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German and History

This degree combines in-depth study of German language and culture with a wide range of historical topics. Alongside German language, you can focus exclusively on post-1918 German culture (the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, and German society and culture since 1945) or you can study aspects of 18th and 19th century German culture (the Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Revolution). The third year is spent in a German-speaking country studying at a university or working as a foreign language assistant. A wide range of choices is available, including a dissertation, special subjects and advanced options in areas such as The Russian Revolution, Antifascism, Resistance and Liberation in Western Europe, and The Victorian City.

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

Year One

1 Modern German Language 1 (GE101-30) or (GE103-30) Modern German Language for Beginners
2 Making of the Modern World (HI153-30)
Optional Modules

The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text (GE108-30) or (GE109-30) Passion and Power: The Makings of Modern German Culture

AND 30 CATs of optional History modules

Year Two/Three

1 Modern German Language 2 (GE201-30) or Modern German Language 2 (Postbeginners)(GE203-30)
Optional Modules

Intermediate Year German Studies Modules
Two options in History:
An Early Modern option
A Modern History option


*Exceptional case for 15 credits external module may be approved

Year Two/Three - Spent Abroad

Year Four

1 Modern German Language 3 (GE401-30)
Optional Modules

Final Year German Studies Modules

Final-Year History modules


*Exceptional case for 15 credits external module may be approved. Students wishing to take more than 60 CATs in History must obtain the permission of the SMLC DUGS before submitting any module choice form.