German Studies

Germanic Studies embraces the language, history, society and culture of well over 100 million people. In the 20th century, Germany has had a bigger impact on world history than any other European country. Today, it is the political and economic powerhouse at the heart of the European Union.

Year abroad in Germany.

At Sheffield we believe that language and culture are two sides of the same coin. You can only really get fluent in a language if you study the culture of that language and vice versa. But we also recognise that cultures are always interconnected: for example, German culture is always connected with the other cultures of Europe and beyond.

Learn more about German at Sheffield

Undergraduate degree combinations

BA Modern Languages & Cultures

On the BA Modern Languages & Cultures you can study:

  • German language & culture only
  • German language & culture with one other language & culture
  • German language & culture with two other languages & cultures

Choose from these languages:

  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese
  • Catalan
  • Dutch
  • Luxembourgish* (from second year only)
  • Czech
  • Italian

BA Modern Languages and cultures - 2020 entry

Dual Honours (with a non-language subject)

As a Dual Honours degree:

  • German language & culture with a non-language subject
  • German languages & culture, a second language & culture, and a non-language subject

Combine your study of German language & culture with one of the following:

  • Archaeology
  • Business Management
  • Economics
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

Find out more about our range of dual honours degrees.

Guided Module Choice

If you have some experience of modern language learning, you may be able to take German language & culture modules either as part of your degree (guided modules) or alongside your degree (not-for-credit modules).

Fast facts

Award: Bachelor of Arts

Duration: 4 years

Entry: ABB at A Level. We also accept a wide range of other qualifications. See individual degree programmes for more detailed information.

Why study German at Sheffield?

We asked some of our students why they chose to study German at Sheffield:

Course structure

Post A-level Course

You can take German in a variety of subject combinations and you can choose from a wide range of optional modules.

But at the centre of all our programmes are your language modules. They form the bedrock of your education in German. For Post A-level students they normally take three hours of language teaching per week. In addition we offer a digital learning opportunities and a lively social and extra-curricular programme with other students and German-speakers. 

Alongside your compulsory language programme you choose from a wide range of culture, history, linguistics or literature course. Our staff has expertise in many areas which is reflected in our teaching.  You are also free to pick School-wide modules, depending on your degree programme.

Beginners' German

If you are new to the German language your programme will entail five weekly hours of intensive teaching. This will rapidly develop your German. In addition to language you will be introduced to German Studies covering culture, literature, philosophy and film.

In your Second Year you will take four hours a week of language teaching and again you will develop your German Studies: politics, media, culture and literature, philosophy and film. Depending on your programme you can take more modules of course.

After the Year Abroad you are able to integrate fully with your fellow students on the post-A level strand.


Module information

You will study 40 credits in language and culture at either beginner or post A level.

Beginner's German

Title

Credits

Core/Optional

German Language for Beginners

An intensive language course taught in small groups. By the end of the year you will be able to read German and use the language in a variety of social contexts (CEFR A1/2).

20

Core

Understanding German History and Culture*

This course offers an overview of German history from Napoleon's invasion, to Bismarck's unification and the two World Wars, right up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany today. We also look at major literary texts and political and philosophical ideas (e.g. Freud, Marx, Kafka, Bachman).   

* This course is Core if you are studying one or two languages and cultures and Optional if you are studying three languages and cultures

20

Core /
Optional

Visions of Germany

Explore the unfolding of German history over the past 100 years through images and film: Expressionist classics of silent film and abstract art, innovation and poverty in the turbulent Weimar era, National Socialist visual propaganda, state-building and reconstruction in East and West after 1945, memorials and changing cityscapes, protest art, as well as recent films about terrorism, the collapse of the GDR, multiculturalism and the “Berlin Republic”.

Open to all, taught in English 

20 Optional

Post A Level German

Title

Credits

Core/Optional

German Language Post A-Level

In this intensive language course you will build on your existing German language. You will encounter more sophisticated grammar and extend your reading and speaking skills. By the the end of the year you will have gained B1/2 fluency.

20 Core

Understanding German History and Culture*

This course offers an overview of German history from Napoleon's invasion, to Bismarck's unification and the two World Wars, right up to the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany today. We also look at major literary texts and political and philosophical ideas (e.g. Freud, Marx, Kafka, Bachman).   

* This course is Core if you are studying one or two languages and cultures and Optional if you are studying three languages and cultures

20 Core /
Optional

Visions of Germany

Explore the unfolding of German history over the past 100 years through images and film: Expressionist classics of silent film and abstract art, innovation and poverty in the turbulent Weimar era, National Socialist visual propaganda, state-building and reconstruction in East and West after 1945, memorials and changing cityscapes, protest art, as well as recent films about terrorism, the collapse of the GDR, multiculturalism and the “Berlin Republic”.

Open to all, taught in English 

20 Optional

You may also choose from a range of modules from across the School of Languages and Cultures.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it is up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research, funding changes, professional accreditation requirements, student or employer feedback, outcomes of reviews, and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information last updated: 4 February 2021


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