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German and Business Studies

 

GERMAN AND BUSINESS STUDIES (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

Delivered jointly by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and Warwick Business School, this joint degree combines the study of German language, culture and contemporary society with in-depth business.


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German is one of the most important languages for business in Europe. Split between the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the Warwick Business School, this degree combines the study of German language, culture, and contemporary society with in-depth business practice, giving you a range of skills to draw on in your future career. On the Business Studies side you can take many different pathways through your course including human resource management, accounting, finance, principles of organisational behaviour, production and operations management, industrial relations, corporate strategy, and auditing. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.

In your first year, you will follow a core German language programme at either beginner or advanced level, designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken German, including grammar. You will also take a module on the history and culture of German society since 1945 which will provide you with an excellent foundation for studying further aspects of German culture and identity in the later stages of your degree.

In intermediate and final year, you will continue to develop your language skills in the core language modules and, to help you further professionalise your skills, you will also have specialist business language classes. In both years, you can choose from a wide range of cultural options on a variety of different topics, stretching from the eighteenth century to present, but, in final year, you will also take the interdisciplinary module Business and Society in Contemporary Germany which is co-taught by specialists from both departments.

You can choose to spend your year abroad studying at a university in a German-speaking country or on a work placement, or you can decide to split the year and do both! During the year abroad students will usually attend a residential orientation course in Germany at Easter time. Led by departmental staff, who travel out to lead the event, the course offers skills development, pastoral care, careers advice and guidance on final year study.

On the Business Studies side, you can take many different pathways through your course including human resource management, accounting, finance, principles of organisational behaviour, production and operations management, industrial relations, corporate strategy, and auditing.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars of about 15 students, in which the emphasis is on student participation; and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Contact hours

12 hours per week (15 hours per week in first year).

Class size

Seminars generally involve around 15 students.

We will track your progress through language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills.

The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks and each contributes 50%.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

- On a work placement

- Splitting the year by studying at a partner university (1 semester) and completing a work placement (1 semester)

The year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.

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A level AAB to include a modern or classical language. You’ll also need grade A/grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics

IB 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language plus either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

  • Access Courses Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Modern German Language 1 or 

  • Modern German Language for Beginners

  • The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text

Optional core modules (four of the following Business School options):
  • Operations Management
  • Quantitative Analysis for Management 1
  • Quantitative Analysis for Management 2
  • Economics for Business
  • Foundations of Finance
  • Foundations of Accounting
  • Management Organisations and Society
Intermediate year
  • Modern German Language 2 or
  • Modern German Language 2 (Post-beginners)
Final year
  • Modern German Language 3
  • Business and Society in Contemporary Germany
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

German Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1848; Reading Weimar: Prose Fiction 1919-1933; Film in the Weimar Republic and under National Socialism; Bertolt Brecht: Theatre as Revolution; The Strange World of Franz Kafka’s Short Stories; Violent Women in the German Cultural Imagination; German Memories of WWII - From Perpetration to Suffering; The Self and the Others I: Identity, Gender and Ethnicity in German Culture around 1800; Business and Society in Contemporary Germany; Germany and the Holocaust: Interpretations and Debates; German terror and cultural memory; The Writer and Imperial Germany; Translation Studies modules.

For further details about our German Studies modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

A level AAB to include a modern or classical language. You’ll also need grade A/grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics

IB 36 to include 5 at Higher Level in a modern or classical language plus either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths

UCAS Code
RN21

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full time, including a year abroad

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry and overseas study at a partner institution or langugage assistant/work placement in a German-speaking country.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Additional costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.