English Literature and German (BA)
The joint honours degree in English Literature and German provides you with the opportunity of specialising in two university honours subjects.
Many students find joint honours both stimulating and rewarding as they observe both similarities and differences in the two subjects.
Our curriculum offers access to the whole span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century. Nor is the curriculum restricted to the printed word: we are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests.There are no compulsory modules in English Literature at Cardiff after year one. We give you choice – but we also give you the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions from a diverse range of options which includes Creative Writing.You are free to follow a traditional programme covering multiple periods and genres or to build a more distinctive mix of modules combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms.
German is the native language of nearly one hundred million people. To speak German is to be in touch with a vibrant cultural and political world. In addition, Germany's economic and political role in Europe makes a deep knowledge of German language and Germanic culture a great asset in life. A recent survey by the UK's leading employers' organisation CBI rates German as the language most valued by UK managers. German is one of the two key languages of the EU and very useful if you want to work for EU institutions including the Directorate General for Translation.
At Cardiff, we consider the linguistic skill that you acquire as a key competence for studying German and Austrian culture, in particular literature, history, and film. Your understanding of German will also be deepened and enhanced during your time abroad, when you will be fully immersed in the culture of a German-speaking country.
As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives as well as skills and that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.
Each school involved in delivering the degree offers a challenging programme of modules, supported by a friendly atmosphere and excellent staff-student relationships.
|Entry point||September 2016|
|Typical places available||The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically has 350 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of English, Communication and Philosophy typically receives 1450 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||AAB including an A in English Literature or English Literature and Language or Creative Writing. General Studies is not accepted. B in a modern foreign language for beginners or B in German for the advanced pathway. Exceptions can be made according to personal circumstances.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||WBQ core will be accepted in lieu of one A-level (at the grades specified above), excluding English Literature or English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing for English Literature degrees.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||35 points, 6 in Higher English and 6 in a Modern European Language.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed admissions and selection criteria for more information.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
|QAA subject benchmark|
Languages and related studies, English
Ms Elke Oerter, Admissions Tutor
Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.
As well as students with A-level German, we also welcome students who have no previous knowledge of German. Such applicants will generally require an A-level in another modern foreign language.
Students studying this course will take 60 credits in English Literature and 60 credits in German. Our ‘Key optional modules’ indicate the modules you would be required to study depending on your subject specific A-levels, for example, modules at beginner or advanced level.
Please note that for 2016/17, the Language element will increase from 20 credits to 40 credits.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Introduction to Translation Theory||ML8101||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (French)||ML8102||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (German)||ML8104||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Italian)||ML8105||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Spanish)||ML8106||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Japanese)||ML8107||20 credits|
|Introduction to Translation Methods (Portuguese)||ML8108||20 credits|
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|German Language A (First Year)||ML2136||20 credits|
|German B (First Year)||ML2137||20 credits|
|Introduction To German History And Culture For Advanced Students||ML7103||20 credits|
|Introduction To German History And Culture For Beginners' Students||ML7104||20 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
You spend year three studying abroad.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Full Year Work placement abroad||ML7096||120 credits|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Semester Work placement abroad||ML7097||60 credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad-Study Abroad Full Year German||ML7098||120 credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad German (Semester)||ML7099||60 credits|
You will take 60 credits in English Literature and 60 credits in German.
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy offers intellectually stimulating programmes of study, shaped by the latest research. We have a supportive learning environment, where students are enabled to acquire a range of skills and a wealth of specialist knowledge.
Our programmes foster intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, close analysis, evaluating evidence, constructing arguments, using theory, and the effective deployment of language in writing and in debate. We also help you gain experience in team-working, independent research, and time management. A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios, and creative assignments.
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Lectures provide an overview of the key concepts and frameworks for a topic, equipping students to carry out independent research for the seminars and to develop their own ideas.
Seminars provide an opportunity for students to explore the ideas outlined in the lecture in a small group environment. Seminars would usually consist of about 15 students and the seminar leader (a member of the teaching team). Seminars may take various formats, including plenary group discussion, small group work and student-led presentations. Seminars offer a rewarding opportunity to engage critically with the key ideas and reading of a topic, and to explore areas of particular interest with an expert in the field. It is vital that students prepare for seminars (undertaking any set reading, developing independent critical thought) in order to gain the maximum benefit from the sessions.
Lectures and seminars enable students to develop communication and analytical skills, and to develop critical thinking in a supportive environment.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing students’ capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enables students to produce their best work, and written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling students to develop their strengths and address any weaker areas.
Dissertation: The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and thereby to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study; to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material; and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
Pastoral Care: You will be allocated a personal tutor for the entire period you are at the University. Personal tutors are members of the academic staff who are available to students seeking advice, guidance and help.
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In 2013/14, 91% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
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In 2013/14, 95% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
The destinations from the School are often international in nature, with many graduates enjoying their overseas student experience to such an extent that they opt to take time out to travel further, or go abroad on graduation in the hope of securing employment.
Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many start work immediately following their studies. Their employment options are varied and many opt to utilise the language skills that they have developed over their degree, in roles such as Translators, Language Assistants, Export Assistants and Proofreaders, working with their languages in organisations such as Bearmach Ltd, the British Council, Global Response and Inter Global.
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy admits around 360 students every year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics admits around 230 students every year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics = 1300
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy = 1500
QAA subject benchmark
|QAA subject benchmark|
Languages and related studies, English
What are the aims of this Programme?
German at Cardiff can be taken at beginners or advanced level. First and foremost, studying for a degree in German involves dedicating yourself to learning the language. At Cardiff, we place great emphasis on strengthening reading, writing, oral and aural skills, which are vital communication skills. As regards the language, there are two routes in the first and second years, one for students who are beginners of German, and the other for students who are advanced. Both routes will include option modules in the fields of film, literature, history of art, politics and history. German language is a core module throughout your course.
It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves examining many aspects of a country and its culture, its social structures and institutions, politics, history, literature and cinema. Through the study of such areas students are able to gain a better understanding of German culture and of how Germany and other German speaking countries has evolved over the centuries, becoming what it is today. If you study German, your career prospects will be enhanced, as the number of jobs for which knowledge of German is needed is on the increase. Opportunities exist not only in teaching, museum work and the fine arts, but also in banking, insurance, marketing, publishing, the media, the civil service, all branches of tourism and the higher echelons of the administrative fields. There has been a recent upsurge in career opportunities for graduates in German in the commercial and institutional links within the European Union.
German students will develop high-level language skills with the aim being to achieve near-native competency along with in-depth knowledge of aspects of the culture, history, politics and/or society of Germany and other German speaking countries.
This programme offers opportunities to study all periods of literature in English from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century and from many different parts of the world. Year 1 is a foundation year designed to equip you with the skills for advanced study and to give you an overview of the subject that will enable you to make informed choices from the modules available in Year 2 and the Final Year. You take three subjects worth 40 credits each: these must include English Literature I and your other joint honours subject and may also include either English Literature II or Medieval and Renaissance English Literature. In Year 2 you select from a range of period-, genre- or theme-based modules in which you will build on the foundation year, reading a variety of texts in their historical and cultural contexts. In Final Year there is a range of more specialised modules in which you can pursue interests developed in the previous two years and engage with current issues in research and scholarship, enabling you further to develop analytical and presentational skills that employers will value, as well as equipping you for postgraduate study. Joint honours students take 60 credits in each of their two subjects in their second and final years. The focus throughout the degree is on becoming a careful, attentive, and informed reader, sensitive to the nuances of language and style and able to articulate your responses to texts in writing which is precise, stylish, and effective.
What is expected of me?
It might seem that that you have very few hours of teaching, but as a student, you are expected to demonstrate that you are progressing academically by attending lectures, language classes, seminars and tutorials. It is extremely important that you attend all of your classes for the following reasons:
It is in the lectures that you find out what the key topics in your subject are, which can help you structure your additional reading.
Your seminars are the place for you to discuss issues raised in the course and from your reading, and to enhance and develop your understanding.
Both your lectures and seminars will help you prepare your essays and revise for your exams.
Your presence can also help others to learn (as well as you), whilst student absence disrupts the learning process for the whole group.
Attendance at lectures, seminars, and tutorials is COMPULSORY. Therefore if you are unable to attend, you must notify your tutor or the Departmental secretary in advance by telephone, by email or in writing in order to explain your absence. Further information on illness, reporting extenuating circumstances, and leave of absences can be found in subject Handbooks and the Academic Regulations Handbook.
The Department expects that Students will:
· attend all classes, punctually, and to explain any absence (in advance where possible)
· prepare adequately for and contribute to seminars and tutorials
· avoid plagiarism (plagiarism being work which uses the words or ideas of others without acknowledging them as such)
· take responsibility for their own learning, with appropriate guidance monitor their own progress and take account of the feedback given
· show respect for their fellow students, tutors and the learning environment
· manage their time effectively so that they are adequately prepared for all classes and assignments
· complete their assessments on time and in compliance with the instructions given
· take responsibility for advising themselves of the regulations governing assessments
· ensure that they are registered for the requisite number of modules and that the academic registry are aware of which modules they are taking
· read all handbooks carefully and take appropriate action
· regularly access their University e-mail account
· ask members of staff before using their names as referee
Students are expected to attend and participate in the lectures and seminars for all modules on which they are enrolled. In line with University policy, attendance will be monitored at specific ‘points of engagement’ throughout the year. Students with good cause to be absent should inform their module leaders, who will provide the necessary support. Students with extenuating circumstances should submit the Extenuating Circumstances Form in accordance with the School’s procedures.
The total number of hours which students are expected to devote to each 20-credit module is 200. Of these, 30 hours will be contact hours with staff (lectures and seminars); the remaining 170 hours should be spent on self-directed learning for that module (reading, preparation for seminars, research, reflection, formative writing, assessed work, exam revision).
Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study.
How is this Programme Structured?
The BA Joint Honours in German and English Literature is a four-year degree programme. It is structured so that students acquire in successive years near-native language competency and the skills to become independent researchers, equipped for high-level professional employment.
The programme is offered in full-time mode. In Year 1, 40 credits are studied in Italian. In Year 2 and 4, 60 credits are studied in Italian. The third Year is a year spent studying or working abroad in Italy and it is compulsory, and it is 120 credits. Year 1, 2 and 4 each contain a 20-credit core Italian language module. In Year 4, students must also choose 20 credits in either Italian for Professional Purposes or Advanced Translation Practice.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?
What the student should provide:
Bilingual and monolingual Dictionaries, course texts and set texts (details provided in the relevant course kits).
What the University will provide:
Library resources, computers, linguistic software.
What skills will I practise and develop?
On completion of the programme students in German should be able to:
· communicate ideas effectively and fluently;
· use communication and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation od information;
· work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time management;
· gather, organise and deploy information from a variety of sources;
· develop a reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
· develop the learning ability needed to undertake further training of a professional or equivalent nature;
· reflect on your learning progress and make use of constructive feedback;
· manage your learning self-critically
The acquisition of skills and of intellectual understanding generally is progressive. As you progress through your degree we will raise our expectations of the depth and breadth of your studies. In broad terms:
Year One introduces you to a variety and range of approaches.
Year Two provides you with specific training in the critical analysis of concepts, theories and methods.
Year Three is a year abroad.
Final Year provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills through a systematic engagement with, and interrogation of primary sources in your modules and in the production of a Dissertation based on original research.
You are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for your own learning and for the presentation of your findings. We cannot learn for you, but it is our responsibility to help you learn through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, and to help you become independent learners.
Many of the learning outcomes listed above involve practising skills that are transferable to numerous areas of employment. In addition, students who engage with the programme will practise and develop the ability to:
- Communicate effectively with others.
- Think analytically about problems.
- Use electronic and other sources of information as appropriate to the project chosen.
- Take responsibility for their own learning programme and professional development.
How will I be taught?
Delivery will be via lectures, seminar preparation and participation, independent and guided study, independent reading, preparation of essays and presentations, feedback on essays and presentations, and revision sessions for examinations.
Students will also benefit from regular feedback from their Personal Tutor at key moments of their language degree.
Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars, with all modules including seminar or small-group teaching. Each module presents the student with a set of intellectual challenges which have in common a concern with the question of how to read the literary (or other cultural) text and how to write about its significance and meanings. Teaching stresses the importance of the way texts interact with their contexts, and each module is designed to encourage you to focus on a number of specific texts and to prepare carefully a considered answer to specific topics dealt with in the module.
The learning activities will vary from module to module as appropriate, but may include such activities as: interactive lectures, seminar discussions of prepared texts/topics, student presentations or group presentations, small-group work within seminars, translation classes, formative writing exercises, journal entries, and film showings. Students are expected to do the reading and other relevant preparation to enable them to take a full part in these activities and are encouraged to explore the resources of the library as appropriate.
Written feedback is provided on both formative and summative assessment and students are encouraged to discuss their ideas with module tutors in seminars and, where appropriate, on a one-to-one basis in office hours.
In the final year of the degree students have the option of choosing to write a dissertation on a topic of particular interest to them.
How will I be assessed?
There will also be opportunities to prepare formative tasks. These are tasks that are not counted in determining your final mark, but give you an opportunity to have feedback on your progress. These tasks can be oral presentations in seminars, essay plans, short written pieces or computer tasks.
All modules offer the opportunity to undertake formative work appropriate to the module. The form(s) of summative assessment for individual modules are set out in the relevant Module Description. Most modules are assessed by assessed essay and/or examination, but some include other forms of assessment such as journal entries, a portfolio, or presentations. The assessment strategy is structured to lead students from specimen question papers towards the production of an informed answer. Emphasis in assessment is placed on the writing of clear, persuasive and scholarly essays presented in a professional manner and submitted on time. Details of any academic or competence standards which may limit the availability of adjustments or alternative assessments for disabled students are noted in the Module Descriptions.
Students will receive written feedback on written assessments, and oral feedback on assessed presentations and their contributions to seminars. The opportunity to understand and use feedback constructively will also be provided through regular meetings with Personal Tutors at key moments every year.
How will I be supported?
Each student is assigned a Personal Tutor with whom to discuss and reflect upon academic progress and discuss any problems or circumstances that adversely affect your studies. Please see the relevant Notice Boards for information on your Personal Tutor. If your Personal Tutor is unavailable, and you wish urgently to discuss matters with a member of staff, you may seek advice from the Senior Tutor or another member of staff. Every member of staff has weekly office hours in which you may seek further support.
Every student is assigned a personal tutor and will meet him/her for regular Academic Progress Meetings (one per semester). There is a form to fill in before each Academic Progress meeting which is designed to help you reflect on the written feedback and the reasons for the marks you have received from the previous round of assessment. You will discuss this feedback and your reflections on it with your personal tutor.
In addition, all staff have weekly office hours during teaching weeks and students may make appointments to see their personal tutor or module leaders on a one-to-one basis about any issues. Staff may also be contacted by email. Details of the office hours and email addresses of staff are provided in the Module Guide for each module.
Use of Learning Central, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, will vary from module to module as the module leader feels appropriate for the specific contents of the module but will normally at least include making lecture handouts available online.
What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?
Graduates from this programme will be able to:
- demonstrate critical understanding;
- demonstrate a high level of language competency in German, both orally and in writing;
- demonstrate knowledge of the diversity of human society across a wide geographical and chronological range;
- identify patterns of change and to locate detailed examination of particular themes, episodes and events within them;
- develop a reasoned, coherent, argument about specific problems, deploying appropriate evidence, and demonstrating awareness of the limits of their knowledge;
- achieve the above objectives both independently and as part of a team.
Graduates from this programme will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and attributes in the following areas:
A Knowledge and understanding
- Awareness of different literary periods, movements and genres and of the variety of English literature.
- Understanding of the importance of historical and cultural contexts.
- Knowledge of the critical issues and/or debates surrounding or raised by texts.
- Understanding of the shaping effects of historical and cultural circumstances on the production and meaning of texts.
B Intellectual (analytic and cognitive) skills
- Ability to select and organise material purposefully and cogently.
- Ability to handle complex ideas with clarity.
- Ability to analyse and interpret material drawn from a diversity of literary periods.
C Subject-specific (writing) skills
- Ability to apply high level critical skills of close analysis to literary texts.
- Knowledge of appropriate critical vocabulary and terminology.
- Ability to sustain a critical argument that is responsive to the workings of language and literary styles.
- Awareness of the bibliographic conventions of the discipline and their role in communicating information.
Students will develop a range of discipline-specific skills that employers also value. Students learn to assess critically a body of knowledge, to develop hypotheses, test them against qualitative and quantitative evidence, and present conclusions both in writing and orally.
English Literature at Cardiff is taught by staff with an international reputation for innovative and influential research. Our passion for the subject and the strength and range of our scholarship enable us to offer a degree which is:
- Inclusive.We teach across the whole chronological span of English literature, from the Anglo-Saxon period to the twenty-first century; we teach writing in English from England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, America, the Caribbean, India, and Australia. We are intrigued by the connections between literature and film, art, music, history, language, and popular culture, and our teaching reflects these interests.
- Challenging. Research-led teaching means students engage with new ideas that are helping to shape the future of the discipline. We see the study of literature in its various contexts as broadening horizons.
- Diverse. After Year 1 there are no compulsory modules. We give you choice – but we also give you the skills and knowledge to make informed choices. You have the freedom to construct a traditional programme covering multiple periods and genres or to build a more distinctive mix of modules combining literary study with analysis of other cultural forms. Our teaching is varied, too, ranging from traditional-style lectures to smaller-group seminars in which students develop their writing and presentational skills in a supportive environment designed to help them take responsibility for their own learning.
- Engaged. At Cardiff we do not think of literature as isolated from the rest of culture or separate from society. We are proud of our reputation for theoretically informed reading, bringing texts from all periods into dialogue with contemporary concerns about gender, identity, sexuality, nationality, race, the body, the environment, and digital technology. We also maintain a strong tradition in Creative Writing, taught by writers making their mark on contemporary culture.
Ms Elke Oerter, Admissions Tutor
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