First year modules 

In the first year, you will gain an introduction to the main areas of German Studies through the following modules:

  • German Practical Language 1
  • German Literature: Texts in Context
  • Modern Germany: History and its Images
  • German Linguistics Past and Present
  • German Translation in Practice 1

All these modules are weighted at 20 credits. In addition, you choose a Module Outside the Main Discipline from a wide range of subject areas across the University.

German Practical Language I

Various tutors
20 credits - core module

'The Year 1 advanced German language module aims to enable you to make substantial progress in both your written and spoken German. German grammar is taught by means of a weekly 'Learning German' lecture which deals systematically with areas of German grammar and usage with which advanced learners tend to have difficulty. The module also consists of two one-hour 'Sprachpraxis' classes per week (these are normally classes of between eight and twelve students) which provide training in vocabulary building, textual analysis, oral and written comprehension and pronunciation.

Assessment: combination of coursework and end-of-year written and oral exams.

Outlines of German Literature: Texts in Context

Various tutors
20 credits - core module

This weekly lecture and tutorial introduces you to a wide range of writers and texts, mainly from the twentieth century. The first semester cover shorter texts from the ‘Stunde Null’ in 1945 to the present day. In the second semester, you read fewer and longer texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The weekly small-group tutorials help you to develop your skills of analysis and discussion, and your essay-writing skills.

Assessment: combination of coursework and an end-of-year exam.

Modern Germany: History and its Images

Various tutors
20 credits - core module

brandenburg-gateDo you know why gymnastics clubs were hotbeds of revolutionary ferment in Germany in the nineteenth century? Did you realise that Germans needed wheelbarrows full of money to buy a loaf of bread during the Weimar Republic? Have you ever wondered why no one stopped the building of the Berlin Wall? Taught as a combination of lectures and small-group seminars, this course provides an introduction to modern German history from 1815 to 1990. It uses images and films to bring history to life and to think about the way German history has been written. Want to know more already and to see images and sounds from the recent (and not so recent) past? Why not take a look at LeMO

Assessment: combination of coursework and an end-of-year exam

German Linguistics Past and Present

Mr Robert Evans 
20 credits - core module

German Linguistics Past provides an introduction to the early history of the German language, starting around 5000BC when the parent language of most of the modern languages of Europe and India, namely Proto-Indo-European, was a living language. The course then traces the development from Indo-European of the Germanic family of languages during the last two thousand years BC, a period when, believe it or not, English and German were indistinguishable from each other, until the emergence in the eighth and ninth centuries AD of a clearly identifiable High German language, the earliest ancestor of today's New High German. German Linguistics Present introduces key concepts in contemporary linguistics, including phonetics and phonology, Anglo-American influence on German and the recently introduced German spelling reforms.

Assessment: two coursework essays.

German Translation in Practice

Various tutors
20 credits - core module

This module aims to provide an introduction to German into 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 medications and DIY instructions. The emphasis of the module will be on a) the development of cultural sensitivity, b) learning to use dictionaries and other vocabulary resources, c) the production of translations of a near-professional standard and d) the use of linguistic and functionalist approaches to translation.

Assessment: a portfolio of four equally weighted translations.

Module outside the Main Discipline (MOMD)

20 credits - core module

A Module outside the Main Discipline (MOMD) allows our Single Honours students to develop their knowledge of a subject other than German. MOMDs can be taken in Years One and Two of the programme. A very wide range of subjects is offered, from Economics to Education, Modern Languages to History, Political Science to English. There are dozens of modules on offer. You could learn a new language, such as Spanish, Russian, Italian, improve your knowledge of International Relations, or learn about African culture or society, English literature or Film Studies.