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Overview

The course in German Philology at the Free University of Berlin deals with the three major areas of German studies: Newer German literature, older German literature and language, and linguistics (general and German linguistics). Corresponding to the extent of its subject area, modern German literature makes up the largest sub-area of ??German philology. It deals with the research of German literature from the early modern period through the Baroque, Enlightenment, Classical and Romantic, Vormärz, Realism, Naturalism, Modern and Postmodern to contemporary literature. The course includes teaching text and media analytical skills as well as literary, media and cultural theories.

The second sub-area of ??the German Philology course is dedicated to German literature and the language of the Middle Ages. Texts from the beginnings of German-language literature in the 8th century to the 16th century are researched. The main focus of the course is on understanding and analyzing texts in their cultural contexts before the age of printing. The inclusion of more recent theories in literary, cultural and media studies also contributes to this. 

Linguistics, on the other hand, deals with the general properties of language and linguistic communication in their various forms. Systematic and structural, social and historical as well as biological and psychological aspects are taken into account. The combination of general and German linguistics is part of the special profile of German linguistics at the Free University of Berlin.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

German 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). German Philology as a 60 CP module offering with teacher training option must be combined with a core subject with teaching training option and the teaching profession-related vocational studies (LBW) study area.

The study of German Philology as a 90 CP core subject and a 60 CP module offer is divided into a basic, advanced and advanced phase. In the advanced phase, all students have to choose a focus from the study areas: Newer German Literature, Older German Literature or Linguistics.

In the core subject German Philology, at the end of the course the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a field of study takes place through the 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.

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

Base phase

Basic module Introduction to modern German literature
Basic module Introduction to older German literature and language
Basic module Introduction to the study of linguistics

Build-up phase

Study area Modern German Literature
Extension module Genre-specific text analysis
Department of Older German Literature and Language
Extension module Older German literature and language
Department of Linguistics (choose two of three modules)
Extension module Language structure
Extension module Voice function
Extension module Language change

Consolidation phase

Two specialization modules from just one of the three study areas Modern German Literature, Older German Literature and Language or Linguistics. If necessary, the module "Subject-related teaching (practical school studies in German)" must be completed.

 

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

Base phase

Basic module Introduction to modern German literature
Basic module Introduction to older German literature and language
Basic module Introduction to the study of linguistics

Development phase (two study areas are to be chosen)

Study area Modern German Literature
Extension module Genre-specific text analysis
Department of Older German Literature and Language
Extension module Older German literature and language
Department of Linguistics (choose two of three modules)
Extension module Language structure
Extension module Voice function
Extension module Language change

Consolidation phase

A specialization module from one of the two study areas that were selected within the advanced phase.

 

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)
 

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, job opportunities can be found in traditional occupational fields (including publishing, advertising, press and public relations), but also in other media areas, in non-state school lessons, in adult education and in cultural institutions, business or administration. The focus in the advanced phase can be decisive for your own orientation and later professional development.

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 course, 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 teaching / research.


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