Postgraduate course

German Language and Literature

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The linguistic part of the course provides an introduction to central subdisciplines in German (Germanic) linguistics. These can include morphology, syntax, semantics, phonology, word formation, text linguistics / text grammar, pragmatics, or didactics.

The literature part of the course provides an introduction to central directions in modern literary theory and methods. This can include metaphor theory, genre theory, narrative studies, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, reception theory, critical theory, postcolonial theory, or gender studies.

TYS307 is a required part of the Master's degree in German.

Learning Outcomes


The student

  • has knowledge of central subdisciplines in Germanic linguistics and literature studies
  • has knowledge of subject terminology and concepts related to the subdisciplines
  • has knowledge of writing traditions and text conventions in the subdisciplines


The student

  • can analyze texts using analysis tools from the different subdisciplines
  • can independently use subject terminology and concepts related to the subdisciplines
  • can formulate texts that follow the traditions and conventions of the subdisciplines
  • can discuss relevant theoretical problems, orally and in writing


The student

  • can independently update and expand their knowledge of the different subdisciplines in Germanic linguistics and literary studies
  • is prepared with the writing techniques needed to write a Master¿s thesis

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

TYS317 (7.5 credits), TYS316 (7.5 credits)

Access to the Course

The course is open to all with admission to the Master's program in German at the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

The classes are a combination of lecture and seminar in which students are expected to participate actively. There will be two two-hour classes a week for 12 weeks. There will be 12 two-hour classes in linguistics and 12 two-hour classes in literature.

In the case that few students register for a course, the organized teaching may be adapted to fit the number of students. If this occurs, students will be informed at the start of the semester, and before the registration deadline 1. February/1. September.¿

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

During the semester, there will be four short (ca. 500 word) written assignments (two in each discipline) and two oral presentations (one in each discipline).

All assignments must be approved by the instructor in order to be eligible to take the course exam.

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

Forms of Assessment

Course assessment is in the form of a 6-hour written exam and an oral exam (c. 30 min.). The written examination can be conducted digitally.

The oral exam consists of a presentation of a self-selected topic related to the required course reading from the discipline that one has not chosen for the written exam (ca. 10 min.) Questions will also be asked about the course reading. The written exam is worth 50% of the final grade and the oral exam is worth 50%.

Examination Support Material

The use of a monolingual dictionary (German-German) during the written exam is permitted.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

Autumn. An exam will be offered early in the Spring semester for students who passed the obligatory requirements

Reading List

The course curriculum consists of up to 200 pages per discipline.

Course Evaluation

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

Course Administrator

Department of Foreign Languages

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 oral examination

    • Exam part: Oral examiniation

    • Exam part: Written examination

      07.12.2018, 09:00
      6 hours
      Examination system
      Digital exam