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German Language and Literature (2023-2024)

Study Cycle: Third Cycle (Doctoral)
Faculty: Languages, Cultures and Communications
Programme Code: N-PhDDEDLL180
Academic year: 2023 / 2024
Title: Doctor of Philology / Field: German Language and Literature
ECTS: 180 (3 years) Accrediation
Decision: Decision for starting of the program

The study program focuses on linguistics, literature, language acquisition, methodology of teaching German as a foreign language (DaF) at the university level, as well as to German theories of culture and civilisation. The German Department involves local professors and professors from German-speaking countries who are highly qualified to teach using modern teaching methods. Our Department plays an important role not only at the state level but also at the regional level. In this regard, it is worth to mention the development and modern application of the quality of the teaching programs in preparing teachers of German as a foreign language. The third-cycle academic program aims to provide doctoral students with the competencies and tools necessary to develop research projects that include the highest scientific standards and advanced levels of ethical significance. This academic program is in line with modern European and world trends and is comparable to similar programs at different foreign higher education institutions, especially within the framework of the European higher education area. The academic program offers doctoral students the latest applied scientific and professional knowledge in the field of German linguistics and literature, and is aligned with at least three accredited programs at foreign higher education institutions.

The graduates of this study programme have knowledge, skills and competences, which enable them to perform independently several scientific research primarily in the field of German linguistics and literature as well as to begintheir career as modern teachers of German, mainly at university levels. Besides this, the modules of linguistics, literature, didactics and culture enable our graduates to do other activities as for example: work in State Administration and Marketing, the Diplomatic services, in public and private institutions, work as translators and interpreters, work to strengthen German-Macedonian affairs, work in the sphere of cultural politics and in cultural mediation; or in activities in the field of media, and in publishing houses; or in International corporations or tourism.

Knowledge and understanding
  • Has knowledge and understanding of German studies that is founded upon and extends that typically associated with Bachelor’s level.
  • Demonstrates specialist knowledge of German Linguistics, Literature, Culture and Civilization of German-speaking countries.
  • Has professional knowledge and understanding of the major trends in German language teaching methodology at secondary and tertiary level.
  • Acquire academic knowledge for independent academic research.
Applying knowledge and understanding
  • Apply their skills in academic and non-academic environments related to German studies.
  • Is able to conceive, design, implement and adapt substantial research projects with scholarly integrity.
  • Use academic written and spoken German in various contexts.
  • Translate texts in the fields of law, economics, politics, literary texts and others from German into Albanian or Macedonian and vice versa.
  • Design a syllabus and a lesson plan appropriate for specific teaching contexts, for example, teaching adults learners or teaching business and law German to adults.
Making judgement
  • Examining the various linguistic aspects of the German linguistics and their relevance to the teaching process of German for speakers of other languages.
  • Make complex methodological judgments in research design and analyses in the area of German Studies.
  • Make judgements concerning the potential difficulty of different aspects of the German linguistics and literature.
  • Make complex methodological evaluations in research design and discriminate between different methods of data collection and data analysis, as related to German linguistics and literatureas well as other scientific disciplines in the field of German Studies.
Communication skills
  • Articulate clearly the educational process in the context of German Linguistics. 
  • Teach different linguistic concepts to learners of different abilities.
  • Communicate in a proper manner those opportunities to achieve critical thinking, communication and personal development of the students.
  • Show communicative competence in the classroom in terms of class management in secondary and tertiary level.
Learning skills
  • Initiate and complete independent research to high academic standards in the area of German studies.
  • Is able to self monitor and adjust teaching methods according to the particular situation.
  • Study in a largely self-directed or autonomous manner in German linguistics, literature, culture and civilisation.  

Semester 1

  • [C2462] [10 ECTS] Research Methodology
    The goal of this course is to explain the methodologies and techniques of scientific work, which mostly create many difficulties for students. Practical exercises are designed to help us in the way how we should utilize the library, how to write an essay, research papers and others. Within this course will be included the following topics: defining the topic, bibliography, citation rules, scientific codes, organizing work.
  • [C2460] [10 ECTS] Core Issues in Teaching Language and Literature
    This course aims to familiarize PhD students with the most important chapters of applied linguistics. It examines the communicative function of language in all spheres of social practice, in terms of the usage of its results obtained in practice. Applied linguistics in the classical tasks includes the study of language, contrastive linguistics, meaning the comparison of German language with Albanian or Macedonian language, intercultural communication, translation and interpretation, professional language and terminology. Through this applied linguistics studies the professional and general communication in institutions and media etc. In addition, some topics from the field of German literature will be treated.
  • [C2461] [10 ECTS] Doctoral Dissertation Writing
    This course is designed to enable students to carry out independent scientific research or writing a doctoral thesis. The course is intended to give to students the necessary knowledge, ability and confidence to successfully approach their research work. The course is therefore more collaborative than a strict lecture-based course; students are expected to discuss actively in the class.

Semester 2

  • [DLCC0104] [10 ECTS] Review and Approval of the Doctoral Dissertation Plan
    After the first semester, the student begins his activities for the development of the plan on his doctoral dissertation. Activities include the definition of literature, defining hypothetical framework, the definition of the work methodology and determination of the individual plan as well as the first public presentation. If necessary, can be held elective courses for this purpose.
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course
    • [EDLL0101] German Hermeneutics
    • [EDLL0102] Contrastive Linguistics
    • [EDLL0103] German Theories of cultures and civilization
    • [EDLCC0104] Foreign Language Acquisition
    • [EDLL0105] Language Policy in the EU
    • [EDLCC0101] Multiculturalism
    • [EDLCC0102] International Communication
  • [10 ECTS] Elective course
    • [EDLL0101] German Hermeneutics
    • [EDLL0102] Contrastive Linguistics
    • [EDLL0103] German Theories of cultures and civilization
    • [EDLCC0104] Foreign Language Acquisition
    • [EDLL0105] Language Policy in the EU
    • [EDLCC0101] Multiculturalism
    • [EDLCC0102] International Communication

Semester 3/4

  • [PHD-S3-S4-01] [40 ECTS] Scientific Research Work
    In the second year (semester 3 and 4) the candidate continues with research activity by approved individual plan. Mentor provides assessment on these activities in the form of a report to the Scientific-Teaching Council of the Faculty.

  • [PHD-S3-S4-02] [15 ECTS] Publications I
    Publication of research activities under the table relevant to the media for publication. Publication activities and successes of the candidate checked before scientific audience by area and the relevance of the research.
  • [C2019] [5 ECTS] Student Mobility
    The aim of PhD students’ mobility is to request candidates to present, exchange and discuss their research work with their colleagues from other European countries for improving the quality of their dissertation.

Semester 5

  • [DLCC0105] [20 ECTS] Presentation of Research Results
    At the end of the 5th semester, after the research activities under the individual plan, overall results of this phase of the paper and the research will be presented publicly by the candidate.
  • [PHD-S5-01] [10 ECTS] Publications II
    Publication of research activities under the table relevant to the media for publication. Publication activities and successes of the candidate checked before scientific audience by area and the relevance of the research.

Semester 6

  • [DLL-PHD-THESIS] [30 ECTS] Doctoral Dissertation
    Continuing the work of doctoral dissertation. Submitted thesis (dissertation) accepted by the Scientific-Teaching Council of the Faculty and submitted to committee members and begins the procedure of public defense.