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Intercultural German Studies (Single Major), Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #751 (QS) ,
The 2nd-cycle study programme in Intercultural German Studies leads to "magisterij" (master's degree). It is implemented by the Faculty of Arts. The main goal of the programme is to educate students in a wide range of understandings, knowledge, and skills in the areas of German language, literature, and culture, together with their transmission and application in intercultural contexts. 

About

The programme is designed in such a manner that the students get sensitized for the similarities and differences in the region between Slovenia, Austria, and Hungary. They can find employement in international organizations, institutions, and foundations which focus on questions of cultural representation, initiate intercultural exchange and dialogue, and accompany these processes by providing information and practical help. 

The main general competences achieved by graduates are:

  • the ability of knowledge accumulation and its use;
  • the ability to critically analyse scientific information;
  • the ability to observe, analyse, synthesize and critically evaluate;
  • the ability to work individually and in teams;
  • the ability to solve professional work problems, based on the use of scientific methods;
  • usage of modern information technology in work organization and problem solving;
  • preparation for life-long professional learning;
  • scientific and professional oral and written skills;
  • project management and supervision; and
  • personal integrity and ability to work in accordance with professional ethics.
The main specific competences achieved by graduates are:
  • understanding of basic methods and concepts of interculturalism and their significance for the analysis of inerlingual and intercultural contacts;
  • ability to analyze primary and secondary literature in the field of intercultural German studies in an autonomous way;
  • understanding and knowledge of the characteristics of language contact aswell as the history of German-Slovene language contact;
  • knowledge of the language policy of EU and its implementation in Austria, Slovenia and Germany, analysis of cases of functional multilingualism;
  • knowledge of basic cultural and literary theoretical concepts and their significance for interculturalism;
  • understanding of literary contact between German and Slovene language area, analysis of the German-Slovene translational activities;
  • knowledge and understanding of the social impact of literature (events, projects, literature in the new media);
  • an in-depth understanding of literary production and reception in an aesthetic, intercultural and cultural-historical context;
  • knowledge of new technologies and the possibilities of their use in planning and compiling dictionaries and similar linguistic referential sources;
  • the ability to produce coherent practical-communicative texts in German language;
  • knowledge of the rules of effective oral communication in German language;
  • knowledge of culturally defined differences in specialized and business communication in German- and Slovene-speaking environment;
  • the ability to recognize and critically evaluate culturally specific contents of dictionary entries;
  • oral and written communication in Hungarian language on level A1 according to Common European Framework of Reference for Language teaching, Learning and Assessment;
  • basic knowledge of Hungarian history and culture;
  • understanding and recognizing systemic characteristics and the functionality of Slovene dialects in written and spoken literary and media texts;
  • analysis and interpretation of the different forms of interculturalism in literary works of modern Slovene authors and authors in the wider Slovene literary landscape.

COURSES (ECTS)

Year 1: 1st Semester

  • Introduction into Intercultural Literary Science (3)
  • German Language: Intercultural View (3)
  • Language and Literature in Popular Culture (3)
  • Contrastive Textology (3)
  • Creating Written Texts (3)
  • German-Slovenian Literary Contacts in the European Context (3)
  • German in Intercultural Business Communication (3)
  • Key Competences I (6)
  • Key Competences II (3)

Students who are to choose pedagogical modules in higher study years may additionally choose the following pedagogical courses in the first or third semester:

  • Psychology of Learning and Development (5)
  • Pedagogy (3)
  • Didactics (5)
  • Working with Children with Special Needs (3)
  • Interdisciplinary Observer Practice (2)

Year 1: 2nd Semester

  • Regionalism in German Literature of Contact Spaces (3)
  • Transculturality in the 20th Century Literature in German Speaking Countries (3)
  • Literary Studies and Interculturality (3)
  • Contrastive Discourse Analysis (3)
  • Oral Text Formation (3)
  • Elective module (15)

Elective modules:

  • Teaching German 1: Didactics of German 1 (3), Teacher Training I – German (6), Elective pedagogical course 1 (3), Elective pedagogical course 2 (3)
  • Intercultural Context 1: Art in Styria in European Context (3), English for Academic Purposes (3), Slovene Language and the Media (3), Feminism – Pro et Contra (6)

Pedagogical electives:

  • Alternative Pedagogical Concepts (3)
  • English for Academic Purposes (3)
  • Authentic Forms of Knowledge Assessment (3)
  • Badminton and Fitness (3)
  • Discipline in Contemporary School (3)
  • Ethical Issues in Education (3)
  • Games in Teaching (3)
  • Multimedia (3)
  • Volleyball and Aerobic Exercise (3)
  • Professional Development of Teachers (3)
  • Learning of Language and Communication in the Classroom (3)
  • Professional Language in School (3)
  • Supervision and Group Process in Education (3)
  • Outdoor Learning (3)
  • Multilingualism in the School (3)

Year 2: 3rd Semester

  • Multilingualism and Language Contacts (3)
  • Dictionary and Cultural Practice (3)
  • Intercultural Specialised Communication (3)
  • The Self and the Foreign in Modern German Literature (3)
  • 20th and 21st Century’s Literature in the Classroom (3)
  • Elective module (15)

Elective modules:

  • Teaching German 2: Early Foreign Language Learning – German (3), Didactics of German II (3),  Moderation Techniques (3), Open elective pedagogical course 1 (3), Open elective pedagogical course 2 (3)
  • Intercultural Context 2: Moderation Techniques (3), Practical Training (12)

Year 2: 4th Semester

  • Elective course/module (6): Cultural and Literary Markets (6) OR Teaching German III module* (12)
  • Elective module (6): Slovene Language and Literature in the Region module** (6) OR Teaching German IV – Selected Topics in German Language module*** (6)
  • Master’s Thesis (18)

*Teaching German III module (12): Didactics of German II (3) and Teacher Training II – German (9)

** Slovene Language and Literature in the Region module (6): Slovene Dialects in Contact (3) and Interculturality in Modern Slovene Literature (3)

***Teaching German IV – Selected Topics in German Language module (6): German as a Foreign Language - Grammar and Vocabulary (3) and German as a Foreign Language - Language Varieties (3)

Accreditation

The study programme has been accredited by the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (Slovenian abbreviation: NAKVIS; English abbreviation SQAA). 

Programme Structure

Detailed programme structure is available under "Overview".

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Candidates apply in 2 application periods. However, in the 2nd, they may apply only for programmes still having vacancies that the faculty decides to fill.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • Slovenian
    • Partially taught in English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Please find detailed admission requirements at the following link: https://www.um.si/en/Study/about/Documents/1920FFEN.pdf (pages 5-6).

 

The Call for Application into Postgraduate Study Programmes of the University of Maribor for the 2019/2020 Academic Year is available at https://www.um.si/en/Study/about/Pages/CALL-FOR-APPLICATION-INTO-POSTGRADUATE-STUDY-PROGRAMMES-OF-THE-UNIVERSITY-OF-MARIBOR-FOR-THE-ACADEMIC-YEAR-2019-20.aspx. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2980 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2980 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Tuition also applies to all Slovene/EU students who have already obtained an education corresponding to master’s degree.

Living costs for Maribor

  • 480 - 700 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Full-time students from Slovenia and other EU countries, and full-time students from non-EU countries who are granted international protection, applicants for international protection and persons from countries with which Slovenia has concluded bilateral agreement (i.e. Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, B&H, and Serbia) pay NO TUITION FEE (except the part for studying in English, if applicable) if they have not already obtained an education corresponding to master's degree.

You may find scholarship opportunities offered by the Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the RS at the following website: http://www.sklad-kadri.si/en/calls-for-applications-and-news/calls-for-applications/.

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