BA German / English Literature

The information on this page relates to September 2016 entry. For 2017 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

Aberystwyth University offers a wide range of Joint Honours schemes that allow you to study two subjects that best suit your interests. In choosing to study the English Literature / German degree at Aberystwyth University you’ll immerse yourself in a rigorous and challenging discipline combining both practical and theoretical elements. In German you will not only be equipped with a high level of linguistic competence through the core language modules, but will also acquire a sound knowledge of culture in the German-speaking world. Through your study of English Literature you will develop your critical and interpretive skills as you respond to language, form, genre and cultural and historical contexts.

Our course will provide you with advanced skills in reading, analysis, writing and presentation; all transferrable skills that are valued by employers in the current market. An additional advantage is that, when you graduate, you will have lived independently in a foreign country, and have learnt the important social skill of intercultural communication. Employers value the independence, the social confidence and the high level of linguistic skill acquired during this time.

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of German (NSS 2016)
Top 15 in the UK for student satisfaction in the subject area of English (NSS 2016)

Department of English and Creative Writing: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

92% of undergraduates from the Department of English and Creative Writing who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Department of Modern Languages: 96% student satisfaction (NSS 2016)

96% of undergraduates from the Department of Modern Languages who graduated in 2015 were in employment or further education six months after graduating (DLHE 2015)

Overview

The English and German degree at Aberystwyth allows you to explore the literary texts and cultures that fire your imagination, from the early medieval period to the present day. We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to language, literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship. The course will encourage you to read widely and to think critically about language, writing and its contexts alongside philosophical and political trends that impact upon the ways we communicate. We will also develop your powers of expression and communication in both speech and writing and provide you with opportunities to hone and refine your skills both as an independent learner and within a nurturing and structured learning environment. Consequently, in addition to essay writing, the presentation of seminar papers and active learning through participation in seminar and workshop discussions will be important parts of your work here.

You will be taught by staff who are world-leaders in their fields of expertise. We provide research-led teaching of the highest quality and our academic support is routinely ranked as excellent in national satisfaction surveys. On this course you will encounter lecturers who are committed to communicating their knowledge, expertise and skills to the students they teach and support. The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

As you would expect from a major research establishment, the facilities available are excellent. We are located centrally on campus, in the same building as the University library which houses an excellent rare books collection and extensive holdings of contemporary scholarly editions and critical sources specifically selected to support our teaching. In addition we have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales on our doorstep. Referred to locally as “The national”, it is one of only five copyright institutions in Great Britain entitled to receive a copy of every book published in the UK. We are also home to New Welsh Review – Wales’ foremost literary magazine – and we offer exciting opportunities for our students to get involved in a whole host of writing, publishing and professional activities.

Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  

Course Content

Welsh medium modules available

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Year 1 Core (40 Credits) You must take the following modules:

Semester 1

Encountering Texts EN10020

Semester 2

Ancestral Voices EN10220

Year 1 Options GERMAN ADVANCED: you must take:

Semester 1

German Language Advanced GE19900

Semester 2

German Language Advanced GE19930

Year 1 Options GERMAN BEGINNERS: you must take:

Semester 1

German Language (beginners) GE10700

Semester 2

German Language (beginners) GE10740

Year 1 Options You may choose up to 40 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Greek And Roman Epic And Drama CL10120

Re-writing, Re-visioning Texts EN10120

American Literature 1819-1925 EN11220

Semester 2

History Of Greek And Roman Ideas CL10320

Contemporary Writing EN10520

Year 1 Options GERMAN ADVANCED: you must take GE10910 and must also choose an additional 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Ways Of Reading German Literature GE10910

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 1 Options GERMAN BEGINNERS: you must choose 20 credits of the following or other Level 1 content modules:

Semester 1

Introduction To European Film EL10500

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10800

Semester 2

Introduction To European Film EL10520

Language, Culture, And Identity In Europe EL10820

Hanes A Diwylliant Ewropeaidd IE10420

Year 2 Core (20 Credits) ENGLISH - You must take the following module

Semester 1

Literary Theory: Debates And Dialogues EN20120

Year 2 Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

German Language GE20100

Semester 2

German Language GE20130

Year 2 Options You must choose 30 credits of the following GE, EL or IC modules but note that you cannot take both EL20500/10 and IC31920 in combination:

Semester 1

Extended Essay Module EL20500

An Introduction To Variation In German GE20420

The Language Of Economics GE21010

Semester 2

Extended Essay Module EL20510

Short Prose In German GE27110

German-speaking Refugees In Literature And Culture GE27220

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Year 2 Options You should choose at least 20 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Literary Modernisms EN20920

The Shapes Of Tragedy EN22020

Semester 2

Nineteenth Century Literature EN20720

Place And Self EN22120

Literature Since 1945 EN22920

Year 2 Options You may choose up to 40 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Contemporary Queer Fiction EN31620

Forms Of Children's Narrative Prose EN37820

Writing Women For The Public Stage, 1670-1780 EN38720

Semester 2

Society,sexuality And Subversion In The Middle Ages EN31220

Shakespeare, Jonson And Company EN33020

Demons, Degenerates And New Women: Fin De Siecle Fictions EN33420

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) During your Year Abroad your registration will be as follows:

Semester 1

Year Abroad Assessment GES0000

Semester 2

Year Abroad Assessment GES0060

Year 3 Core (60 Credits) You must take the following modules during your year abroad

Semester 1

Abroad Year Dummy ENS0000

Semester 2

Abroad Year Dummy ENS0060

Final Year Core (30 Credits) You must take:

Semester 1

German Language GE30100

Semester 2

German Language GE30130

Final Year Options You must choose 30 credits of the following GE, EL or IC modules but note that you cannot take both EL30500/10 and IC31920 in combination:

Semester 1

Dissertation EL30100

Extended Essay Module EL30500

Language And Society In German-speaking Countries GE30420

Semester 2

Dissertation EL30120

Extended Essay Module EL30510

The Language Of German Politics GE31010

Autobiography And Life Writing In German GE37020

Both Semesters

Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages IC31920

Final Year Options ENGLISH - You should take 40 to 80 credits from the following modules

Semester 1

Undergraduate Dissertation EN30000

Reading Theory / Reading Text EN30120

Elizabethan Drama: Hieronimo To Hamlet EN30220

Victorian Childhoods EN30320

Twentieth Century Welsh Writing In English EN30420

The American Novel In The Nineteenth Century EN37520

Semester 2

Undergraduate Dissertation EN30040

Romantic Eroticism EN30520

Reimagining The World Wars: Contempoary Historical Fictions EN30720

Haunting Texts EN30820

Detective And Crime Fiction EN34620

A Virtuous Vice? Or: The True History Of The English Novel EN37620

American Literature In The Twentieth Century EN39420

Employability

Career Prospects

The degree in English Literature and German equips graduates for a wide range of careers. Employers across a broad spectrum of sectors value our graduates for their communication skills, their ability to form persuasive, substantiated arguments and, their attention to detail. As traditional and respected subjects, English and German guarantee a golden standard for any employment setting in which the written and spoken word are valued. This is why, our graduates succeed across the broadest possible range of career destinations, from broadcasting, journalism and publishing to teaching, the civil service, business, finance and beyond.

Transferable Skills

Studying for a degree in English Literature and German will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. These include:

• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• effective problem-solving and creative-thinking skills
• the ability to work independently
• time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines
• the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form
• self-motivation and self-reliance
• team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
• research skills

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The course is structured to move students from a broad-based introduction towards a deepening knowledge of the subject and onto specialism and focus in the final year. You will learn about literature from the medieval period to the present, examining texts in relation to their historical contexts, aesthetic moments and as cultural artefacts. German is available both for beginners and advanced students. Beginners follow an intensive course in the first year and in the second year beginners and advanced students are taught together. There is a wide range of option modules, all of them designed to consolidate your knowledge of the culture, language and society of the German-speaking world. As well as gaining and developing knowledge of literature across periods, genres and forms you will also study specialist subject modules that allow you to develop your own interests and to engage with current research and ongoing critical debates. Our course also allows you to explore literary theory – philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematise the ways we interpret and communicate.

Year abroad

Your year abroad, the third year of study of this four-year scheme, is organised by the Department of European Languages and our graduates usually describe it as one of the most exciting, enjoyable and rewarding features of their degree and the fact you have lived independently in a foreign country for a year gives you an edge when it comes to impressing employers. Some students study at a university: within the Erasmus framework we currently enjoy special links with the universities of Augsburg, Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and Salzburg. Others work as an English assistant in a school or choose to be in other employment. There are various EU-funded schemes which offer work placements abroad.

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Key Facts

UCAS Code: QR32

Please note that the tariff below may not apply during Clearing. Contact us on 0800 121 40 80 or fill in the form above for more information.

Tariff Required: 300

Entry Requirements: Grade B in A level English Literature or English Literature and Language Combined. Grade B in relevant Modern Language unless to be studied as a beginner. GCSE: Grade C in English or Welsh.

Course Length: 4 Years

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