• Total units 24 Units
  • Minor code GERM-MIN
German Language and Culture Minor

The German Language & Culture Minor is aimed at students developing a high level of competence in the German language as well as a critical understanding of the German-speaking cultures. Students can choose from courses in German language, linguistics, literature, society and film. The exact sequence of courses depends on the student's language proficiency when beginning with the minor.

German is the most commonly spoken first language in the European Union, being spoken by about 100 million people in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. With a rich literary and philosophical heritage, German is a language of culture, science, technology, trade and international relations. This role has increased since Germany's reunification which is reflected in Berlin having become a centre of global youth culture (“Berlin ist cool!”).

Language level placement tests are held prior to commencement. 

Students are advised to check prerequisites carefully and plan their minor accordingly.

 

Learning outcomes

  • On successful completion, students will have a range of language enabling them to express viewpoints and develop arguments without much searching for words, using some complex sentence forms to do so. Students who begin the German Language & Culture Minor without prior knowledge in the language can expect to achieve approximately the B1 level of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Students with previous knowledge can expect to achieve approximately a C1 level or higher.
  • Students will be able to express themselves confidently, clearly and politely in a formal or informal register, appropriate to the situation and person(s) concerned.
  • For students with previous knowledge this includes, appropriate for the language level, students can use the language for academic purposes, e.g. essay writing with referencing and class presentations.
  • Through language, students will be able to demonstrate intercultural awareness and communicative ability.
  • Students will be able to read literary texts and understand German films in the context of German-speaking cultures and will be able to analyse and critique them.
  • Students will have an understanding of modern history of the German-speaking countries and will be able to relate this knowledge to their own cultural background.
  • Students will be able to conduct a research project on a topic related to the German language and associated cultures and to write a report on their project.
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Requirements

This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

GERM1021 German Studies: Introduction to German (1)

GERM1022 German Studies: Introduction to German (2)

GERM2103 German Studies: Continuing German 1

GERM2104 German Studies: Continuing German 2

GERM2105 German Studies: Intermediate German 1

GERM2106 German Studies: Intermediate German 2

GERM2112 Selected Topics in German Studies

GERM3007 German Studies: Advanced German 1

GERM3008 German Studies: Advanced German 2

GERM3020 Contemporary German Society

 

A maximum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

GERM2020 Postwar German Society

GERM2046 German Cinema

GERM2048 Spoken Interaction in German: Theory and Practice

GERM2110 Structure of German

GERM3041 German Prose of the 20th Century

GERM3046 German Cinema

GERM3047 Images of 20th Century German Culture

GERM3048 Spoken Interaction in German: Theory and Practice

 

A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses from the subject area LANG Language Studies in German topics

A minimum of 12 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
GERM1021 German Studies: Introduction to German (1) 6
GERM1022 German Studies: Introduction to German (2) 6
GERM2103 German Studies: Continuing German 1 6
GERM2104 German Studies: Continuing German 2 6
GERM2105 German Studies: Intermediate German 1 6
GERM2106 German Studies: Intermediate German 2 6
GERM2112 Selected Topics in German Studies 6
GERM3007 German Studies: Advanced German 1 6
GERM3008 German Studies: Advanced German 2 6
GERM3020 Contemporary German Society 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
GERM2020 Postwar German Society 6
GERM2046 German Cinema 6
GERM2048 Spoken Interaction in German: Theory and Practice 6
GERM2110 Structure of German 6
GERM3041 German Prose of the 20th Century 6
GERM3046 German Cinema 6
GERM3047 Images of 20th Century German Culture 6
GERM3048 Spoken Interaction in German: Theory and Practice 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Language Studies (LANG) courses in German topics

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