Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
In this programme, you study half of your modules (60 credits) in German and half in History (60 credits)
German: During your first year you will take two compulsory language modules: 'German Core Advanced or Beginners I and II' as well as an optional module. You can choose between a range of optional modules including: 'Contemporary Germany', 'German Literature: Texts in Context', 'Modern German History', and 'German Translation in Practice'.
- Practising History (A): Skills in History
- Practising History (B): Approaches to History
You will choose one of these modules:
- Discovering the Middle Ages
- Reformation, Rebellion and Revolution: Making of the Modern World 1500-1800
You will also choose one of these modules:
- Living in the Middle Ages
- The Making of the Contemporary World: Modern History c.1800 to the Present
- War and Society
- United States History 1865-2000
History first year detailed module descriptions
German: As well as continuing to develop your language skills with the language compulsory modules (depending on your level in German), 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.
- Group Research
- Option (History)
Choose from one of the following:
- History in Theory and Practice (20 credits)
- Research Methods (20 credits)
- Professional Skills Module (20 credits) - please note: places on this module are limited
History second year detailed module descriptions
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 final year of your degree consists of a compulsory 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.
- Special Subject A+B (20 + 20 credits)
Students can also take an Advanced Option A, an Advanced Option B or a Joint Honours History dissertation for a further 20 credits or two of these modules for a further 40 credits.
If you studied Research Methods (Dissertation Preparation) in year 2 you would normally be expected to do a 40 credit dissertation in History (for 80 credits in total).
History final year detailed module descriptions
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.