MA in German Language and Culture in Europe
This taught masters programme is run jointly the Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College and by the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick. Uniquely among the MA programmes in German Studies currently on offer at Irish universities, this course takes account of recent changes in Ireland’s economic circumstances. The design of the course reflects Ireland’s increasing integration into, and inter-dependency with, a constantly changing European Union in which Germany will continue to represent a crucial political, economic and cultural force. By positioning German culture firmly within an EU and broader European context, the MA explores Ireland’s relationship with Germany as a key to a better understanding of this country’s relationship with Europe as well as the cultural dimension of the European integration process.
The programme also features elements on Austrian culture, on Germany’s interaction with Eastern European cultures as well as the outside perspective of the European Union present in German-language Swiss writing. Beside the European focus, the traditional orientation of post-graduate degrees in German Studies towards literature is expanded by the inclusion of visual and other media texts, in particular film, once again exploring the European dimension of contemporary German-language cinema.
Alongside comparative cultural knowledge the programme intends to provide graduates with high-level language competence related to the areas of potential future employment in companies in Ireland requiring near-native language competence in German, in Irish foreign trade organisations as well as in EU institutions.
The programme is offered on a full-time basis using a combination of faculty-student contact hours and self-directed learning and research. In Semester 1, students will be fully-based at UL and at MIC in Semester 2.
The programme prepares students for the evolving employment prospects in the EU, in particular at the political, economic and cultural interfaces between Ireland and the strongest and largest economy in the Union. It equips student with the skills necessary for obtaining employment in institutions and companies in Ireland requiring excellent language competence in German, in Irish foreign trade organisations, in EU institutions, or for employment in German-speaking countries. The programme is also attractive to existing and future teachers of German in secondary schools, where a progressive Europeanisation of the curriculum is set to be one of the features of educational reform. As cultural tourism is expected to grow, the course through its specific mix of modules prepares graduates for work in the tourism sector, especially in organisations and companies dealing with German tourists, one of the largest contingents of continental tourists in Ireland, e.g. by a specially designed module in Irish-German cultural relations.
Dr Christiane Schönfeld, Programme Coordinator and Head of Department of German Studies, Mary Immaculate College
T: +353 61 204582
Dr Joachim Fischer, Programme Coordinator and Senior Lecturer, School of Languages Literature, Culture and Communication, University of Limerick
T: + 363 61 202354