Part I: The Fields: Professional Profile Assignments


Your CV assignment has THREE Parts, due as indicated on syllabus:

1) CV: For suggestions about what could be on it, see handouts on"Applying for Jobs" [on vitas], and "Teachers and Students" [on tenure], as well as the section off the Germanic Studies hoome page on professional organizations: http://www.utexas.edu/depts/german/medialinks.html#proforg

2)Revised CV and statement of purpose:

•BY THE TIME THE SECOND PART IS DUE, YOU'D BETTER BE STARTING ON PART THREE

3)Website of CV

•DUE THE DAY OF THE FINAL EXAM

•5 % of your final grade is for parts 1 & 2 of this assignment; 5% for part 3.



Part II: The Fields and Their Bibliographic Structures


Practical Research Skills Assignments

Part II of the course is dedicated to introducing four major areas of Germanic studies scholarship today.

These tasks are structured to accomplish three ends:


BIBLIOGRAPHY PRACTICA ASSIGNMENTS

On four dates indicated on the syllabus, you will turn in reports on a research project assigned for each day. The goal of each of these assignments is to help you to build good research habits, to learn to use standard bibliograhic and reference tools to plan out a project (especially when you are more or less starting from zero on a project and need to work expediently), to learn how to develop a research or paper topic efficiently (and in light of existing time and materials resources), and to indicate how a class research project can even lead to reports, theses, conference presentations, articles, or dissertations.

Each written assignment will be no more than two typed pages in length; its structure will differ slightly in each case, but should include explicit and well-considered statements on the following stages of bibliographic references. In most cases, you can start doing the assignment with the books on the purchase and reserve lists appended to the course syllabus (note particularly Fromkin, Richardson, and Wortman), and with the titles on the MA/PhD Reading Lists from the Department of Germanic Studies that you have received as a handout. Each assignment will require about four hours in the library, after you consult basic reference books.


FORMAT FOR ALL BIBLIOGRAPHIC ASSIGNMENTS

The single page you write should include the following topics in a narrative that indicates a flow -- to reflect the LOGIC of the process, even more than particular results

Step 1: Starting out with a general topic
(and PLEASE remember to use your guides to bibliograpy books to answer these questions)

Step 2: The overview

Step 3: Refining the topic

Step 4: Finalizing a topic


EXACT BIBLIOGRAPHIC ASSIGNMENT TOPICS


Linguistics Topic

You have been assigned a paper on any topic in phonology.

Decide what the key terms/search keys are for this field of linguistics.

What would change in your search strategy if the following variations were to be implemented?:


Applied Linguistics Topic

You have been assigned a paper on any topic in reading.

Decide what the key terms/search keys are for this field of linguistics

What would change in your search strategy if the following variations were to be implemented?:


Literary Topic

Pick either Hartmann von Aue, G.E. Lessing, or Franz Grillparzer.

Decide what the key terms/search keys are for the author.

What basic references did you use to find these?

What would change in your search strategy if the following variations were to be implemented?:


Cultural/Intellectual History Topic

Pick either Johann Gottfried Herder or Friedrich von Schiller.

Decide what the key terms/search keys are for the author.

What basic references did you use to find these?

What would change in your search strategy if the following variations were to be implemented?:



For Part III of Course:

Introduction to Theory in the Humanities
Assignments in Practical Analysis

Part III of the course is an introduction to theory and analysis in the humanities; it will introduce you to major "schools" of analysis that are widely represented in literary, cultural, and linguistic studies.

Each "school" will be presented in terms of its theoretical statements(what it says about how analyses of linguistic, aesthetic, or cultural data can or ought to be analyzed, and what kind of results can be expected), and then as an application (particularly as a way to generate a "text interpretation" of the sort required on departmental examinations).

As indicated on the syllabus, on the second day treating each set of schools, you will have due a pair of two precis, as described on the following pages.

The first precis will be an analysis of ONE of the essays you have read (of your choice, done in the format presented on the following sheets); the second, the set-up of an interpretation of the short story appended (Kleist's "Bettelweib von Locarno"), according to the principles, methods, and ethic of that school's approach.

See Precis Handout for details on how to do a precis.



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