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German Studies (2012/2013)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of German Studies
ECTS: 120 (2 years) Accrediation

The department of German language exists from the foundation of SEE University, in 2001 and it functions as part of the Faculty of Languages, Cultures and Communication. From the academic year 2005/06 the bachelor studies of German are offered and they last for three academic years and it is structured according to ECTS. For the second cycle students Master studies for German Studies are offered, which can be finished within 2 academic years.

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

  • [6 ECTS] Research 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.
  • [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).
  • [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] Authors and Classical Works of German Speaking Countries
    It is expected extensive knowledge and understanding of the terminology of German literature through the centuries from the period from XV to XVII century. Is expected to apply their literary knowledge and understanding in their occurrences, processes and works of the period from XV to XVII century. Collection, evaluation and interpretation of relevant data and information within the German literature of the German literature period mentioned above will be examined. Discussions of German literature from this period and working with specific examples from selected authors will be realized. Students will develop learning skills that are relevant and necessary for the further education of their own in the German literature of the above mentioned period. This course includes: reading literature, literary analysis, preparation of written and oral theses of papers and discussion regarding the most developed scientific literature on the most eminent authors (with selected works), from the German speaking countries from late medieval German literature and the classic literature epoch (middleage: Hartman von Auer, Volfram fon Eschenbach, Gottfried von Strassburg, from renesance untill 18 h century : Grifius, Grimmelshausen, Viland, Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Büchner, Kleist, Novalis, Tik, Hoffman, Aeichendorf, Arnim, Brentano, Hajne, Keller, Stifter, Meier, Hebel, Hauptmann; Fontane).
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 1
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 2

  • [6 ECTS] Sociolinguistics
    Within this course students will become familiar with theoretical and practical part of sociolinguistics. The theoretical part covers basic concepts: the relationship of language and society, or the way we use language in different social contexts, and underlying causes of linguistic variation, the function of language in society, the relationship between language and culture, horizontal and vertical stratification of the languag, sociolectal difference, language policy, standardization of the language etc.. The practical part includes the preparation of personal sociolinguistic portfolio, seminar paper based on research that will conduct the sociolinguistic topic of their choice and agreement with the professor, as well as its presentation and critical analysis and commentary. Sociolinguistic issues associated with other disciplines, particularly psychology and pragmatics.
  • [6 ECTS] Developmental Tendencies of Modern German
    The German language is in progression. If there were no changes, it would be a dead language. This course aims to familiarize students with the latest tendencies of the German language as seen from different aspects. In addition to the issues in the field of language change will be discussed the issues and standards of language. Meanwhile it will discuss the most important changes in the field of morphology, syntax and German vocabulary. Will be put attention also to some selected topics such as. words borrowed from English in modern German and actual use of language in selected areas of communication (language in advertising, language in the media). Theoretical introduction will be practically demonstrated and encouraged by reports.
  • [6 ECTS] Methods of Critical Literature and Interpretation
    The main goal of this course is extensive and integrative knowledge, understanding and applying the methods of literary criticism, interpretation and science, and their guidance and authors. Specific examples from the history of germanspeaking literature is the main thematic content of this course. Basic study of philology and literature criticism, and the types of interpretation: stylistic, rhetorical and aesthetic analysis, socio-psychological, cultural, historical, mental, historical, and interpretation in the context of history emocions and the rationality of civilization rituals and processes etc..
  • [6 ECTS] Hisory of German Culture and Civilization
    This course enables students to: * Self-processing theories of civilization or culture. * Understanding the basic elements of civilization systems, processes and developments. * Determination of specific events, personalities and achievements by civilization and cultural significance. * Scientific knowledge and understanding of germanspeaking civilization / culture in Europe and globally. Course Content * Review of germanspeaking civilization and culture * Determination of germanspeaking civilization and culture in a European framework * The role of germanspeaking civilization and culture worldwide * Foreign influences of germanspeaking civilization and culture * Germanspeaking epochs of civilization and culture * Paradigmatic events of germanspeaking civilization and culture * Exemplary figures and their works / achievements * Theories of civilization and culture and experience of applying germanspeaking history
  • [6 ECTS] Free elective course 2
    • Rhetoric
    • Multilingualism and multiculturalism
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Topics in IT Applications for Preparing a Scientific Paper
    • Selected Chapters of Advanced Applications for Statistical Data Processing
    • Professional Communication
    • Methodology of Teaching

Semester 3

  • [6 ECTS] Contrastive Linguistics
    This course aims to familiarize students with the most important concepts of contrastive linguistics. Constrastive linguistics deals with the similarities and differences between different languages (interlinguistic perspective) and within one language (intralinguistic perspective, for example.: Aspects of German language in Germany, Austria and Switzerland). Consistently may occur any pairs and features from all areas of linguistic structure (phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, lexicon, etc..). The lecture gives an overview of the different stages and fields of research contrastive linguistics and this connects to a critical reflection on its role in language didactics. Then the language pairs German-Albanian and German -Macedonian through examples will be compared the most important phonological, morphological, syntactic and pragmatic structures. In addition will be discussed about the use of acquired knowledge on issues of general linguistics, theory of language learning and didactics. This course complements and deepens the basic knowledge in this area.
  • [6 ECTS] Theories of Language Acqiusition
    The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the problems of the theory of learning foreign languages, with different aspects of learning the language as well as methodological knowledge of empirical research in the field of foreign language. Within this course will be explained the important models of learning foreign and second language (eg. Controlled-not, controlled-mixed) modes of bilingualism or multilingualism; psycholinguistic based models of teaching (eg. Monitoring theory, focusing the forms, and interactive approaches), research results on L2-stage study of languages ect., sociolinguistic approach (simplified register, codeswitch etc..) individual variability as age or cognitive style; extended concepts such as. psychology of comparing cultures. This course complements and deepens the basic knowledge in this area.
  • [6 ECTS] Theory and Praxis in Teaching of German as a Foreign Language
    This course aims to familiarize students with major concepts and models of teaching methodology and didactics of German as a foreign language atuniversity level. Also will be read and discuss the most current and importantmethodological-didactic debates of nowdays. By the end of thesemester students will be able to: * Demonstrate a wideknowledge and understanding of the development, courses and current trends inmethodology of teaching German as a foreign language, or the correlation andintegration of content from compatible subjects: Language, Linguistics,Cultural, Literature and other less compatible curricula. * To apply theirknowledge and understanding in their work or their profession as future teachersof German language and to devise and develop solutions to problems andarguments in the methodology of teaching German as a foreign language. * To collect,evaluate and interpret relevant data and information within this area. * To discussinformation, problems and solutions in this particular area. * To develop learning skills they need to further their own education.
  • [6 ECTS] Modern German Literature
    This course is designed to equip students with: * Self-processing of the theoretical foundations of modern literary interpretation * Model processing interpretation paradigms under various genres of modern literature * Paradigmatic studies of selected authors and works of modern germanspeaking literature under philosophical, sociological, psychological, hermeneutic and aesthetic -poetics aspects . Description of the course: * Review of modern germanspeaking literature and discussion for selected authors and works. * Review of the genre aspects * Review of poetics grounds or theories of authors * Introduction to reference science and science literature * Paradigmatic analyzes and interpretations * Characteristics and location of modern germanspeaking literature in European and global frameworks * International Relations and receptions of modern literature
  • [6 ECTS] Elective course 1
    • Pragmatics
    • Intercultural Communication
    • Language Policy and Multilingualism in Europe

Semester 4

  • [30 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.