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Apply for the Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom) through the Dunedin campus in 2021

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Apply for the Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) through the Dunedin campus in 2020

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German involves the systematic study of a language that is a close cousin of English. German culture has contributed greatly to the development of literature, science, philosophy, music and the visual arts in the western world. Consequently the study of German enhances the study of many other disciplines. German is one of the major European languages and Germany's influence in Europe has been growing steadily since the opening up of Eastern Europe in 1989.

Courses at all levels in German are based on active use of the language, both oral and written, and not only in the classroom. The teaching programme is supported by a variety of extra-curricular activities: German films, cultural events, camps, and the production of an annual play. Through your studies you will encounter a major European culture and meet central figures in European literature such as Goethe, Thomas Mann, Kafka, Brecht, Dürrenmatt and the 1999 Nobel Prize-winner Günter Grass.

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See the full list of German (GERM) papers.

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Programme requirements

Diploma in Language (DipLang) endorsed in German

Seven of:

 Students admitted directly to papers at 200- or 300-level must replace their prerequisites with other papers in the subject concerned

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in German

Level Papers Points

GERM 131  Introductory German 1

GERM 132  Introductory German 2

GLBL 101  Introduction to Intercultural Communication





GERM 230  German Language 3

GERM 231  Intermediate German 1

One of EURO 202, GLBL 201, GLBL 202





GERM 331  Intermediate German 2

GERM 334 Advanced German 1

Two of GERM 335, EURO 302, GLBL 301, GLBL 302, MFCO 316

Note: Students with previous knowledge of German will be placed in GERM language papers appropriate to their level. Students placed in 200- or 300-level language papers will still have to pass approved papers worth 180 points in order to major in German.





162 further points; must include 36 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Total   360

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Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in German


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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in German

The Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) programme in German is the same as the programme for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)).

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Master of Arts (Coursework) (MA(Coursework)) in German

  • GERM 590 Research Dissertation
  • Two of:
    HUMS 501 Writing and Revision for Graduate Research
    HUMS 502 Research Methods in the Humanities
    HUMS 503 Key Debates in the Humanities

  • either
    GERM 441 Advanced Topics in German
    GERM 451 Studies in German
    GERM 452 Studies in German 2
  • Or
    GERM 441 Advanced Topics in German and
    two other approved 400-level papers

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Master of Arts (Thesis) (MA(Thesis)) in German

  • Thesis: GERM 5

Note: Students who have not completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons)) in German or a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Subjects (PGDipArts) in German must complete the required papers for the BA(Hons) in German prior to undertaking the thesis.

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Minor subject requirements

German as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Papers Points

Five GERM papers, at least three of which must be above 100-level, including at least one at 300-level.


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