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Overview

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 consists 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 societal ones 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 30 and 60 CP modules do not cover the entire subject of the course (see course structure).

Program Structure

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

The study of English Philology 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 selected field of study through the independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (Bachelor thesis).

* The selected advanced module (B1-B8) must not thematically coincide with one of the two advanced modules already selected from A1-A8 and serves as the thematic and conceptual basis for the 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.

English Philology as a 90 CP core subject

Base phase
Basic module 1 Introduction to Literary Studies
Basic module 2 Introduction to English 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 offer

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

English Philology as a 30 CP module offering

Basic module 1 Introduction to Literary Studies
Basic module 2 Introduction to Linguistics
Two of the above-mentioned advanced modules (see 90 CP core subject)
One of the above-mentioned specialization modules for the same core area (see 90 CP core subject)

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. If English Philology is studied as a module as part of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.

There is no uniform professional field 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. and product management, in the areas of multimedia, marketing and sales. 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.

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


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