We are committed to teaching innovative programmes that build directly on our research excellence.
All our degree courses are modular, allowing you to select modules in areas that interest you. We emphasise the development of language skills throughout the course. A varied menu of work in small groups develops speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and these are underpinned by a course in German grammar. Your oral skills will be assessed along with your ability to write German and to read a range of texts. You can also choose additional language options, e.g. in translation studies. Beginners follow an intensive programme of language instruction to enable rapid progress. In the final year they take the same language classes as post-A level students and graduate at the same level.
Other modules are delivered through lectures and seminars with plenty of scope for class discussion. You will gain practice in giving presentations in German and will learn to prepare work in groups as well as individually.
First year students of German take a module which introduces them to the study of German literature, linguistics, history and film. Optional modules then allow you to study the topics that most interest you. These cover areas such as modern and contemporary German history, politics, linguistics, literature, culture and media. Optional modules in Dutch language are also available.
Modules are assessed by coursework and exams or a combination of both. Your degree classification is determined by marks gained in the second and fourth year.