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German Studies (2017/2018)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of German Studies
ECTS: 60 (1 year) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for starting of the program

The Second Cycle studies programme for German Studies in the German Department function from the academic year 2008/09.  After the completion of this programme the students gain the title Master of German Studies. This programme is focused, first of all in linguistics, literature, culture, teaching methodology of German as a foreign language (DaF) at the university level as well as in the history of German speaking countries.
With a component of local and German native speaker teachers, who are best qualified to lecture using the most modern methods, our department plays a great role not only in the state level, but in the region as well, and further. First of all, it is worth mentioning the development and application of modern curricula and the stressed quality of the preparation of the teachers of German as a foreign language.
Currently, in the department of German Language seven university teachers are engaged (among them one associate professor, one docent, one lector and 4 visiting professors from German speaking countries). Among others the collaborators of the department are active in different associations, they organize international, scientific conferences, the development of mutual scientific projects and the collaboration with German linguists in the country and abroad (The collaboration with the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (PHZ), Bamberg University, Humboldt University Berlin, Jena University, Erlangen-Nürnberg University and with a number of German Departments in the Non-German Speaking countries).  Our department pays great importance to the mobility of teachers and students.  So that, our teachers and students have the opportunity to take part in the academic exchange programmes, as for instance in the University of Teacher Education Central Switzerland (Zug, Luzern, Schwyz), DAAD, BAYHOST, SOCRATES and ERASMUS, as well as in other similar programs.

The graduates of this study programme have knowledge, skills and competences, which enable them to continue with the third cycle studies (doctoral studies) or they can start their career as modern teachers of German at university levels. Besides this, the modules of linguistics, literature, didactics and culture enable our graduates to do other activities as for example: work in State Administration and Marketing, the Diplomatic services, in public and private institutions, work as translators and interpreters, work to strengthen German-Macedonian affairs, work in the sphere of cultural politics and in cultural mediation; or in activities in the field of media, and in publishing houses; or in International corporations or tourism.

Knowledge and understanding

- Has knowledge and understanding of German studies that is founded upon and extends that typically associated with Bachelor’s level.
- Demonstrates specialist knowledge of German Linguistics, Literature, Culture and Civilization of German-speaking countries.
- Has professional knowledge and understanding of the major trends in German language teaching methodology at primary, secondary and tertiary level.
- Acquire academic knowledge for independent academic work.

Applying knowledge and understanding

- Apply their skills in academic and non-academic environments related to German studies.
- Is able to conceive, design, implement and adapt substantial research projects with scholarly integrity.
- Use academic written and spoken German in various contexts.
- Translate texts in the fields of law, economics, politics, literary texts and others from German into Albanian or Macedonian and vice versa.
- Design a syllabus and a lesson plan appropriate for specific teaching contexts, for example, teaching younger learners (under 12 years old) or teaching business German to adults.

Making judgement

- Examining the various linguistic aspects of the German language and their relevance to the teaching process of German for speakers of other languages.
- Make complex methodological judgments in research design and analyses in the area of German studies.
- Make judgements concerning the potential difficulty of different aspects of the German language: verb and tense construction, definite/indefinite object, idiomatic expressions, prepositions and other grammatical categories.
- Make complex methodological evaluations in research design and discriminate between different methods of data collection and data analysis, as related to language and linguistics.

Communication skills

- Articulate clearly the educational process in the context of German Language studies. 
- Teach different linguistic concepts to learners of different abilities.
- Communicate in a proper manner those opportunities to achieve critical thinking, communication and personal development of the students.
- Show communicative competence in the classroom in terms of class management in primary, secondary and tertiary level.

Learning skills

- Initiate and complete independent research to high academic standards in the area of German studies.
- Is able to self monitor and adjust teaching methods according to the particular situation.
- Study in a largely self-directed or autonomous manner in German linguistics, literature, culture and civilisation.  

Semester 1

  • [MCGR1011] [6 ECTS] Resеаrch Methodology
    The goal of this course is to explain the methodologies and techniques of scientific work, which mostly create many difficulties for student beginners. Practical exercises are desiged to help us in the way how we should behave in the library, how to write an essay, papers or something else. Within this course will be included the following topics: defining the topic, bibliography, citation rules, scientific codes, organizing work.
  • [MCGR1010] [6 ECTS] Theory of Valency
    Within this course students will become familiar with the structure of the German language under the theory of valency. It will also be discussed its core issues. In the first part of this scientific event will lead discussion on the history of the theory of valency and the draft think about valeny described in the work of Tesniere and will be discussed also its shortcomings and contradictions. Furthermore this course will include the following topics: rection, dependency, valency, subject - valency and depedeny, the basic questions of the theory of valence and its holders. In the second part will be treated the question for making the distinction between aktant and cirkumstant (Ergänzungen und Angaben bzw. Aktanten und Zirkumstanten). The discussion about valency for a long time was treated apart from the question but also by the request of specific criteria for distinguishing between these two terms, with a tendency, valency to not be understood as dichotomous, but rather as a gradual phenomenon. In this seminar will be presented and discussed different approaches and processes. In the third part of the course as a central issue will be treated the pattern of sentences and valency of the other types of words (especially adjectives and nouns).
  • [MCGR1020] [6 ECTS] Applied Linguistics
    This course aims to familiarize students with the most important concepts of applied linguistics. It examines the communicative function of language in all spheres of social practice, in terms of the usage of its results obtained in practice. Applied linguistics in the classical tasks includes the study of language, contrastive linguistics- it means comparison of German language and German-Albanian-Macedonian language, intercultural communication, translation and interpretation, professional language and terminology. Through this applied linguistics studies the professional and general communication in institutions and media.
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [MCGR1040] Authors and Classical Works of German Speaking Countries
    • [MCGR1030] History of German Culture and Civilisation
    • [MCGR3012] Theory and Practice in Teaching of German as a Foreign Language
    • [MCGR3040] Contemporary German Literature
    • [MCGR3020] Pragmatics
    • [EMCGR3010] Intercultural Communication
    • [EMCGR3011] Language Policy and Multilingualism in Europe
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course
    • [MCGR1040] Authors and Classical Works of German Speaking Countries
    • [MCGR1030] History of German Culture and Civilisation
    • [MCGR3012] Theory and Practice in Teaching of German as a Foreign Language
    • [MCGR3040] Contemporary German Literature
    • [MCGR3020] Pragmatics
    • [EMCGR3010] Intercultural Communication
    • [EMCGR3011] Language Policy and Multilingualism in Europe

Semester 2

  • [MTGR2010] [24 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and make more complex task of Master-Thesis. The module is designed to be fully practical and students to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to approach writing the thesis. The modul is therefore more collaborative than a strict lecture-based course; students are expected to be active in class, and to engage with the discussions to the best of their ability.The module has unique return result-to enable students to write the master thesis with minimal difficulties, and with maximum efficiency. The course aims to improve research techniques and writing style.
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course
    • [MFE01] Rhetoric
    • [MFE02] Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • [MFE03] Selected Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • [MFE04] Selected Advanced Topics in Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • [MFE05] Professional Communication
    • [MFE09] Labor Market
    • [MFE08] Methodology of Teaching
    • [MFE10] Philosophy of Social Sciences
    • [MFE11] Project Management
    • [MFE12] Optimization Methods
    • [MFE13] Ethical and Legal Issues in Information Technology (IT)
    • [MFE14] Protection of Human Rights