This course, combining politics with degree-level study in German language and culture, is open to beginners in German as well as post-A level students. Beginners’ German students follow an intensive language course designed to take them to degree level within four years, while post-A level students take language classes at an advanced level. Absolute beginners, GCSE, AS (all beginners’ pathway), or A level students (advanced pathway) in German are warmly invited to apply. All students graduate with the same degree, our BA in German and Politics.
You will normally divide your time equally between German and politics, taking core modules in both subjects along with options from a wide range of modules which will allow you to tailor your degree to your own interest. This course offers modules in German language, literature, linguistics, history, politics, culture and film. In politics, you will take a range of options from three core areas: political theory, comparative politics and international relations. At the end of the course, you will have acquired a solid knowledge base in politics as well as an understanding of German history and culture. You’ll also have valuable linguistic, analytical and presentation skills, and your international experience will help you to stand out as a graduate.
The German core language course develops the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. Beginners will work intensively on a structured language programme to enable rapid progress. In addition to core German language, you will take a core German Studies module introducing you to the study of German linguistics, literature, history and film. Post-A level German students will take further optional modules focusing on areas of German studies of their choice.
In politics, you will take modules in contemporary political theory, comparative politics and international relations. You will learn to apply and gain a thorough understanding of the history of political ideas.
Your German language skills will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. In German, you will take modules in literature, history, politics and society. There is additionally a wide choice of modules in German culture, media and linguistics.
In politics, you will take a range of options from three designated 'core' areas: political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
Your third academic year is spent in Germany or Austria doing one of the following:
- a programme of studies in a higher education institution
- working as an assistant in a school
- a work placement.
Options available to you may depend on the details of the Brexit settlement negotiated by the UK government. For more information, see our Year Abroad page and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies statement on Brexit and our year abroad provision.
Former beginners and post-A level students take the same German language classes, and graduate at the same level in German. 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 German literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics. You may also choose to write a dissertation.
In politics, you may elect to research and write a dissertation under the supervision of a member of staff, and/or take options in political theory, comparative politics and international relations.
See also the School of Politics & International Relations.