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German (JH)

B.A. ; 4 years ; 32 places ; CAO points: 411-520 (2017)

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  • German and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1373

    germanic@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/Germanic_Studies

    Why study German?

    German is spoken by some 100 million Europeans. Contemporary Germany is the geographical and cultural link between east and west and the largest economy in Europe. Studying German at an in-depth level is excellent preparation for the world of work and is likely to make you highly employable in Ireland, the EU, and further afield.

    Modern Germany is a society in transition, increasingly ethnically diverse, and engaged in lively debate about its own past and about its political, social, and economic responsibilities in Europe and the world. Germany’s history has been rich, dynamic, and troubled, and this history shapes the contemporary society and culture in countless ways. Reflection on and critical engagement with these experiences have been central to German writing and thought since the earliest times, and remain very much so today. All these factors make studying German exciting and challenging.

    German: The course for you?

    We teach most of our language and culture modules in small groups, which is a considerable advantage when learning a language and sets us apart from most other universities in Ireland and further afield. We also offer a rich and lively course for first year students in Beginners German, run by dedicated language specialists; this course connects to the Area Studies and Literature elements of the core German course. Whether you are a beginner or have completed German to post-Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) with us you will acquire advanced competence and fluency, spoken and written, in the German language. You will also develop reading and communication skills alongside methods of research, description, and analysis in literature, history, culture, film, and society of the German-speaking countries. You will be encouraged to follow your curiosity and develop specialist interests by choosing from a wide range of optional subjects. All this in a small, friendly, award-winning department with a wide extra-curricular programme including a theatre group, debating, and film evenings.

    German @ Trinity

    If you are interested in novel approaches to the study of literature, culture, and film, then our programme is for you. We view Germanic culture, history, and society through a cultural-historical and theoretical lens. A thread that runs through our programme overall concerns one of the major global phenomena of today: the idea and figure of the 'Other' - 'outsiders' and 'strangers' who feature strongly in Germanic culture and history from the distant past to the present. Moreover, we do this by examining and debating diverse cultural products - prose, drama, film, and material culture - from the late 18th century to the present.

    Graduate skills and career opportunities

    Recent UK research suggests that graduates with a degree in German are on average the highest-paid language graduates. This makes sense, as Germany is the largest national economy in Europe and the fifth largest economy in the world. Employers value not only the language skills of German graduates, but also their ‘transferable skills’: the mix of accuracy and creativity, confidence and sensitivity which marks the advanced linguist, and the maturity, flexibility, and broadened understanding that comes from engaging with another culture, and from the experience gained abroad. Language graduates are found up to senior level in all kinds of rewarding careers. Recent graduates are working for employers such as Google, Deutsche Bank, and Enterprise Ireland as well as in telecoms, IT, education, public service, the media, law, and in universities in Ireland, Europe, and North America. Germany is a major export destination for Irish goods as well as being the second most important source of Foreign Direct Investment for Ireland. Competence in German can give you a competitive advantage in the domestic job market as well as in the job markets of the German-speaking world.

    Your degree and what you will study

    At entry, German must be combined with one other subject. In later years, you will be able to select additional subjects and electives and will have the option to graduate with German as a Single Honours degree, a Joint Honours degree with another subject, or a Major with a Minor. 

    FIRST AND SECOND YEARS

    There are approximately 10 hours of classes per week in first year. The course covers three key areas:

    • Language programme: this builds on the written, oral and aural skills you acquired at school and develops both fluency and accuracy in expression. 
    • Area studies provides an introduction to society, political and cultural issues and current affairs in modern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
    • Literature and textual studies introduces you to key aspects of modern German literature and to reading and analysing literary and non-literary texts in German.

    In addition to your on-going language classes, second year introduces you to German cultural history (exploring topics such as the development of the nation, the role of religion and religious difference, militarism and pacifism, and Nietzsche and Freud as key thinkers of modernity) and German literary history. You can also begin to develop your own special fields of interest within the programme, choosing from a range of seminars with a literary, cultural or historical focus.

    THIRD AND FOURTH YEARS

    In third year, you are encouraged to study abroad. If you stay in Dublin, alongside your language classes you will take a module in the modern history of German literature and choose from a number of seminars in specialist areas of literature, cultural and historical studies.

    In fourth year, the scope for developing these specialist interests is extended through advanced options that link undergraduate study to the research expertise of staff. 

    CAPSTONE

    In your final year of study, you will undertake a Capstone project - an independent research project which comprises an in-depth investigation of a specific area of scholarship. The Capstone project is a catalyst to enable you to reflect on your learning from the programme as a whole and to demonstrate your ability to think independently, communicate effectively, develop continuously and act responsibly as you transition to the world of work or to postgraduate studies.

    ASSESSMENT

    At all levels, you will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment and exams. We use a mix of traditional and innovative continuous assessment methods – essays, project work, presentations, book reviews and dossiers, podcast creation. Language modules are traditionally assessed by written, oral and aural examinations. Final year students also write a Capstone project.

    Study abroad

    A year or semester studying abroad is one of the highlights of a student’s Trinity experience, and immersing oneself in the language and culture is also one of the most valuable ways of achieving fluency when you are studying a language. Single Honours students have a compulsory third year of study abroad and other students are encouraged to spend a year or a semester in their third year in one of our partner universities. At a minimum, you will be required to spend two months in a German-speaking country prior to taking your final exams. We currently have exchange agreements with Cologne, Göttingen, Konstanz, and Vienna universities. 

    VISIT US:

    If you are considering studying German, but want to be sure, you are welcome to sample some lectures in the department during teaching terms. You may also discuss your options with a member of the teaching staff. Contact us by email or phone.

     

    Course Details

    Award

    B.A.

    Duration

    4 years

    CAO Points Required

    411-520 (2017)

    Number of Places

    32

    Minimum entry points required are 411-520 (2017)
    More information on minimum entry points

    Admission Requirements

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    Leaving Certificate

    H4

    German

    Advanced GCE (A Level):

    Grade C

    German

     

    Apply

    To apply to this course, click on the relevant Apply Link below

    EU Applicants

    Read the information about how to apply, then apply directly to CAO.

    Mature Student – Supplementary Application Form

    Read the information about how to apply as a mature student then select the link below to complete the TCD Supplementary Application Form for mature students.

    Non-EU Applicants

  • German and Modern Language, Closing Date: 30/JUN/2019
  • Get In Touch

    Telephone Number

    +353 1 896 1373

    germanic@tcd.ie

    Website

    http://www.tcd.ie/Germanic_Studies