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German Studies

Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force in its economy and the EU. Our courses reflect the range and diversity of Germany’s culture, history and society.

Intensive language work opens up the richness of German cultural life, allowing students to graduate as highly qualified linguists with intercultural skills and a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany past and present.

Core courses in your first year feed into a range of options in the following year. Your third year is spent abroad, either working or studying at one of our partner universities (including Berlin, Munich, Vienna and many more). At medieval Schloss Dhaun we hold an intensive residential course for all students. In your final year, we offer research-led modules taught by experts in their field on topics as diverse as contemporary German film, business and society, gender and ethnicity in the early nineteenth century, interpreting the Holocaust and modern Berlin, supported by the wealth of resources in our Transnational Resource Centre.

The below course structure is indicative. Modules on offer change year on year, dependent on staff research interests and availability.

Modules

Year One

Core Modules
  Modern German Language 1 (GE101-30)
  The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text (GE108-30)
  Passion and Power: The Makings of Modern German Culture (GE109-30)
Optional Modules
 

Approved 30 credits optional module/s in another academic department or the Language Centre

Year Two/Three

Core Modules
  Modern German Language II (GE201-30)
  Reason, Romantics and Reactions: German Culture in the Age of Revolution (GE207-30)
Optional Modules
  Second-year German Studies modules (30-60 CATS)
  Or an approved optional module(s) totalling 30 CATS in another academic department or the Language Centre

Year Two/Three - Spent Abroad

Year Four

Core Modules
  Modern German Language 3 (GE401-30)
  The Rise of Capitalist Modernity (GE312-30)
Optional Modules
 

Final-year German Studies Modules (30-60 CATS)

  Or an approved optional module(s) totalling 30 CATS in another academic department or the Language Centre