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Postgraduate course

Contemporary German Language and Literature

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeTYS311
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageGerman
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Objectives and Content

TYS311 provides an introduction to selected topics in linguistics and literature dealing with the analysis of modern works of literature as well as culturally oriented texts, i.e. texts from the 20th and 21st centuries.

TYS311 is a required part of the Master's degree in German.

Learning Outcomes


The student

  • has good knowledge about modern German-language authors
  • has good knowledge of the terminology and expressions that are needed to describe the characteristics of modern German-language texts.


The student

  • can describe what distinguishes modern texts from ¿older¿ texts linguistically, stylistically, and in terms of content, and analyze them
  • has thorough knowledge on selected topics in German linguistics and literary studies
  • has good knowledge of the central terminology of these topics
  • can discuss central issues within the selected course topic, both orally and in writing

General competence:

The student

  • is capably of independently updating and expanding their knowledge about modern German linguistics and German-language literature

has developed the writing skills needed to write their Master¿s thesis

Access to the Course

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

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given in the form of lectures/seminars. Students are expected to participate actively in the seminars.

4 sessions per week.

12 weeks (in total 12 double sessions in literature and 12 double sessions in linguistics).

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

Students are required to write four short (c. 300-500 words) practice papers (two in literature and two in linguistics) and to give two oral presentations (one in literature and one in linguistics). Students are also required to attend supervision as part of the process of writing the exam paper (cf. `Forms of Assessment'). Compulsory assignments must be approved by the course teacher in order for students to attend examination in the course. Compulsory assignments are valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

Assessment includes a supervised take home exam and an oral exam (ca. 30 min.). The exam is a supervised take home exam of about 4000 words, excluding list of contents, exam question and bibliography, which is to be written within one week. Students are free to choose between writing on a literary or a linguistic topic. At the oral examination, students must give a presentation of a topic dealt with by the texts on the reading list. The topic is to be selected by the student, but students whose take home exam deal with a literary topic must choose a linguistic topic for the oral examination, and vice versa. Students may be asked questions concerning both the take home exam and the works on the reading list.

Thetake home exam counts towards 50 percent of the final grade whereas the oral examination counts towards 50 percent of the final grade.

In the autumn semester 2021, the oral exam will be held digitally, as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus.

Examination Support Material

In the spring semester 2021, all aids are permitted during the exam.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

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

Reading List

The reading list comprises

a) selected linguistic and literary topics (e.g. selected topics on general grammar, textual linguistics and variational linguistics, contrastive analysis, genre studies, text interpretation and text analysis) totalling c. 250-300 pages and

b) literary works and culturally oriented texts (e.g. essays, media coverage, films, etc.) comprising a maximum of 500 pages).

Course Evaluation

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

Course Administrator

Department of Foreign Languages

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home examination and oral examination

    • Exam part: Take-home examination

      Examination system
      Digital exam
    • Exam part: Oral examination