School-wide modules

School-wide modules cover themes across languages and cultures, bringing together research expertise from around the school.

Jessop West in the sun.

These modules give you the opportunity to broaden your horizons by setting your study of individual languages and cultures into wider cross-national contexts. By looking at sub-disciplines such as film or linguistics across our different languages and cultures you can develop a comparative approach right from the start of your degree.

The modules listed are examples from languages and cultures programmes from previous years. We are constantly reviewing our programmes and module choices may change. For the very latest information, check with the department direct. If you are studying a dual honours programme you will take the core and optional modules for your language(s) up to a total value of 60 credits.

These modules can be taken as part of your optional module/wider University choices for this year.

Title Credits Core/Optional

The Soviet Union 1917-1991

This module provides an overview of the historical changes affected the territories of the former Russian Empire from the Revolutions of 1917. This includes the dramatic economic, political, demographic, institutional and ideological changes that occurred in the period. Attention will also be paid to the multinational dimension of the USSR and to the international context within which the USSR rose and declined as a power. You will be introduced to some of the various theoretical approaches to the history of the USSR and will be encouraged to develop a critical approach to received categories. 

20 Optional

Introduction to European Cinema

An overview of the theory and practice of Cinema in European languages other than English from its origins to the present day. The module will provide an introduction to film analysis and a general introduction to cinematic technique and history from early silent cinema to contemporary film. Attention will be given to technical developments, questions of genre and artistic movements, and the relationship between cinema and socio-political developments. Topics will include the Russian avant-garde, German expressionism, the French New Wave and Latin American Cinema.
20 Optional

The Czechs in Central European History

This core content module will introduce you to salient aspects of the country's history, society, politics and culture through the study of a range of key texts and media. It will focus on key historical events, the values and ideas that inform these societies today and enable you to learn the interpretative methodologies specific to a range of cultural forms.
20 Optional

French Critical Contexts

This module will focus on two important French texts per semester (with `text¿ taken in its largest sense of book, film, art work, piece of music, cultural product, etc.). Each text will form the basis for a close reading, followed by analyses using French cultural, historical, literary and critical theory approaches as well as adaptations into other media (such as film, art and music) where appropriate. The module will be taught and assessed in English, but the materials will be made available in both French and English, with French students required to use and cite the French materials. The aim of the module is to introduce you to significant French texts and to illustrate and explore a range of possible critical approaches to them, including cross-media or intermedial reinterpretations.
20 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

Born out of Revolt & Consensus: the making of contemporary Netherlands & Belgium

The Low Countries have a long history of revolt and rebellion, discussion and debate, but also of consensus and compromise. This turbulent history has led to two of the most progressive societies in Europe, in which debate and protest still thrives. Against the backdrop of battles and mariage politics, we will focus on Low Countries Culture in visual arts, architecture and cinema, as well as on contemprary issues. In the second semester you will pick your own topic to concentrate on. This is a module for everybody with an interest in history, culture, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Full year, taught in English

20 Optional

These modules can be taken as part of your optional module/wider University choices for this year.

Title Credits Core/Optional
Language at Work 20 Optional 

You will spend your third year abroad.

Information for BA Modern Languages & Cultures students

One language

If you are studying one language, you will spend your year abroad in a country where that language is spoken.

Two languages

If you are studying two languages, you will normally divide your year abroad between two countries where your languages are spoken.

Three languages

If you are studying three languages, you will divide your year abroad between two countries where two of your languages are spoken; you will also be strongly encouraged to spend a short period in a country where your third language is spoken.

These modules can be taken as part of your optional module/wider University choices for this year.

Title Credits Core/Optional
Social Approaches to Multilingualism 20 Optional
Learning and Teaching Foreign Languages 20 Optional 
Luxury and Liberty: Germany & Britain 20 Optional 
Dissertation 20 Optional 

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 December 2019

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