Germany is the largest country in Europe and, throughout history, it has had – and still has – an enormous influence on European development. Denmark has imported everything from our vast neighbour to the south – from commercial products to language and ways of thinking. At the Department of German, you study Germany’s society, history, culture and language.
Germany has gone through many changes in recent centuries, during which time the country has progressed from being a collection of principalities to becoming a united country that played a major role in two World Wars. Germany was subsequently divided again – this time into East and West – only to become reunited at the dawn of the new millennium. Germany has a rich history – and a rich language, which is currently spoken by 100 million people in Europe.
German literature consists not only of Goethe and Schiller – but also of Grimm, Ende, Mann and Nena. You read the best of German literature, get an overview of literary history and study the periods and importance of individual works.
As a German student, you study the German language in depth – sentence structure, the meaning of words, rules of pronunciation and grammar. These tools enable you to translate correctly and express yourself vividly and fluently in German.
At the Department of German, we deal with all aspects of the German language, society, culture, etc., including the following questions:
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.
You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.
Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
The Department of German has an annual intake of 30–40 students (including subsidiary subject students), which means that you do not disappear in large lecture theatres with 200 students – quite the contrary. The teaching involves lectures for all students of a particular year or classroom lessons for smaller groups. It is divided into lectures, student presentations and discussions.
As a German student, you are part of a reading group with fellow students. Reading groups are an important part of the academic and social environment at the university.
The Department of German is well known for having an active, hard-working and friendly student environment. Here are some of the activities and events you can participate in:
A subsidiary subject in German qualifies you to teach German at upper secondary schools, training colleges, continuation schools, folk high schools or evening classes.
If you wish to teach at upper secondary school, you should be aware that German is a medium subject and that you can improve your job prospects by combining German with a major upper secondary school subject, such as Danish, English, mathematics, social science or history.
For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.
In addition to teaching jobs, the subsidiary subject in German qualifies you for work in the following areas: