Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, normally including a year abroad
27 September 2021
Department of Study
School of Modern Languages
Location of Study
University of Warwick
German Studies at Warwick provides the opportunity to explore the extraordinary breadth and depth of German language and culture in collaboration with recognised experts in the field.
Germany has always been at the heart of the European intellectual tradition and is now the driving force of its economy and the EU. Our modules reflect the range and diversity of Germany’s culture, history and society. Intensive language work opens up the richness of German language and cultural life. This means you’ll graduate as a highly qualified linguist with advanced intercultural skills, and a deep understanding of key issues and developments in Germany’s past and present.
Your second or third year is normally spent abroad, either as a language assistant, or working or studying at one of our partner universities (at present including Berlin, Munich, Cologne and Dresden). We also currently hold a residential course in Germany open to all of our students on their year abroad. When you return to Warwick, you can choose research-led modules taught by leading thinkers in their field. You will have access to outstanding facilities and resources, including flexible, collaborative and individual learning spaces, as well as a vast selection of print, digital and multimedia learning materials.
In your first year, you will take language classes designed to develop your knowledge and understanding of written and spoken German. To complement your language skills, you will follow two cultural modules that focus on the history and culture of German society since 1945 and German culture in the late eighteenth century. These modules provide an excellent and comprehensive foundation for studying further aspects of German literary, visual and political culture in the later stages of your degree. Every year, throughout your degree, you will be able to choose one further module; this may be one of the interdisciplinary cross-School modules, a new language (from one of the four major language departments or the Language Centre), or a new module from another academic department.
In your intermediate and final years, you will go on to further develop your German language skills. In addition to cultural modules on nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century German culture, you will have an opportunity to develop your own particular interests by choosing from a wide selection of modules offered by German specialists that cover a broad range of subjects in German culture, society, literature, politics, philosophy, film, history and business, as well as translation and transnationalism. You can also opt to study some of our interdisciplinary cross-School modules.
You can normally 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. Currently, during the year abroad, students 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.
How will I learn?
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 and analysing materials set for study, writing essays and working on your language skills.
There will be around 12 contact hours per week.
Seminars generally involve around 15 students.
How will I be assessed?
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 intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.
Your year abroad
We strongly recommend that students take a year abroad, if they are able to. Students may move to a three-year degree if circumstances do not permit them to complete a year abroad. In such cases, there will be further language reinforcement work and students will be encouraged to spend time abroad in other ways, during vacation times.
You will usually 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 year abroad options are flexible so we recommend you check the department's subject pages for more details.
General entry requirements
- ABB to include German
- 34 to include 5 in Higher Level German
- We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside A level German
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
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).
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).
Taking a gap year
Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
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.
Modern German Language 1
You will develop your translation, grammatical and speaking skills in German, and in doing so broaden your vocabulary and range of idiom, expression and awareness of various stylistic registers. You will work in a pair or group on a media project under the supervision of a tutor, which will contribute to your end-of-year mark in spoken German.
The Changing Face of Germany in Film and Text
In your study of the intellectual history of post-war Germany, you will consider the rise of the mass media and the role played by writers and intellectuals. Through your analysis of diverse literary and filmic texts, you will build your understanding of major landmarks in German history, including post-WWII political reconstruction, the development of the press in the Federal Republic, unification and military reintegration, the opposition to rearmament and student movements, and migration and settlement. The work of intellectuals such as Heinrich Böll, Peter Weiss, Bernhard Schlink, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Paul Verhoeven will inform your studies
Aspects of German Culture in the Age of Enlightenment
Starting with the study of the social milieu of late 18th century Germany, you will consider the cultural and intellectual changes of this period, and in particular the rise of the middle classes in the Age of Enlightenment. You will engage with the work of the globally significant writers of this period, including Goethe and Schiller, and study the light they cast on the emerging middle-class consciousness just prior to the cataclysmic changes of the French Revolution of 1789.
Modern German Language 2
In this second-year module, you will increase your general and specialised vocabulary in German through translation into English and German, essay-writing in German, spoken and listening comprehension, and work on business-related materials. In pursuit of these aims, you will learn to identify and rectify grammatical problems, and gain increased sensitivity towards language in general, and an awareness of register, semantics and style in particular. You will also gain important research skills, including correct use of dictionaries.
German Culture in the Age of Revolution
You will get to grips with the emerging sense of German nationhood, against the background of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars. You will study concepts such as the state, the nation and the classical ideal as an aesthetic and political model through the work of authors such as Goethe, Schiller and Hölderlin, before exploring German Romanticism up to its critical reappraisal in the 19th century. You will develop your appreciation of the role of the artists in the German Weltanschauung and the rise of nationalism to broaden your understanding of how literature reflects different models of progress and anticipates social and political change. In your final term, you will study Heinrich Heine’s work in depth, and analyse his contribution to the rise of scepticism and realism.
Modern German Language 3
In this third-year module, you will use vocabulary of increasing sophistication in both general and specialised fields, and improve your skills in spoken and written German and translation. You will improve your listening and reading comprehension skills, and learn to identify and rectify grammatical problems. An important aim of the course is to cultivate sensitivity towards language in general, and an awareness of register, semantics and style in particular.
The Writer and Imperial Germany 1871-1918
You will study the evolution of modern German literature, from Poetic Realism, through Naturalism and Modernism across a wide spectrum of authors, genres and themes in dialogue with major social, cultural and political movements that mark the transformation of Germany and Austria from the 1870s onwards. Themes include the Industrial Revolution, social critique and the dramatic form, sexuality, adolescence and education in the Wilhelmine period, gender roles and modernity, and the lead-up and response of German writers to the First World War. You will analyse major literary movements through the work of, among others, Theodor Fontane, Gerhart Hauptmann, Arthur Schnitzler, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann and Georg Kaiser, and appreciate how the arts became a vehicle for expressing ambivalent attitudes to modernity.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students:
- German Culture in the Age of Revolution, 1789-1848
- No Place like Heimat: Narratives of Belonging in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century
- 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
- Gender Trouble in Contemporary German Culture
- Translation Studies modules
^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
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This degree course was only recently introduced, so our first cohort of students have not yet graduated.
However, graduates from other Modern Language courses like this one have gone on to work for employers including:
- British Airways
- Civil Service
- Grayce Consulting
- HM Revenue and Customs
- Ipsos Mori
- NBC Universal
- Save the Children International
- The Department for International Trade
They have pursued careers such as:
- Business and financial project management professionals
- Chartered and certified accountants
- Financial accounts managers
- Human resources and industrial relations officers
- Management consultants and business analysts
- Public services associate professionals
- Teachers and other educational professionals
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
- Careers in the Public Sector
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
- Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
- Languages Alumni Evening
"The perfect place"
"Choosing German Studies at Warwick was an easy choice for me. The German Studies modules that Warwick offer are great. I am very interested in German history and culture and Warwick was the perfect place for me to study a course which I am really interested in."
BA German Studies
"I chose Warwick because I really liked it being a campus university. I like how green it is, and I like the thought of everything being very close together. I come from the countryside, so it's not often I could just walk to the shops and have everything in one place. And also because it's a very high-ranked university, so you know that you're going to get good opportunities if you come here."
German Studies BA
How did you decide on which languages to study?
"So I'm deaf in one ear and that means I can hear German much more easily than I can hear Spanish or French and on top of that, I really enjoy doing it at school. So I just thought it's a natural progression, really is to do something you enjoy at university and I like the fact that you can go travelling as well, so yeah, it's kind of many different reasons."
Why did you choose to study languages at Warwick?
"I chose Warwick because I really liked it being a campus university and I like how green it is and I like the thought of everything being very close together. I come from the countryside, so it's not often I can just walk to the shops or have everything in one place. And also because it's a very high ranked university, so you know that you're going to get good opportunities if you come here."
What has been your favourite module so far?
"My favourite module would be the Kafka module that I did in second year, because you're studying these texts that you don't really, you don't know how to approach them at first, they're so wacky and strange, so it's quite different you’re a bit out of your comfort zone. I really like the way it was taught as well. It's very discussion based so, much more of a seminar than a lecture and that meant you could kind of ask questions or you could get your views heard."
Why study cultural modules whilst learning a language?
"When you go away and you go to Germany, you see all the statues or museums and you understand, like, who the name is on top of it. That’s quite satisfying seeing someone you’ve studied like, oh, yeah, I actually know who that is. That's why they do them, it's kind of a, it's to get a whole different skill set. To learn the language you learn all the like the grammar and the vocab and how to communicate, but doing the culture, you can then understand like why not to say certain words or like the 'meaning' of history. So you get a lot of different angles when you study culture."
Where did you go for your year abroad?
"So on my year abroad, I was a language assistant in Hanover, so I was teaching English to a college of adults, so it was four adults and there were also a lot of migrants as well. So I really enjoyed teaching the migrants actually, because they had just come to Germany and they were really excited to learn about the different languages and different things and I actually felt quite useful."
What can you do outside of your studies?
"Outside of my studies I volunteer, So at the moment I'm volunteering in the Coventry Refugee and Migrant centre, so, just teaching English to refugees and migrants who have just arrived in the country, which is also following on from what I did my year abroad.
So within the university, there's like a whole bunch of societies you can do and there's also language cafes. So if you want to practice your language, you can go and meet people from the countries, you can do the random partner things so you can meet up with someone, talk half in English, half in German, so I've done that a few times, that’s always like - you feel very, like it helps your degree if you do that, but it's also just fun."
What are your plans after University?
"After uni I would like to do a masters I think. Over the course of uni you kind of narrowed down what you really want to do and so far for me, I like the idea of being able to continue a bit of what I've done at uni, so education a bit, but also go further into it and I would like to go into like educational reform in a way, so how you can make teaching really interesting or how you can make schools more engaging. I don't like learning out of textbooks, so I like the thought of being able to go into a school and be like, “oh, look, I'm not just sitting at a desk the whole day”. So for me, I'm kind of intrigued by that fact at the moment."
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