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German Studies (2022/2023)

Study Cycle: Second Cycle (Postgraduate)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Programme Code: N-MDE60C
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Master of German Studies
ECTS: 60 (1 year) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for starting of the program

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. 

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
  • Clearly articulate 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] 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 designed 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 the course will be discussed on the history of the theory of valency and the draft think about valency 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 dependency, 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 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).
  • [MCGR1040] [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 (medieval age: Hartman von Auer, Volfram fon Eschenbach, Gottfried von Strassburg, from renaissance until 18 h century: Grifius, Grimmelshausen, Viland, Goethe, Schiller, Heine, Büchner, Kleist, Novalis, Tik, Hoffman, Aeichendorf, Arnim, Brentano, Hajne, Keller, Stifter, Meier, Hebel, Hauptmann; Fontane).
  • [MCGR2040] [6 ECTS] Developmental Tendencies of Contemporary German Language
    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] General Elective
    • [EGL-505] Introduction to Methodology and Techniques of Research Writing
    • [EGL-503] Contemporary German Literature
    • [EGL-506] Acquisition of German as foreign Language
    • [CGL-403] Civilization of the German - speaking area
    • [EGL-405] Language Policy in EU
    • [EGL-602] Error Analysis
    • [MCGR3020] Pragmatics
    • [MCGR3011] Theories of Language Acquisition
    • [MCGR2010] Sociolinguistics

Semester 2

  • [MCGR4010] [30 ECTS] Master Thesis
    This module enables students to transfer their skills and knowledge to research and carry out more complex tasks related to their 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 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 style of writing the paper, taking into account the prevention of the usage of illegal means, such as plagiarism and infringement of copyright, which are prohibited by the Statute of SEEU.