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German Language and Literature

German Language and Literature

Major subject – German Language and Literature

Students of German Language and Literature will become experts in language and culture, both in a contemporary and historical context. The studies with provide you with proficiency in the German language, both in terms of general language use and language for special purposes (jargon), advanced insights into the German grammar and practice, as well as the morphological and syntactic structures of German. In addition, you will learn about German culture, history and society, and their relation with the language. You will also gain insights into German literature and the concepts, methods and theories used in literary studies, which will enable you to analyse various types of text materials in a systematic manner.

If you study German Language and Literature as a major subject, you will choose whether to take general studies, the subject teacher line or a specialisation in language and economics. In general studies, you can freely select your minor subjects, while students in the subject teacher line will study Education as their long minor subject, often in combination with another teaching subject. Students specialising in language and economics will specialise in corporate and business communication and take Business Administration as a minor subject. All students will do some form of language practice, either as an exchange student or by working in a German-speaking country. German Language and Literature may even be studied as a minor subject by students majoring in other subjects.

As with teaching, research also deals with various perspectives on the structure, functions and evolution of the language as well as its cultural dimension and multimedia aspects. It focuses on, for example, different types of texts, various forms of media, the interaction between text and visual elements, development within various genres, spoken language, language and gender, language and age, the historical development of the language, language for special purposes (jargon), online language, language learning and development, as well as the language in literature.

Over the course of several years, research in German Language and Literature has been conducted within a large European network of researchers, known as Europäische Kulturen in der Wirtschaftskommunitation – European Culture in Business and Corporate Communication. The network brings experts from various fields of research together within the framework of shared projects. Our doctoral students are thus provided with a network of established international contacts within various research areas and publication opportunities in a dedicated scientific series published by an international publishing company.


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