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Overview

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.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

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? Overview lectures on the history of literature provide you with important knowledge of German-language literature. The teacher training course includes several modules from the educational sciences that deal with questions of upbringing and education . You will also complete a three-week orientation internship at a school during your studies 

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

The course is aimed at the profession of grammar school teacher in German or foreign German grammar schools. In order to complete your training, you must complete a master’s degree and a legal clerkship after completing your BA in teaching. Those who decide after successfully completing their studies that they do not want to become a teacher can also work in geniun Germanic professional fields such as those available to graduates of the BA in German Studies.


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