Selected Topics in German Linguistics (SAK)
Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Lectures from NTNU will be video conferenced to UiB.
Objectives and Content
TSAK319 covers a limited area related to contemporary German linguistics, where empirical, theoretical and methodological questions will be discussed, preferably from a contrastive point of view. Through working with selected topics, the students will become familiar with empirical/corpus based work, i.e. through the use of electronic corpus. The students will be able to specialize in a chosen area by working on the term paper.
TSAK319 is recommended for all students planning to write a master's thesis in linguistics.
- has in-depth theoretical and empirical knowledge of a limited topic related to contemporary German linguistics
- has in-depth knowledge of methods related to the discipline
- has knowledge about important contrastive differences between German and Norwegian related to the selected topic
- can use and reflect independently on theoretical and methodological approaches related to a limited research area
- can present, analyse and compare different presentations, theories and methods related to the discipline
- can use a precise linguistic set of terminology in German
- can find relevant sources and bibliographies, and use these critically in order to structure and formulate scientific arguments related to the discipline in German
- can reflect over (i.e. present, discuss, analyse) important contrastive differences between Norwegian and German related to the discipline
- can plan and conduct an independent, limited research project under supervision and in German
- can use a scientific set of terminology when discussing a complex topic
- can present and relate to scientific issues, analysis and conclusion related to contemporary German linguistics, using an appropriate scientific language, both orally and in writing.
- can use his/her knowledge and skill in new areas in order to complete advanced tasks and projects
Required Previous Knowledge
Bachelor degree with a specialisation in German of at least 80 credits or similar.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all with admission to the Master's programme in German at UiB/NTNU
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, seminars and exercises, in which students are expected to participate actively.
Lectures from NTNU is conducted via the internet.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
A short written summary of about 600 words of a text from the reading list.
An approved paper of about 2000 words written in German.
Students must attend at least half of the lectures.
Forms of Assessment
A written paper due after two weeks of about 4000 words, excluding list of contents, exam question and bibliography. The paper must be written in German.
The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a fail.
Autumn. An exam will be offered early in the Spring semester for students who passed the obligatory requirements
The reading list is announced in connection with the lectures. The curriculum consists of a shared reading list of about 250 pages, in addition to about 100-150 pages of elective readings, which must be approved by the teacher.
The teaching is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the two universities.