In German studies, the focus is on linguistic and literary research topics. The course is divided into the three areas of Linguistics, Medieval Studies and Modern German Literature (NDL).
Linguistics deals with the structure of the German language. This includes the phonetic and writing system, the sentence structure and the level of meaning. In particular, the ability to analyze specific language material (sentences, texts, utterances) is taught. The literary sub-subjects Medieval Studies and Modern German Literature analyze German-language texts from the early Middle Ages to the early modern period (Medieval Studies) and from the early modern period to the present day (NDL). With the help of different theories and methods for analysis and interpretation, examples of German-language texts are examined in various cultural and socio-historical contexts.
The course starts in the first two semesters with the imparting of basic knowledge in all three sub-areas ( linguistics, medieval studies, NDL ). Which lyrical forms are German authors adopting from ancient, Italian, French, English or even Japanese literature, and what do they change? How do I describe linguistic sounds and what has to happen in the oropharynx in order for a certain sound to be pronounced? How do you research language or literature, and how do you communicate with researchers who thought about it in another place ten years ago?
From the third semester, this knowledge is applied and deepened in advanced seminars. You can decide for yourself where you want to set your priorities: Would you rather interpret Lessing's dramas and understand his drama theory of the 18th century, or are you interested in Holocaust literature? Literature-historical overview lectures also provide you with important knowledge of German-language literature.
After successfully completing your studies, you can work in a wide variety of professional fields. In particular, activities in the areas of journalism, advertising, editing, proofreading, library and archiving and public relations are among the core areas of trained Germanists. Fields of work are also possible in which a lot is communicated or information must be obtained and conveyed - for example in areas of corporate communication or public relations .
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