Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE GRM5006

 
TITLE Recherche, Analysemethoden und Akademischer Diskurs

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT German

 
DESCRIPTION Das Seminar bietet Training für ein methodisch reflektiertes wissenschaftliches Arbeiten im Fach Germanistik. Es vertieft Kenntnisse in der wissenschaftlichen Recherche, der Methodologie des Faches und den Besonderheiten akademischen Schreibens. Es behandelt verschiedene Aspekte des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens, von der Fragestellung, einer gründlichen bibliographischen Recherche über die Gliederung, Organisation bis zur Durchführung einer eigenen Masterarbeit. Ein besonderer Fokus liegt dabei auf verschiedenen Analysemethoden und den unterschiedlichen Blickwinkeln und Ansätzen im akademischen Diskurs. Schließlich soll das Seminar von einer Diskussion der Besonderheiten sogenannter „wissenschaftlicher Rede“ begleitet werden. Damit ist eine theoretische Durchdringung eigener Verfahrensweisen beabsichtigt. Die Reflexion und Einübung des spezifischen „Sprachspiels“ des akademischen Diskurses soll die eigene Forschung erleichtern und die Fähigkeiten der Studierenden beim Schreiben wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten verbessern.

The study-unit offers training for academic research based on a reflection on methods and approaches in the subject of German Studies. It further develops knowledge about research, the specific methods of the subject and particular features of academic writing. It focuses on various aspects of academic research, ranging from finding an appropriate and relevant research question, conducting a thorough bibliographical search to structuring, organising and writing a Masters Dissertation. Special emphasis is placed on different methods of analysis and the various perspectives and approaches in academic discourse. Finally, the study-unit offers a discussion of the specific traits of academic discourse. This aims at a theoretical reflection of one’s own methods and argumentative strategies. A reflection on and training in the ‚language game’ of academic discourse is designed to facilitate the students’ own academic research and writing.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims at improving students' skills in academic research, enabling them to conduct their own research.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Find an appropriate and relevant research question;
- Carry out a thorough bibliographical search;
- Quote and reference correctly;
- Understand the formal requirements of academic writing;
- Employ different approaches and methods of analysis;
- Reflect on the specific features of academic discourse.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Investigate areas of research in German studies;
- Write in the appropriate style of academic texts in German;
- Find, review, assess and organize information;
- Compare and critique secondary literature in German studies;
- Synthesize and evaluate the results of analytical work;
- Structure arguments and longer texts in academic writing;
- Theorize about research questions within German studies.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Otto Kruse, Keine Angst vor dem leeren Blatt. Ohne Schreibblockaden durchs Studium. 2000 Frankfurt a.M./New York.
- Duden-Ratgeber. Wie schreibt man wissenschaftliche Arbeiten? Von Ulrike Pospiech in Zusammenarbeit mit der Dudenredaktion. Mannheim 2012.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM2 No 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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