Department for Children's and Young Adult Literature Research

Children’s and Young Adult Literature Research as a Special Branch of the Bachelor’s Degree Course German Studies

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A bachelor's degree in German Studies with a specialisation in children's and young adult literature research can be a particular occupational qualification for jobs in the field of children’s and young adult literature publishing (editing, licences, PR, advertising), audio- and audio-visual media (broadcasting and television, production), children's and young people’s theatre, journalism (daily newspapers and specialised press), the computer games industry, book and reading promotion, or work for cultural associations and institutions.

Students are advised to familiarise themselves at an early stage with these occupations through work placements.

Students majoring in German Studies have to start with three obligatory introductory modules in Old German Literature, Recent German Literature, and Linguistics (usually during their first two semesters). For students who have chosen German Studies as a minor subject, only the participation in the Introduction to Recent German Literature is mandatory, while they can chose between Old German Literature and Linguistics. This completes the basic phase of the bachelor's degree course.

Over the course of the qualification phase (usually beginning with the third semester), students can choose modules from the field of children's and young adult literature research, starting with module GER Q-3. All students are urgently advised to begin module GER Q-3 with the seminar Introduction to the Study of Children's and Young Adult Literature. Succeeding the completion of this module, seminars from module GER Q-7 can be attended. Moreover, starting with the beginning of the qualification phase (usually with third semester), students majoring in German Studies have the opportunity to do one further optional module in children's and young adult literature research (GER O-3). Also writing the Bachelor thesis within this field of study is possible (major subject).

More detailed information is available in the study- and examination regulations for German Studies as a major subject and German Studies as a minor subject and the module descriptions (in German).

Reading list (PDF) - children and young adult literature. Qualification module literary studies: Children's and Young Adult Literature I

Enrolment-Procedure for Seminars of the Department

*The participation requirement for all seminars is the enrolment via QIS-LSF!

*Adhering to the classification of seminars into different degree courses is mandatory!

Log onto the QIS-Server using your HRZ username and password and navigate to the seminar of your choice. During the enrolment period, you will find a link “belegen/abmelden” (“sign up/off”) listed on the right-hand side (or located in the centre when you switch to single view), which you should click. When the maximum number of participants is exceeded, participants will be randomly allotted by the QIS-LSF system following an automated procedure. Please note that the status message “angemeldet” (“signed up”) only means that your application is registered. It does not mean that you are already enrolled. You are only enrolled for a seminar if the status message changes to “zugelassen” (“accepted”).

Enrolment for advanced graduate seminars (Prof. Dr. Ewers) and exam colloquia (Dr. Pecher) takes place personally during the respective office hours.

Unexcused absence during the first session will lead to the expiration of the enrolment. Excuses should be sent to the lecturer in written form before the first session.

Regarding organisational questions, please contact the Department for Children’s and Young Adult Literature Research.

For technical support, please send an email to

Course guidance:

For B.A. students: Dr. Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff and Dr. Andrea Weinmann

For teacher trainees (L2, L3): Dr. Claudia Pecher

For Magister students: Dr. Bernd Dolle-Weinkauff