Course Overview

Taught by lecturers who conduct internationally respected research into the language and culture of Germany, as well as into aspects of Europe, your degree course will enhance your knowledge, understanding and practical command of spoken and written German. Our degree places emphasis on practical language work and communication skills, with opportunities at every stage to study aspects of the culture, thought, society and institutions of German-speaking countries.

You begin your degree following core courses including Advanced or Intensive German oral and written language and 'Becoming German: Identity Formation in Modern German Society and Culture'. You'll also study other modules of your choice, such as 'The Writer and The Text in 20th Century World Literature' or 'Economic and Social Change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945'.

Spending your third year either studying or working in a German-speaking country is compulsory. The year abroad makes a major contribution to your command of the language, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity.

In your fourth year, you will continue developing your core German language oral and written skills, combined with a choice of specialist culture courses. These include 'Literature and Fame in Contemporary Germany' and 'Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation'.

If you take a Single Major degree in German, you will expand your interest in a particular topic from your second year studies and develop your own specialist Dissertation.

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