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German and Economics

 

GERMAN AND ECONOMICS (BA)

Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This joint degree enables you to acquire in-depth relevant linguistic and cultural studies while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena.


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This joint degree gives you an in-depth knowledge of German language and culture while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena. You will spend half of your time in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the other half in the Department of Economics. The German side of your degree will extend your understanding of the language, literature, culture, society and politics of Germany and the German-speaking world, whilst in Economics you will study the choices of consumers and corporations, groups and governments, networks and nations, developing a deep knowledge of global and local economic trends, institutions and policies. 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 be able to choose between two cultural modules to focus on either aspects of German culture in the late eighteenth century or the history and culture of German society since 1945. Both of these modules provide an excellent foundation for studying further aspects of German history, culture and society in the later stages of your degree. You’ll also have two core modules in Economics.

In intermediate and final year, and in addition to core and optional modules in Economics, you will further develop your language skills, and your own interests beyond the language. Our modules reflect the research specialisms of academics in German and cover a broad range of subjects in German culture, business, society, literature, film, history and philosophy. You can also opt to study some of our interdisciplinary cross-School modules.

You can choose to spend your year abroad studying at a university in a German speaking country or on a British Council Assistantship or a work placement. 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.

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:

- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

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

- On a work placement

The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.

We have partner organisations in cities including Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Dresden. 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 level in a modern or classical language, plus GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent

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. You must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Essential subjects A level in a modern or classical language at minimum grade B and GCSE Mathematics grade A or equivalent.

  • 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

Economics 1

You will develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.


Quantitative Techniques

Intermediate year
Modern German Language 2 or Modern German Language 2 (Post-beginners)

Economics 2

You will develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.


Final year
Modern German Language 3

Research in Applied Economics

You will have the opportunity to deepen and consolidate your knowledge by applying your understanding of economic theory to a research question that arouses your curiosity. You will use a combination of economic analysis and statistical and econometric techniques to formulate and pursue your research interest, supported by lectures on research methodology and supervision by a member of academic staff, who will support your research towards an independent project. The work will increase your confidence in formulating economic questions, and the scientific method of developing a suitable approach, conducting a literature review and data searches, identifying and testing hypotheses and using your findings to construct coherent, persuasive scholarly arguments, presented in both written and oral form..


Selection of optional modules that current students are studying

German: 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.

Economics: Economics of Public Policy; Behavioural Economics; War and Economy; Topics in Applied Economics; Justice, Democracy and Citizenship.

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 level in a modern or classical language, plus GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent

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
R2L1

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

The cost of textbooks may vary. Students should expect to spend around £120 per year on language textbooks and core texts. Please note that Economics textbooks may also need to be purchased for this course. Undergraduate students can obtain many required texts from the University Library. We estimate photocopying/printing for essays could cost approximately £25 per year.

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.