Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:German (Beginners) and Philosophy
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: Evidence of language-learning ability and GCSE maths grade C or above.
IB score: 32 (4 in a modern/classical language at Standard Level)
Available part time: yes
Course places: 60 for all joint honours courses in the Department of German Studies
Campus: University Park Campus
You will normally divide your time equally between German and philosophy, taking core modules in German Language plus further optional modules from a wide range covering German Literature, politics, history, media and linguistics. This course offers you the opportunity to take up German from scratch and combine it with the study of philosophy. An intensive beginners' course in German will enable you to capitalise on your proven language-learning ability and develop German to degree level.
In philosophy you will take core modules in philosophical problems and optional modules in areas of philosophy that interest you.
In German, you will begin a structured course in the language to take you from beginners to advanced level and are also introduced to aspects of German culture and history. In philosophy, you will be introduced to the subject through a series of core modules in central philosophical problems and you will also be able to choose optional modules.
Your German language studies will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. In German, you will take modules in literature and history and may opt to take modules in politics, linguistics, media and film. In philosophy, there are further core modules in central areas and a wide variety of optional modules that allow you to develop and broaden your philosophical skills and knowledge.
Spent in Germany or Austria as a language assistant in a school, on an approved course of study or on a work placement.
You will develop your command of German to a high level and use it in increasingly sophisticated contexts. You will also study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics. In German, you may also choose to write a dissertation. In philosophy, there will be free choice from a wide variety of more advanced modules, including the opportunity to write a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.
See also the Department of Philosophy.
A levels: ABB, including evidence of language-learning ability and GCSE maths grade C or above.
English language requirements
IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
TOEFL iBT 100 (no less that 20 in speaking and 19 in each other element)
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
Self, Mind and Body
Locke: Appearance and Reality
Beginners' German Language
Reasoning and Argument: An Introduction to Philosophical Method
Typical year-two modules
The Nature of Meaning
Typical year-three modules
Year spent abroad. Please see the Department of German Studies Year Abroad page.
Typical year-four modules
German Essay and Oral
Translation from German
Please see optional modules (below) or contact the Department of German Studies for more information.
Typical optional modules
Sex, Gender and Society in Modern Germany
Reading German Literature I
Reasons for Action
Issues in Feminist Philosophy
Investigating the German Language
The New German Cinema
History of Philosophy
Culture and Society in the Weimar Republic
Philosophy of Mind
You will graduate with a broad understanding of philosophical theories and concepts and a specialist knowledge of the areas you have chosen to focus on. You will have the ability to think and study independently, to communicate effectively, and to develop and sustain a reasoned argument. You will have achieved a high level of expertise in written and spoken German and your international experience will demonstrate to employers that you are adaptable and independent.
Average starting salary
The average starting salary for 2010/11 full-time graduates of the Department of German Studies was £22,454 and for graduates of the Department of Philosophy it was £19,250*
*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.