What Will You Study

This new degree in German Studies with Chinese combines the study of the languages and cultures of Germany and the German speaking world with the study of Chinese language and culture.

Taught by lecturers who conduct internationally respected research, your degree course gives you the opportunity to acquire both high level language skills and a thorough understanding of German cultures and societies within a global context. Besides your core language courses, you'll be able to choose from a broad range of specialist cultural, historical and political courses promoting comparative understanding of countries within Europe and beyond.

You begin your degree with courses in Advanced or Intensive German oral and written language, as well as our core module, 'The Shock of the New: German 20th Century Culture, History and Society. You will also study the core Chinese module, which is designed for beginners with little or no prior knowledge of Chinese language or culture.

In the second year, you will study German language modules and the core module, 'Becoming German: Post-War German-language Culture and Identities'. You will be able to choose three further comparative modules, such as 'Understanding Culture' or ‘Economic and social change in France, Germany and Spain since 1945 '. You will also study Chinese language modules, which will build on the intensive language introduction given in the first year.

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

In your final year, you will continue to develop your core German language oral and written skills. You can combine this with a choice of specialist culture modules, such as 'Images of Austria: National Identity and Cultural Representation' and 'Culture and Politics in the GDR'. In this fourth year of your degree, you will also study Chinese Culture and Society alongside a further Chinese language module.