FAQ concerning course formats

What course formats are there and how many CPs do I get for the different course formats?

For information concerning CP ratings and corresponding requirements see Wegleitung BA Englisch auslaufend, Section 4 or Wegleitung BA Englisch ab 2013 [PDF (84 KB)].

What is a lecture?

Lectures are mainly a form of one-way communication, but questions and feedback are always welcome. Taught in large groups of up to 150 students, individual lectures are given for one or two hours every week. In both literature and linguistics there are lectures that provide an overview of the basics of a field. Other lectures can be more specialised. Lectures may be offered in combination with a tutorial.

What is a (pro)seminar?

Proseminars and seminars are all highly interactive and work-intensive courses that are usually given for two hours every week. They are taught in relatively small groups (10-30 students), and students are expected to contribute to each session with group work, presentations or discussions.
Proseminars and tutorials are addressed to students at the beginning of their studies (1st – 4th semester). They offer an introduction to some of the major themes and approaches in the respective field. Students are introduced to academic skills, such as different ways of reading texts or the formulation and execution of a short research project.
Seminars are addressed to students who have successfully completed all introductory courses in the respective field (5th semester onward). Topics are more specialised than in the proseminars and the courses aim at the development of a more detailed understanding of specific questions and approaches in a given field.

What is a research seminar?

Research seminars are addressed to MA students. Topics are dealt with in depth and are more research-oriented than in a seminar. The aim of the course is not only to understand specific questions and approaches in a given field but also to apply and criticise them in a sophisticated manner.

What is a (pro)seminar paper?

Proseminar and seminar papers are forms to practise academic writing and develop other central skills such as brainstorming, obtaining and structuring information, reading, thinking, and re-reading. Dealing with a linguistic or literary research topic, the papers formulate a thesis (what you want to say in your paper) and develop a coherent, sustained argument rather than offering a survey of everything you know about a text or the topic you are dealing with. There are certain conventions regarding the style of academic papers. To write a formally acceptable paper you will learn to follow these rules. Most importantly, you will learn how to indicate precisely the ideas and materials you have integrated in the paper, i.e. to avoid plagiarism.

What is an Übung/tutorial?

Übungen offer an opportunity for reading and discussion on a wide range of topics and usually involve both practical and theoretical work. They are highly interactive and taught in small groups (10-30 students).

What are Academic Communication in English courses?

The courses in the module Academic Communication in English (ACE) prepare students for academic work in English linguistics, literature and culture, with a primary emphasis on academic writing. Students must pass three courses to complete the ACE module: the two courses Academic Writing in English I and II, and a third course that belongs to the module (such courses will focus on other forms of writing and communication in English, such as reviewing, translation, or creative writing, among other topics).

Where can I find out about the courses that are offered?

The courses are described in the Vorlesungsverzeichnis.