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Widen your cultural horizons at a leading centre for German and choose from an unusually wide range of options in a friendly and supportive environment. Choose from medieval and early modern studies through to contemporary culture, literature and film – as well as politics and history. 

Don't forget, if you are studying single honours German or you are studying two languages as part of your degree (i.e German & Spanish), you will have to option of studying a new language as a beginner via our Modern Languages Centre . Options include Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and many more.

The Department of German offers two pathway options:

Find out more about these pathways and our available modules below.

Modern Languages (German) with a year abroad BA

Required Modules

Non-native German speakers

  • Cultural Transformations (15 credits)
  • German Language and Culture I (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (15 credits)
  • Native German speakers

  • Cultural Transformations (15 credits)
  • Translation from and into German (15 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You will then select further modules from the Department of German to bring your total credits to 120 for the year from a range of optional modules, that may typically include:

  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature & Society (15 credits)
  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)
  • Please note, you have the option to replace one of your optional modules and take a new language as a beginner via our Modern Languages Centre . Options include Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and many more

    You may also, with approval, select 15 credits at credit level 4 from outside the Department of German.

    Required Modules

    Non-native German speakers

  • German Language and Culture II (15 credits)
  • Translation from and into German II (15 credits)
  • Native German speakers

  • Translation from and into German II (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You are required to take at least one module from the Department of German with pre-modern content from a range that may typically include:

  • Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
  • The German Reformation (15 credits)
  • 18th-Century German Thought: The Education of Humanity (15 credits)
  • You will then select further modules from the Department of German to bring your total credits to 120 for the year from a range of optional modules, that may typically include:

  • The pre-modern modules listed above
  • Politics and Culture in Cold War Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
  • The Weimar Republic: Culture and Crisis (15 credits)
  • A Year in the Life of German-Language Film (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace (15 credits)
  • Talking Back: Voices of Protest in German Culture (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
  • Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
  • You may also, with approval, select 15 credits at credit level 5 from outside the Department of German.
  • Your year abroad will depend on how you opt to spend your year: as an exchange student at a university, a language assistant teaching English, or on an approved work placement (one semester only).

    Partners for the German pathway currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität , Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität Mannheim
  • Required Modules

    Non-native German speakers

  • German Language and Culture III (15 credits)
  • Translation from and into German III (15 credits)
  • Native German speakers

  • Translation from and into German III (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You are required to take at least one module from the German Department with pre-modern content from a list that may typically include:

  • Goethe’s Poems (15 credits)
  • Religion, Sex and Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • Death & the Afterlife in Medieval & Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • You will then select further modules from the Department of German to bring your total credits to 120 for the year from a range of optional modules, that may typically include:

  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • Afro-German Moving Images: Postcolonial Perspectives on German-Language Film (15 credits)
  • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits)
  • Writings in Tongues: Literature and Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)
  • Germany in Motion: Migration, Integration and Political Transformation 1945-2015 (15 credits)
  • Maximising Performance: Brecht, Boal and Big Business (15 credits)
  • You may replace one 15-credit optional module with a module in the Modern Language Centre in another language at credit level 6. You may also, with approval, select 15 credits at credit level 6 from outside the German Department.

    Joint Honours

    If you are studying German and English, History, or Philosophy, or studying German and another language (ie Modern Languages (German and Spanish) with a year abroad BA), you'll study the following German modules:

    If you are studying our Management & Modern Languages BA, you can find a list of modules here.

    Required Modules

  • Cultural Transformations: An Introduction to Modern Languages (15 credits)
  • Non-native German speakers

  • German Language and Culture I (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (15 credits)
  • Native German speakers

  • Translation from and into German (15 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts (15 credits)
  • Ab initio German students

  • Introductory German (30 credits)
  • Texts and Contexts for ab initio (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    Native German speakers only

    You will select a further module offered by the Department of German from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • Medieval Germany: Language, Literature & Society (15 credits)
  • Milestones of German History (15 credits)
  • One Hundred and Twenty Years of German Cinema (15 credits)
  • An Introduction to German Politics (15 credits)
  • Please note, if you are studying two languages as part of your degree, you will be able to take an additional 15 credit optional module. This can be as another optional module in either of the languages you re studying OR by taking a new language as a beginner via our Modern Languages Centre . Options include Arabic, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and many more.

    If you are studying German and English, History, or Philosophy, or studying German and another language (ie Modern Languages (German and Spanish) with a year abroad BA), you'll study the following German modules:

    If you are studying our Management & Modern Languages BA, you can find a list of modules here.

    Non-native German speakers

  • German Language and Culture II (15 credits)
  • Translation from and into German II (15 credits)
  • Native German speakers

  • Translation from and into German II (15 credits)
  • Ab initio German students

  • Intermediate German (30 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You are required to take at least one module from the Department of German with pre-modern content from a range, that may typically include:

  • Gender and Identity in Arthurian Romance (15 credits)
  • The German Reformation (15 credits)
  • 18th-Century German Thought (15 credits)

    You will then select further modules from the Department of German to bring your total number of German credits to 60 for the year from a range of optional modules that may typically include:

  • The pre-modern modules listed above
  • Politics and Culture in Cold War Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
  • The Weimar Republic: Culture and Crisis (15 credits)
  • A Year in the Life of German-Language Film (15 credits)
  • Marketing the Margins: Case Studies in the Literary Marketplace (15 credits)
  • Talking Back: Voices of Protest in German Culture (15 credits)
  • Society, Politics and Popular Culture in Germany since 1870 (15 credits)
  • Berlin Past and Present: The Reconstruction of a Capital City (15 credits)
  • Please note, if you studied a module with the Modern Languages Centre in your first year, you can continue this in year 2 to replace one 15 credit module.

    Assessment for this year will depend on whether you split the year between two different language speaking countries (dual-language students),or spend the entire year in a single language speaking country. It will also depend on how you opt to spend your year: as an exchange student at a university, a language assistant teaching English, or on an approved work placement (one semester only).

    Partners for the German pathway currently include:

  • Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität , Frankfurt am Main
  • Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munchen
  • Universität Wien
  • Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
  • Universität Mannheim
  • If you are studying German and English, History, or Philosophy, or studying German and another language (ie Modern Languages (German and Spanish) with a year abroad BA), you'll study the following German modules:

    If you are studying our Management & Modern Languages BA, you can find a list of modules here.

    Required Modules

    Non-native German speakers

  • German Language and Culture III (15 credits)
  • Translation from and into German III (15 credits)
  • Native German speakers

  • Translation from and into German III (15 credits)
  • Optional Modules

    You take further modules from the Department of German to bring your total number of German credits to 60 for the year from a range that may typically include:

  • Dissertation (15 credits)
  • Goethe’s Poems (15 credits)
  • Religion, Sex and Politics: German Literature of the 16th and 17th Centuries (15 credits)
  • Death & the Afterlife in Medieval & Modern German Literature (15 credits)
  • Women’s Writing: Then and Now (15 credits)
  • Aspects of Post-1945 German Culture (15 credits)
  • Afro-German Moving Images: Postcolonial Perspectives on German-Language Film (15 credits)
  • Contemporary German Politics (15 credits)
  • Writings in Tongues: Literature and Migration in the Modern German Context (15 credits)
  • Germany in Motion: Migration, Integration and Political Transformation 1945-2015 (15 credits)
  • Maximising Performance: Brecht, Boal and Big Business (15 credits)
  • Please note, if you studied a module with the Modern Languages Centre in your first year and second year you can continue this in year 4 to replace one module.

     

     

    Discover more about our other language options and joint honours pathways below:

    Study Modern Languages