We run this combined degree programme because German Studies and Music are of strong interest to students and professionals both as independent subjects and in combination as music and (German) text. Furthermore, Austro-German music has been of central importance to the development of Western European Music, especially across the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, with Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, together with the ?First' (Haydn, Mozart) and Second Viennese Schools (Schoenberg, Berg, Webern).
Such a subject combination can be very valuable for students considering a career in teaching, especially at secondary level, but the degree scheme also provides a foundation for many other careers within both English- and German-speaking contexts, such as music journalism, work within publishing, media, arts administration, communications, and so on.
Major schemes of study in the department are based on the premise that the study of language and of culture are equally indispensable to the discipline. These schemes of study aim to contribute incrementally, as students progress through each of the four years, to their knowledge, understanding and skills in four areas:
i. Use of the German language
ii. Explicit knowledge of language
iii. Knowledge of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies where German is used
iv. Intercultural awareness and understanding
The year abroad can be seen as the key point at which language skills and cultural awareness become integrated in terms of the individual student. It combines first-hand experience of German culture of the language studied and intensive exposure to the language itself. It also aims to develop personal independence and maturity.
In general, the department's major degree programmes provide the opportunity to acquire social, cognitive and linguistic skills, knowledge, interests and attitudes that enable graduates to compete successfully for employment in a wide range of job markets. They also aim to produce a number of graduates who are suited for further study and/or training in the subject and then work in schools, colleges and universities.
Our over-riding aim is to produce graduates who:
i. Are more clearly and reflectively aware of their own national identity, having encountered at first hand one or more foreign cultures;
ii. Have gained greater critical awareness of cultural stereotypes and some understanding of cultural differences, and are better equipped to represent the UK to foreigners, and foreigners to the UK;
iii. Have achieved a level of communicative performance (productive and receptive, oral and written) in one or more foreign languages that enables them to demonstrate their intercultural awareness;
iv. Have achieved high levels of literacy and cognition, and are able to transfer their knowledge and thought processes to a variety of professional contexts
Music within LICA aims to offer a rounded education whilst also providing increased opportunities for specialization at levels 2 and 3. Staff research interests inform most modules, and the influence of research is particularly strong in third-level modules. Across Part II, combined students choose four Music units (two in Year 2 and two in Year 3/4). Two units must be chosen from the following selection: music techniques, musicology units, performance, composition or dissertation. For the other two units, students can select from any other modules, subject to the usual prerequisites. These modules currently include: music psychology, conducting, music education, music therapy, and arts administration. Performance opportunities are many and varied: orchestral, choral, chamber and solo recitals; students also learn from listening to professional concerts (Lancaster Concerts) and recitals given by their peers.
The overall teaching and learning aims of LICA are
i. to nurture independent thought through the staged delivery of coherent, integrated, progressive and up-to-date degree schemes;
ii. to create a challenging but supportive learning environment with a range of learning experiences and possibilities;
iii. to offer high quality teaching, informed by staff research, which helps students realize their creative and/or academic potential;
iv. to provide graduates with the skills, interests and attitudes needed to study for higher degrees or to compete successfully for employment in a wide range of job markets by equipping them with technical, personal and transferable skills in written and oral communication, collaboration, team-work and negotiation, self-directed learning, and creative problem-solving.