What Will You Study
Lancaster’s joint German Studies and Linguistics degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures in conjunction with the Department of Linguistics and English Language. The Times Good University Guide 2017 ranked German Studies 2nd and Linguistics 5th in the UK.
Your German Studies programme gives you the opportunity to acquire high-level language skills while gaining a thorough understanding of the country’s historical, cultural, social and political background in a global context. In Linguistics, you’ll study various aspects of language using a wide variety of methods – from computerised study of language corpora, through acoustic analysis of sound patterns, to analysis of texts, interviews and audio-visual recordings of natural dialogues.
Your first year comprises an exploration of the German language and its cultural context as well as a core Linguistics module teaching you about phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Alongside this, you will study a minor subject of your choice.
Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will study the culture, politics and history of Germany and Austria in more depth, as well as selecting modules which are international in scope and promote a comparative understanding of Europe and beyond. You will combine these with modules in the sounds and structures of the World’s languages, alongside selective modules such as ‘Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use’ or ‘Stylistics’.
Spending your third year abroad in a German-speaking country makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement.
In your final year, you consolidate your German language skills, and study specialist culture and comparative modules, such as ‘Translation as a Cultural Practice’. In Linguistics, core units, ‘Cognitive Linguistics’ and ‘Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory’ will be complemented by options such as ‘Psycholinguistics’.