Final Theses (Bachelor/Master) in the Field of Literature Studies and the Didactics of Literature

General Information

If you would like to write a final thesis (Bachelor/Master) in the fields of German literature studies/the didactics of German literature, you should contact your teachers at an early stage. Often the conception of a question is obvious, which in its scientific basis (theories, methods, research objects) builds on seminars already attended. Please refer to our compilation of primary texts recommended for reading in the "Lüneburg Reading List". Of course, we are also open to other well-founded topics on recent or historical literature.  

In a literary-scientifically oriented work, we usually deal with a subject-specific question concerning one or more literary works.  
In a literary-didactically oriented work, literature is examined with a view to its mediation in the field of reference of subject, pupil and learning objective orientation. In this case, the work also pursues a scientific question.

With your bachelor/master thesis you prove that you are able to conceive a scientific question and to work on it within a given period of time. This includes, among other things, the scientific elaboration of central terms, theories and methods that are relevant to the processing of your research question and - in connection with this - the research and evaluation of relevant research literature. The formulation of a scientific question is therefore a central part of your thesis. It should be developed independently by you in consultation with the first and second examiners.

In the case of a master's thesis, the master's colloquium you attend will offer you the opportunity to discuss the content and methodological aspects of your thesis in a scientific forum.

 

Application for admission/submission of an exposé

The application for admission to the Bachelor's/Master's thesis has to be addressed to the examination board and submitted to the student services. It contains the concrete wording of the title of your thesis as well as the confirmation of the topic signed by the first and second examiners. This confirmation requires that the examiners have an exposé of your question, which is considered by both examiners to be a scientifically sound basis for the written preparation of your final paper.

In your exposé, you should provide information on both the theoretical-conceptual and methodological aspects of working on the topic of your thesis. The preparation of an exposé therefore not only serves as a basis for the discussion of your project with the examiners, but should also help you to clarify the following questions:
a) Presentation of the research question and the methodological basis: What is my interest in knowledge? Which question do I pursue and to what extent can my question be assigned to specific sub-areas of the subject science/specialist didactics? To what extent does my question tie in with already existing research discussions and corresponding research literature? Which methodological approaches can I use in the context of my research?
b) Draft structure: Which (in its systematics comprehensible) structure of the work results from the treatment of the questions discussed under a)?
c) Bibliography of the research literature and presentation in a bibliography which may be systematically structured: Which texts of the research literature (be it on fundamental terms, theoretical discussions, methods, or on concrete primary texts and research questions) are of particular relevance to my question?

 

Scope/Time Frame and Schedule

Information on formalities (wording of the declaration of autonomy etc.) is provided by the current framework examination regulations (RPO) including the subject-specific appendices (FSAn) and the information sheets of the Student Services.
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General Examination Regulations, forms and discipline-related appendices are available only in German and are legally binding only in this form.

A rough guideline of 30 pages, plus cover sheet, possible appendices and bibliography, is considered an adequate volume for a Bachelor thesis. A rough guideline of 60-80 pages, plus cover sheet, possible appendices and bibliography, is considered an adequate volume for a Master's thesis. Please coordinate the detailed questions regarding the scope and formalities with your first examiner in good time.

The subject-specific appendices of the respective degree programmes provide information on the processing times for Bachelor and Master theses. After examination of your application for admission you will receive written admission to the Bachelor's/Master's thesis with the exact date of submission.

You should take into account that the time information in the application only refers to the time needed for the concrete written work after the work has been registered. Since central considerations regarding the scientific conception of your thesis should be made before you apply for admission (clarification of the research question, literature research, reading of primary and research literature, preparation of an exposé), you should allow for a considerably longer time frame for the preparation of your Bachelor's/Master's thesis. An initial rough discussion of the topic with the first examiner is usually followed by an intensive conception, research and reading phase in which the concrete question is formulated and an exposé is prepared. Between an initial 'idea' and the preparation of a viable exposé, a period of several months is the rule. In addition, after the written work has been submitted in due time, about 4-6 weeks should be allowed for the evaluation and for administrational processing. The Student Service will inform you about deadlines that apply when changing from Bachelor to Master studies.