Learning outcomes

germ1ba  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

By the end of their Bachelor's degree course in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English, graduates will have acquired a number of different academic skills, including the ability to research precise, targeted information, conduct linguistic and literary analysis, think critically, understand and forge links between diverse and complex subjects, write a Bachelor's paper, etc.

They will also have gained advanced productive and receptive skills, both oral and written, equivalent to Level B2+ ("Strong Vantage") of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in two foreign languages chosen from English, Dutch and German.

Moreover, they will have acquired a knowledge of the basic theory and methodology required to understand the field of modern language and literature.

These outcomes will allow them to progress to a Master's programme in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English with a view to focusing on one of the specialist areas offered at Master's level and acquiring professional and targeted academic skills that can be transferred to the employment market. The student will have acquired the skills necessary to “become an expert in two foreign languages, an academic and leader able to play a part in the significant issues and challenges met by a contemporary, multicultural society”.

On successful completion of this programme, each student is able to :

Specifically, graduates with a Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures: German, Dutch and English, will:


1. Develop a knowledge and understanding of the main course disciplines (linguistics and literary studies) and move easily between the two using the frameworks and markers they will have progressively acquired.

1.1. Reply to questions designed to test their knowledge of literature or literary studies (concepts, genres, movements, authors, etc.);
1.2. Reply to questions designed to test their knowledge of language or linguistics (concepts, movements, reference theories, etc.).

2. Make correct and appropriate use of the vocabulary, notions and concepts specific to each of the disciplines.

2.1. Produce a discourse that correctly and appropriately incorporates the vocabulary, notions and concepts specific to literary studies;
2.2. Produce a discourse that correctly and appropriately incorporates the vocabulary, notions and concepts specific to linguistics.

3. Use the knowledge acquired in the different disciplines to identify, situate and describe specific cases, and to apply the necessary analysis tables and approaches to them.

3.1. Analyse a literary text using the knowledge acquired during the course;
3.2. Analyse a linguistic corpus using the knowledge acquired during the course.

4. Achieve a written and spoken fluency in two foreign languages at Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages – chosen from English, Dutch and German – that allows them to produce a university-level discourse and analyse various literary texts and language speech samples.

4.1. Produce an oral discourse at Level B2+ in German;
4.2. Produce a written discourse at Level B2+ in German;
4.3. Produce an oral discourse at Level B2+ in English;
4.4. Produce a written discourse at Level B2+ in English;
4.5. Produce an oral discourse at Level B2+ in Dutch;
4.6. Produce a written discourse at Level B2+ in Dutch.

5. Identify the issues of a research topic based on the observation of specific linguistic, literary or cultural data with a view to subsequently analysing this data.

5.1. Formulate and analyse a research hypothesis;
5.2. Identify the issues of a research topic.

6. Write an initial academic assignment on a linguistic or literary topic in accordance with the conventions of the field and respecting the main elements of academic discourse (bibliography, topic development, methodology, analytical practices).

6.1. Write an academic assignment on a linguistic topic, applying the standards of academic discourse (bibliographical references, use of citations, insertion of notes, etc.);
6.2. Write an academic assignment on a literary topic, applying the standards of academic discourse (bibliographical references, use of citations, insertion of notes, etc.);
6.3. Produce a methodical, structured, well-argued discourse;
6.4. Produce a summary of various methodically structured documents;
6.5. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of a specialized academic discourse.

7. Draw connections between the different course disciplines to develop an overall perspective of the study of modern language and literature and to stimulate their intellectual curiosity for humanities in all its diverse and complementary forms.

7.1. Draw connections between linguistics and literature;
7.2. Draw connections between literature and humanities;
7.3. Draw connections between linguistics and humanities.

8. Read scientific articles in the area of linguistics, literature or cultural studies identifying the principle ideas in order to write a preliminary scientific text in linguistics and/or literature which complies with the relevant conventions.


As with all bachelors in the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters:


9. Have a fundamental understanding of the fields of philosophy, history, art history, archaeology and literature.


10. Be able to understand and write competently on academic topics.


11. Be responsible for their own learning: organize their own workload (prioritizing, anticipating and planning all their activities over time), take a step back to critically assess the knowledge they have gained, how they have gained it and the work they have produced, and take the initiative to gain new knowledge and learn other methods and skills.


12. Be able to use the subject-specific knowledge and skills they have acquired to open their minds to other cultures and develop a sense of social responsibility and a critical approach to themselves, society and knowledge.


13. Have written and spoken fluency in at least one modern language (English, Dutch or German) with the ability to communicate clearly, coherently and in a well-argued fashion on general topics and subjects relating to their field of study.


14. Demonstrate a critical understanding and in-depth knowledge of the discipline(s) of their chosen minor subject.