German Studies first year modules

Module details

Beginners level

For those students taking 60 credits of beginners German (not available for students taking Geography & German or Modern Langauges and Music):

  • German Language beginners I & II
  • German History and its Images

For those students taking 40 credits of beginners German (not available for students taking Geography & German or Modern Langauges and Music):

  • German Language beginners I & II

Advanced level

For those students taking 80 credits of advanced German:

  • German Language Advanced I
  • Outlines of German Literature: Texts in Context

Two modules from:

  • Contemporary German
  • Modern Germany: History and its Images
  • German Translation in Practice I

For those students taking 60 credits of advanced German:

  • German Language Advanced I
  • Outlines of German Literature: Texts in Context

One module from:

  • Contemporary Germany
  • Modern Germany: History and its Images

For those students taking 40 credits of advanced German:

  • German Language Advanced I

One module from:

  • Outlines of German Literature: Texts in Context
  • Contemporary Germany
  • Modern Germany: History and its Images

Compulsory modules

German Language Beginners I

The course is aimed at absolute beginners or near beginners in German. It will introduce students to the main grammatical structures and functions of the language through classroom exercises reinforced by private study. You will become sufficiently proficient in a wide range of common (predictable) situations and functions. Practical language classes will focus on productive and receptive skills helping students to achieve effective communicative competence up to ‘survival’ level. Aspects of modern Germany will be introduced in the target language at appropriate points. The course will also help students to develop strategies for coping with German in real-life situations, using a variety of materials: semi authentic texts, dialogues and simulated radio & TV programmes. Students will be given the opportunity to work in a group as well as individually. Strategies for independent learning will also be developed. Support of independent learning is provided with the help of extensive material on Canvas. By the end of this course all students should have reached Level A1 of the Common European Framework (CEFR) in all skills.

German Language Beginners II

This module is a continuation from German Language Beginners I  offering deeper and wider insights into key aspects of German language. It will introduce students to further key grammatical structures and functions of the language through classroom exercises reinforced by private study. Students will become proficient in a wide range of common (predictable) situations and functions. Practical language classes will focus on the enhancement of productive and receptive skills helping students to achieve effective communicative competence beyond ‘survival’ level. Further aspects of modern Germany will be introduced in the target language at appropriate points. The course will also help students to develop further strategies for coping with German in real-life situations, using a variety of materials: authentic texts, dialogues, short presentations, interviews and simulated radio & TV programmes. Students will be given the opportunity to work in a group as well as individually. Strategies for independent learning will also be developed. The course is supported by extensive material on Canvas, our Virtual Learning Environment, for self study. By the end of this course all students should have reached A2 of the Common European Framework (CEFR) in most skills.

German Language Advanced I

The Year 1 advanced German language module aims to help you to make progress on all the key areas of language competence (reading, writing, listening and speaking). It is taught over three contact hours per week, mainly in small groups of 10-15 students, giving you plenty of opportunities to practise your spoken German and to ask questions.

Optional modules (compulsory for some combinations)

Outlines of German Literature: Texts in Context

Over the two semesters of this linked module, we will cover a selection of literary texts in German from the nineteenth and twentieth century. The first semester will normally deal with shorter texts from the post-1945 period, whilst the second semester will introduce some longer texts, including one or more texts written before 1945. Texts will be drawn from a variety of genres. Classes will discuss not only the content of the set texts, but also the techniques required in order to analyse literary texts.

Modern Germany: History and its Images

This lecture/seminar course consisting of a weekly hour-long lecture, hour-long seminars (six per term) and film viewings provides an introduction to modern German history and covers the period from 1945 to the present in Semester 1 and 1815 to 1945 in Semester 2. The course makes extensive use of video material and focuses on selected films for in-depth study.

Contemporary Germany: Unity and Diversity

The module will introduce students to the changing face of contemporary Germany, through some of the following topics: current affairs; memory and memorialisation; gender and sexuality; nationhood and migration; Germany and Europe; the German language in the twenty-first century; and contemporary culture. A key theme running through the module will be that of unity and diversity, as we examine how Germany is transforming itself and being transformed in the face of powerful global influences, institutions and movements. Drawing on relevant case studies, texts and artefacts, the module will develop students’ analytical skills by using specific examples in order to illuminate broader patterns. The module will be taught in German as far as possible. Students will use as much authentic material in German as possible in order to develop their reading and listening skills, and they will be expected to develop their speaking and writing skills over the course of the module.

German Translation in Practice 1  (Wirtschaftsdeutsch 1)

This course gives you an introduction to German to English translation in a number of consumer-oriented areas of German business, e.g. German-language commercials, branding and marketing, company websites and instructions for consumers such as cooking recipes, leaflets accompanying common medicines and simple DIY instructions.