The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Cultural Studies (German) BA (Hons)
This is a full-time joint honours programme within the Cultural Studies subject area.
- Subject area: Cultural Studies
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: R2V9
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 4 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: Yes
- Institution(s): University of Kent
What do we mean by culture and why are its many forms so hotly contested today? Why is it so important to our sense of identity and belonging? How are the culture wars of today, surrounding such things as free speech, drugs, food, censorship, secrecy, piracy and youth culture related to uses of old and new media and the rise of global capitalism? Do you think it matters how tradition and heritage are represented in the mass media or in museums? Do you think popular culture is much more than a form of entertainment Do you ever think that the culture and lifestyle which means a lot to you is not taken seriously? It is often said that the world is changing more rapidly than at any other time in history, and the study of cultural transformation is key to achieving the ‘joined-up thinking' society needs in the 21st century.
Cultural Studies at Kent is a lively, innovative subject with distinctive perspectives on all forms of present day culture. We explore significant connections between popular culture, the arts and everyday life by crossing traditional social sciences/humanities boundaries. There are several opportunities for combined honours degrees with related subjects, including European languages, giving the opportunity of a year abroad.
The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is ranked highly in national surveys. We recently received the highest rating in the Government evaluation of university research. You are taught by leading academics in the field.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
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Teaching and assessment
You normally have four hours of lectures and four hours of seminars per week; you can always consult the lecturers for individual advice outside of formal teaching. Additionally, a wide range of study skills sessions are available to all students throughout each year of study.
Coursework is continuously assessed at Stage 1, and this is combined with the results of exams, in most modules. At Stage 2/3, modules are assessed by a combination of essays (50%) and exams (50%). All single honours students and some joint honours students also have the opportunity to do a final-year dissertation on a chosen subject, which counts as one module (and does not involve an exam).
Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars. You also have regular teaching and conversation sessions with German native speakers.
Assessment at Stage 1 is by 100% coursework (essays, class participation) in the first half of the year, and a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination in the second half of the year. At Stage 2/3, depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays or dissertation), to a combination of examination and coursework, in a ratio that will normally be 50:50, 70:30.
Cultural Studies provides a useful background for a wide range of careers. The skills you acquire, such as improved communication skills, the ability to work as part of a team and independently, the ability to analyse complex ideas and the confidence to offer your own innovative solutions, are all considered essential attributes by graduate employers. The programmes are especially good preparation for professional or postgraduate training in the media and cultural industries.
Our graduates take up careers in advertising and design, journalism, broadcasting, teaching, arts administration, publishing, public relations, research, information services, leisure industry management, tourism and heritage, personnel, local government, and the organisation of social and community projects.
The ability to speak another European language is a key asset in the global employment market, and many employers view a graduate with overseas study experience as significantly more employable. In addition to your language expertise, you also acquire many of the transferable skills, such as excellent communication skills, the ability to think independently and the confidence to express your ideas persuasively and with sensitivity, that are considered essential by graduate employers.
Recent graduates have gone into careers such as teaching German, teaching EFL, translation, accountancy, law, customs, finance, publishing and journalism.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60%, including passing all components, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB from 3 A levels, IB Diploma 33 points oevrall or 16 points at Higher Level.
A level German grade B or a modern European language other than English at grade B or GCSE grade B in a modern European language other than English.
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