Fact file - 2014 entry
Qualification:BA Jt Hons
Type and duration:4 year UG (year 3 out)
Qualification name:German (Beginners) and Classical Civilisation
A level offer: ABB
Required subjects: normally a good A2 or AS in a modern or classical language
IB score: 32 (5 in a modern/classical language at Standard 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 take up German from scratch and combine it with studies in the culture and society of ancient Greece and Rome. Study of Greek or Latin is not required, but may be undertaken as part of the course (in any year if you have A level; in year two and/or year four if you don't). An intensive beginners' course in German will enable you to capitalise on your proven language-learning ability and develop German to degree level. We offer a wide choice of modules in German studies in literature, linguistics, history, politics, culture and film, so that you will be able to tailor the course to match your interests. Additional modules are selected in a variety of topics reflecting the specialisms of each department. Year three is spent abroad.
In German, you will begin a structured course in the language to take you from beginners' to degree level and are also introduced to aspects of German culture and history. 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. If you have A-level Greek or Latin you may develop the language concerned.
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. Study of Greek or Latin is optional. In German, your language studies will be consolidated and developed to prepare you for the year abroad. You will take modules in literature, history, linguistics, politics and society from a wide choice of modules in German studies.
The year is spent in Germany or Austria as an English language assistant in a school, studying at a higher education institution, or on a work placement.
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, or take Greek or Latin. You will develop your command of German and its use in increasingly sophisticated contexts, and study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics. You may choose to write a dissertation on an area of German studies.
See also the Department of German Studies
A levels: ABB, normally a good A2 or AS level in a language
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 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 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 high level of expertise in spoken and written German, and a broad knowledge German 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 the 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.