University of Chester

Programme Specification
German BA (Hons) (Combined Honours)
2017 - 2018

Bachelor of Arts (Combined Honours)

German

German

University of Chester

University of Chester

Chester

Undergraduate Modular Programme

Full-time and Part-time

Classroom / Laboratory,

4

7 Years

Annual - September

R1

R200

No

17a. Faculty

17b. Department

Arts and Humanities Modern Languages

Languages Linguistics and Area Studies

Modern Languages

Wednesday 27th November 2013

  • To provide opportunities for students to pursue the study of German and related areas as a single honours degree course through a programme which is intellectually stimulating and academically demanding.  
  • To provide opportunities for the development of linguistic competence so as to enable students to become confident, independent users of German in terms of comprehension and production of the spoken and written language.  
  • To increase awareness of the mechanisms of language in order to support and enhance the acquisition of high level language skills.  
  • To enable students to acquire substantial knowledge of and sensitivity to social, political and cultural features of modern Germany and other German-speaking countries.  
  • To provide opportunities to pursue personal academic interests in the area of German studies, and to encourage autonomous learning, self-direction and research.  
  • To provide opportunities, through study or work placements abroad, for an extended period of contact with German language, society and culture, which will contribute to greatly enhanced linguistic abilities and greater understanding of significant aspects of life in Germany or other German-speaking countries.  
  • To foster students’ personal development and employability skills, and to increase their inter-cultural awareness.
  • To develop expertise in transferable, vocational skills such as digital capabilities, improving own learning, effective oral and written communication in English and German, which will enhance employment prospects.

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of German (GR4101, GR4121)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (GR4101, GR4121)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence (GR4101, GR4121)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in Germany and other German-speaking countries (GR4101, GR4121)
  7. Working environments and practices in Germany and other German-Speaking countries (GR4101)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one of the following:

  1. The institutions of the European Union and the role of its member states (EU4102)
  2. Social, political and cultural issues within Europe and beyond (EU4102, GR4121)
  3. A range of translated literary texts in their intellectual and historical contexts (EU4103)
  4. Film and its global, historical and social contexts (ML4111)
  5. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106)
  6. A further language from beginner’s level (AB4101, CH4101, GR4103, PT4101, SP4103)

In GR4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

In AB4101, FR4103, PT4101 and SP4103 students will have reached a level corresponding to A1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help."

In CH4101, students will learn an additional 200 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 1: “can understand and use very simple Chinese words and phrases, meet basic needs for communication and possess the ability to further their Chinese language studies”.

 

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of German (GR4101, GR4121, GR5201, GR5221)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (GR4101, GR4121, 4101, GR5201, GR5221)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence (GR4101, GR4121, GR5201, GR5221)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in Germany and other German-Speaking countries (GR4101, GR4121, EU5000, ML5200, GR5201, GR5221)
  7. Working environments and practices in Germany and other German-Speaking countries (GR4101, GR5201, GR5221)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one of the following:

  1. The institutions of the European Union and the role of its member states (EU4102, EU5202)
  2. Social, political and cultural issues within Europe and beyond (EU4102, EU5202, GR4121, GR5221)
  3. A range of translated literary texts in their intellectual and historical contexts (EU4103, EU5203)
  4. Film and its global, historical and social contexts (ML4111, ML5211)
  5. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106, ML5207)
  6. A further language from beginner’s level (AB4101, CH4101, FR4103, PT4101, SP4103, CH5207, GR5207, PT5201, SP5207)

In GR5201 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

In FR5207, PT5201 and SP5207 students will have reached A2 on the Common European Framework: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

In CH5207, students will learn an additional 206 Chinese words, phrases and relevant grammar points. Students will reach equivalent HSK (Chinese proficiency test) Level 2: “have an excellent grasp of basic Chinese and can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters”.

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. The grammatical concepts necessary to underpin the learning of German (GR4101, GR4121, GR5201, GR5221, GR6302)
  2. A wide range of grammatical structures underpinning effective and accurate use of the target language (GR4101, GR4121, GR5201, GR5221, EU5000, ML5200, GR6302, GR6305, GR6306)
  3. A wide range of lexical items necessary to achieve effective communication in a variety of situations (All modules)
  4. A wide range lexical items related to the social, political and cultural areas of study within the programme (All modules)
  5. The functions and mechanisms of language required to support and enhance the acquisition of high level linguistic competence (GR4101, GR4121, GR5201, GR5221, EU5000, ML5200, ML5000, GR6302, GR6305, GR6306)
  6. Social, political and cultural issues in Germany and other German-Speaking countries (GR4101, GR4121, EU5000, ML5200, ML5000, GR5201, GR5221, GR6301, GR6305, GR6306)
  7. Working environments and practices in Germany and other German-Speaking countries (GR4101, GR4121, EU5000, ML5200, ML5000, GR5201, GR5221, GR6301, GR6305, GR6306)

They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one of the following:

  1. The institutions of the European Union and the role of its member states (EU4102, EU5202, EU6302)
  2. Social, political and cultural issues within Europe and beyond (EU4102, EU5202, EU6302, GR4121, GR5221)
  3. A range of translated literary texts in their intellectual and historical contexts (EU4103, EU5203, EU6301)
  4. Film and its global, historical and social contexts (ML4111, ML5211, EU6101)
  5. Diverse visual texts in historical, cultural and artistic contexts (ML4106, ML5207, ML6304)
  6. A further language from beginner’s level (AB4101, CH4101, FR4103, PT4101, SP4103, CH5207, GR5207, PT5201, SP5207)

In GR6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis. (all modules)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and English (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English. (GR4101)
  6. Skills in translation. (GR4101)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language. (GR4101)

In GR4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis. (all modules)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and mother tongue (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English. (GR4101, GR5201, ML5200)
  6. Skills in translation. (GR4101, GR5201)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language. (GR4101, GR5201, )

 

In GR5201 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

 

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Application of grammatical structure and lexis. (GR4101, GR4121, GR5201, EU5000, ML5200, GR6301, GR6302, GR6305, GR6306)
  2. Comprehension of a range of complex written and audio/audio-visual texts (All modules)
  3. Recognition and reproduction of register and style in written and spoken language (All modules)
  4. Effective writing in the target language and mother tongue (All modules)
  5. Synthesis and/or reformulation of source material (summary, report, etc.) in target language or English. (GR4101, GR5201, ML5200, EU5000, ML5000, GR6302, GR6305, GR6306)
  6. Skills in translation. (GR4101, GR5201, GR6301, GR6304)
  7. Oral skills in discussion, debate and presentation, in the target language. (GR4101, GR5201, GR6302, GR6305, GR6306)

In GR6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

By the end of level 4 (Cert. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (EU4102, EU4103, ML4106 ML4111, GR4101, GR4121)
  2. Exercise of initiative and personal responsibility (all modules)
  3. Autonomous reflective learning (GR4101 )

By the end of level 5 (Dip. HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1.  Competence in effective collaboration with peers (EU4102, EU4103, ML4106 ML4111, GR4101, GR4121, EU5202, EU5203, ML5207, ML5211 GR5201)
  2. Self-reliance, adaptability and flexibility (EU5000, ML5000, ML5200, WB5101)
  3. The ability to engage in a variety of transactional situations (relating to accommodation, enrolment at university, banking, etc) (GR5201, EU5000, ML5000, ML5200)
  4. Autonomous reflective learning (GR4101, GR5201, EU5000, ML5000, ML5200, WB5101)

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Competence in effective collaboration with peers (EU4102, EU4103, ML4106, ML4111, GR4101, GR4121, EU5202, EU5203, ML5207, ML5211 GR5201, GR6301, EU6301)
  2. Self-reliance, adaptability and flexibility (EU5000, ML5000, ML5200, WB5101)
  3. Exercise of initiative and personal responsibility (all modules)
  4. The ability to engage in a variety of transactional situations (relating to accommodation, enrolment at university, banking, etc) (GR5201, EU5000, ML5000, ML5200)
  5. Autonomous reflective learning (GR4101, GR5201, EU5000, ML5000, ML5200, WB5101)

 

By the end of level 4 (Cert HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing. (All modules)
  3. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (all modules)

In GR4101 students will have reached B1 on the Common European Framework for Languages. "Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans."

By the end of level 5 (Dip HE) the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing. (All modules)
  3. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (all modules)

In GR5201 students will have reached B2 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options."

By the end of the programme the learner will demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in language and communication skills in both English and the target language (all modules)
  2. Writing skills, including the selection of appropriate format, style and register, structuring an argument, referencing. (All modules)
  3. Oral skills, including debate, discussion and presentation with use of appropriate visual and other support materials (all modules)

In GR6302 students will have reached C1 on the Common European Framework: "Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

 

STRUCTURE DIAGRAM GERMAN COMBINED

Either module EU5000 or module ML5000 is compulsory for Major and Equal students (unless exempted).

CORE

OPTIONS (all 20 credits except dissertation)
LEVEL FOUR
GR4101 German in Context (40 credits) One 20-credit module from:
  1. CH4101 Introduction to Chinese
  2. EU4102 Introduction to European Studies
  3. EU4103 Introduction to Translated Literature
  4. GR4121 Introduction to Austrian and Swiss Studies
  5. ML4111 Cultural History and Film
  6. ML4106 Introduction to Visual Cultures
  7. PT4101 Introduction to Portuguese
  8. SP4103 Introduction to Spanish
LEVEL FIVE
GR5201  Contemporary Germany (40 credits) One module may be taken from:
  1. CH5207 Further Chinese
  2. EU5202 European Politics and Culture
  3. EU5203 Further Literature in Translation
  4. GR5221 Extended Essay in German
  5. ML5207 Visualising Global Cultures
  6. ML5211 Film and Society
  7. PT5201 Further Portuguese
  8. SP5207 Further Spanish

 

and one module from:

  1. ML5200 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement
  2. ML5202 International Employability Project
  3. ML5210 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL
  4. WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work-based Learning
ONE-YEAR PLACEMENTS ABROAD EU5000 Single Year Abroad Placement or ML5000 Split Year Abroad Placement

Module EU5000 or ML5000 is compulsory for Major and Equal students (unless exempted).

    Study placement (Erasmus)

    English language assistant

    Work placement 

LEVEL SIX

 

GR6302 German Language and Society (20 credits)

core for equals and majors

    1. EU6301 Fiction as Film in Europe
    2. EU6302 European Project
    3. GR6301 Translation Techniques and Application (German)
    4. GR6302 German Language and Society (option for minors)
    5. GR6304 Extended Translation from German
    6. GR6305 German Special Study
    7. GR6306 German Dissertation (40 credits majors only)
    8. ML6304 Visual Cultures Research Project

 

 

The entry level for German is A2.  At each level of the programme, students take a combination of core and option modules. At level 4, all students take a core, 40-credit, language module: GR4101 German in Context. In addition, to complement the core, they take one option module, worth 20 credits, from those offered by the Modern Languages Department. 

The current area studies options are: GR4121 Introduction to Austrian and Swiss Studies, EU4102 Introduction to European Studies, EU4103 Introduction to Translated Literature, ML4111 Cultural History and Film, ML4106 Introduction to Visual Cultures.

The core modules enable students to consolidate and further develop the ability to understand and communicate in the target language, written and spoken. The context for the study of language, which will further students’ knowledge of a range of significant aspects of life in Germany and other German-speaking countries, is German societies and cultures. The aim of the option module of Swiss and Austrian Studies is to extent the knowledge and understanding of German in a different context. The European Studies option enables students to study the nations and institutions of the EU, whilst the Film, Literature and Visual Cultures options explore some key features in the development of cultural representations in Europe and beyond. An opportunity to examine a representative selection of texts translated from French, German and Spanish (including Latin American texts) is provided in the Introduction to Translated Literature module. All these modules provide the basis for further study in those areas at levels five and six, and will enable students to follow a particular field of study if they so wish. The content and the assessment of most of the area studies option modules, at each level, allow students of German to focus more on German-speaking countries than on the other countries examined (see section 28, Assessment).

Subject to sufficient numbers, students may also choose from one of the following ab initio option modules in an additional language:  CH4101 Introduction to Chinese, PT4101 Introduction to Portuguese, SP4103 Introduction to Spanish.  This enables students of German to acquire basic competence in another language and its related cultures. 

Students at level 4 may be considered for transfer to Single Honours German at level five.

At level 5, all students again take a 40-credit core module GR5201 Contemporary Germany which builds on the knowledge and abilities acquired at level 4 and is designed to give students a broader perspective on German society, taking into account the respective German language experience of each of the two cohorts.  Through the study of written and recorded texts related to significant historical, political, economic and social issues, students will extend their knowledge of contemporary Germany and German-speaking countries as they further develop their linguistic proficiency. The module also focuses strongly on practical issues and is orientated towards preparing students for work and study abroad in their forthcoming placements. Students of German may take one Modern Languages option in addition to their core. The option modules run in parallel with the core module and last twenty weeks.

Students may choose area studies modules from the following range: GR5221 Extended Essay in German, EU5202 European Politics and Culture, EU5203 Further Literature in Translation, ML5211 Film and Society and ML5207 Visualising Global Cultures. Each of these modules develops one of the areas of study introduced at level 4 and enables students to pursue interests in cinema, literature or politics and culture. The corresponding level 4 module is not, however, a pre-requisite. Once again, the content and the assessment of these modules allow students of German to focus more on German-speaking countries than on the other countries examined. Subject to sufficient numbers, students may also continue to develop an additional language through modules CH5207 Further Chinese, PT5201 Further Portuguese or SP5207 Further Spanish subject to the pre-requisite of the corresponding level 4 module.

The final weeks of level 5 are devoted to work-based or experiential learning. Students of German may choose from: ML5200 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement, ML5202 International Employability Project, WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning, or ML5210 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL. The first module provides an initial opportunity for a placement in Germany, either as a student at one of our partner universities or in the workplace. The placements will normally last between 7 and 12 weeks. Students who request Erasmus grants for study placements will need to be at the partner university for 12 weeks or 8 weeks in a workplace in order to qualify for funding. Students of all disciplines may take module WB5101 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning (in the UK). On completion of level 5, major and equal students normally undertake a one-year placement (Module EU5000) in Germany or another German-speaking country. Students of two languages may divide the year between two countries taking the module ML5000. They may spend the year studying at a partner university within the Erasmus exchange programme or as language assistants in a school (arranged by the British Council). Alternatively, they may undertake a suitable work placement, subject to approval by the Programme Leader. In the course of level 5, prior to the placements abroad, students are given guidance and advice in the form of meetings, tutorials and documentation. A student handbook, updated each year, dealing with administrative procedures and giving practical advice, is issued, and, where possible, tutorial visits from departmental staff take place at an appropriate point in the year. In order to successfully complete the year abroad, students at partner universities must submit assignments of a pass standard. They are also required to follow a suitable programme of studies and pass 20 ECTS credits. Students on assistantships or other work placements are required to carry out their duties appropriately in accordance with their contract or learning agreement. Reports on English language assistants are produced by the school in which they work and sent to the British Council in London. The home institutions subsequently receive a copy of the report, and also receive their own employer evaluation. Employers’ reports will be submitted for students on work placements other than assistantships. Students who have already spent at least a year in a German-speaking country may be granted accreditation for prior experiential learning (APEL) and exempted from the placement. Students for whom a year would be problematic owing to family commitments or for health reasons might be exempted, and be granted APEL, on condition that alternative arrangements, such as a period of residence in Germany and a language course during the summer holidays, can be arranged. Any requests for exemption will be examined individually, taking into account the student’s academic needs as well as personal circumstances. Any students who are exempted will be required to produce one project of the type undertaken by students on placements abroad (see module descriptor EU5000 and ML5000) to be submitted at the start of their level 6 studies. Students who do not undertake the one-year placement abroad and who are not exempted and given accreditation for prior experiential learning will not be awarded the 120 credits for the placement year. That also applies to students who do not successfully complete the year abroad. Students who do not obtain the 120 placement year credits will qualify for the award of BA German Studies (with another subject). Such students will normally take German as their minor subject at level 6. However, if they so wish, they may choose to take German as equal or even major subject. Guidance will be provided by the Department regarding the advisability of making that choice, taking into account, above all, the best interests of the student. Subject to the above statement regarding APEL, if a student of German and French or German and Spanish chooses to spend the whole of the one-year placement in a French or Spanish-speaking country, (s)he will for example qualify for the award of:

  • BA (Hons) French or Spanish with German, if the student has undertaken the level 5 ‘short’ placement in Germany.
  • BA (Hons) French or Spanish with German Studies, if the student has not undertaken any placement in Germany.

At level 6, all equal subject and major students take the core module GR6302 German Language and Society. Minor students may choose either GR6301 Translation Techniques and Application (German) or GR6302 as their core module. The core is complemented by a free choice of option modules. These include GR6301 Translation Techniques and Application (German), GR6302 German Language and Society (option for minors)GR6304 Extended Translation from German, GR6305 German Special Study, GR6306 German Dissertation (40 credits majors only), EU6301 Fiction as Film in Europe, EU6302 European Project (if the student has completed either EU4102 or EU5202 or equivalent) and ML6304 Visual Cultures Research Project. This structure ensures that all students continue to work on a range of advanced language skills while giving them the opportunity to choose options that enable them to focus on areas of particular interest. It is possible for students to continue the thread of film, literature or politics in the Special Study or Dissertation modules as well as in ‘taught’ modules. The structure of the programme ensures consistency and coherence and promotes clearly measurable progression through the levels. Students have opportunities to examine a range of study areas, underpinned throughout by core language modules. The structure and content require students to take responsibility for their own learning and to engage progressively and increasingly in autonomous study. This is particularly apparent in the level 5 study placement, the one-year placement abroad and in the level 6 autonomous, directed study modules.

Combined Honours only
Mod-Code Level Title Credit Major Equal Minor
AB4101 4 Introduction to Arabic 20 N/A N/A N/A
CH4101 4 Introduction to Chinese 20 Optional Optional Optional
EU4102 4 Introduction to European Studies 20 Optional Optional Optional
EU4103 4 Introduction to Translated Literature 20 Optional Optional Optional
FR4103 4 Introduction to French 20 N/A N/A N/A
GR4101 4 German in Context 40 Comp Comp Comp
GR4102 4 German in Context (Beginners) 40 N/A N/A N/A
GR4121 4 Introduction to Austrian and Swiss Studies 20 Optional Optional Optional
ML4106 4 Introduction to Visual Cultures 20 Optional Optional Optional
ML4111 4 Cultural History and Film 20 Optional Optional Optional
PT4101 4 Introduction to Portuguese 20 Optional Optional Optional
SP4103 4 Introduction to Spanish 20 Optional Optional Optional
AB5201 5 Further Arabic 20 N/A N/A N/A
CH5207 5 Further Chinese 20 Optional Optional Optional
EU5000 5 Single Year Abroad Placement 120 Optional Optional N/A
EU5202 5 European Politics and Culture 20 Optional Optional Optional
EU5203 5 Further Literature in Translation 20 Optional Optional Optional
FR5207 5 Further French 20 N/A N/A N/A
GR5201 5 Contemporary Germany 40 Comp Comp Comp
GR5202 5 Contemporary Germany (Post Beginners) 40 N/A N/A N/A
GR5221 5 Extended Essay in German 20 Optional Optional Optional
ML5000 5 Split Year Abroad Placement 120 Optional Optional N/A
ML5200 5 Modern Languages Study or Work Placement 20 Optional Optional Optional
ML5202 5 International Employability Project 20 Optional Optional Optional
ML5207 5 Visualising Global Cultures 20 Optional Optional Optional
ML5210 5 Introduction to TESOL/TEFL 20 Optional Optional Optional
ML5211 5 Film and Society 20 Optional Optional Optional
PT5201 5 Further Portuguese 20 Optional Optional Optional
SP5207 5 Further Spanish 20 Optional Optional Optional
WB5101 5 Enhancing your Employability through Work Based Learning 20 Optional Optional Optional
EU6301 6 Fiction as Film in Europe 20 Optional Optional Optional
EU6302 6 European Project 20 Optional Optional Optional
GR6301 6 Translation Techniques and Application (German) 20 Optional Optional Optional
GR6302 6 German Language and Society 20 Comp Comp Optional
GR6303 6 Business German 20 N/A N/A N/A
GR6304 6 Extended Translation from German 20 Optional Optional Optional
GR6305 6 German Special Study 20 Optional Optional Optional
GR6306 6 German Dissertation 40 Optional N/A N/A
GR6308 6 German Current Affairs and Media 20 N/A N/A N/A
GR6309 6 Germany in Contemporary German Literature 20 N/A N/A N/A
GR6310 6 Germany in the Cinema 20 N/A N/A N/A
ML6304 6 Visual Cultures Research Project 20 Optional Optional Optional

LEVEL 4 – The acquisition of 120 credits at level 4 will qualify the student for the award of Certificate of Higher Education.
LEVEL 5 – The acquisition of 240 credits, of which at least 120 are at level 5, will qualify the student for the award of Diploma of Higher Education.
YEAR ABROAD PLACEMENTS – Students successfully completing the one-year placement abroad (or who are granted APEL on the basis of equivalent experience) will be awarded 120 credits.
LEVEL 6 – The acquisition of 120 credits at level 6, giving a TOTAL of 480 CREDITS, will qualify the student for the award of BA Combined Honours German (with another subject). Students who do not undertake the year abroad, and who are not granted APEL on the basis of equivalent experience, will, on completion of level 6, achieve a total of 360 credits for the programme and will qualify for the award of BA Combined Honours German Studies (with another subject). [See also comment in section 23 referring to students of German and another language.]

The normal requirement for admission to the programme is currently:

112 UCAS points

Typical offers: BCC/BBC at A level, including German

BTEC Considered alongside A Level German

Access to HE Diploma: Considered alongside A Level German

IB Diploma: 26 points, incl. 5 in HL German

The programme embraces the defining principles expressed in the Languages and Related Studies benchmarking statement, updated 2015. Those ‘benchmarks’ or characteristics of the graduate in Languages and Related Studies are reflected in the learning outcomes (see section 26 below), demonstrated through a range of assessment tasks (see section 28 below), and mapped across the programme as a whole, enabling the programme team to match the standards set by the benchmark. It should be noted, however, that the Languages benchmarking statement describes the characteristics of the graduate in Modern Languages and not those of graduates of a combined degree programme in a language and a non-language subject. Hence the extent to which individual students of a language and another subject on a combined programme can achieve the outcomes described in the document will depend on whether they study the language as minor, equal or major subject. Students completing the Combined Honours degree, with a language as one of their two subjects, will nonetheless be able to demonstrate characteristics of the QAA’s Benchmark Document as described below:

1. All graduates of the Combined Subjects programme who have studied German as one of their two subjects will have acquired and developed explicit knowledge of and skills in the language through the different levels of the programme. They will have practical competence in the main skills of reception and production, and some skills in mediation between English and the target language. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired, in particular, through modules: GR4101; GR5201; GR6301; GR6302.

2. All students will have acquired knowledge of the culture, communities and societies where the language is used and demonstrate intercultural awareness and understanding. Those skills and that knowledge will typically have been acquired through, among others, modules: GR4101; GR4121; GR5201; GR6302.

3. Graduates of the programme will, in addition to the knowledge and skills closely related to the study of their chosen subject, also have acquired the generic skills (cognitive, practical and interpersonal) described in the next section of this document. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: GR4101; GR5201; GR6302.

4. Students will have developed their skills through an integrated process of learning, involving a range of classroom activities (largely in the target language), appropriate specialist coursework, and independent study and learning. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: GR4101; GR4121; GR5201; GR6301; GR6304; GR6305; GR6306.

5. Thanks to a period of residence abroad, students of German as equal or major subject will have benefited from opportunities to develop their linguistic competence in an authentic context and to consolidate their cultural knowledge and understanding. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through modules: EU5000; ML5000; ML5200.

6. They will have made substantial use of appropriate educational technology, including multi-media and computing facilities, and will have benefited from access to electronic as well as conventional printed texts. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: GR4101; GR5201; GR6301; GR6302.

7. The acquisition of competence in the target language will have enhanced the students’ ability to engage in types of textual analysis that will have enabled them to acquire knowledge and understanding of cultural, political, economic or business areas relevant to the societies they study. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others, modules: GR4101; GR5201; GR6302.

8. At the higher levels of the programme, students will be expected to demonstrate powers of reflection, interpretation and conception. These higher analytical skills will be necessary to achieve upper second or first class honours. Those skills and knowledge will have been acquired through, among others; all level 6 Modules, in particular Special Study and Dissertation modules.

9. A range of appropriate assessment methods will have been used to measure the students’ knowledge and competence in the language and related areas.

10. The graduate in Combined Honours German will thus have been involved in a range of challenging linguistic and intellectual activity, will have developed a high level of learner autonomy, and acquired a range of useful transferable skills.

Students experience a variety of methods of teaching and learning which are related to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding and to the development of language skills and key skills as described above. The teaching across the curriculum is research-led and informed. The language classes are primarily in workshop mode, emphasising group and pair work, which promotes student-centred learning and a high level of in-class participation. Sessions cover a range of activities which permit work on many aspects of language learning. Each student is encouraged to be a full participant in the learning process, with the tutor, much of the time, serving as facilitator. In order to maintain interest and stimulate learning, the activities and materials employed are varied. Given the considerable availability of online materials, extensive use is made of these sources and students Digital Capabilities are developed. Learning and Information Services (LIS) also has an important input in the area of skills development, particularly IT-related, across the University. The Moodle VLE is used in all modules and it forms a particularly important resource for supporting student learning through uploaded documents and presentations, links to online sources and scanned book chapters and articles. In core modules GR4101, GR5201, GR6302 in particular, extensive listening resources are also made available. The Department uses online tests for grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension skills in GR4101, GR5201 and GR6302 and students complete translation tests in GR6301 using computers in the language laboratories. In addition, discussion boards are integrated into the assessment of GR4121, EU5000 and ML5000. The extensive range of learning support materials for the programme stored on the intranet can also be accessed off campus, facilitating working from home. The Department has three computer-based language laboratories, two study/conversation rooms and a resource room with materials and resources which support independent as well as class-based learning and enable the Modern Languages teams to incorporate greater use of the above activities in the classes and in students’ independent learning time.

The option modules are delivered via a combination of lectures, workshops, and student-led seminars and are accompanied by screenings where appropriate. Guidance and support for seminar presentations, essays, and other items of assessed coursework is provided in the form of individual or group tutorials. Tutorials are the teaching mode for dissertations, special study and translation projects. Seminar presentations for language and non-language modules are usually in pairs or small groups, offering students the benefits of engaging in collaborative work. Students, of course, learn a great deal from each other, in particular in collaborative projects such as seminar preparation and presentation. In developing their abilities to interact, communicate, and to present information, they will acquire crucial skills for employment or for further study. The Modern Languages Department’s strategy for this programme is to ensure that students engage in a variety of assessment tasks at each level in order to demonstrate their achievement of the full range of learning outcomes, and to provide opportunities for formative assessment and feedback. The degree of difficulty of similar types of task increases as students progress. Assessments also match increasing levels of learner autonomy and students’ ability to reflect on their learning. Knowledge, understanding and skills are thus assessed by a variety of means: oral presentations and discussions/debates, translations, written reports, summaries and essays, listening tests, extended essays, dissertations, individual oral exams, written exams or class tests. This range of assessments permits a thorough evaluation of student attainment at the different levels of the programme. Throughout the process, both linguistic proficiency and subject knowledge (for example, of social or political issues) are evaluated. At all levels, the submission of assignments is spread across the academic year. Formative assessment and feedback are part of an on-going process throughout the programme. The Modern Languages Department has developed a range of task-specific assignment submission forms, used across all languages, the purpose of which is to ensure greater consistency of marking and to make students more aware of how their assignments are evaluated. The assignment submission forms cover each type of assessment task, including those of the placements abroad. They also help to ensure that every aspect of the students’ programme is assessed and directly relates to the range of activities that comprise their learning experience. Each assignment submission form has a corresponding cover sheet on which students are required to provide a self-evaluation of their work or performance. They also serve as feedback sheets with additional comments provided by the tutor which inform students’ reflection on progress and targets documented in feed-forward forms. The assessment process thus assesses progressively throughout the programme the whole range of skills and knowledge the students can be expected to acquire. It covers the students’ comprehension of written and recorded sources, their ability to synthesise, their accuracy and fluency. The process also assesses skills in presentation and structure, and in translation and summary. The ability to engage in personal research and present the findings in writing and orally is assessed, in particular, in the special study and dissertation modules at level 6. Much of the oral assessment takes place in the language workshops in the form of presentations and debate. Assessment of the short placements abroad, towards the end of level 5, is based on the submission of a report proposal, a report and appendices in Target Language (TL) and a reflective evaluation in the target language presented orally which will demonstrate the students’ knowledge and understanding of a particular topic or working environment as well as their inter-cultural awareness and the ability to reflect on their experience. Depending on whether students undertake a single year placement or split year placement (in the case of some students of more than one language), the assessment includes one or two research projects on a subject or subjects of national, regional or local interest. They must also submit a personal development portfolio (PDP) which consists of an initial statement of aims, a reflective learning log, in the target language, of their experience abroad, and a summary of the overall experience. The PDP is submitted online, in regular instalments, via their progress file. Students at partner universities must also follow a suitable programme of modules and gain 20 ECTS. Those working as assistants or in other occupations must successfully complete their placement in accordance with their work contract or learning agreement.

The section on benchmarking (section 25) clearly describes the attributes that a Languages graduate will have acquired. The commentary below reflects and expands upon that section.

  1. Students successfully completing the programme will have acquired a range of high-level skills in a major European language. These will typically include: the ability to understand items of complex written or spoken language and effectively convey the information or important elements of the information therein, orally or in writing; the ability to translate complex texts in an appropriate style and register with a high degree of accuracy; the ability to present topics orally in a clear, coherent and structured manner and respond effectively to questions in the target language; the ability to successfully discuss or debate, in the target language, subjects of a topical or controversial nature; the ability to plan and produce, in the target languages, written argument of high quality in terms of accuracy, fluency, structure, coherence and content on a range of academically demanding subjects.
  2. In addition to these specific language-related skills, students will have demonstrated competence in undertaking independent research, using a range of skills to collect, interpret, synthesise and effectively present information and comment in written form or orally (in the target language or English) on relevant subjects from the area of German studies.
  3. They will have acquired detailed knowledge and understanding of European culture and politics – and, in some cases, business contexts – with specific reference to Germany. They will be able to show a critical awareness of some of the important historical and cultural factors that have shaped modern European societies and be able to demonstrate a degree of informed critical judgement. Thanks to their period(s) of residence abroad, they will have acquired inter-cultural awareness and capability.
  4. They will have acquired an ability to read texts closely and carefully and to make connections and comparisons across the range of their reading. They will possess knowledge which will enhance their ability to interpret different ideas and values represented in different types of texts. They will be able to appreciate the importance of scholarly standards of presentation and of writing accurately, clearly and effectively.
  5. Graduates of the programme will have acquired skills relevant to a range of professional contexts, including, of course, those for which high level language skills are a requirement, and will be more likely to find employment in and outside the UK.

The University of Chester values the diversity of its student body and aims to promote equality of opportunity in all its activities. All suitably qualified students are welcome on this programme, irrespective of the protected characteristics of age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex. Every effort will be made to accommodate students with specific learning or physical needs and to ensure that all students benefit equally. Each case will be examined individually and the University learning support plans will provide guidance and support as appropriate in, for example, support provision in lectures, examination and research, specialist equipment and funding applications. On campus the programme is delivered mainly in the Binks Building, which is fully accessible. International students, from continental Europe and beyond, who meet the admissions requirements are welcome and will enrich both the programme and the learning community at the University. Specific support and guidance for international students is provided in particular through the International Student Welfare Officer.

German combines well with a wide range of academic disciplines, such as the other subjects in the Department of Modern Languages and the Faculty of Humanities – Chinese, French, Spanish, English, History, Theology and Religious Studies. Subjects from other Faculties, such as Tourism, Law, Media, International Development Studies, and science subjects also make very suitable combinations.  One of the distinguishing features of the German programme is that it offers the possibility of two different placements abroad. All equal and major students undertake a whole year placement between levels 5 and 6 and may undertake another, shorter one in the final part of level 5. This provides an excellent opportunity for an extended period of contact with German language and culture. Grants are currently available for Erasmus study and work placements in Europe, and students on such placements pay reduced fees to their home or partner university. Students working as English language assistants abroad or on work placements currently receive a salary as well as an Erasmus grant and also pay reduced fees.

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