The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
German and History and Philosophy of Art BA (Hons)
This is a full-time joint honours programme within the German subject area.
- Subject area: German
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: VR32
- 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
Both culturally and commercially, German is an extremely important language. Within Europe, it is spoken by more people than English or French. Worldwide, it is the third most widely used language on the internet, (after English and Japanese), and it is frequently used as a second language in Eastern Europe, where it serves as a means of communication across international boundaries. Fluency in the German language, combined with knowledge of the political and cultural development of the German-speaking world, opens up career opportunities in many parts of the continent. At Kent, we specialise in teaching the language, literature and culture of the German-speaking world of today, and exploring its literary and social history.
Along with the other European language sections, German has state-of-the art computing and audio-visual facilities and many modules make extensive use of the internet. We benefit from having native speaker language assistants and many classes are taught in German. All our courses offer the opportunity to spend a year either studying at a partner university in Germany, or teaching English, or working in a German-speaking country. German may be studied at Kent either post-A level or ‘ab inito' (beginners) level.
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
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.
History and Philosophy of Art
In History and Philosophy of Art, we emphasise a close working relationship with students. The personal tutor system ensures that all of our students have access to a designated tutor for pastoral support and additional academic guidance throughout their time at Kent.
All modules include weekly lectures and small group seminars, but a distinctive feature of History and Philosophy of Art at Kent is that many modules involve visits to London museums, and other out-ofclassroom teaching venues. Helping students to acquire independence of thought and the skills of autonomous study are central to our teaching ethos.
All modules provided by History and Philosophy of Art are assessed solely by coursework, such as essays, presentations, image or text analyses and other module-related activities. This helps you develop in-depth knowledge of topics within modules that are most interesting and relevant to your study, and to acquire a wide range of generic and transferable skills. We have found formative assessment of this type both rigorous but also responsive to the ways in which students learn and develop their academic confidence.
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.
History and Philosophy of Art
At Kent, we take the commitment to supporting and preparing our students for life after university very seriously. A degree in History and Philosophy of Art enables you to explore the history, meaning and nature of the visual arts, while also giving you the skills for a career in the arts industries and elsewhere. In terms of careers in the visual arts, the following are just some of the areas our recent graduates have entered: archivist and art historian; art librarian; arts shipping and insurance; arts therapy; auctioneering; craft studio workshop management; community arts/project development work; art dealing and brokerage; valuer; gallerist; heritage management; independent curator/art consultant; journalism; picture/provenance researcher; and photography.
In addition, many of our students opt to go on to postgraduate study in areas such as: museum curation and management, restoration and conservation, teaching, cultural tourism and the heritage sector.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher.
German grade B or another 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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Key Information Sets
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