Course Information
Title in GermanForschungsmethodik in der Germanistik
SchoolGerman Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600003399

Programme of Study: Language and Culture in the German-speaking Area (2012-today)

Registered students: 14
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Linguistics-TeachingMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-9
Literature-CultureMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-9

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Familiarization of students with the new currents of research methodology in German Studies/improvement of the students critical thought, ability to locate and overcome errors and difficulties/development of strategies for the optimal structuring of the research material and its presentation/familiarization with forms of established academic practice (organization of congresses, editing of academic journals etc.).
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Design and manage projects
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course is concerned with the research methodology in German studies on an advanced level. The students present their own research projects and composition as well as methodological problems is being discussed in class and solutions and alternatives are being proposed. On the basis of the “forgotten” discipline of rhetoric not only presentation of scientific issues will be trained, but also the structuring of the material. Furthermore the course deals with forms of established academic practice, such as the organization of congresses and the related text types of call for papers and abstract. Through regularly writing of research papers, exposés and the preparation of bibliographies and excerpts the participants should be enabled to work autonomously, to conceive and to carry out successfully their own inquiry. Last but not least they should develop skills of pointed and compact expression of their theses –so that their final paper can meet the requirements for publications in academic journals.
research methodology, rhetoric, academic practice
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of power point for the lectures of the teacher and for the presentations of the students Communication via e-mail, moodle
Course Organization
Reading Assigment622.5
Written assigments1004
Student Assessment
active participation, oral presentation, project or written paper
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Elisabeth Décultot (Hrsg.), Lesen, Kopieren, Schreiben. Lese- und Exzerpierkunst in der europäischen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts. Ripperger & Kremers, Berlin 2014. Konrad Ehlich, Zur Analyse der Textart „Exzerpt“. In: Amsterdamer Beiträge zur neueren Germanistik 13 (1981), S. 379–401. Helga Esselborn-Krumbiegel, Von der Idee zum Text. Eine Anleitung zum wissenschaftlichen Schreiben im Studium. Schöningh, Paderborn–München / Wien / Zürich 2002. Karl-Heinz Göttert, Einführung in die Rhetorik. 4. Auflage, München 2009. Bernd Heesen, Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten: Vorlagen und Techniken für das Bachelor-, Master- und Promotionsstudium. 3. Auflage. Springer-Gabler Verlag, Heidelberg 2014. Renate Lachmann, Riccardo Nicolosi, Susanne Strätling (Hrsg.), Rhetorik als kulturelle Praxis. Fink, München 2008. Heinrich Lausberg, Handbuch der literarischen Rhetorik. Eine Grundlegung der Literaturwissenschaft. 4. Auflage. Steiner, Stuttgart 2008. Berit Sandberg, Wissenschaftlich Arbeiten von Abbildung bis Zitat. Ein Lehr- und Übungsbuch für Bachelor, Master und Promotion. Oldenbourg, München 2012. Rouven Soudry (Hrsg.), Rhetorik – eine interdisziplinäre Einführung, Heidelberg 2006
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