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German/Italian (4 years)

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2021
Application deadline: UK/EU 15 Jan; International 30 June

Program description

German/Italian (4 years)

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. In addition to developing high-level language skills, our BA German and Italian programme allows you to gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of German and Italian culture. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

Germany and Italy are major actors on the European and world stage, possessing rich and sophisticated cultures. German and Italian are both one of the official working languages of the European community and still a global language of culture and diplomacy. By studying German combined with Italian you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

We offer German and Italian language for both advanced students and beginners. In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities and audio-visual materials. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to German and Italian history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a German-speaking and an Italian-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of proficiency in the both German and Italian language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of German and Italian history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Distinctive features

  • High-quality language teaching delivered by native speakers, with blended learning and digital technologies embedded in the teaching and assessments designed to feed forward into future learning
  • A vibrant programme of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion into German and Italian culture, including extra optional conversation classes with Erasmus students and events.
  • The opportunity to sit internationally recognised German examinations.
  • A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of German and Italian culture
  • A structured skills programme which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning
  • The option of taking a credit-bearing work placement
  • The opportunity to spend your third year either studying or working in a country that predominantly operates in German and Italian.
  • An exciting range of opportunities beyond your formal studies to engage with local schools and communities in promoting language learning and develop your own skills and profile.

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Admission requirements

Typical A Level Offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in relevant language A-levels will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

  • German History and Culture in Transnational Context
  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context
  • Advanced German Language Year 1
  • Beginners German Language Year 1
  • Advanced Italian Language (Year 1)
  • Beginners Italian Language Year 1
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 German
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 German
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Italian
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Italian
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • Cultures in Context (German)
  • The World & Language of Business (German)
  • The World & Language of Business (German Ex-Beginners)
  • Whose ‘culture’ is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Year Abroad German: Study Abroad (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (German, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad
  • Intercalary Year Abroad German (Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Italian)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Italian)
  • High-Level Proficiency in German Language
  • High-Level Proficiency in Italian Language
  • Culture, Political Protest & Dissent in the 1960s
  • European Cinema: Thinking the Real of Fiction
  • Student Teaching Module
  • Final Year Dissertation - German (in English/Welsh)
  • Final Year Dissertation - German (in German)
  • Screening the City: Berlin on Film
  • The German Idea of History
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in Italian)
  • Final Year Dissertation - Italian (in English/Welsh)
  • Italian Women's Writing

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

tuition fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

tuition fees for students from outside the EU is £18,200

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English, German and Italian.
  • Applying a range of strategies to initiate and undertake analysis of information.
  • Reaching conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.
  • Relevant and effective research techniques to plan and write an academic essay, using the correct referencing conventions.
  • Critical evaluation of ideas and arguments, through the coherent presentation of information and ideas using a plethora of written and oral skills.

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the Programme you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability to analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture and literature of Germany and Italy.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

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