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.
In this programme, you study half of your modules (60 credits) in German and half in History (60 credits)
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).
History: The first year is the foundational year in an academic process that will see you progress from being a dependent to an independent learner. You will study modules spanning the early medieval to late modern periods. You can choose two out of five survey modules, one in the Autumn Term and one in the Spring Term, Discovering the Middle Ages, The Making of the Modern World 1500-1815, Living in the Middle Ages, The Making of the Contemporary World 1815-2000, War and Society (20 credits per module). These explore fundamental themes and issues focused on key periods and indicate the kinds of questions historians explore and some of the methods they employ in answering them. You will also study Practising History (A): Skills in History (Autumn semester) and Practising History (B): Approaches to History (Spring semester), which look more closely at the techniques of the historian and at the nature and evolution of key historical debates.
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. Details of the second year modules available in German can be found here:
History: The second year is an intermediate year that builds on the foundations laid in the first year of study. You engage in a Group Research module in the Autumn Term and extend your historical knowledge through a subject-specific module chosen from a wide range available from Option B in the Spring Term. You can then choose one of the following 20 credit modules: History in Theory and Practice, Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) (please note this module must be studied if a History 40 credit dissertation is to be taken in the final year) and may also be able to take a Professional Skills module (please note that places on this module are limited).
Your year abroad in the third year is compulsory. Most of our students spend it at one of our many partner universities in Germany or Austria, although some prefer to teach or work in a German-speaking country.
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), together with a number of optional courses in German literature (both modern and medieval), history, society, politics, philosophy, linguistics and philology. Details of the final year modules available in German can be found here:
History: The fourth year represents the culmination of undergraduate study and the final stage of your transition to an independent learner. You hone your historical skills in Advanced Option A or Advanced Option B and you also undertake an in-depth Special Subject module, which is chosen from a variety of available subjects.