German studies cover German language, literature, and culture. In Europe, approximately 100 million people have German as their mother tongue. From the perspective of Europe's trade and cultural sectors, German is one of Europe's most important languages.
Studying German gives you access to a rich and exciting linguistic and cultural arena covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Studying a foreign language and a different culture will enable you to reflect on your own language and culture in new ways.
German studies are comprised of methodical studies of language, literature, and culture, with particular emphasis placed on the comparative aspect with the Norwegian context (language and culture). When studying German, you will learn to develop and communicate knowledge within these areas and to speak and write German at an advanced level.
The following central questions will be addressed during your studies:
- How is the German language structured and what aspects of its structure differentiate it from Norwegian?
- How do we interpret German literature, prose, film and radio plays in their cultural and historical context?
- How do we approach language and culture in an independent, analytical and critical manner?
- How do we understand German culture and cultural changes within both national and international perspectives?
- How do we approach language and literature scientifically?
In the course of undertaking German studies, you will be equipped to:
- Work independently with German language and culture at an academic level.
- Communicate your knowledge of the field in both German and Norwegian.
- Analyze and reflect on the structure and meaning of linguistic expressions.
- Interpret German literary and cultural works of a variety of genres and from different historical periods.
- Acquire knowledge and skills which increase your inter cultural competence.
- Reflect on your own learning process.
The teaching is primarily conducted in German.