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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA German

Programme code:BA-GERMUCAS code:R220
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Stephan Petzold Contact address:S.Petzold@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

Entry requirements:

For entry requirements for this course please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/coursefinder

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Languages, Cultures and Societies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Languages and Related Studies

Programme specification:

The programme will provide an environment in which students with a knowledge of German to A-level, AS level or equivalent standard have the opportunity to develop high quality linguistic skills in German (in oral and aural proficiency, in context-sensitive communicative skills, and in written language skills) . It will also inculcate an understanding of the main issues of the past and future development of the Geman-speaking world and introduce students to its culture, history and society, offering courses on a diverse range of topics, including art, cinema, literature, politics, philosophy and the media.

The German Department's expertise is carefully tailored to be both accessible and challenging at every level, giving undergraduates a larger selection of options as they become more familiar with the subject area. Final-year students are offered one of the largest ranges of options in German departments in the country.

The programme uses a wide variety of innovative teaching methods, including the integration of IT into learning, in order to enable students to enjoy and profit from their study, as well as to prepare for the world of work. Students will learn how to exercise and train their critical intelligence, their ability to organise and deploy facts and opinions and their communication skills in both oral and written form.

The ability to study independently and develop interpersonal skills, such as team working, is fostered at every level, and the compulsory extended intercalary period spent in a German-speaking country gives students the opportunity to strengthen and consolidate these skills and manifestly provides a framework in which students can acquire a high level of intercultural competence.

Our graduates go on to pursue a wide range of careers and further study and are well equipped for lifelong learning.


Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 1 students must study 120-125 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

GERM1030German Core Language 120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM1060Introduction to Modern Germany20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM1070Approaching German Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules:

GERM1110Skills in German Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1050Introduction to Audio-Visual Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1060Language: Structure and Sound20 creditsSemester 1
MODL1070World Histories20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1090Intercultural Competence: Theory and Application20 creditsSemester 2
MODL1100Politics, Culture and Society20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1150Worlds of Literature20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL1401Discourse, Culture and Identity20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

As part of your induction to academic work, and in order to provide you with additional support in key areas of your programme, students are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to undertake the following 5-credit Study Skills module. This module resides above the required 120 credits students take in Level 1 and as such it is not compulsory, but it draws together key guidance that augments provision elsewhere.

MODL1500LCS Academic Essentials5 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits of discovery modules.


Year 2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 2 students must study 120 credits.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

GERM2030German Core Language 2
Pre-requisite for: GERM3030
20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 60 and 100 credits from the following optional modules:

FOAR2000Research Placement20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM2040Applied German Language20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM2050From Caligari to Hitler: Introduction to German Cinema20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM2310Politics, Society and Culture in the 'Berlin Republic'20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM2400Gender, Culture and Representation in German History 1871-200020 creditsNot running in 201718
GERM2600The Shock of the New: Culture and Power in Germany from the Second to the Third Reich20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM2700Freedom and Control: Identities in Crisis in German Literature and Film20 creditsNot running in 201718
MODL2001Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Not all optional modules will run in each year.
- FOAR2000 can only be counted as a German module if the project undertaken relates to German and you have sought prior approval of the Programme Manager.

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study between 0 and 40 credits of discovery modules to take their total number of enrolled credits to 120.


Year 3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

The third year will be spent in Germany or a German-speaking country.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

GERM9001German Year Abroad120 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Year 4 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

In Level 3 students must study 120 credits. Finalists may only take level 1 modules which are listed as discovery skills modules (skd) and only to the value of 20 credits.

In order to be eligible for an Honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3).

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

GERM3030German Core Language 320 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study ONE of the following Final Year Project modules.

MODL3300Final Year Project: Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3310Final Year Project: Extended Essay20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3320Final Year Project: Translation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3340Final Year Project: Extended Translation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MODL3350Final Year Project: Digital Documentary40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study at least 60 credits from the following optional modules:

GERM3040Borders and Border-Crossings in Contemporary German Culture20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM3060German for Professional Purposes20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM3080Contemporary German Cinema20 creditsNot running in 201718
GERM3092Advanced Translation from German into English20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM3100W. G. Sebald and the Politics of Literature20 creditsNot running in 201718
GERM3140War Imagined: Cultural Representations of War and Conflict in Germany20 creditsNot running in 201718
GERM3170German Utopian Thought in Fiction and Film20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
GERM3180Screening Terrorism20 creditsSemester 1
GERM3190Christa Wolf's Stadt der Engel20 creditsNot running in 201718
GERM3200Untranslatable? German Literature as an Object of Cultural Exchange20 creditsNot running in 201718
GERM3250Perpetrators and/or Victims? Remembering the Second World War in Germany20 creditsNot running in 201718
GERM3750The German Student Movement20 creditsNot running in 201718
MODL3200Representing the Holocaust: Transgression and the Taboo20 creditsSemester 1
MODL3800Linguists into Schools20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

- Not all modules will be available every year.

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 20 credits of discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

Last updated: 22/09/2017

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