German and History (BA)
The joint honours programme of German and History (BA) enables students to examine and understand a broad range of key historical events whilst studying a contemporary and increasingly popular language at degree level.
The BA in History and German gives students the opportunity to combine learning about the past with a major world language. With in-depth study of both History and German, graduates will develop the tools to compete in an increasingly global workforce.
This is a four-year degree programme comprising some core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for you to select from to tailor your degree to meet your interests. Your third year is spent studing abroad.
The BA in History and German aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of other societies, and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.
In German, you develop high-level language skills with the aim of achieving near-native competency along with in-depth knowledge of aspects of the culture, history, politics and society of countries where that language is spoken. Students spend their third year in an appropriate country, practising and developing their language skills.
|Typical places available||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.|
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|Typical A level offer||Grades ABB, to include History and a modern foreign language. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grades ABB from the Welsh Baccalaureate and two A-level subjects to include History and a modern foreign language. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||3 points from the International Baccalaureate, to include 6 points in Higher Level History and 5 points in Higher Level German.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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|Welsh medium provision||This course offers elements that are taught through the medium of Welsh. Please contact the Admissions tutor for more information.|
History covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.
German is the native language of nearly one hundred million people. To speak German is to be part of a crucially important political, economic and cultural world. A recent survey by the UK's leading employers' organisation, the CBI, rated German as the language most valued by UK managers. Germany is considered to be the lynchpin of the European Union, making knowledge of the language as important in Brussels as in Berlin.
The linguistic skills you acquire will give you direct access to German history, literature, drama, music and film. Your understanding of the language will be further refined during your year abroad in your third year, when you will experience life in a German-speaking country at first hand.
The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study History or German at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.
In Year 1, you take 60 credits of History modules and 60 credits of German modules, including a language module at either advanced or beginners’ level, dependent on the A levels that you have taken previously.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Medieval Europe||HS1101||20 credits|
|Modern Wales||HS1104||20 credits|
|The Making of The Modern World, 1750-1970||HS1105||20 credits|
|Early Modern England and Wales 1500-1700||HS1106||20 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|
|Making Global Histories: Asia and the West||HS1108||20 credits|
In Year 2, you take 60 credits of History and 60 credits of German, including a core module in that language.
Year three: Sandwich year
Year studying abroad.
|Module title||Module code||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|
|Intercalary Semester Abroad- Full Year Work placement abroad||ML7096||120 credits|
|Intercalary Year Abroad For Law and German students||ML7095||60 credits|
In Year 4, you choose a further 60 credits of History and 60 credits of German, including a core module in that language. If you wish, you can write a dissertation on a topic of your choice in either discipline.
You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion enables you to develop in a high-quality learning environment, supported by a student-orientated approach to the acquisition of knowledge and skills.
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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, 92% 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.
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What are the aims of this Programme?
History and German BA (Joint Honours) gives students the opportunity to combine a major world language with the study of social and political history. The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics aims to create ‘global citizens’ of its students and, with in depth study of both German and history, graduates will be an asset for an increasingly global workforce. Students divide their modules equally between History and German (and in the first year potentially with a third subject). The emphasis on the History side of the degree is on choice, and on giving students the opportunity to study History modules that include German components, but students have a free choice of all the modules that are offered in History, subject to caps on student numbers. Students will also spend their third year in Germany, practising and developing their acquired language skills. Students are able, in the final year, to produce original historical work of their own in the form of a dissertation.
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 atlectures, 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
How is this Programme Structured?
BA History and German is a four year degree programme. It is structured so that you acquire in successive years the knowledge and skills required to become an independent researcher, equipped for high-level professional employment.
Core Modules in Year One:
- German Language
Typical Optional Modules in Year One:
- Medieval Europe
- Modern Wales
- The Making of the Modern World
- Early Modern England and Wales
- Making Global Histories: Asian and the West
- Introduction to German History and Culture for Beginners’ Students
- Introduction to German History and Culture for Advanced Students
Core Modules in Year Two:
- German Language
Typical Optional Modules in Year Two:
- Storm and Stress (Beginners)
- National Socialism and its legacy
- Approaches to History
- Exploring Historical Debate: An Independent Study
- Heresy and Dissent 1000-1450
- The Crusades
- War, Peace and Diplomacy c.900-c.1250
- The British Civil Wars and Revolution, C.1638-1649
- Managing the Mind: Psychiatry, Psychology and British Culture, 1800-2000
- A Great Leap Forward: China Transformed 1840-Present
- From King Coal To Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000
- India and the Raj 1857-1947
- Dynamics of Witchcraft 1450-1750
- Medicine and Society in Britain and Europe 1789-1919
- Migrant Wales 1790-1939
Core Module in Year Three:
Intercalary year abroad
Core Module in Year Four:
- German Language
Typical Optional Modules in Year Four:
- Advanced Translation Practice
- The German Idea of History
- Military Orders 1100-1320
- Slavery and Sin
- Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval Europe
- Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945
- Politics, Economics and Strategy: Britain's European Dilemma 1951-1975
- Crime and Disorder: England and Wales 1500-1750
- Race, Sex and Empire: India 1765-1929
- Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918
- Culture, Society and Identity in Wales 1847-1914
- Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales 1918-39
- Identity and the British State: Wales, 1485-1660
- Women, Health and Medicine in British Society, 1870-1980
- The Dangerous City? Urban Society and Culture 1800-1914
*The modules available can change from year to year depending upon staff and teaching schedules, and are not guaranteed.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?
What skills will I practise and develop?
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.
How will I be taught?
Most modules are taught through a combination of lectures, private study, seminars and individual feedback. Lectures, usually one per week, provide guidance concerning the issues and problems to be followed up in your own reading and writing. For each seminar you will do six to eight hours of preparation, and in the session itself you will use the knowledge thus acquired to present and test your arguments. In the process, you will also receive feedback on them from lecturers and fellow students. In your essays you will combine a range of sources – sometimes contradictory – into a coherent argument of your own, backed by evidence. Again, you will receive individual feedback from lecturers, in writing and orally.
Core courses in Years One and Two usually comprise weekly lectures, supplemented by fortnightly seminars in small groups. In Year Two and especially Year Three, the emphasis shifts further towards seminar work, with individual supervision for extended essays and dissertations. In total, you would be expected to work 35-40 hours per week.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed largely by written examinations and coursework essays. You will also write longer essays, source criticisms, critical reviews of scholarly articles, and a dissertation, and you will give oral presentations in certain courses. The marking criteria for this work measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes for the Programme.
Progression is built into assessment, in that students do smaller guided tasks in Year one, as well as formative essays in Years Two and Four.
You will receive feedback through formative written work, seminar discussion, written feedback on essays, and essay tutorials.
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.
What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?
Graduates from this programme will be able to:
- demonstrate critical understanding;
- 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.
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.
Dr Lloyd Bowen , Admissions Tutor
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