What Will You Study

Lancaster’s four-year German Studies and Politics degree is taught jointly by our Department of European Languages and our Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion – ranked first in the Northwest for Politics by The Guardian University Guide 2014. This degree includes a year studying or working in a German-speaking country.

Your German language studies are complemented by options exploring the country’s history, politics society and culture. In Politics, you’ll gain a sound understanding of the key concerns and concepts of Politics and International Relations.
You’ll begin your degree with courses including German Language (Intensive for Beginners or Advanced), an introduction to German culture studies, and Understanding Politics and Governance. In your second and final years, you’ll be able to take modules such as Becoming German: Identity Formation in Modern German Society and Culture, and Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany. Your Politics courses include Modern Political Thought; Global Political Economy and the World Today, and Politics of the European Union.

The third year abroad makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity, before finishing your degree back at Lancaster.