German BA (Hons)

Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: R220
  • Year of entry: 2020
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33, with no score less than 4 / BTEC : Applications considered
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Module details

Programme Year One

You will take two language modules, one ‘Language awareness’ module, three content modules, and two additional modules in another subject.

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introduction to German Studies I (GRMN127)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a range of key political events / developments in contemporary German history and to the historical development of the German language;

    To assist students in learning how to engage in the study and critical discussion of a range of primary and secondary historical, political, journalistic and linguistic texts in German and in English;

    To teach students completing a comprehension task and writing commentaries and employing the correct forms of bibliographical citation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students will have a good overview of political debates in post-1945 Germany, and the development of the German language.

    (LO2) Students will be able to understand and critically discuss a range of primary and secondary materials and deploy the terms used by academics to describe key concepts in the areas studied.

    (LO3) Students will be able to write critical commentaries on the areas/materials studied. To this end, they will have learned to find and use appropriate materials using library and IT resources and glean data from secondary works. They will be able to use the conventional forms of bibliographic citation.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

  • Introduction to German Studies II (GRMN128)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an understanding of the language and conventions of German short stories, Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis as well as German film;

    To teach students how to engage in the study and critical discussion of German literature and German film as well as related academic secondary sources;

    To teach students writing commentaries, literary reviews, essays and employ the correct forms of bibliographical citation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module students will have developed a detailed understanding of the literary genre of the German short story, of Kafka's The Metamorphosis and of three important German films.

    (LO2) Students will be able to watch critically / read critically both primary literature/films in German at an appropriate level and more extended passages of secondary literature in English. They will be able to critically engage in a discussion of the materials studied in class.

    (LO3) Students will be able to write critical commentaries, essays and literary reviews on the areas/materials studied. To this end, they will further consolidate their knowledge about finding and using appropriate materials from secondary sources. They will further consolidate their knowledge about the conventions of bibliographic citation.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

  • Texts and Context in German (GRMN125)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To allow students to develop their reading knowledge of German literature;

    To further students' linguistic skills in German;

    To enable students to understand literary texts in their historical, political, social and literary contexts;

    To develop students' research skills through targeted tasks;

    To develop students' academic writing skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate their understanding of a German-language text in its context.

    (LO2) Students will develop their reading skills in both German and English.

    (LO3) Students will develop their research skills.

    (LO4) Students will develop their academic writing style and demonstrate their understanding of correct formatting.

    (S1) Communication skills - written and oral

    (S2) Research skills - gathering and evaluating information

    (S3) Critical thinking skills

    (S4) Independent working - time management, self-management

    (S5) Responding to advice and feedback

  • Intermediate German 5, Year 1 (GRMN105)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To introduce students to authentic newspapers and thus provide students with good competence in reading longer texts;

    To provide students with a sound understanding of the German grammar;

    To develop students' language learning strategy and use reflective approach towards language learning;

    To provide students with skills in a variety of genres;

    To provide facilities for enhancing and improving listening skills of authentic and graded material.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to use authentic online resources to find, read and understand authentic texts.

    (LO2) Ability to use correct grammar on a higher level.

    (LO3) Ability to study independently and to use language learning techniques independently and thus manage time.

    (LO4) Ability to produce short texts in various genres such as an e-mail, blog and a text for tourism purposes.

    (LO5) Ability to understand a greater variety of audio and video texts of various lengths, and also practice listening skills in their own time.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Intermediate German 6, Year 1 (GRMN106)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with good competence in reading including a novel in German or business related material;

    To develop further skills in grammar building on semester one grammar topics;

    To help achieve a good level in oral expression;

    To write in a variety of genres;

    To improve listening to both authentic and graded materials even further.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to feel confident reading larger texts including novels and specific language, such as business German.

    (LO2) Ability to build on grammar skills and practice also the future tense, comparative, superlative, modal verbs etc.

    (LO3) Apply oral skills in class and in the reading or business project.

    (LO4) Apply genres such as writing a story, a letter to the editor, a portrait of a famous person and a summary.

    (LO5) Confidence in listening to longer audios and videos.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Time and project management - Project management

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Beginners' German 1+2, Year 1 (GRMN112)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Provide students with basic competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking German;

    Provide students with a sound understanding of the basic structures of German grammar;

    Develop students' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning;

    Explore aspects of contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss culture through the medium of German.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply basic listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Communicate in the target language in everyday contexts and basic formal and informal registers.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the country of the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

  • Elementary German 3+4, Year 1 (GRMN134)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    Provide students with preliminary competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking German;

    Provide students with an understanding of intermediate structures of German grammar;

    Further develop students' language learning strategy use and a reflective approach towards language learning;

    Explore aspects of contemporary German, Austrian and Swiss culture through the medium of German.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Consolidate existing listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in the target language.

    (LO2) Communicate effectively in the target language in a some variety of contexts and registers.

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of the target language.

    (LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

    (LO5) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the countries in which the target language is spoken.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

Programme Year Two

You will take two language modules and an extended project module and choose five optional modules.

Year Two Compulsory Modules

  • Extended Project in German (GRMN230)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To allow students to develop and deepen their interests in a chosen area of German Studies; To develop students' academic writing skills; To develop the skills necessary to design and develop an independent research-based project; To develop students' ability to engage with and respond to guidance and feedback.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a topic in German Studies related to one of their first-semester module choices and a critical grasp of debates about this topic.

    (LO2) Students will develop their ability to design and research an extended academic project using the tools and materials available in the library.

    (LO3) Students will develop their academic writing skills, and enhance their ability to produce structured work in an appropriate academic style.

    (LO4) Students will develop their ability to respond to guidance and feedback and to incorporate this into their work.

    (S1) Research skills - gathering and evaluating information

    (S2) Written communication skills - structuring and writing an extended piece of work

    (S3) Critical thinking skills

    (S4) Responding to advice and feedback

    (S5) Self- and time management skills

  • Advanced German 7 (GRMN207)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    This module aims to assist students in developing their skills in written and spoken German to an advanced level, also in a work context, and practice listening skills and read extensive texts in German;

    To provide students with grammar skills;

    To provide students with skills in translation techniques;

    To provide students with basic skills in interpreting;

    To provide students with oral techniques;

    To provide students with research skills in the target language;

    To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on their Year Abroad with confidence and to make the experience a success;

    To equip students for a work environment in German.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Ability to apply high standard grammar in written and spoken German.

    (LO2) Ability to apply basic skills in translation techniques

    (LO3) Ability to apply research skills

    (LO4) Ability to apply work-related German language skills

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - oral

    (S3) Personal organisation

    (S4) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Advanced German 8 (GRMN208)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    This module aims to assist students in developing their skills in written and spoken German and practice listening skills and read extensive texts in German;

    To develop students' translation techniques and enhance their knowledge of grammar;

    To provide students with basic skills in interpreting;

    To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to embark on their Year Abroad with confidence and to make the experience a success, whether they go on a work placement, on a teaching experience or as an Erasmus student;

    To equip students for a work environment in German.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students should expect to have improved their ability to read extended texts in everyday German (such as newspaper articles) with a high degree of comprehension, to recognise and deploy a wide range of syntactical strategies current in everyday German, to make accurate use of relatively advanced grammatical constructions to produce longer pieces of discursive writing in German in different genres (essay, formal letter, business letter, formal e-mail).

    (LO2) Demonstrate confidence in dealing with situations during their year abroad.

    (LO3) Ability to demonstrate knowledge of German (Landeskunde) and of some of the social issues of current concern in the German, Swiss and Austrian societies.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a general awareness of translation issues in addition to using translation as a language exercise to improve text comprehension, grammar and vocabulary in context.

    (LO5) Ability to perform basic interpreting tasks.

    (LO6) To be able to apply business-related language and be prepared for the year abroad.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Personal organisation

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Advanced German 7+8, Year 2 (GRMN278)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking German to an advanced level;

    To provide information about Germany and their year abroad;

    To develop students' reading skills;

    To develop students' presentation skills, to develop students’ independent learning skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate the ability to apply good skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

    (LO2) Ability to apply knowledge on German speaking countries.

    (LO3) Ability to apply presentation skills

    (LO4) Ability to apply correct use of grammar and vocabulary

    (LO5) Ability to apply translation skills

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Intermediate German 5+6, Year 2 (GRMN256)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    To provide students with grammar knowledge and good competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking required for an intermediate standard;

    To provide students with an awareness of cultural aspects of Austria and Switzerland.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Apply good listening, speaking, writing and reading skills to B1.1 standard.

    (LO2) Good use of grammar

    (LO3) Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the culture and linguistic contexts of Austria and Switzerland.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S3) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S4) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

Year Two Optional Modules

  • Culture in the Weimar Republic (GRMN218)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to a range of cultural artefacts from the Weimar Republic. Students are enabled to situate the texts and films in historical context, paying particular attention to two major developments in the twentieth century: the growth of the modern metropolis (especially Berlin) and changing concepts of gender - masculinity and femininity - in the wake of the First World War;

    To introduce students to concepts of literary and film analysis as well as critical theory relevant to the themes of the texts (the city, class and gender identity);

    To develop students' critical writing skills in two different tasks - commentaries and an essay - and will acquire further competence in online tasks.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate an awareness of the cultural output and historical and political context of Weimar Republic-era Germany, with particular focus on the theme of the city and on notions of class and gender.

    (LO2) Students will further develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to situate texts and concepts in their historical context.

    (LO3) Students will be able to evaluate a range of textual and critical evidence, to assess their relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence.

    (LO4) Through close readings of selected primary material, students will develop their awareness of language and literary strategies, and an awareness of historical film techniques and the form of critical film analysis.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S6) Global citizenship - foreign language skills

    (S7) Research skills - independent analysis

  • German Cinema From the Expressionism to the Present (GRMN225)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to the history of German national cinema from its origins to the present day with a special focus on Weimar Cinema, the Third Reich, post-war film, the New German Cinema of the 1960s and 1970s; To introduce students to the work of key German directors including F. W. Murnau, Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wender; To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production; To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system/‘Autorenkino’) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will understand the emergence and development of German national cinema from its origins until the present.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate a critical awareness of academic debates about major periods or movements in German film – Weimar film and ‘Expressionism’, the Third Reich, post-war cinema, the New German Cinema and post-unification cinema – and of current academic debates about them.

    (LO3) Students will develop critical and analytical skills enabling them to evaluate a variety of film materials from a range of different periods and styles.

    (LO4) Students will be able to evaluate a range of other varieties of textual and historical evidence, to assess its relative merits and to construct in verbal and written form clearly reasoned arguments on the basis of such evidence.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Language Teaching: Theory and Practice (MODL200)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to key theoretical and conceptual debates within second language learning and teaching studies;

    To develop students' ability to apply theoretical and conceptual debates to a variety of second language learning and teaching contexts;

    To enhance students' skills of critical analysis and independent thinking.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of key aspects of second language teaching theories,

    (LO2) Identify the connection between academic and / or theoretical knowledge and its practical application in a modern foreign language classroom,

    (LO3) Demonstrate an ability to develop materials and teaching activities according to a given specification and requirement,

    (LO4) Reflect on and evaluate the efficacy of the materials and teaching activities developed,

    (LO5) Identify, reflect and report on a range of personal / employability skills.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S3) Communication (oral written and visual) - Presentation skills

    (S4) Time and project management - Project management

    (S5) Personal attributes and qualities - Willingness to take responsibility

  • The Cinematic City (FILM201)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To explore ways in which European cinema has made use of the urban space (cinema having been described as an urban art-form par excellence ); Through a wide range of films from different European countries, to introduce students both to issues relating to the imaginary conception of cities, and to concepts in film theory regarding the construction of space, the position of the observer, and the nature and purpose of representation and of narrative construction;

    To introduce students to relatively complex theoretical constructions, in an immediate and approachable way, which will give them confidence in their ability to handle concepts in critical theory and to apply them successfully;

    To develop their capacities in expressing their ideas, both in discussion and in written work, with regard to more advanced material than they were required to study in the first-year module;

    To alert them to the conceptual links which film studies has with other theoretical fields; To introduce students in a simple way to the practical problems of audiovisual representation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Awareness of issues of urban theory, of the spatial implications of cinematic expression, and of the interaction of these;

    (LO2) Awareness of the ways in which cinema has been used to articulate the self-construction of urban societies

    (LO3) Alertness to the ways in which the modern world is constructed through representations

    (LO4) Ability to handle theoretical concepts confidently in written and oral modes, to carry on a discussion and sustain an argument by applying those concepts.

    (LO5) Awareness of some of the practical issues involved in creating an audiovisual piece.

    (LO6) Ability to plan the translation of experience of the city into audiovisual form.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S6) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

    (S7) Handling audiovisual material

  • The German Democratic Republic: Politics, Culture, Memory (GRMN220)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To offer students of German as well as students not studying the German language an in-depth understanding of the cultural-political the German Democratic Republic;

    To develop students skills in studying German and English primary and secondary sources about the German Democratic Republic and in critically discussing these materials in the seminar sessions;

    To actively support students in developing independent research skills and the ability to construct complex arguments in relation the often contradictory political role of culture in the German Democratic Republic.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) By the end of the module, students will have a good understanding of the history and cultural politics of the GDR, its official ideologies, and the memory of the GDR since 1990, as well as of a range of specific examples of official and non-official culture.

    (LO2) Students will be able to engage in a critical discussion about a wide range of primary and secondary materials and deploy the concepts and terms used by academics to describe the cultural politics and artistic practice of the GDR.

    (LO3) Students will be able to present a critical and nuanced discussion about specific topics/themes in written and oral form and will be able reflect explicitly on their learning.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Oral presentation skills

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

  • Propaganda and Censorship (FILM202)
    Level2
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with an insight into the interaction of film and political authority, the structures which the authorities use or have used in order to exert control on the cinema and the ways in which cinema’s power over its audience has been harnessed, manipulated or occasionally feared to the point of suppression;

    To examine specific films, scenes from them and the controversies around them as case studies of the interaction of film and political and /or other authority;

    To introduce students to theoretical debates about propaganda and censorship in Film Studies.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain a differentiated understanding of the way in which political and other authorities have sought to control, harness and curb the power of film in different historical situations.

    (LO2) Students will gain an awareness of film’s position in national institutional structures and the effect of these onthe finished product and a historical perspective on the perceived purpose of and limits on film production in Europe.

    (LO3) Students will develop an alertness to the ways in which film may seek to manipulate the viewer and a critical attitude to the theories that have been constructed regarding the effects of film on its audience.

    (LO4) Students will develop an ability to use different kinds of textual evidence to present a balanced and sophisticated argument about complex issues of representation and control and to reach a reasoned conclusion recognising the power of social attitudes and desires in the formulation and conduct of debates in these fields.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S4) Research skills - All Information skills

Programme Year Three

Year abroad

You will complete assessment tasks appropriate to your Year Abroad placement, either producing one or more pieces of work in German or completing modules at your host university.

Programme Year Four

You will take two language modules, complete a dissertation and take four optional modules.

Year Four Compulsory Modules

  • Proficient German 11 (GRMN311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To equip final year students with sophisticated expressive skills in the area of formal text production on an advanced level in a variety of genres;

    To provide translations skills in different styles, registers and genres;

    To develop grammar skills to an advanced level; 

    To develop advanced listening skills;

    To develop speaking and presentation skills through specific oral classes.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students completing this module will have gained skills to read, understand and write texts in a variety of genres.

    (LO2) Ability to apply translation skills in a variety of genres

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate listening comprehension of a high level of authentic material

    (LO4) Demonstrate speaking skills on a number of topics

    (LO5) Demonstrate confidence in presentation skills

    (LO6) Demonstrate a high level in the use of accurate grammar

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Report writing

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Communicating for audience

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

  • Proficient German 12 (GRMN312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

    To equip final year students with sophisticated expressive skills in the area of formal text production on an advanced level in a variety of genres;

    To provide translations skills in different styles, registers and genres;

    To deepen interpreting competence;

    To develop grammar skills to an advanced level;

    To develop advanced listening skills;

    To develop speaking and presentation skills.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) The skills to read, understand and write texts in a variety of genres  of a high level on authentic material

    (LO2) Ability to comprehend advanced German texts and audios and be able to demonstrate this understanding by interpreting them in responding to detailed questions on their lexical, idiomatic and grammatical features skills in a variety of genres

    (LO3) Apply speaking skills on a number of topics, converse fluently, practice pronunciation

    (LO4) Use of a high level of grammar

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Listening skills

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S6) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

  • Dissertation (MODL307)
    Level3
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a cultural, literary or linguistic topic of interest to them;

    To draw on and extend the skills and knowledge of relevant cultural, literary or linguistic issues and theoretical debates students have acquired in their taught modules;

    To produce a piece of individual research which presents an argument developed over 10,000 words, usually divided into Introduction, three chapters, and Conclusion.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Utilise a variety of bibliographical tools to locate a range of primary and secondary sources on which to base a research project.

    (LO2) Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    (LO3) Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    (LO4) Engage critically with relevant cultural, literary or linguistic and / or theoretical debates on the topic.

    (LO5) Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a long-term process of research, reading and writing.

    (LO6) Present a confident and coherent argument in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    (S1) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

    (S2) Information skills - Information accessing:[Locating relevant information] [Identifying and evaluating information sources]

    (S3) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S8) Time and project management - Project management

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S10) Research skills - All Information skills

Year Four Optional Modules

  • Fairytales and Fear: the Fantastic in Literature (GRMN316)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    This module seeks to introduce students to the genre of the fantastic in German literature, focusing on two areas: fairytales in the Grimm’s Märchen and contemporary Romanticism (Tieck, Hoffmann), and poetic as well as psychological realism (Schnitzler, Storm, von Droste-Hulshoff).   It will familiarise students with key theories of the genre, with a particular emphasis on Todorov’s theory of the fantastic, and Freud’s reading of Der Sandmann and develop students’ skills in textual interpretation through close reading.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate an understanding of the literary genre of the fantastic and the psychological notion of the uncanny.

    (LO2) Students will have enhanced their critical reading skills of narrative prose from a range of historical periods, and of theoretical texts and secondary literature.

    (LO3) Students will be able to apply theoretical concepts to literary texts and assess the merits of competing interpretations.

    (S1) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

    (S2) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning

    (S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

    (S4) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

    (S5) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

  • Language & Society (GRMN313)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To familiarise students with key concepts in sociolinguistics; To e nable students to apply key concepts in the analysis of samples of the German language and in the discussion of the social relevance of language variations; To develop an understanding of the link between language and (national) identity and the role of German in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; To develop an understanding of the importance of the German language and its variations for the identity of individual speakers; To develop an understanding of recent language changes and their causes and perceptions in society.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Understand sociolinguistic concepts such as dialect or sociolect and their significance as social markers in society.

    (LO2) Recognise features of certain variations of the language.

    (LO3) Understand the role that language plays for individual, group and national identity.

    (LO4) Demonstrate a critical understanding of EU language policies and their effects.

    (LO5) Understand how language works to change or maintain power relations.

    (S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S2) Global citizenship - Understanding of equality and diversity

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

  • Terror Remembered: Representing Traumatic Histories in Latin America, Europe and China (MODL304)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To introduce students to approaches to memory and to a body of textual, visual, material representation of terror that has become a key focus for critical analysis in recent cultural studies;

    To provide a context in which students can engage in systematic comparisons between European, Latin American and East Asian experiences and representations of social and political trauma;

    To provoke students to reflect systematically on the political and ethical implications of literary, material and cinematic representation of traumatic histories.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) A basic knowledge of the circumstances and character of the Holocaust in Europe, the experiences of dictatorship and civil war in Latin America, and, where relevant, the Japanese occupation of China and the Chinese Cultural Revolution.

    (LO2) A detailed understanding of the ways in which traumatic experiences of state terror and civil conflict have been represented in Latin American, European or Chinese cultural discourse.

    (LO3) Familiarity with the terms and methods used in the critical analysis of literary, visual and heritage practice and in particular with the terms of critical debate about the ethics and aesthetics of representing political violence and genocide

    (LO4) The ability to apply comparative analysis to the understanding of local and individual events, texts and artefacts

    (LO5) For students of a modern foreign language: enhanced ability to use their skills for reading and analysing a range of complex texts in the target language.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral and poster design

    (S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S3) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S5) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S6) Personal attributes and qualities - independence

  • The German Cinema Since 1990 (GRMN330)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To provide students with a detailed knowledge of the German cinema since 1990 and its social and institutional context;           To sensitise students to debates about the return of popular-genre and star-led cinema in the German film industry since 1990 and the rise of so-called 'heritage' cinema;           To sensitise students to films as historical texts which emerge from and engage with the context of their production;            To sensitise students to film as an aesthetic artefact determined on the one hand by particular conditions of production (i.e. the studio system) and produced on the other according to cinematic conventions of film language, genre etc.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will gain an understanding of the ongoing development of film within the social, institutional and commercial context of the German film industry of the 1990s.

    (LO2) Students will demonstrate a good understanding of the critical debates surrounding the return of genre cinema and popular film-making in the German film industry in the 1990s and they will be able to relate these to debates about German film-making before 1990.

    (LO3) Students will demonstrate a critical understanding of the work of some of the most important film directors to have emerged in since 1990 and the relation of their work to traditions of German film-making and international trends

    (LO4) Students will demonstrate a critical grasp of a range of visual, textual and other historical material, an ability to extract and synthesise information and to express arguments cogently in writing.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

    (S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Media analysis

    (S4) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S5) Research skills - All Information skills

  • Translation Project (MODL312)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To give students the opportunity to translate an extended piece of work to a high level of proficiency, with appropriate support;

    To conduct a close analysis of source material, paying particular attention to questions of style and register and rendering these appropriately in the target text;

    To give students the opportunity to carry out independent research at an advanced level, with appropriate support, into a topic of interest to them;

    To develop students' self-reflective skills, encouraging them to think critically about and justify translation choices.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Demonstrateawareness of theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translatingat a high level.

    (LO2) Abilityto convey source text in target language in an appropriate manner and to a highlevel.

    (LO3) Construct, focus and structure an independent project, in discussion with a personal supervisor working in that subject area.

    (LO4) Analyse source materials, and develop coherent and original arguments on the basis of research.

    (LO5) Manage time effectively and efficiently and plan a process of research, reading and writing.

    (LO6) Present a confident and coherent justification of translation strategy in clear written prose, following scholarly conventions of referencing and bibliography.

    (S1) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Self-awareness/self-analysis

    (S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills - written

    (S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Influencing skills – argumentation

    (S5) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S6) Time and project management - Personal organisation

    (S7) Time and project management - Project planning

    (S8) Time and project management - Project management

    (S9) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S10) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S11) Information skills - Critical reading

    (S12) Research skills - All Information skills

    (S13) Research skills - Awareness of /commitment to academic integrity

    (S14) Personal attributes and qualities - Initiative

  • Translation Theory and Practice (MODL311)
    Level3
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    To develop an understanding of theoretical issues of translation and to apply these in analysing existing texts as well as in making translation choices;

    To gain insight into the professional practice of translation;

    To further develop advanced language skills in both English and the target language(s);

    To be able to identify aspects of register, style and complex linguistic structures and to render these appropriately into English;

    To be able to translate a range of texts at a high level of proficiency and to select a suitable text for translation.

    Learning Outcomes

    (LO1) Students will demonstrate an awareness of the theoretical issues and stylistic choices involved in translating at a high level.

    (LO2) Students will be able to translate a range of texts into appropriate English.

    (LO3) Students will have acquired the comprehension and linguistic skills to understand and analyse complex texts in both their target language(s) and English.

    (S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Academic writing (inc. referencing skills)

    (S2) Improving own learning/performance - Reflective practice

    (S3) Critical thinking and problem solving - Creative thinking

    (S4) Global citizenship - Cultural awareness

    (S5) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

    (S6) Advanced language skills in both the target language(s) and English

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


Teaching and Learning

You will be taught in a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and small group tutorials where a friendly environment prevails and great attention is paid to giving feedback on assessed work.

In language classes, we make every effort to ensure that we have a small number of students compared to competitor institutions, which means that academic staff are able to support students to achieve their full potential. All language modules involve continuous assessment such as oral presentations, listening tests and grammar tests as well as exams. Tuition takes place in small groups with first-language speakers playing a prominent part and includes a range of skills such as listening, writing, speaking, interpreting and translation.

Students are also expected to make regular use of our fully-refurbished Language Lounge to enhance their own study. We encourage our students to become independent learners, and support them through our dedicated library resources in the Sydney Jones Library which is open 24-hour in term time. We also make extensive use of our virtual learning environment VITAL where students can complete structured tasks outside the classroom.


Assessment

Performance throughout the year is carefully monitored and used to supplement examinations. For language, such a programme of continuous assessment involves evaluating performance in a variety of written and oral exercises. Other modules have a mix of essay and exam assessment. Our aim is always to assess by methods of evaluation appropriate to the skills being developed and to allow students to gain credit for good work done during the year.

Exams take place at two points in the academic year: at the end of Semester One in January and at the end of the session in May, so that the workload is evenly distributed. As regards the final degree result, for language programmes, the second year’s work counts for 20%, the work done during the Year Abroad (foreign exams or extended essay or portfolio) counts for another 10%, and the final year’s work counts for 70%.