TYSK3700 - Selected Topics in German Literary Studies


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination and oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 60/100 2 weeks
Oral examination 40/100 30 minutes E

Course content

TYSK3700 addresses a limited area within modern German literature and comparative literature, where both historical, theoretical and methodological issues are treated. The course might have a basis in literary history or focus on authorship, genres or issues within the literary and cultural sciences. TYSK3700 is recommended for all students who want to write a thesis in the field of literature.

Learning outcome

The course shall strengthen and develop knowledge about and insight into German literature and literary science.

The students shall

- be able to work critically with relevant sources and bibliographies

- be able to present and discuss research topics in German

- be able to analyse selected literary texts from the point of view of different literary theories

- be able to use a precise set of terminology when discussing different types of texts and issues

Learning methods and activities

Students will be required to write a paper of about 2000 words.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignment

Further on evaluation

- Two-week home examination of about 4000 words, excluding list of contents, exam question and bibliography, which is to be written within two weeks. The home examination counts as 60% of the final grade.

- Oral examination, approx. 30 minutes. The oral exam is a presentation of a topic related to the reading list and chosen by the student, but the examiner can also ask questions about the paper and the curriculum at large. The oral examination counts as 40% of the final grade.

Both parts of the exam will be graded, but only the final grade will be listed on official diplomas and transcripts of records from NTNU. Both the written assignment and the oral examination must receive the grade E or better in order for the student to receive a passing grade. If a student fails one or both parts of the exam, they must retake both parts of the exam. If a student resits a passed exam, they must retake both parts of the exam. The exam must be answered in German.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
German (MTYSK)
Language Studies with Teacher Education, years 8 - 13 (MLSPRÅK)

Course materials

The reading list is 1000-1500 pages (depending on type of text and degree of specialization), literary texts from early and modern times as well as up to 200 pages of literary theory.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: German

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • German Literature
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Language and Literature


Examination arrangement: Home examination and oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral examination 40/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 60/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 40/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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