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Portuguese/Portuguese Studies (Lusitanistics) (B.A.) (2 subjects)

The University of Göttingen is one of the few locations in Germany at which Portuguese is represented as its own independent subject. In the Bachelor's degree programme in Portuguese/Portuguese Studies (Lusitanistics), you will not only be able to learn the Portuguese language. At a high academic and didactic level, you will also study the culture, literature and the language of over 200 million people who make up the lusophone world. This programme is interdisciplinary and internationally connected with various foci for each student's own area of interest.

Subject name: Portuguese/Portuguese Studies (Lusitanistics)
Degree: Bachelor (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Starting semester: Winter semester
Language requirements: Previous knowledge of Portuguese is not required
Language of the programme: German

Admission to the summer semester 2018:

  • 1st subject semester: start of studies in the winter semester only
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): start of studies in the winter semester only (application to International Student Office)

Subject description
The Bachelor's Programme in Portuguese/Portuguese Studies (Lusitanistics) comprises the areas of language practice, linguistics, and literary studies as well as the history of society and culture. Students will learn the European variety of oral and written Portuguese.

The programme conveys fundamental knowledge of the subject and scientific working methods for mastering the Portuguese language orally and in writing. Students receive practice-oriented knowledge and skills, qualifying them for work opportunities or for a graduate programme.

The objective of the programme is to convey the knowledge and methods necessary to make students capable of conducting scientific work, (critically) classifying findings and carrying out their practical realization. Scientifically founded knowledge and skills will be acquired in such a manner, that they can be used after studies are completed and be enhanced through personal experience and further education.

Subject areas and research focuses in Göttingen
Within Lower Saxony, Portuguese can only be studied in Göttingen.

Subject areas of this programme are language practice, literature studies, linguistics and Portuguese history and society.

Language practice
Solid practical language skills are learned in the area of language practice (speaking, reading, writing, listening). The focus of language training is therefore the communicative acquisition of the foreign language. Oral and written skills as regards understanding and producing texts are of equal importance. The practical language skills are acquired from a broad differentiation of oral and written text types that are especially related to topics relevant to the country of Portugal.

The learning objectives of linguistics lie in the scientific as well as in the obvious practical field. Courses convey the knowledge of linguistic research in Portuguese in structural grammatical, context-independent and historical fields. The aim is also to make students capable of independent work with modern linguistical methods. The ability to independently analyse language structures and functions is conveyed with possible occupational fields in mind. The communications sector (Internet, text optimization, intercultural communication) plays a large role as well.

Literary studies
In literary studies, students become familiar with the history of Portuguese culture and literature as well as once Portuguese-colonialized countries such as Brazil or Angola and Mozambique from the beginning up to today. Students are additionally introduced to different methods of interpreting texts and to literary theories, which they learn to handle and independently apply.

Area studies
In area studies, students acquire sound knowledge of Portuguese history and culture as well as knowledge of other Portuguese-speaking countries.

Students will become capable of interconnecting fundamental knowledge of history and present of economic, social, political and cultural institutions and structures of Portuguese-speaking countries. They will also learn to use current electronic aids to conduct information research. Students will learn to independently work out problem statements with the help of the methods offered in social sciences and history.

Subject combinations
It is recommended to combine the subject of Portuguese with history, art history, politics, sociology, ethnology or economics.

Fields of work
Graduates of the BA programme for Portuguese/Portuguese Studies (Lusitanistics) have many career possibilities. The programme conveys subject-specific and practical language skills as well as competencies in general problem solving and skills qualifying for occupational work. Although the programme does not offer vocational training for a concrete career, it does open the door to a wide spectrum of occupations. Possible occupations can be found in the following fields:
Education (teaching for different target groups, e.g. adult education, teaching Portuguese as a foreign language at adult education centres, etc.),
Journalism (press, radio, television),
Culture (cultural institutions such as theatre, literature houses, museums, cultural events, international cooperation),
Book trade (publishing, freelance editing, library, book store),
Archive and documentation,
Public relations, advertising, marketing, tourism,
Administration and public authorities/public service,
Business (especially human resources),
Science (institutes of higher education, research projects).