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Department of Languages

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in German, BA (Hons) in German

The Honors Degree program in German conducted by the Department of Languages seeks to produce scholars, innovators, leaders and global citizens in the following manner. 


Scholars - Graduates produced by the Department have a comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the field of German language, literature, culture and society. They are aware of the ways this knowledge and expertise is applied in Sri Lankan and international contexts. 


Innovators - Graduates in German in the Department possesses a broader vision for the country in its forward march. Imaginative, and inspired by a multicultural perspective, they are capable of producing men and women with measured caliber and imaginative thinking to contribute for the national development in all the relevant levels. 


Leaders - Graduates produced by the Department are leaders with ability to operate in all the challenging social and professional environments. Their level of self-confidence put them well ahead of their competitors. 


Global Citizens -  Our Graduates are obviously global citizens. They are capable of operating in both the national and international levels, giving the country and the world the much needed vision in the 21st century. 


Graduate Capabilities

There are six clusters of generic capabilities which the Department seeks to foster in all of its graduates through teaching and learning in the respective Honors Degree Programs of study. These, as relevant to the Honors Degree Program in German, are:


1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Practice 


DescriptorGraduates are expected to acquire advanced communication skills, knowledge of culture and history of German speaking countries, linguistic theory and practice in the field of German Studies and appreciate the role of German language and culture in building effective intercultural communication relationships. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of the area of study.
  • critically analyze data, make judgments and propose solution to problems.
  • construct and sustain arguments use these arguments ,ideas and techniques in problem solving.
  • use practical skills and enquiry efficiently within the area of study.
  • conduct research in the field of study.
  • operate with ease in the language, create a better understanding between the two related societies through successful communication. 


2. Critical Thinking 



Graduates are expected to be able to respond and act critically in decisive situations, using the language itself and new ways of thinking acquired from the German culture, thought and philosophy. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • think imaginatively and innovatively.
  • evaluate issues from multiple perspectives.
  • cater to the stakeholder’s needs of German as a foreign language
  • introduce new dimensions to existing ones in the domestic environment.
  • enrich domestic tools of thinking


3. Solution Seeking 



Graduates are expected to be able to apply skills, knowledge, and cultural competencies to solve problems and make informed decisions. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments, ideas and techniques in problem solving for a given situation.
  • understand and see language-related problems in perspective.
  • assess problems from multicultural point of view; analyze, seek and select solutions in that perspective; plan and devise strategies to achieve them.
  • widen the ways of looking at problems


4. Communication & Engagement  



Graduates are expected to be able to communicate with German speaking people, express ideas and share Sri Lankan knowledge with them in various formats. They are expected to be able to help build social, cultural and business relationships with Germans


This theme includes the ability to

  • communicate/present information ,ideas, issues and solution efficiently and effectively.
  • demonstrate awareness of the current developments in the area of study.
  • participate actively in teams and professional networks.
  • employ print, electronic, virtual and other forms of communication in addressing personal and larger-than-personal needs/requirements of stakeholders.
  • make available time and accessibility in effectively engaging with stakeholder problems.
  • help German speaking people better appreciate Sri Lanka and its culture.
  • be the bridge between Sri Lanka and Germany in multiple fields. 


5. Independence & Integrity



Graduates are expected to be able to work independently without compromising accepted ethical standards. Properly understand the difference between Sri Lankan and German cultures and act harming neither. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • get things done independently.
  • show leadership, personal characteristics and attitudes that conform ethical behavior.
  • appreciate different cultural sensitivities and act in accordance.


6. Social & Environmental Responsibilities



Graduates are expected to be able to contribute to social, cultural and attitudinal development of Sri Lankan society. Share progressive, constructive and developmental characteristics of German society with the Sri Lankan counterpart. 


This theme includes the ability to

  • help Sri Lanka gain social and economic benefits from Europe’s largest linguistic community as German.
  • introduce developmental and progressive tools in practice in Germany, where necessary, for the development of Sri Lanka as a nation.
  • present multiple issues contrastively and persuasively.

Year I Semester I

GMN 111 (3) German Language Studies I


Year I Semester II

GMN 121 (3) German Language Studies II


Year II Semester I

GMN 211 (3) H +G+M German Language Studies III

GMN 212 (3) H +G Interactive German

GMN 213 (3) H Germany Overview


Year II Semester II

GMN 221 (3) H +G+M German Text Production

GMN 222 (3) H +G German Fables, Anecdotes and Fairytales

GMN 223 (3) H German Short Stories


Year III Semester I

GMN 311 (3) H +G+M Structure of German

GMN 312 (3) H +G* Business German I

GMN 313 (3) H +G * Creative Writing

GMN 314 (3) H German Text Analysis

GMN 315 (3) H Reading German Media


Year III Semester II

GMN 321 (3) H +G+M Theory and Practice of Translation I (German -> English/Sinhala)

GMN 322 (3) H +G* German for Tourism

GMN 323 (3) H +G* Business German II

GMN 324 (3) H German Film

GMN 325 (3) H Approaches to German Literature

GMN 326 (3) G* Scientific Report Writing


Year IV Semester I

GMN 411 (3) H Research Methodology

GMN 412 (3) H Theory and Practice of Translation II (English/Sinhala -> German)


The Department has authority to offer three course units from the following:

GMN413 (3) H Teaching German as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice

GMN 414 (3) H Theatre of Bertolt Brecht

GMN 415 (3) H German Women’s Literature: Ingeborg Bachmann

GMN 416 (3) H German Novella: Gerhard Hauptmann


Year IV Semester II

GMN 421 (6) H Dissertation / Practical Training


G* is required to be followed by the students who obtain German as a major subject in the general degree only.

SLQF Level:
General 05 | Honours 06

120 (Hons) | 100 (General)

04 Years (Hons) | 03 Years (General)

Medium of Instruction:

Delivery of Lectures:
Full time