The Institute of Germanic Languages and Literatures offers the following programs of study within the framework of the German Linguistics and Literature program in the Faculty of Humanities:
- Master program in German Studies (major, 90 credits)
- Master program in German Studies (minor, 30 credits)
Content and Program Goals (Master major 90 credits, minor 30 credits):
The Master program encompasses the two subject areas for German language and German literature.
The literature component addresses the entire range of German literature, the associated cultural environments, and the relationship between German literature and literature in neighboring countries from the beginnings of German literature to the present day. The influence of Latin on German literature is also taken into consideration here. The following subject areas are addressed in depth using examples from Medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary literature: philology and editorial studies, rhetoric, poetics, history and theory of aesthetics and hermeneutics, the systematics of literature analysis, analysis of historical contexts (social history, science history) and comparative aspects in relation to other literary cultures. The advanced and supplementary courses focus on the transfer of literary traditions and the reception of German literature down through the ages, German literary subjects and genres, and the evolution of genres and writing styles, whereby special attention is paid to the continuity in early, modern and contemporary German literature. Students are made aware of problems associated with the research history and desiderata of their selected subject focus and are provided with the skills they need to select and apply from among competing research approaches the proper method of analysis for their subject focus. During the Master program, students may specialize in early German literature, early modern German literature or contemporary German literature.
The linguistic component expands the student's knowledge of the systematics, varieties and use of the German language, as well as its analysis. A variety of exemplary and specially selected topics are addressed in the individual advanced courses in order to make students more familiar with both theoretical and practical problems in this field. Students will learn how to critically reflect on the current state of research and independently conduct small research projects.
The program focuses on five main areas:
- The linguistic system (grammar, comparative linguistics, typology)
- Cognitive linguistics and psycholinguistics (language acquisition, language and mental processes)
- Sociolinguistics (varieties, group and professional language, language norms)
- Pragmatics and communication research (interpersonal, public and intercultural communication)
- Text and discourse analysis