Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:Classical Civilisation and German
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: Grade A in German at A level
IB score: 32 (5 in German at Higher Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 60 for all German joint honours courses
Campus: University Park Campus
This course offers you the opportunity to combine studies in German and the culture and society of ancient Greece and Rome. You will normally devote half your time to each discipline. Study of Greek or Latin is not required, but may be undertaken as part of the course.
In years one, two and four, core language modules are followed in German. Additional modules are selected in a variety of topics including literature of all periods, German linguistics, history, politics, culture and film, reflecting the specialisms of each department. Year three is spent abroad.
For classical civilisation, you will study two core survey modules introducing the history and culture of Greece and Rome and their reception and two more in-depth explorations of themes, topics and approaches. Beginners' Latin or Greek are optional. In German you will take the German language modules and choose one or two of the remaining core modules as appropriate.
Classical civilisation combines a range of optional modules exploring ancient literature, art and history, with an extended source study, to prepare you for third-year dissertation work. In German, you will continue to study the German language and choose further optional modules.
The year is spent abroad as an English language assistant in a school or studying at a higher education institution.
In classical civilisation, you will either develop and pursue your own interests through a 10,000-word dissertation or take a special subject module which involves detailed, in-depth study of a particular topic. In German you take further language modules and choose from a range of options.
See also the Department of German Studies.
A levels: ABB, including A in German at A level
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (minimum 19 with 20 in Speaking).
For details please see the alternative qualifications page
Flexible admissions policy
We may make some applicants an offer lower than advertised, depending on their personal and educational circumstances.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result, may change from year to year. The following list is therefore subject to change but should give you a flavour of the modules we offer.
Typical year-one modules
Studying the Greek World
German Language I
Studying the Roman World
Interpreting ancient literature
Typical year-two modules
German Language II
Extended Source Study in Classical Civilisation
Classics and Popular Culture
Typical year-three modules
Year- three is spent abroad.
Please see the Department of German Studies Introduction to the Year Abroad page or contact the Department of Classics for more information.
Typical year-four special subjects
Democracy, Freedom and Oppression
Sparta in comparative perspective
Masculinity and Citizenship
Religion, Magic and the Greeks
Typical optional modules
Interpreting Ancient Art
Culture and Society of the Low Countries
Sex, Lies and Violence: Battles of the Athenian Lawcourts
Slavery in Roman Society
History of the Germanic Languages
Media, Parties and Politics in Modern Democracies
Euripides: Experiments in Tragedy
Love in Augustan Rome
Culture and Society in the Weimar Republic
You will have acquired a broad knowledge of the ancient world and classical civilisation and undertaken in-depth study in areas of your own interest. You will also have a command of German that will enable you to work comfortably in professional and other language contexts and you will have acquired a broad knowledge of French history, literature and culture. The experience of the year abroad will demonstrate to potential employers that you are adaptable, resourceful and independent.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of Classics was £19,928 and for graduates of the Department of German it was £22,454.*
*Average starting salary from known destinations of first-degree leavers who studied full-time, 2010/11.
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This course contains a period of study abroad. Students' language skills and cultural understanding, developed during their year abroad, are assessed by a presentation.
The assessment forms part of the final year language module R23201 or R23202 (essay and oral, worth 10 credits) and contributes 20% to the overall module mark.