At a Glance

Curriculum of the GS PoL

In order to graduate you will have to obtain a total of 180 ECTS credit points. Through your dissertation and defense, you will earn 135 credit points (CP). The remaining 45 CP are awarded after passing the Graduate School’s curriculum, which is divided into two different parts - obligatory courses (27 CP) and elective options (18 CP).

Graphic illustrating the distribution of ECTS credit points that have to be earned during your studies
© GS PoL
  • Obligatory Courses: 27 ECTS

    Lecture Series and Workshops/Master Classes: 3 x 3 ECTS

    These courses revolve around current theoretical developments in the humanities and social sciences and their 'applicability' in literary studies. Other central issues include the social and political function, or cultural work, of literary practices and their continuous renewal and reinvention. Course topics are related to the profile of the graduate school, which has three dimensions: (1) literature and society, (1) theories of literature, and (3) literary studies and (professional) practices.

    The curriculum is taught by professors from the GS PoL and visiting scholars from Germany and abroad. Usually, the curriculum consists of a lecture series each winter term and workshops/master classes each summer term. Master classes are two-day workshops where students prepare a selected topic and discuss it with an expert from Münster or another university in Germany or abroad.

    Colloquium: 3 x 3 ECTS

    The colloquium is taught by two faculty members from different departments and provides students with the opportunity to discuss their work-in-progress.

    Project Groups: 3 x 3 ECTS

    The project groups are formed each semester according to the students' needs. They usually take the form of a reading group where students with similar projects and interests discuss theoretical texts. Teams may also focus on planning conferences or other projects. They are expected to meet every other week and to submit a report at the end of their project.cal and professional skills courses, and committee work.

  • Elective Options: 18 ECTS

    Elective options are meant to give students the opportunity to improve their professional skills and to gain practical experience in academic or non-academic settings. Options include internships, teaching, academic publications, conference papers, practical and professional skills courses, and committee work.

Recent Workshops

17. /19. June 2019 - Prof. Dr. C. Bauer-Funke (WWU Münster) and Prof. Dr. J. Kreienbrock (Northwestern University)

06. June 2019 - Theo D’haen (KU Leuven)

03. July 2018 - Dr. Jan Behrs (Northwestern University)

20./21. June 2018 - Dr. Patrick Miller (Northeastern Illinois University) and Paul Spickard (UC Santa Barbara)

5. June 2018 - PD Dr. Christoph Jürgensen (University Wuppertal)

8./9. Februar 2017 – Dr. Tomislav Zelic (Universität Zadar, Kroatien)

18./19. Januar 2017 – Prof. Dr. Lars Koch (TU Dresden)

3./4. November 2016 – Dr. Kristin Dombek, Münster Lectures (Princeton University)

14. Juli 2016 – Dr. Pál Kelemen (Eövös-Loránd-Universität Budapest)

9. Juni 2016 [de] – Prof. Dr. Claudia Benthien (Universität Hamburg)

3./4. Mai 2016 – Prof. Dr. Eckart Goebel (Universität Tübingen)

28./29. April 2016 – Prof. Dr. Markus Kuhn (Syddansk Universitet, Dänemark)

2./3. Februar 2016 – Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Heinrich Detering (Universität Göttingen)

15./16. Januar 2016 – Prof. Dr. Clemens Ruthner (Trinity College, Irland)

20./21. August 2015 – Prof. Dr. Jörg Kreienbrock (Northwestern University)

21./22. April 2015 – Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Stanford University)

15./16. Januar 2015 [de] – Dr. Matthias Thiele (Universität Dortmund)

4./5. März 2014 [de] – Dr. Thomas Ernst (Universität Essen)

29./30. April 2013 – Prof. Dr. Sabine Wilke (University of Washington)

15./16. Januar 2013 – Dr. Carrie Smith-Prei (University of Alberta)

21./22. November 2012 - Prof. Dr. Klaus-Michael Bogdal (Universität Bielefeld)

Elective Options: Practical and Professional Skills Courses

Practical and professional skills courses at the GS PoL focus on topics such as third-party funding and publishing opportunities.

Here are a few selected examples:

18./19. Februar 2017 - Martin Stobbe (TEXTPRAXIS: Digital Journal for Philology [de]): Online Publishing

13. Juni 2016 – Dr. Viola Voß (WWU Münster, ULB): Dissertation optimal publizieren [de]

21. Oktober 2015 - Rebecca Walsh (WWU Münster): Englisch für Literaturwissenschaftler*innen

13. März 2015 - Dr. Christine Schmidt, Dr. Rebecca Schreiber (WWU Münster): SAFIR - Recherche - Schulung

09./10. April 2013: Sarah Giese: Rhetorikworkshop