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Curriculum

The IPP offers a clearly structured and research-oriented three-year doctoral programme in literary and cultural studies with a strong international focus. Its curriculum is tailored to suit the needs of doctoral researchers and facilitates the completion of the doctoral degree within three years, while at the same time ensuring the academic quality of the PhD.

The IPP offers a clearly structured and research-oriented three-year doctoral programme in literary and cultural studies with a strong international focus. Its curriculum is tailored to suit the needs of postgraduate students and facilitates the completion of the doctoral degree within three years, while at the same time ensuring the academic quality of the PhD.

An integral part of the IPP curriculum is the doctoral colloquium. Every three weeks, each year-group meets for three presentations and discussions of work in progress. Each member of the IPP presents once a semester and receives feedback from the professors, the IPP coordinator, and her/his fellow members. Each presentation and discussion is allocated one hour in sum.

In addition to the colloquia, which are held from the first to the sixth semester, the IPP and its partner institutes offer a number of courses that are relevant to members of the IPP, including topics such as: Literary and Cultural Theory, Models, Methodology and Terminology; Genre Theory; Literary and Cultural Historiography; Comparative and Interdisciplinary Issues. The overall aim of these courses is to equip the IPP members with sound knowledge on the state of the art in the ever-expanding fields of literary and cultural studies, thereby to optimize the quality of their doctoral dissertations.

The table below provides a semester-by-semester plan of the activities that members will be involved in during their time of study at the IPP. Since the courses are held in cooperation with the GCSC, more information on the requirements can be found on the GCSC website here. The IPP/GCSC Study Calendar lists the different courses offered each semester.

SemesterCourseType of CourseAim
1 - 6 IPP Colloquium Obligatory To ensure steady progress towards the completion of the dissertation
One workshop and/or master class Obligatory To work on specific topics in literary and cultural studies and to exchange ideas with distinguished scholars
Section meeting (one of the GGK Sections ) Obligatory To read and discuss seminal texts in literary and cultural studies; to organize workshops or conferences
IPP/GCSC keynote lectures Obligatory To learn more about current research, to stay informed about approaches other than your own, and to get in touch with renowned scholars
GCSC Teaching Centre workshops Voluntary To gain teaching skills
GCSC Career Service workshops Voluntary To gain professional qualifications
1 Core course Obligatory To decide the focus of the dissertation and to identify a methodological and theoretical framework
3 Intermediate course Obligatory To deal with compositional issues and to discuss specific questions concerning the dissertation
One international summer school (see Multilateral Cooperations) Voluntary To present research projects/academic papers in an excellent, international context
5 / 6 The PhD Defence Course

Voluntary (5)

Obligatory(6)

To assist the doctoral researchers in getting prepared for the doctoral viva