BA German and Communications Studies

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  • Objectives
    This course enables you to develop your German language skills while learning about the theory and history of communications in a global context. You will have the option to cover a range of subjects such as the role of the mass media, semiotics, psychoanalysis, and cultural studies, and you have the flexibility to tailor your degree to suit your own interests. You will divide your time equally between German and communications studies.
  • Entry requirements
    Required subjects: B in German at A level IB score: 30-32 (5 in German)
  • Academic title
    BA German and Communications Studies
  • Course description
    BA German and Communications Studies


    Year one

    The German core language course develops the four skills of reading, listening, speaking and writing. In addition, you take modules in literature, history, politics and society and may opt for modules in linguistics. In Communications Studies, the course introduces you to the key theories and ideas, developing knowledge and understanding of approaches to subjects such as visual culture and communication, cultural difference and globalisation.

    Year two

    Your German language skills will be consolidated to prepare you for the year abroad. In German, you will take modules in literature, history, politics and society. There is additionally a wide choice of modules in German culture, media and linguistics. In Communications Studies you will study the political implications of theories and approaches to culture and communications, and explore the politics of particular situations, ranging from everyday life encounters to questions of national identity.

    Year three

    Spent in Germany or Austria, on a programme of studies in a higher education institution, as an assistant in a school, or on a work placement.

    Year four

    You will develop your command of German to a high level and use it in increasingly sophisticated contexts. You will also study optional modules in German drawn from the areas of literature, history, politics, society, media and linguistics and you may also choose to write a dissertation. In Communications Studies your final year allows you to specialise in areas of your choice. Optional modules will explore topics such as political correctness, hate speech and representations of disaster.

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