The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
German: You embark upon a structured language course that leads you by stages from what you have learned at school or college up to final degree level. You are also introduced to German literature, history and linguistics (both contemporary and historical).
Geography: The modular structure allows you maximum flexibility in developing your own interests without channelling you into decisive choices too early. In the first year you will be exposed to the main principles of human and physical geography, to global environmental issues, and various practical skills. You will also explore contemporary urban issues using Birmingham as a real-world laboratory. The first semester includes residential fieldwork in human and physical geography.
German: As well as continuing to develop your language skills, you also study special topics chosen from a wide range of courses in the fields of German literature, film and theatre, gender studies, history, society, politics, culture and linguistics.
Geography: You are now introduced to specialist techniques such as computer cartography and the use of databases and spreadsheets. You learn how to develop a research proposal, which may be the starting point for your dissertation in the final year. Training in more advanced fieldwork skills is provided by courses held in European centres. You also choose from optional modules in many different branches of Geography.
The third year is normally spent following a programme of study at one of our many partner universities in Germany or Austria.
German: The fourth and final year of your degree consists of an advanced practical language element (oral work, translation both into and out of German and essay writing in German). You will also take a number of optional courses in German literature (both modern and medieval), history, society, politics, philosophy, linguistics and philology.
Geography: In your final year you select from a wide range of modules that provide the more specialised knowledge and skills in the areas of Geography that appeal to you.