Dates and Deadlines
Allocation of remaining places
on first-semester B.A. and first-semester M.Ed. courses of the English Department
for the winter semester 2018/19
If you have missed the HIS-LSF online registration deadline for courses offered by the English Department, or if there were other reasons why you have not received a place on such courses, please do the following:
- For lectures, places can still be allocated via the normal HIS-LSF registration process, even after the deadline. So please use HIS-LSF.
- For the 1st-semester B.A. course “Übung: Academic Skills”:
If you have not obtained a place yet, this is because all groups are full, and we are unfortunately unable to offer additional groups for the present semester. However, we will offer additional groups for this course in the summer semester; please re-register during the normal advance registration phase for the summer semester (which usually takes place in the middle of the winter-semester; the precise dates will be announced in due course).
- For the 1st-semester B.A. study element “Language Practice: Self-Study and Portfolio”:
If you have a timetable clash between your “Language Practice: Self-Study” group and another course, it is not necessary to change your timetable. Since it is mostly a self-study element, you can do most of it at a time which suits you. There is only ONE brief compulsory meeting between you and your lecturer within the official time slot; this is the only time this group will clash with your other class (which you will then need to miss for this short time, which should not be a problem).
(The main function of allocating groups for the self-study element was not timetable planning (except for that one short meeting), but to distribute the workload for individual supervision and marking evenly between the lecturers.)
- For other courses (B.A. Grundkurse & M.Ed. seminars), the English Department’s Student Advisory Service (room 121 and 120) offers designated times for allocating the remaining places on courses. These times are given below – please read this information carefully beforehand:
- Please note that we will give preference to students who are considered cases of hardship [Härtefälle, e.g. students who have a disability or chronic illness; students who have young children to look after; students providing nursing case for close relatives (Studierende, die nahe Angehörige pflegen), competitive athletes (Leistungssportler*innen) etc., please also bring a written confirmations, birth certificates etc.] and need to arrange some changes to their schedules. These students can come to our office hours on Wednesday, 10 October (13.00–15.00) or Thursday, 11 October (9.30–12.00). If these students cannot make it during any of those times, they may also stop by our office or call us at a later point, as long as they do so before Tuesday, 16 October, 15.00.
- Students who are experiencing time table clashes (e.g. because they were given two courses that take place at the same time, so that they have to replace one of these courses with another), and students who did not receive a place due to technical problems (although they registered on time and selected the right number of alternative options that the LSF system required – e.g. they selected 3 parallel courses/groups where possible and still did not get a place), can also come and see us on Wednesday, 10 October (13.00–15.00) or Thursday, 11 October (9.30–12.00). If these students cannot make it during any of those times, they may also stop by our office at a later point, as long as they do so before Tuesday, 16 October, 15.00.
- Students who did not get places due to a fault of their own (e.g. because they did not select enough alternative options when selecting courses on HIS-LSF; or because they missed the HIS-LSF deadline) can stop by our office on Monday, 15 October (13.00–15.00) or Tuesday, 16 October (9.30–12.00 & 13.00–15.00).
Updates and Announcements
STAFF MEMBER WINS BOOK AWARD10 September 2018
We are pleased to announce that our staff member Dr. Silke Stroh has won the ESSE Book Award 2018 (presented by the European Society for the Study of English) in the category “Cultural and Area Studies” for her monograph Gaelic Scotland in the Colonial Imagination: Anglophone Writing from 1600 to 1900 (Evanston IL: Northwestern University Press 2017).
10 YEARS ON: National & Transnational Studies in Münster and Beyond07 July 2018
Eighty students, alumni, staff members, and guests came together at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster to celebrate the tenth anniversary of our interdisciplinary MA programme National and Transnational Studies (MA NTS).
Opening the anniversary celebrations, WWU Rector Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels highlighted the importance of the MA NTS as one of the University’s most interdisciplinary and international study programmes. With its high number of foreign students, averaging at 75%, the MA NTS has been contributing significantly to the international profile and cultural diversity of the WWU ever since its accreditation in 2008.
Before launching the new NTS AlumNetwork, course director Prof. Dr. Mark U Stein pointed to the steadily growing numbers of national and international applications which indicates the unbroken appeal of a transdisciplinary programme that transcends the conceptual boundaries of traditional thought and combines literary and cultural studies as well as book studies and linguistics. He also cautioned that the Land NRW is considering the introduction of tuition fees for international students — at a time when Europe is seen to keep non-Europeans out.
The anniversary programme was supplemented by several guest speakers. In a thought-provoking keynote, renowned photographer, writer, and broadcast journalist Johny Pitts (London) connected key topics of the NTS to his own photographic work and personal experience. Two talks by NTS alumnae Isabel Raabe (Oxford) and Selver Bener (Amsterdam) provided first-hand insights into the successful career paths of NTS graduates who are now spread across the globe – as scholars and lecturers at international universities or working in the media, for agencies, companies, or foundations.
10 YEARS ON also included the workshop “Strategies for the Sustainable Internationalization of an Interdisciplinary Field”, organized and chaired by PD Dr. Markus Schmitz. In the workshop, alumnae/i, current students, and faculty discussed how the NTS programme’s well-established informal network of internal and external partners can be translated into continuing exchanges, institutionalized partnerships, and stable collaborations between NTS alumnae/i scattered across geographical and disciplinary locations.
The celebrations concluded with a reception that offered plenty of time for students, staff, alumni, and other guests to catch up and network over food and drink. The event was kindly supported by the English Seminar, the International Office of the WWU Münster and the International Centre "Die Brücke".
NEW COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA AND THE wwu13 June 2018
The English Department and the University of Abuja (Nigeria) will work more closely together in the future. The rector of the University of Münster, Prof. Dr. Johannes Wessels, and the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Prof. Dr. Michael Adikwu, have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" initiated by our Head of Department, Prof. Dr. Klaus Stierstorfer. More information can be retrieved here (German).
New Exhibition in the Department Library!13 December 2017
In celebration of Jonathan Swift's 350th birthday, the Ehrenpreis Centre for Swift Studies has set up "An Exhibition of Gulliver's Travels in exotic languages" on the second floor of the Department Library. Feel free to have a look around!
Interdisciplinary certificate of north american studies17 November 2017
The Faculties of Philology, Educational Studies, Social Studies and History/Philosophy offer a new certificate for students of the WWU.
Further information is available here (German) and on the correspondent website (German).
OTHER INFORMATION (GeRMAN)