Overview

Overview

Dutch is spoken by around 16 million people in the Netherlands and around 5 million in Belgium, in the Flanders region. In addition, Dutch has left its mark on other parts of the world. It is the official language in the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba and in the former colony of Suriname in South America. Afrikaans, one of the official languages ??of South Africa, dates back to the language of Dutch colonists in the 17th century.

In the Dutch Philology bachelor's degree, you will learn more about the history, structure and spread of the Dutch language. You will also become familiar with the literature and culture of the Dutch-speaking area: On the one hand, historical topics such as the intellectual life of the 17th century (the so-called "Golden Age") are dealt with - think of the painter Rembrandt, the physicist Christiaan Huygens or the poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel. On the other hand, the course is dedicated to the current cultural scene in the Dutch-speaking area: seminars on famous contemporary writers such as the Belgian Hugo Claus and the Dutch Cees Nooteboom are part of the course offerings.

The close linguistic and literary relationships between the Netherlands and Germany are also taken into account during the course. In linguistics, for example, differences and similarities between the two languages ??are analyzed. Literary studies not only compare the literary historical developments of both countries with each other, but also examines the mutual influence of political and historical events on literature.

The 30 CP module offering does not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

Dutch Philology is combined as a core subject with a 60 credit module or two 30 credit modules. Dutch Philology is combined with a 90-credit core subject as a 60-credit module. Dutch Philology is combined as a 30 CP module with a suitable 120 CP core subject or a 90 CP core subject and a further 30 CP module offer.

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

The general vocational preparation study area (ABV) includes an internship as well as the following areas of competence: foreign languages, information and media competence, gender & diversity competence, organizational and management competence, personal and socio-communicative competence and subject-related additional qualifications in which additional practical professional knowledge and skills are imparted will. The objectives, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course regulations regulate the structure and process of the course. 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 examinations. 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.

Dutch Philology as a 90 CP core subject

module Language Practice - Dutch I
module Language Practice - Dutch II
module Language Practice - Dutch III
module Language Practice - Dutch IV
module Basics of Dutch studies
module Literary currents and genres
module Literary themes and motifs
module Linguistic structures and functions
module Linguistic variations and linguistic change
module Specialization in Dutch Philology A

Dutch Philology as a 60 CP module offer

module Language Practice - Dutch I
module Language Practice - Dutch II
module Language Practice - Dutch III
module Basics of Dutch studies
module Literary currents and genres
module Literary themes and motifs  or  linguistic variations and linguistic change
module Linguistic structures and functions
module Specialization in Dutch Philology B

Dutch philology as a 30 CP module offer

module Language Practice - Dutch I
module Language Practice - Dutch II
module Language Practice - Dutch III
Choose one of the following modules
module Literary currents and genres
module Literary themes and motifs
module Linguistic structures and functions
module Linguistic variation and linguistic change

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a further course of study. 

Graduates can work in a wide variety of professional fields, preferably in an intermediary role between Dutch-Flemish and German culture. First and foremost, opportunities arise in the field of foreign languages ??and in the field of cultural management. Since not all graduates find a place on the narrower specialist job market, the acquisition of additional qualifications, as they are already imparted in the General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area, as well as early orientation with regard to broader employment opportunities and the personal application strategy of of great importance for a successful career start.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for management positions or employment in research and teaching.


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