Undergraduate course

Studies in German Language

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will increase knowledge of and give deeper insight to a limited selection of topics within German language/linguistics and/or foreign language learning. Each topic should be studied from two, or more, different angles to train the ability to assess material independently.

TYS201 is a compulsory part of the specialization in German for students writing their Bachelor's paper in literature (TYS252).

Learning Outcomes


The candidate

  • is capable of carrying out and presenting a project in German (in writing and orally).
  • is capable of identifying linguistic nuances between Norwegian and German and utilising such differences in both written and oral German.
  • is capable of applying precise linguistic and literary terminology to various types of text and various types of problem in his/her own academic work.
  • is capable of precisely discussing problems, analyses, interpretations and conclusions within his/her own field.
  • is capable of working independently and in the long-term on solving problems based on acquired knowledge of the field
  • is capable of understanding and critically assessing use of theories, methodologies and interpretations within his/her own field.
  • is capable of acquiring and using knowledge of new areas of the field.


The candidate

  • is capable of expressing herself/himself at an advanced level in German, both orally and in writing, and can read advanced texts in German.
  • is capable of finding relevant sources and bibliographies both online and offline and of using them critically in his/her own work.
  • is capable of carrying out a small-scale supervised research/development project in accordance with current research-ethical norms.
  • is capable of using the methodological and analytical tools necessary for carrying out independent research within his/her field.
  • is able to continue developing his/her competence and specialization
  • is capable of contributing to discourse in the public arena in areas relevant to the discipline.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed TYS111, TYS112, TYS113 and TYS114 prior to TYS201, or equivalent.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching consists of lectures/seminars.

4 hours each week

12 weeks (i. e. 12 double sessions per topic)

If few students register for the course, instruction can be tailored to the number of students. If this is the case, students will be informed of alternate instruction arrangements at the beginning of the semester prior to the registration deadline of Feb 1/Sept 1.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

In the course of the semester, students must write two practice papers and also give two oral presentations (c. 10 minutes). Topics are to be chosen after consulatation with the course teacher.

The practice papers and presentations must be approved by the course teacher in order for the student to attend examination in the course.

Coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a 6-hour written school exam. Students are permitted to use a monolingual (German - German) dictionary. The examination can be conducted digitally.

Examination Support Material

Monolingual (German ¿ German) dictionary.

Grading Scale

The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a fail.

Reading List

The curriculum is about 350 pages.

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    22.05.2020, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam