In the German Department at UCL, we aim to build on our traditional strengths in language and literature, setting these in a broader historical, social and cultural context. History, politics, film, cultural studies, in addition to literature and language, may all be studied in their own right, taught by specialist lecturers. In the last Teaching Quality Assessment, the teaching of German at UCL was rated 'excellent' by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. All teachers are at the cutting edge of research in their respective fields: in the last Research Assessment Exercise, the Department was awarded the highest score of 5* A.
We offer courses in the following subject areas:
language - no prior knowledge of German is required; we teach at all levels from beginners to post-A Level. As well as the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, at the more advanced levels we offer translation, and a menu of integrated language-literature and language-culture courses
linguistics - sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, history of the language
literature and literary theory - authors, themes, textual criticism
cultural studies - interdisciplinary analysis, diverse forms of representation
film - history, theory and analysis of film
history/politics - early modern to the present, East and West German politics and history, social and political theory