BA Politics and German / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course description

Our BA Politics and German course will enable you to explore world politics and gain an intercultural perspective that is increasingly at a premium in today's context of globalised studies and career paths.

Delivered jointly by the School of Social Sciences and the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, this course will offer flexibility through a combination of core and optional politics course units, as well as units in your chosen language and culture.

Language study offers much more than just language fluency. You'll explore diverse aspects of the culture, society, history, politics and literature of the countries in which German is spoken, helping you to develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

You'll benefit from excellent teaching, student support and cutting-edge study facilities, as well as from the vibrancy and cultural diversity of Manchester itself, Western Europe's most multilingual city.

With placement options available at partner universities and in professional environments in several German-speaking countries, a compulsory third year abroad gives our undergraduate students unforgettable and invaluable personal and professional experience.

Aims

  • Develop strong analytical skills and an informed understanding of key areas of global politics, including European/international politics, international relations, global security and international development.
  • Develop the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to allow you to access and engage fully with political, historical and cultural issues in your chosen language.
  • Offer a truly intercultural perspective on your studies and future career, facilitated by the possibility of studying a second language - either as a beginner or at a more advanced level - across your degree.

Special features

University Language Centre
Take advantage of the library, language labs and multimedia facilities at the University Language Centre.

Residence abroad

You can  study and/or work  for up to a year in a country or countries relevant to your chosen language(s) to improve your communicative language skills in a native-speaker environment.

Palaver Festival

Palaver Festival , a collaboration with the neighbouring Contact Theatre, offers you the opportunity to explore links between language and performance across a range of genres including literature, theatre, dance and more.

Collaborations and partnerships

The University has links with language and cultural institutions across the city, including:

  • Instituto Cervantes - a centre for Spanish culture
  • HOME - international and contemporary art, theatre and film
  • Alliance Française - home of French language and culture.

Societies

The University is home to over 30 international and language-related  student societies  offering a breadth of cultural activities and experiences.

Teaching and learning

You'll learn through a mixture of formal lectures, seminars and tutorials, spending approximately 12 hours a week in formal study sessions.

For every hour of university study, you will be expected to complete a further 2-3 hours of independent study. You will also need to study during the holiday periods.

The individual study component could be spent reading, producing written work, revising for examinations or working in the University's Language Centre.

Coursework and assessment

You will be assessed in various ways, including:

  • written and oral examinations;
  • presentations;
  • coursework (which may include library research, linguistic fieldwork and data collection, or web-based research);
  • in your final year, a dissertation based on a research topic of your choice.

Assessment methods vary from course unit to course unit - see individual course unit listings for more information.

Course content for year 1

In year one you will study:

Core Politics units (40 credits):

  • Introduction to International Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics

Sample optional units include (20 credits):

  • Introduction to Political Theory
  • Politics of the Global Economy
  • Power and the State
  • Making Sense of Politics

Study an additional 60 credits of language and culture courses in your modern language subject.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Introduction to German Linguistics GERM10040 20 Mandatory
Revolution and Reaction in German Culture GERM10350 20 Mandatory
German Language 1 GERM51011 20 Mandatory
German Language 2 GERM51022 20 Mandatory
German Language 3 GERM51030 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Mandatory
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Mandatory
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Mandatory
Introduction to German Linguistics GERM10040 20 Optional
Revolution and Reaction in German Culture GERM10350 20 Optional
Study Skills POLI10100 0 Optional
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 17 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In year two you will choose from a selection of Politics units (60 credits). Options include:

  • Questions about International Politics
  • The Politics of Globalisation
  • The Politics of Development
  • Ideals of Social Justice
  • The Politics of (In)Security
  • Challenges for Democratic Politics
  • What is Europe?
  • Environment Politics
  • Chinese Politics Today
  • The Politics of Policy Making

Study an additional 60 credits of language and culture course units will also be selected in your modern language subject.

Course content for year 3

Your third year of study is  spent abroad  under approved conditions.

Course content for year 4

In year four you will choose from a selection of Politics units (60 credits). Options include:

  • Politics of the European Union
  • Africa and Global Politics
  • Terrorism and Political Violence
  • Comparative Protest Politics
  • War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia
  • Borders, Identities and Citizenship
  • News Media and International Crisis
  • Peace Building
  • Gender, Sex and Politics
  • Children, Family and Social Justice

You will also study an additional 60 credits of language and culture courses in your modern language subject.

Course units for year 4

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
German Language 5 GERM51050 20 Mandatory
The Cinema of Michael Haneke FREN30141 20 Optional
Dissertation in German Studies GERM30000 40 Optional
German Dialects GERM30342 20 Optional
Screening the Holocaust GERM30481 20 Optional
New German Identities: Turkish-German Culture GERM30632 20 Optional
Culture and Society in Germany 1871-1918 GERM30721 20 Optional
The Politics of the European Union POLI30031 20 Optional
Russian Politics POLI30072 20 Optional
Chinese Politics POLI30181 20 Optional
Investigating British Politics Through Experiments POLI30182 20 Optional
The Politics and Philosophy of Nationalism POLI30192 20 Optional
Gender, Sex and Politics POLI30231 20 Optional
Elections and Voters in Britain POLI30241 20 Optional
Political Morality and Dirty Hands POLI30271 20 Optional
Public Policy Problems POLI30292 20 Optional
Dissertation A POLI30300 40 Optional
Ethical Issues in World Politics POLI30321 20 Optional
Political Ideologies in Modern Britain POLI30362 20 Optional
Dissertation B POLI30380 20 Optional
Power, Space & Popular Culture: Thinking Critically About Geopolitics POLI30461 20 Optional
Introduction to International Political Economy POLI30721 20 Optional
Gender, War & Militarism POLI30791 20 Optional
War and the Politics of Ethics POLI30822 20 Optional
War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia POLI31011 20 Optional
Children, Family and Social Justice POLI31032 20 Optional
Understanding Political Choice in Britain POLI31042 20 Optional
American Politics: Why Do They Do That? POLI31061 20 Optional
The Politics of Climate Change POLI31071 20 Optional
Knowledge Production in Peace-building: Practices and Processes POLI31082 20 Optional
Global Capitalism, Crisis and Revolt POLI31091 20 Optional
Contemporary Parliamentary Studies and the British Political Tradition POLI32042 20 Optional
Postcolonial Politics POLI32062 20 Optional
The International Political Economy of Trade POLI32082 20 Optional
Sex, Bodies and Money: Gendering International Political Economy POLI32092 20 Optional
United States Foreign Policy: Dominance and Decline in a Complex World POLI32132 20 Optional
United Nations Security Council in Practice POLI32151 20 Optional
Race, Ethnicity, Migration POLI32162 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 38 course units for year 4

Facilities

The  University Language Centre  is home to language resources, including a new interpreting suite, purpose-built recording rooms and resources for over 70 languages.

The Centre also offers multilingual word processing, language learning software, off-air recording and AV duplication, multilingual terrestrial and satellite TV, and extensive support and advice for learners.

Learn more on the  Facilities  page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk