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Languages: French, German, Spanish, or Italian



A Liberal Arts pathway in Languages will open your eyes to new and exciting dimensions of other cultures.

As well as studying languages, you will come to understand in depth the history, politics and literature that have helped shape those languages and the places in which they are spoken throughout the world.

Modern Languages and Cultures is a vibrant interdisciplinary Department, and your Liberal Arts training will prepare you to engage confidently in modules which address important questions about society, culture and identity from different disciplinary perspectives.



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What will I study on the Languages pathway?

On this pathway, you might choose to study creative expressions in cinema, art and literature. You might study different historical periods, people and cultures, or focus on politics, sociology and public policy. You might explore philosophy, ideology and the evolution of thought in different cultural contexts.

You will undertake a compulsory language module in the first year. In the second and final year you may opt to take language modules, cultural modules or a mixture of both. Most cultural modules are delivered in English, with primary materials often in the target language.

Language pathways are offered in: French, German, Italian or Spanish.

While we do not formally require specific A-Levels for the Liberal Arts degree, a Disciplinary Languages Pathway does necessitate a minimum language ability (to be determined by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures), evidenced either through a formal language qualification or interview.

Modules

In addition to language modules (compulsory only in the first year), cultural modules that may be of interest to Liberal Arts students include:

Please note:

 

Liberal Arts core modules

Terms

CATS

Liberal Arts: Principles and Praxis

1 - 2 0

Art and Revolution

1 - 3 30

Science, Society, and the Media

1 - 3 30

Qualitative Methods for Undergraduate Research

1 15

Pathway module

(related to Disciplinary Interest: Languages - French, German, Spanish, or Italian)

Terms

CATS

To proceed on this pathway you must study one of the following modules:

French Language

1-3 30

German Language

1-3 30

Spanish Language

1-3 30

Italian Language

1-3 30

Please note:

  • There are post A level and beginners options in all four languages.
  • This will be your 'target language' and will impact your other module choices. For example, if you take French Language, you will select modules in your second and final years that relate to French language/culture.

Optional module

Terms

CATS

Any approved optional module from the Liberal Arts Department or across the University 1 - 3 15

Activities

 

Term

Duration

Certificate of Digital Literacy

Optional 1 10 weeks

Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement

Optional 3 1 week plus
work placement

Certificate of Sustainability

Optional 3 2 workshops

An optional intercalated year abroad is available between your second year and final year.

Liberal Arts core modules

Terms

CATS

Consumption

1 - 3 30

Sustainability

1 - 3 30

Pathway modules

(related to Disciplinary Interest: Languages French, German, Spanish, or Italian)

Terms

CATS

A choice of language and cultural modules offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You may take all language modules, all culture modules, or a mixture of both.

1 - 2 60

Activities

 

Term

Duration

Certificate of Coaching Practice

Optional 2 5 weeks

Certificate of Professional Communication with Work Placement

Optional 3 1 week plus
work placement
Presentation at an undergraduate conference such as the International Conference of Undergraduate Research Optional 3  

An optional intercalated year abroad is available between your second year and final year.

Students on the Disciplinary Languages Pathway can choose to study abroad for a year in Europe (subject to you meeting academic requirements). If you choose to study abroad, at least half of your year should be spent in the country of your 'target language', and you should take the language option in Year Two. Find out more information on the School of Modern Languages and Cultures website, and the Student Mobility website.

Liberal Arts core module

Terms

CATS

Dissertation

1 - 3 30

Pathway modules

(related to Disciplinary Interest: Languages French, German, Spanish, or Italian)

Terms

CATS

A choice of language and cultural modules offered by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. You may take all language modules, all culture modules, or a mixture of both. 1 - 2 90

 

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