Overview

The subject of English philology is the language, literature and cultures of the Anglophone world in the broadest sense (outside of North America). The language, literature and culture of North America are the subject of courses at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin. The course consists of a practical language and a technical part. This is made up of the four core areas of linguistics, literary studies, medieval studies and cultural studies.

English linguistics deals with the analysis and description of the structure of the English language, with its historical development and the formation of its varieties as well as with general conditions, functions and forms of language in their social and communicative contexts of use in the light of current language and grammar theories.

Literary studies deals with the analysis and interpretation of literary texts and their contexts and with the reflection on what constitutes the “literary” of texts. English literary studies are concerned with texts that have been written in Great Britain and Ireland since the 16th century and with texts from the colonial or post-colonial English-speaking world (except North America).

The English Medieval Studies includes the study of English and Scottish literature as well as the culture and language of the Middle Ages. The focus is on literary and cultural communication processes, literary and linguistic peculiarities of medieval English texts with their special historical production and reception conditions and the processes of description and interpretation of medieval English-language literature on the basis of current, specifically medieval methods and theories.

The English cultural studies are fundamentally interdisciplinary. The focus is on the academic examination of English-speaking cultures (except North America) in the past and present. Assuming that systems of knowledge, texts and media not only reflect a society, its norms and structures, but also constitute them, cultural studies analyze such cultural foundations of meaning in their institutional integration, taking into account in particular the social hierarchies and power relations between the sexes and societies Classes and strata as well as different cultures and ethnicities. In addition, cultural studies examine parallels and competitive relationships between different types of text and media,

The 60 CP module offer does not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

English Philology as a core subject with the option to become a teacher is studied with a 60 CP module that is suitable for the desired teaching position and the subject of teaching related vocational studies (LBW). English Philology as a 60 CP module offering with a teacher training option must be combined with a core subject with a teaching training option and the teaching profession-related vocational studies (LBW) study area.

The course is divided into three study phases (basic, advanced and advanced phase) into a practical language and a technical part. This comprises four core areas:

  • linguistics
  • Literary studies
  • Medieval Studies
  • Cultural studies


In the case of the core subject, at the end of the course there is an exemplary deepening and differentiation of a field of study through independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

The teaching profession-related vocational studies (LBW) study area is a compulsory component of all teaching-related bachelor's degree programs. It consists of two educational modules, the module German as a second language and two subject didactic modules. Part of one educational science module is a school internship lasting several weeks.

The structure and course of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the module exams. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

 

English Philology as a 90 CP core subject with the option to become a teacher

Base phase

Basic module 1 Introduction to Literary Studies
Basic module 2 Introduction to Linguistics

Build-up phase

Extension module 1 Surveying English Literatures
Extension module 2 Introduction to Cultural Studies
Extension module 3 Medieval English Literatures
Extension module 4 Levels of Linguistic Analysis
Extension module 5 History of English

Consolidation phase

Two of the following specialization modules (A1-A8) are to be chosen
Advanced module A1 Modernity and Alterity in the Literatures of Medieval Britain
Advanced module A2 Literary Studies: Periods - Genres - Concepts
Advanced module A3 Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures
Advanced module A4 Culture - Gender - Media
Advanced module A5 Sociolinguistics and Varieties of English
Advanced module A6 Structure of English
Advanced module A7 Semantics and Pragmatics
Advanced module A8 Language change
Choose one of the following specialization modules (B1-B8) *

Advanced module B1

Modernity and Altertity in the Literatures of Medieval Britain

Advanced module B2

Literary Studies: Periods - Genres - Concepts

Advanced module B3

Colonial and Postcolonial Literatures

Advanced module B4

Culture - Gender - Media

Advanced module B5

Sociolinguistics and Varities of English

Advanced module B6

Structure of English

Advanced module B7

Semantics and Pragmatics

Advanced module B8

Language change

Practical language modules

module Oral Skills and Writing Skills 1
module Oral Skills and Writing Skills 2
module Mediating skills

 

English Philology as a 60 CP module offering with the option to become a teacher

Base phase

Basic module 1 Introduction to Literary Studies
Basic module 2 Introduction to Linguistics

Advanced phase : All five of the above-mentioned advanced modules (see 90 CP core subject)

Specialization phase : One of the above-mentioned specialization modules (see 90 CP core subject)

Practical language modules

module Oral Skills and Writing Skills 1
module Oral Skills and Writing Skills 2
module Mediating skills

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Admission mode 1st semester
Local admission restriction
 
Admission mode higher semester
Local admission restriction (for the winter semester for the 3rd and 5th semester, for the summer semester for the 2nd, 4th, 6th semester)
 
Additional entry requirements
English test (level B2.2 GER)
 

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. Teaching at public schools in the State of Berlin is only possible for Bachelor graduates with a teaching degree option with a relevant teaching degree (Master of Education).

In addition to teaching at schools, there are other fields of activity for English students: For example, areas such as publishing, media and adult education as well as foreign language-related activities (e.g. in tourism or in the translation of all kinds of texts), public relations, etc. come into question Positions in commercial companies, including in import / export departments, in project and product management, in the multimedia, marketing and sales areas. Anglicists continue to work in positions in which they exercise a cultural mediator function, for example in the area of ??international exchange, with associations, foundations or international organizations - also in the diplomatic service. In all of these areas, however, the graduates compete with graduates from other courses; some areas also require special additional qualifications.

For managerial positions or employment in research and teaching, a master’s degree and possibly a doctorate are prerequisites.


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