Undergraduate course

Studies in German Literature with term paper

ECTS Credits


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course will give deeper insight into aspects of German-language literature, and the relevant literary-historical context and/or foreign language learning in a cultural or teaching perspective. The course will also provide insight into basic academic work (writing, searching for literature, and use of sources)

TYS251 or TYS252 is a compulsory part of the specialization in German

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 problem
  • 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 TYS252, 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 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

Two appointments for guidance and revisions related to the assignment (c. 1 hour each).

During the semester the students will also do an oral presentation (c. 10 minutes). Students should distribute presentation notes (c. 1 page), or, alternatively, use PowerPoint slides.

The students choose the topic with their course teacher. The presentation including notes must be approved by the course teacher before it is possible to take the exam.

Obligatory coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

The exam is a supervised bachelor's thesis and an oral exam that can adjust the final grade. The bachelor's thesis will be written in German with two compulsory appointments for guidance and revisions during the semester, be of about 5000 words, not including Table of Contents, problem statement and bibliography, and be handed in on the 15th of May in the spring semester. The work on the paper will commence after about eight weeks of teaching, and the appointments for guidance and revisions will be settled with the course teacher.

The oral exam (about 30 minutes) is held after the written evaluation, is tied to both the bachelor's thesis and the course curriculum and can raise or lower the result by one grade.

The Bachelor's thesis fulfills the requirements for independent work that is a necessary part of a Bachelor's degree.

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 according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.

Course Administrator

Department of Foreign Languages


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Term paper and adjusting oral examination

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Term paper

      Submission deadline
      16.05.2018, 13:00
      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Adjusting oral examination