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.