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BA German and Italian

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  • Objectives
    The aim of this course is to develop your command of the German and Italian languages to the point where you would feel at ease in professional or social exchanges with educated native speakers, and also to give you an in-depth understanding of key aspects of the culture of the two countries. An integral part of the programme is the year abroad which will give you first-hand knowledge of contemporary German and Italian society and culture.
  • Entry requirements
    300 points from three A levels or 320 points from 3 A levels and one AS level. Total points exclude Key Skills and General Studies. Subjects: Candidates must have either A level German or A at GCSE. Candidates with an A at GCSE can enter the programme by following an intermediate German language module. Candidates who have not studied German but have a modern foreign language A level can enter the programme by following beginners German language modules.
  • Academic Title
    BA German and Italian
  • Course description
    This BA in German and Italian involves the following modules.


    Year 1

    -German Language
    -Italian Language
    -Icons of Modern Germany
    -Twentieth-century Italian culture

    Year 2

    -German Language
    -Italian Language

    -Works by Brecht or Dürrenmatt or Schlink
    -East German Cinema
    -The language of political debate
    -Fin-de-Siecle Vienna
    -War, hell and family
    -Goethe and the 'Sturm und Drang'
    -Frederick the Great
    -History of the Italian Language
    -Italian Cinema
    -Italian History and Society since 1945
    -Italian Modernism
    -Italian Narrative and Poetry in the Nineteenth Century
    -Writing Women in Early Modern Italy (1300-1650)
    -Contemporary Italian Literature
    -Women in Contemporary Italy (1900-2000)

    Year 3

    -Year Abroad
    (A semester at an Italian university followed by a semester at a university in Germany or Austria).

    Final Year

    -Choice of German language modules
    -Advanced German Translation
    -Advanced Italian Language
    -Structure and Composition

    -Migration and minorities in Germany
    -Nineteenth century Vienna
    -Trends in modern German language
    -Unification and the integration of the GDR
    -Germany in the age of revolution
    -Cinema of the Weimar Republic
    -Modern German narratives
    -Aspects of the Renaissance in France and Italy
    -Dante
    -European Cinema
    -Modern Movements in Poetry 1900-1920
    -The South since 1860: Images and Reality
    -Umberto Eco
    -Court Culture in the Italian Renaissance 2
    -Fantastic Literature in Italy 1860s-1980s
    -Women's Everyday Life in Italy from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution
    -The Republic of Venice from c.1454 to 1571

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