listed above, or choose from a further range of 15-credit options that may include, but is not limited to:

  • Hellenistic Philosophy
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools
  • Philosophy of Mathematics
  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • First-Order Logic
  • Aesthetics
  • Gender & Philosophy
  • Topics in Modern Philosophy
  • Topics in Political Philosophy
  • Topics in Philosophy of Language
  • Utilitarianism
  • Foundations of Analytic Philosophy
  • Indian Philosophy: The Heterodox Schools

Year 3

You will spend your third year abroad at a partner institution, which currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität Mannheim

 You will also have the opportunity to apply for the English Language Assistantship Programme or to undertake an internship/work placement in a German-speaking environment, which you will normally be expected to organise independently, allowing you to explore career prospects and personal interests.

Required Modules
Optional Modules

Year 4

In your fourth year, you will take 60 credits in German and 60 credits in Philosophy.

Required Modules

German

If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student, you are required to take:

  • German Core Language III (30 credits)

 

If you are a native German speaker, in your fourth year, you are required to take:

  • Translation from and into German III (15 credits)

Philosophy

There are no required modules in your fourth year.

 

Optional Modules

German

If you are an ab initio or non-native speaking student:

  • 30 credits from a range of optional German modules, which may include:
  • ­ Dissertation (15 credits)
  • ­ Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • ­ Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
  • ­ Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • ­ German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
  • ­ Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
  • ­ New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
  • ­ Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)
  • ­ Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • ­ Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)

If you are a native German speaker:

  • 45 credits from a range of optional 15-credit modules, which may include:
  • ­ Dissertation (15 credits)
  • ­ Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • ­ Goethe: From Sturm und Drang to Classicism (15 credits)
  • ­ Religion, Sex, Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • ­ German in the World: Afro-German Moving Images (15 credits)
  • ­ Contemporary German Politics [European & International Studies] (15 credits)
  • ­ New German Cinema in East and West (15 credits)
  • ­ Writing in Tongues: Literature & Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)
  • ­ Death and the Afterlife in Medieval and Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • ­ Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)

Philosophy

You will take at least 45 credits of fourth year (known as level six) modules, listed below. The remaining 15 credits may be from this list, or any module from the second year groups (which are level five).

The range of optional level six modules may include, but are not limited to:

  • Dissertation (30 credits)
  • Jurisprudence (30 credits)
  • Law and Social Theory (30 credits)
  • Plato's myths: the soul, desire and the beyond (30 credits)
  • Hellenistic Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (15 credits)
  • Medieval Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (15 credits)
  • First-Order Logic (15 credits)
  • Aesthetics (15 credits)
  • Gender & Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Modern Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Political Philosophy (15 credits)
  • Topics in Philosophy of Language (15 credits)
  • Utilitarianism (15 credits)

Entry requirements

 

Required grades

AAA

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) and three Higher Level subjects at 666

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 D3

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

85% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

German (except for candidates for the ab initio German pathway).

Preferred subjects

A language, English or History.

Further information and other requirements

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

A-Level subjects - University policy: Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A-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.

A-levels:
German ab initio pathway: AAA.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at Grade A. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Access to HE Diploma:
German ab initio pathway: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits: 36 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that applicants will also need to have studied A Level German at Grade A (or equivalent). Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Cambridge Pre-U:
German ab initio pathway: Three Pre-U Principal subjects at D3 D3 D3. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered
Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required as a Principal Subject at Grade D3. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at grade A. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at grade A. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010):
German ab initio pathway: D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AA.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required at grade A. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers:
German ab initio pathway: AAB at Higher in one sitting and AA at Advanced Higher (we do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject).
Standard pathway: As above, but note that grade A in Advanced Higher German is required. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

International Baccalaureate:
German ab initio pathway: Pass the IB Diploma with a total of at least 35 points, with three Higher Level subjects at 666. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Standard pathway: As above, but note that German is required as a HL at Grade 6. Alternatively, if you meet these grade requirements, but do not have academic study of German, the TestDaF Level 3 (TDN3, all four components) or the Goethe-Institute B2 certificate will be accepted as evidence of proficiency in German.

Other International Qualifications: Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15 2018.

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.

The UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £9,250 per annum.

Please note that the UK tuition fee may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year is £17,050 per annum.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

 

Additional costs/expenses

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). 

If you are studying abroad at a non-partner university, you should expect to pay tuition fees to the host university as well as King’s.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees.  At present these are as follows:

  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling. 

In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

 

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Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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 value foreign language ability, not just as a specialist skill, but as a personal quality that develops relationshipbuilding, 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 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.

Career destinations

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.

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