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Undergraduate Courses 2017

Cultural Studies (German) - BA (Hons)




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 political and cultural developments in 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, as well as in 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 a language lector sponsored by the Austrian Exchange Service and native speaker language assistants from Germany. Many classes are taught in German, and all our courses offer the opportunity to spend a year in a German-speaking country, studying at a partner university, teaching English or working. German may be studied at Kent either post-A level or ‘ab inito’ (beginners) level.

Cultural Studies

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.

Independent rankings

Cultural Studies programmes offer the best opportunity to combine modules right across the social science and humanities faculties.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take ‘wild’ modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.

Year abroad

If you are taking a European language, as part of a joint degree, you spend a year between Stages 2 and 3 studying at a university in the country of your chosen language.

Teaching & Assessment


Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars. You have regular teaching and conversation sessions with German native speakers.

Depending on the modules you select, assessment throughout all stages of the course varies from 100% coursework, to a combination of examination and coursework.

Cultural Studies

Teaching is by lectures and seminars.

Depending on the modules you select, assessment throughout all stages of the course varies from 100% coursework, to a combination of examination and coursework. 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).

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a sound grounding in the German language in all its aspects, through extensive reading in German and through the use of German as spoken and written medium
  • immerse you in German-speaking culture by enabling you to spend one year in a German-speaking country or, usually, six months if you combine German with another language. In most cases, you will go abroad to participate in an exchange at one of our partner German universities or to work as a language assistant in a German or Austrian school or in one of several commercial companies with whom we have links (for example, Bosch near Stuttgart). If you do combine German with another language, it may be that you decide to spend your year abroad in a country where that other language is spoken. In such cases, we will encourage to spend some vacation time in a German-speaking country
  • develop a critical awareness of the factors that have influenced the contemporary society and culture of German-speaking Europe
  • sharpen your awareness of the way in which the German language has developed over the last few centuries; to acquaint you with some of its most important dialects and regional variations, and to analyse linguistic data from a professional angle
  • train you to translate from German into English and English into German
  • assist you in developing sound methodological approaches to the analysis of cultural, historical, social and linguistic phenomena
  • provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires you to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge, and a means of access to intercultural awareness and understanding
  • provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector
  • develop general critical, analytical and problem solving skills which can be applied in a wide range of situations
  • train you in the use of and assist you in mastering relevant aspects of information technology.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • German language
  • German literature from the 18th to the 21st century
  • German linguistics
  • German fiction (novel, novella and short story)
  • German cinema
  • German theatre
  • German youth culture
  • the role of German within Europe
  • German history.

Intellectual skills

You develop the following intellectual skills:

  • academic study and enquiry skills
  • evaluating information critically
  • synthesising information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject
  • utilising problem-solving skills
  • developing and maximising communication skills for the coherent expression and transfer of knowledge
  • analysing, evaluating and interpreting a variety of evidence in a critical manner
  • studying and reaching conclusions independently
  • formulating original opinions in a selfcritical manner on the basis of sound factual knowledge and from a balanced perspective.


Subject-specific skills

You gain the following subject-specific skills:

  • effective communication in German
  • developing reading speed in German
  • demonstrating detailed knowledge and effective understanding of the various structures and registers of the German language
  • accurate and efficient translation from and into German
  • critical analysis of a variety of texts of linguistic, historical and literary significance
  • gaining an appreciation of cultural diversity
  • acquiring the ability and confidence to work independently in a German-speaking environment
  • reception (listening and reading);  production (speaking and writing); and mediation between at least two languages (translation and interpreting).

Transferable skills

You gain the following transferable skills:

  • effective communication with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
  • evaluation of your own academic performance
  • problem-solving in a variety of theoretical and practical situations
  • accurate and effective note-taking and sumarising skills 
  • library and bibliographical research skills
  • use of the internet and other forms of information technology
  • techniques for using German language source materials
  • taking responsibility for personal and professional learning and development
  • managing time and prioritising workloads
  • thinking and performing under pressure
  • developing a capacity for teamwork
  • developing leadership skills
  • working creatively and flexibly
  • deploying a range of information technology skills effectively.


Cultural Studies

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.


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.

Our graduates take up careers in advertising and design, journalism, broadcasting, teaching, arts administration, publishing, public relations, research, information services, leisure industry management, translating and interpreting, tourism and heritage, personnel, local government, and the organisation of social and community projects. Many language graduates begin their career abroad.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications, typical requirements are listed below, students offering alternative qualifications should contact the Admissions Office for further advice. It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
A level

ABB including B in Film, English Literature, Politics, Media, Geography, Philosophy (where taken), plus B in German or a modern European language other than English


B in a Modern European language other than English (if language A level not taken)

Access to HE Diploma

The University of Kent will not necessarily make conditional offers to all access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. If an offer is made candidates will be required to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF;OCR) on a case by case basis please contact us via the enquiries tab for further advice on your individual circumstances.

International Baccalaureate

34 points overall or 16 points at HL including IB 4 at HL or 5 at SL in a modern European language other than English

International students

The University receives applications from over 140 different nationalities and consequently will consider applications from prospective students offering a wide range of international qualifications. Our International Development Office will be happy to advise prospective students on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about our country-specific requirements.

Please note that if you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes through Kent International Pathways.

Qualification Typical offer/minimum requirement
English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

General entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.


University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. Our funding opportunities for 2017 entry have not been finalised but will be updated on our funding page in due course.

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

The Government has confirmed that EU students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year will still have access to student funding support for the duration of their course.


General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications as specified on our scholarships pages.

The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either Mathematics or a Modern Foreign Language. Please review the eligibility criteria.

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The 2017/18 tuition fees for this programme are:

UK/EU Overseas

Fees for Year Abroad/Industry

As a guide only, UK/EU/International students on an approved year abroad for the full 2017/18 academic year pay an annual fee of £1,350 to Kent for that year. Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Please note that for 2017/18 entrants the University will increase the standard year in industry fee for home/EU/international students to £1,350.

UK/EU fee paying students

The Government has announced changes to allow undergraduate tuition fees to rise in line with inflation from 2017/18.

In accordance with changes announced by the UK Government, we are increasing our 2017/18 regulated full-time tuition fees for new and returning UK/EU fee paying undergraduates from £9,000 to £9,250. The equivalent part-time fees for these courses will also rise from £4,500 to £4,625. This was subject to us satisfying the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework and the access regulator's requirements. This fee will ensure the continued provision of high-quality education.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk

Key Information Sets

The Key Information Set (KIS) data is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.

If you have any queries about a particular programme, please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

The University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in its publicity materials is fair and accurate and to provide educational services as described. However, the courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Full details of our terms and conditions can be found at: www.kent.ac.uk/termsandconditions.

*Where fees are regulated (such as by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills or Research Council UK) they will be increased up to the allowable level.

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