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Overview

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 periods, 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 printing era. 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.

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

Program Structure

German Philology is combined as a core subject with a 60 credit module or two 30 credit modules. German Philology is combined with a 90 CP core subject as a 60-CP module. As a 30 CP module offer, German 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 German Philology is divided into the study areas Newer German Literature, Older German Literature and Linguistics. As a 90 CP core subject and a 60 CP module offer, it comprises a basic, advanced and advanced phase. In the advanced phase, all students have to choose a focus from the three named study areas.

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 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.

German Philology as a 90 CP core subject

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.

German Philology as a 60 CP module offer

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.

German Philology as a 30 CP module offer

In a chosen field of study (Newer German Literature, Older German Literature and Language or Linguistics), students generally complete one module each from the basic, advanced and advanced phase.

Base phase

Basic module Introduction to Modern German Literature (Department of Modern German Literature), Introduction to Older German Literature and Language (Department of Older German Literature) or Introduction to the Study of Linguistics (Department of Linguistics)

Build-up phase

Extension module Genre-specific text analysis (study area Newer German Literature), older German literature and language (study area Older German literature and language) or language structure, language function and / or language change (study area linguistics)

Consolidation phase

A specialization module from the field of study that was chosen in the basic phase and continued in the advanced phase.

Career Prospects

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. If German Philology is studied as a module within the framework of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject shapes the professional qualification.

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 (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 managerial positions or employment in teaching / research.


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