German (2017)

German is the most widely spoken language in the European Union. The German Programme offers papers in German language (conversation, composition, grammar), German literature, and culture. The University has exchange agreements with several German universities.

German is available as a pathway within the International Languages and Cultures major or as a supporting subject for the BA. Details of the requirements for the German language pathway can be found under International Languages and Cultures. German is available as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled. Within the BA, BBA(Fin), BCS, BECom, BMS, BSocSc and BTour a German Language specialisation is available, and within the BSc and BSc(Tech) a specialisation in Science International in German is available. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering or the Waikato Management School.

The point of entry into the German programme depends on previous experience. Those with no previous experience of German take GERM131 and GERM132, followed by GERM231 and GERM233 in the second year, and GERM301 and GERM302 in the third year. Students with some experience of German (Year 11 or equivalent) will begin with GERM132. Students with 14 credits at Level 3 in NCEA German, or equivalent, will gain direct entry into GERM231. Students with excellent results at Level 2 in NCEA German, or equivalent, may, at the discretion of the Convenor of German, begin with GERM231.

Note: Normally, candidates must gain at least 60 points at 100 level in any subject(s) before enrolling in German papers above 100 level, and at least 90 points at 100 and 200 level before enrolling in German papers above 200 level. Students interested in studying German for their major can do so through International Languages and Cultures. Students who commenced a major in German in 2010 or prior should contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office for advice.


  • 100 level
  • GERM131 - 17A (HAM) & 17A (SEC)  - German for Beginners 1
  • GERM132 - 17B (HAM)  - German for Beginners 2
  • INTL101 - 17A (HAM)  - International Languages and Cultures
  • 200 level
  • FASS296 - 17C (BLK)  - Work Placement
  • GERM231 - 17A (HAM)  - German Language Intermediate 1
  • GERM233 - 17B (HAM)  - German Language Intermediate 2
  • INTL222 - 17B (HAM)  - European Cultures: Tradition and Modernity
  • 300 level
  • FASS396 - 17C (BLK) & 17D (BLK)  - Work Placement
  • GERM301 - 17A (HAM)  - German Language Studies 3
  • GERM302 - 17A (HAM)  - Discourses of Love and Self in Modern German Literature
  • GERM321 - 17B (HAM)  - Translation Methodology and Practice
  • GERM380 - 17C (BLK)  - Study Abroad 1
  • GERM381 - 17C (BLK)  - Study Abroad 2
  • GERM382 - 17C (BLK)  - Study Abroad 3
  • GERM390 - 17A (HAM), 17B (HAM) & 17Y (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • INTL380 - 17C (BLK)  - Study Abroad 1
  • INTL381 - 17C (BLK)  - Study Abroad 2
  • INTL382 - 17C (BLK)  - Study Abroad 3
  • INTL390 - 17A (HAM), 17B (HAM) & 17Y (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • Prescriptions for the GradCert(Germ) and GradDip(Germ)
    A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included German at an advanced level in their first degree.

    For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

  • Prescriptions for the PGCert(Germ), PGDip(Germ), BA(Hons) and MA
    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate German papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level German papers or all their undergraduate German papers. Papers with (DaF) after the title are concerned with the teaching and learning of German as a foreign language (Deutsch als Fremdsprache).

    To complete a BA(Hons) in German, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally GERM591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for German.

    To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA in German, a student should have completed either:

    a) a BA with a major in International Languages and Cultures: German pathway (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average in either the best three of their 300 level German papers or all of their undergraduate German papers, or

    b) a BA(Hons) in German (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B+ average across all 500 level papers.

    Completion requirements for the MA in German vary according to admission criteria:

    Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including a research foundations paper (unless papers from previous study address this requirement), and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

    Note: the requirement to include a research foundations paper may be considered to be met where, at the discretion of the Programme Convenor, a student's previous study includes a strong research methodology component.

    Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

  • GERM501 - 17A (HAM) & 17B (HAM)  - German Language Studies: Advanced Translation, Composition and Oral Skills
  • GERM511 - 17A (HAM) & 17B (HAM)  - The Literature of East Germany
  • GERM522 - 17A (HAM)  - Praktikum (DaF)
  • GERM523 - 17A (HAM) & 17B (HAM)  - Spracherwerb und Literatur an Neuseelandischen Schulen und Hochschulen (DaF)
  • GERM590 - 17A (HAM), 17B (HAM), 17C (HAM) & 17Y (HAM)  - Directed Study
  • GERM591 - 17C (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • GERM592 - 17C (HAM)  - Dissertation
  • GERM593 - 17C (HAM)  - German Thesis
  • GERM594 - 17C (HAM)  - German Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the MPhil
    The Master of Philosophy is a one year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
  • GERM800 - 17C (HAM)  - German MPhil Thesis
  • Prescriptions for the PhD
    The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.
  • GERM900 - 17C (HAM)  - German PhD Thesis

2017 Catalogue of Papers information as of 23 February 2017 10:24am

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