Studies in German Language

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The course will increase knowledge of and give deeper insight to a limited selection of topics within German language/linguistics and/or foreign language learning.

Learning Outcomes


The candidate

  • has broad, general knowledge of central theories, concepts, and methods within German as a research subject
  • has fundamental knowledge of the key issues and methods in the chosen discipline(s) and deeper knowledge within a specific area
  • is familiar with and can utilize relevant communicative genres


The candidate

  • is capable of carrying out and presenting a project in German (in writing and orally).
  • is capable of identifying linguistic nuances between Norwegian and German and utilising such differences in both written and oral German.
  • is capable of applying precise linguistic and literary terminology to various types of text and various types of problem in his/her own academic work.
  • is capable of precisely discussing problems, analyses, interpretations and conclusions within his/her own field.
  • is capable of working independently and in the long-term on solving problems based on acquired knowledge of the field
  • is capable of understanding and critically assessing use of theories, methodologies and interpretations within his/her own field.
  • is capable of acquiring and using knowledge of new areas of the field.

General competence

The candidate

  • is capable of expressing herself/himself at an advanced level in German, both orally and in writing, and can read advanced texts in German.
  • is capable of finding relevant sources and bibliographies both online and offline and of using them critically in his/her own work.
  • is capable of carrying out a small-scale supervised research/development project in accordance with current research-ethical norms.
  • is capable of using the methodological and analytical tools necessary for carrying out independent research within his/her field.
  • is able to continue developing his/her competence and specialization
  • is capable of contributing to discourse in the public arena in areas relevant to the discipline.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
It is recommended that students have completed TYS105/TYS625, TYS106/TYS626, TYS107/TYS627, TYS115/625, TYS116/TYS626, SEK100/SEK600 prior to TYS201, or equivalent.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods

The teaching consists of lectures/seminars.

4 hours each week

9 weeks (i. e. 18 double sessions per topic)

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

In the course of the semester, students must write two practice papers of approximately 500 words each and also give two oral presentations (c. 10 minutes). Topics are to be chosen after consultation with the course teacher.

The practice papers and presentations must be approved by the course teacher in order for the student to attend examination in the course.

Coursework is valid for one semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment
The exam is a 6-hour written school exam.
Grading Scale
The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a fail.
Reading List
The curriculum is about 350 pages.
Course Evaluation
The teaching is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
Examination Support Material
Monolingual (German - German) dictionary.