German and Japanese (BA)
German and Japanese BA (joint honours) gives students the opportunity to combine the study of two important world languages.
The School of Modern Languages aims to develop and educate its students to become 'global citizens'. With in depth study of both German and Japanese, two major world languages, graduates will be competitive and attractive within an increasingly global workforce. You will develop high-level language skills in both languages, and achieve near-native competency, along with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of the culture, literature, history, politics and society of German and Japanese.
Japan is one of the most powerful economies in the world, with Japanese businesses and organisations continuing to be in need of English-speaking graduates who can understand Japanese and who are knowledgeable of Japanese culture and society.
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
This course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities, and using a variety of audio-visual materials including websites, films and new learning technologies.
It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself. It involves exploring many aspects of a country and its cultures, literature and cinema, history, social structures, politics and institutions.
The third year of your course will be spent abroad: one full semester in Germany or Austria, followed by an approximately three-month placement in Japan. These placements abroad will provide you with the opportunity to truly immerse yourself into the language and culture of both countries.
|Typical places available||The School typically has 185 places available|
|Typical applications received||The School typically receives 600 applications|
|Scholarships and bursaries||http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/scholarships|
|Typical A level offer||ABB, including B in German|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grade A in the Core plus grades BB at A-level, including German.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||Considered on individual merit|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome.|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
|QAA subject benchmark|
Languages and related studies
Ms Elke Oerter , Admissions Tutor
This is a four year degree of which the third year is spent in Japan and Germany or Austria.
In Year 1, you take 60 credits in German and 60 in Japanese, including language modules in both languages at either advanced or beginners level, depending on whether or not you have an A level in the modern language.
Our ‘Key optional modules’ list below indicates the modules you would be required to study depending on your subject specific A-levels as outlined above. You are then free to choose from the ’further optional modules’ list.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Beginners)||ML5111||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|
|Modern Italy: Birth of a Nation?||ML8103||20 credits|
|Introduction To Hispanic Studies (Advanced)||ML5110||20 credits|
|Modern France||ML6199||20 credits|
|German Language A (First Year)||ML2136||20 credits|
|German B (First Year)||ML2137||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|
In the second year you will take further modules in Japanese, which are designed to increase the facility with which you can comprehend and use more advanced Japanese. At the same time, your knowledge of Japan and Japanese society is increased through lectures and seminars on modern Japanese society. The remainder of your modules will be taken from modules within the School of Modern Languages covering the German language as well as cultural modules relating to Germany.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Innovations in European Literature||ML1298||20 credits|
|Principles of Translation Theory||ML2299||20 credits|
|German Language Year 2 (Ex-Advanced)||ML7299||20 credits|
|German Language Year 2 (Ex-Beginners)||ML7298||20 credits|
|Drama in German||ML7296||20 credits|
|Business German I||ML7288||20 credits|
|Storm and Stress||ML7291||20 credits|
|Bertolt Brecht||ML7290||20 credits|
|National Socialism in History and Memory||ML7293||20 credits|
|Introduction to Specialised Translation (German)||ML2295||20 credits|
|At the Roots of European Cultures||ML1295||20 credits|
Year three: Sandwich year
In the third year of study, you will spend approximately half the year in the relevant European country and half in Japan. The time in Japan is spent studying in a Japanese university with which the Centre has an exchange agreement. By this stage you should have a sufficient command of the spoken language to operate comfortably in Japan and gain the maximum benefit from your period of study there.
|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|
|Study Programme in Japan||ML4007||60 credits|
You will then return to Cardiff for the final year to take a further modules in Japanese. More advanced study of the Japanese language during this year is accompanied by study of a key aspect of modern Japan.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|The GDR in Literature & Visual Culture||ML7391||20 credits|
|German for professional purposes||ML7387||20 credits|
|May 68. Marking Changes in European Politics and Culture||ML1399||20 credits|
|Student Language Ambassador||ML1398||20 credits|
|Translation as a Profession||ML2393||20 credits|
|Advanced Translation Practice (German)||ML7389||20 credits|
|Dissertation (German-JH)||ML7388||20 credits|
|Joint Honours German Dissertation (in ENGLISH/WELSH)||ML7386||20 credits|
|Japanese for Business||ML5422||20 credits|
|Japanese for Humanities||ML5423||20 credits|
|Geschichte oder Geschichten? - die Gegenwartsliteratur im historichen Kontext||ML7370||20 credits|
|Dissertation (Translation)||ML2389||20 credits|
|European Cinema: thinking the real of fiction||ML2302||20 credits|
|European Cinema Dissertation||ML2303||20 credits|
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.
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.
- Banking and Finance
QAA subject benchmark
|QAA subject benchmark|
Languages and related studies
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.
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
The teaching sessions on the Italian programme are interactive. Students are expected to attend all of their classes (whether lectures, seminars or other sessions). The Italian modules are each worth 20 credits. Each 20-credit module will require at least two hundred hours of study, including the hours spent attending classes, individual study, preparing assessments and/or taking exams and tests. It is essential that students complement the class activities with extensive reading outside the classroom, following both their tutors’ leads and their own specific interest in the topics studied.
Students and staff alike are expected to adhere to Cardiff University's Dignity at Work and Study Policy. You should develop a professional attitude to your work, including attending personal tutoring sessions, checking your e-mails regularly, and responding to them as required, being punctual in attending classes, and informing the School when you are absent. The School of European Languages, Translation and Politics is committed to assisting you throughout your studies, so if anything concerns you, remember to let us know. We will respect confidentiality at all times.
How is this Programme Structured?
The BA Joint Honours in German and Japanese 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- have the knowledge to be able converse in Japanese in both social and working environments.
- have an understanding of modern Japanese society and its history and culture.
- have the skills to be able to read and translate from English into Japanese, and vice versa, contemporary information such as newspaper articles and academic writings.
- be able to identify key parts of sentences in both Japanese and English so that they can be translated in the appropriate order;
- be able to produce both an understandable English version of the Japanese text, and also explain the reasons why words or grammatical structure were altered in translation to make it more understandable;
- summarise key events in Japanese history so that it can be explained to a non-specialist;
- highlight the key events in Japanese post-war economic, political, educational and social development and change so that they can be explained to a non-specialist;
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.
Ms Elke Oerter , Admissions Tutor
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