Welcome to the Department of German! The study of languages and literatures in all their artistic manifestations is the very pulse of education in the humanities. Focusing on the creative potentials of cross-cultural awareness, we aim at educating our students to become competent communicators, enlightened intellectuals and critical citizens of a global society. Exploring the cultural traditions of German-speaking countries in the centre of Europe we offer training in the analytical and discursive skills. Such skills are necessary for a critical and creative interpretation of the currents of cultural and social life in these countries as well as in the world of global exchange.
Studying German at UCC, students will enjoy the benefits of a small but vibrant department where they can avail of small group teaching, lively class discussions and plenty of opportunities to receive personal feedback. In addition to integrated language courses we offer a great variety of lectures and seminars on German social and political institutions, literature, film and media, history of ideas, teaching German as a foreign language and intercultural communication.
German can be chosen as a degree subject of following undergraduate programs:
- BA Arts
- BA Arts (International)
- BA Drama and Theatre Studies
- BA World Languages
- BA Arts - Music
- BComm Commerce International (with German)
The German Department also contributes integral components to the following postgraduate degree programmes:
- MA in Languages and Cultures
- MA in Comparative and World Literature
- MA in Translation Studies
- MA in Film Studies
- MA in Applied Linguistics
PhD-opportunities: The Department of German offers PhD-students an exciting and vibrant research environment. Lecturers at the Department have built upon years of research and have received international acclaim for their published work. Areas of expertise include drama and theatre pedagogy, interculturalism, German and comparative film and literature studies, media aesthetics and critical theory. PhD-students in German enjoy this environment and not only avail of the one-to-one support but also of the intellectually engaging supervision style of our Lecturers.
Dr. habil. Gert Hofmann, Head of Department
For the third year running, the German Department is offering its very successful once-off half-day course. This is aimed at Senior Cycle students and will take place on Saturday 4th March 2017 from 10am to 2.15pm. The course will be taught by experienced second and third level teachers, including some native speakers, and will focus on oral communication skills, including expanding vocabulary, pronunciation and fluency, as well as strengthening grammar basics. The cost will be 35 for the day, which will consist of five sessions.
Here is a selection of responses from 2016 attendees:
I loved the active learning and how encouraging the teachers were;
Just talking in German to people and hearing it all morning;
Everyone had to participate.
We look forward to seeing you on 4th March! Click here for more details: School Relations