German is the most widely spoken language in Western Europe,
and German history, science and culture have had a huge impact across the
world. Outside Spain, Spanish is the official language of all countries in South and Central America except Brazil, and is widely spoken in many parts of North America.
Studying German and Hispanic Studies gives you the opportunity to become
proficient in two major international languages, and complement
your language learning with a broad understanding of history,
literature and culture. Fluency in the these two languages, combined
with knowledge of political and cultural developments in German and
Spanish-speaking countries, opens up international career opportunities.
Studying at our Canterbury campus gives you a
fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in both languages. There is
a large community of Spanish and German-speaking students on
campus, and our proximity to airports, the Channel ports and the Eurostar
terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet make it quick and easy to get to mainland Europe.
A number of our staff are native speakers and
our facilities include multimedia laboratories, which offer a variety of
interactive language learning programmes and dictionaries, and access to audio,
video and computer-assisted language learning.
You also have the opportunity to take part in a mentoring scheme for secondary school pupils. By helping them to increase their ability to speak, read and write fluently in a foreign language, you will gain valuable work experience for future careers in education or leadership roles in any field.
You are required to spend a year working or studying abroad
between your second and final year of study. In previous years, students have
studied at our partner institutions in a country appropriate to
their programme of study (for French and German this is usually six months
in each country). You’ll develop your language skills, grow in
self-confidence, gain a new academic perspective, and enhance your employability.
German and Hispanic Studies is an ideal combination of
subjects to enable you gain advanced language skills and a broad cultural understanding, and gives you the tools to embark
on an international career.
Dr Tobias Heinrich, Lecturer in German, talks about his research in the role of the media in German culture, and what he enjoys most about teaching at Kent.German
Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminars. You 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 or 70:30.
All Spanish language modules involve three hours teaching each week, with the exception of the beginners’ language modules at Stages 1 and 2 which involve four hours. They include small group seminars, conversation classes run by a native speaker, short lectures in Spanish, work in a language laboratory and work on computer-assisted language learning materials. The culture and literature modules normally involve a one-hour lecture and a one-hour seminar each week.
Stage 1 is assessed by 100% coursework (essays, class participation) in some modules, and a 50:50 combination of coursework and examination in others. In Stages 2/3, depending on the modules you select, assessment varies from 100% coursework (extended essays), to a combination of examination and coursework, in the ratio 60:40 or 80:20.
Knowledge and understanding
For programme aims and learning outcomes please see the programmes specification for each subject below. Please note that outcomes will depend on your specific module selection: