At Leeds, you learn to become an autonomous learner and researcher in German studies. The modules that you will study at Leeds are linked directly to the research expertise of your tutors. We offer research-informed teaching, which means that the seminars and lectures on German history, culture and society are directly linked to staff research interests and specialisms. As a subject area, our research profile focuses on the twentieth and twenty-first century German-speaking world through analysis of politics, literature, cinema, gender studies and transnational processes.
The research-informed content of our modules means that undergraduate courses in German at Leeds are among the most popular in the country, but the aim of our courses is to help you become proficient in your own research. The course structure is designed to support you as your make the transition to research-based learning. In your modules , you will be set regular weekly tasks to support your development as scholars and will have opportunities to share your research with other students, whether giving mini-conference papers in modules such as War Imagined, or at the annual conference for dissertation students in German.
Click here for more information on the Undergraduate Research Experience in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures.
Research-based learning: The Final Year Project in German
At Leeds we pride ourselves on the way that our research informs the content of the modules we teach. Our students take pride in their own independent research and, for many students, a highlight of their studies is the opportunity to write a Final Year Project in German. The aim of this piece of research is to allow students to demonstrate their ability to write an extended piece of academic German that also allows them to deepen their understanding of topic or aspect of life in modern Germany that is of particular interest.
In this video, recent graduate Sophie Walker talks about her experience of writing a supervised piece of research in the target language.
In the next section, you can find out more about the range of modules that we offer at Leeds.