Undergraduate course

Studies in German Literature

Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will give increased insight to partial aspects of German literature and the relevant historical context and/or language teaching with an intercultural perspective. The course will also provide insight into basic academic work (writing, searching for literature and criticism of sources)

TYS202 is a compulsory part of the specialization in German for students writing their Bachelor's paper in language (TYS251).

Learning Outcomes


The student

  • will have gained insight into the texts on the reading list and the relevant historical contexts.
  • will have gained basic knowledge of central analytical terms used in literary studies.


The student

  • is capable of thematically relating the works on the reading list to their contexts in terms of literary and cultural history.
  • is capable of using adequate terminology in independent analyses of the works on the reading list.

General competence:

The student

  • is capable of applying precise terminology to literary analyses of different types of text and different types of problems
  • is capable of working independently and in the long term on solving problems based on acquired knowledge of the field
  • is capable of critically assessing different interpretations of texts
  • is capable of acquiring and using knowledge of new areas of the field.

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

It is recommended that students have completed TYS111, TYS112, TYS113 and TYS114 prior to TYS202, 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 will include lectures/seminars.

4 sessions per week

12 weeks

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 are required to write a practice paper and to give an oral presentation (c. 10 minutes). In conjunction with the oral presentation, students should distribute notes (c. 1 page), or, alternatively, use PowerPoint slides. Topics are to be chosen after consulatation with the course teacher. The paper and the oral presentation must both be approved in order for students 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. In addition, there will be an oral exam related to one of the topics from the written exam. The final grade will be based on the written and oral exam. Following the oral exam, the grade of the written exam may be adjusted up or down a letter grade to obtain the final grade.

The written exam can be conducted digitally.

Examination Support Material

Students are permitted to use a monolingual (German - German) dictionary.

Grading Scale

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

Reading List

The curriculum includes about 1000 pages, divided into two areas which can be limited in different ways, for example by epoch, genre, authorship, topic, etc. Each area will consist of at least three works, alternatively extracts from works. A selection of poetry can replace one or several works. In addition to this curriculum, the students will also read about 100 pages of secondary literature.

Course Evaluation

The teaching is evaluated in line with the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Course Administrator

Department of Foreign Languages


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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination and adjusting oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Adjusting oral examination

    • Exam part: Written examination