European Studies (German pathway) with a year abroad

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European Studies (German pathway) with a year abroad

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Study Europe and the politics, history, language and contemporary culture of Germany in the heart of London. The third year of the BA European Studies degree (German pathway) is taught and examined at the Humboldt University, Berlin.
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  • Programme draws on a number of departments, offering a wide selection of modules for students to choose from.
  • Year studying abroad offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in cu…

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Study Europe and the politics, history, language and contemporary culture of Germany in the heart of London. The third year of the BA European Studies degree (German pathway) is taught and examined at the Humboldt University, Berlin.
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  • Programme draws on a number of departments, offering a wide selection of modules for students to choose from.
  • Year studying abroad offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in culture and society, and achieve language fluency.
  • Annual ‘European Week’ attracts renowned speakers and showcases links to key issues of public concern, public debate and public policy.
  • Unrivalled range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms and government agencies.
  • European Studies at King’s provides an ideal grounding for a career in politics, diplomacy, administrations, business or journalism.

PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION

This degree has a tightly structured framework and is split 50/50 between Euopean and International Studies modules and German-specific modules. In each year, half the modules deal with the study of Europe (politics, political economy, political thought, contemporary history, culture, economics, geography, law). The other half focus on the politics,history, language and contemporary culture of Germany. The third year is taught and examined in German at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Departments involved at King's are German, History, The Dickson Poon School of Law, Geography and War Studies. You may also be able to choose options at the London School of Economics.



ABOUT THE Department of European & International Studies
CAREERS

Our undergraduate programmes in the Department of European & International Studies at King’s provides an ideal grounding for a wide-range of careers, including in EU institutions and national government, but also journalism, public relations and consultancies for various kinds.

BA European Politics: We expect graduates to pursue varied career trajectories within national governments, European and international institutions, news media and public relations, non-governmental organisations or consultancies of various kinds.
BA European Studies: Graduates from the BA in European Studies have taken up posts with the Foreign Office, with leading financial institutions, with cultural organisations or with lobbying firms at the European Commission. Others have worked in public and private agencies and think-tanks in the UK, as well as further afield in countries ranging from Bosnia to Japan. Many students have undertaken work placements in the media, working for the French newspaper Liberation, the Franco-German TV station Arte and for Radio-France International.
Recent graduates have found employment as….
• Trade Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
• Communications Consultant, Kreab Gavin Anderson
• Event Coordinator, Reed Exhibitions
• Individual Giving Administrator, Tate
• Journalism/Writing Intern, New York Times.


TEACHING STYLE

BA European Studies is taught across several departments at King’s, including French, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies and German, History, War Studies and Geography. The participating staff are research-active and their expertise and passion feeds into the teaching. Teaching usually takes the form of lectures and seminars, offering ample space for students to discuss key concepts and test arguments in smaller groups.
BA European Politics is similar in teaching style to the BA European Studies. However, a larger proportion of the modules are taught by staff within the Department of European & International Studies, rather than the other contributing departments such as History, German, French and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

BA European Studies has a tightly structured programme whose components hold together coherently in a year-by-year progression. In each year, half the modules are concerned with the study of Europe (politics, history, economics, geography, EU institutions); a quarter with the politics and society of an individual country (either France, Spain or Germany depending on your chosen pathway); and a quarter with the language and contemporary culture of the same country. On the country of your choice, you typically take a history, culture or politics module along with the compulsory language element and a module in critical theory or literature and politics. These modules will help you explore the different ways in which political, cultural and economic development in Europe are linked with one another. Students’ progress is assessed through a number of means, including essays, written exams and, occasionally, also oral exams and presentations.
BA European Politics adopts a comparative perspective by giving students the opportunity to take a range of modules on specific European countries but also provides them with the theoretical tools to understand how domestic politics is also part of a European system of governance and where borders have become less significant for the circulation of people, goods and ideas. Through its compulsory modules the programme promotes an understanding of European politics as situated in and influenced by the international system and global politics. It offers substantial opportunities for specialisation in areas such as foreign policy, economic policy and political thought, plus the expertise of staff to offer supervision of an extended essay.

LOCATION

The Strand Campus, where most of the teaching takes place, is located in the heart of London adjacent to the Thames and close to Covent Garden. No other place in the United Kingdom can compete with London with regards to the opportunities on offer for the study of modern Europe. The library and research facilities available, as well as the range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms, journalists, clubs and government agencies, far outstrip anything available elsewhere. Foreign language film showings, exhibitions, political talks and other cultural events take place continually.


SPECIAL NOTES Study abroadBA European Studies students spend the third year of their degree taking part in an Erasmus exchange with one of our partner institutions abroad. French pathway students study at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. Spanish pathway students attend the Complutense University in Madrid, and German pathway students are enrolled at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. We have built up close relations with these institutions to ensure that the classes our students complete while abroad are academically appropriate for their programme. The year abroad offers our students an unrivalled chance to immerse themselves in the culture and society of their host country. It is also an opportunity to achieve language fluency and to meet people who may prove to be valuable contacts in the future. The year abroad is organised and monitored by the Study Abroad Office with additional support from the academic tutors on the three pathways.
ABOUT THE Department of European & International Studies
CAREERS

Our undergraduate programmes in the Department of European & International Studies at King’s provides an ideal grounding for a wide-range of careers, including in EU institutions and national government, but also journalism, public relations and consultancies for various kinds.

BA European Politics: We expect graduates to pursue varied career trajectories within national governments, European and international institutions, news media and public relations, non-governmental organisations or consultancies of various kinds.
BA European Studies: Graduates from the BA in European Studies have taken up posts with the Foreign Office, with leading financial institutions, with cultural organisations or with lobbying firms at the European Commission. Others have worked in public and private agencies and think-tanks in the UK, as well as further afield in countries ranging from Bosnia to Japan. Many students have undertaken work placements in the media, working for the French newspaper Liberation, the Franco-German TV station Arte and for Radio-France International.
Recent graduates have found employment as….
• Trade Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development
• Communications Consultant, Kreab Gavin Anderson
• Event Coordinator, Reed Exhibitions
• Individual Giving Administrator, Tate
• Journalism/Writing Intern, New York Times.


TEACHING STYLE

BA European Studies is taught across several departments at King’s, including French, Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies and German, History, War Studies and Geography. The participating staff are research-active and their expertise and passion feeds into the teaching. Teaching usually takes the form of lectures and seminars, offering ample space for students to discuss key concepts and test arguments in smaller groups.
BA European Politics is similar in teaching style to the BA European Studies. However, a larger proportion of the modules are taught by staff within the Department of European & International Studies, rather than the other contributing departments such as History, German, French and Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies.

STRUCTURE OF PROGRAMMES & ASSESSMENT

BA European Studies has a tightly structured programme whose components hold together coherently in a year-by-year progression. In each year, half the modules are concerned with the study of Europe (politics, history, economics, geography, EU institutions); a quarter with the politics and society of an individual country (either France, Spain or Germany depending on your chosen pathway); and a quarter with the language and contemporary culture of the same country. On the country of your choice, you typically take a history, culture or politics module along with the compulsory language element and a module in critical theory or literature and politics. These modules will help you explore the different ways in which political, cultural and economic development in Europe are linked with one another. Students’ progress is assessed through a number of means, including essays, written exams and, occasionally, also oral exams and presentations.
BA European Politics adopts a comparative perspective by giving students the opportunity to take a range of modules on specific European countries but also provides them with the theoretical tools to understand how domestic politics is also part of a European system of governance and where borders have become less significant for the circulation of people, goods and ideas. Through its compulsory modules the programme promotes an understanding of European politics as situated in and influenced by the international system and global politics. It offers substantial opportunities for specialisation in areas such as foreign policy, economic policy and political thought, plus the expertise of staff to offer supervision of an extended essay.

LOCATION

The Strand Campus, where most of the teaching takes place, is located in the heart of London adjacent to the Thames and close to Covent Garden. No other place in the United Kingdom can compete with London with regards to the opportunities on offer for the study of modern Europe. The library and research facilities available, as well as the range of contacts with cultural institutes, libraries, international firms, journalists, clubs and government agencies, far outstrip anything available elsewhere. Foreign language film showings, exhibitions, political talks and other cultural events take place continually.


SPECIAL NOTES Study abroadBA European Studies students spend the third year of their degree taking part in an Erasmus exchange with one of our partner institutions abroad. French pathway students study at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. Spanish pathway students attend the Complutense University in Madrid, and German pathway students are enrolled at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. We have built up close relations with these institutions to ensure that the classes our students complete while abroad are academically appropriate for their programme. The year abroad offers our students an unrivalled chance to immerse themselves in the culture and society of their host country. It is also an opportunity to achieve language fluency and to meet people who may prove to be valuable contacts in the future. The year abroad is organised and monitored by the Study Abroad Office with additional support from the academic tutors on the three pathways.
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