University of Manitoba - Faculty of Arts - German and Slavic Studies - German & Slavic Studies - Graduate Programs
German & Slavic Studies - Graduate Programs

Graduate Office: 326 Fletcher Argue Building
Telephone: (204) 474-9151
Fax: (204) 474-7601
E-mail: Rose.Fiorillo@umanitoba.ca

 

 

Graduate Chair: Myroslav Shkandrij
Administrative Assistant: Rose Fiorillo

Advisor for Slavic Studies: Myroslav Shkandrij
Advisor for German Studies: Stephan Jaeger

 

 

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

The department offers programs of study leading to the Master of Arts degree in the fields of German Language and Literature and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Programs must be arranged in consultation with the department head or the Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee.

 

 

The Master's Program in German Studies offers a wide variety of courses and thesis options in areas such as romanticsm, modernism, or literature of the Third Reich.  We put particular emphasis on representations of history and society in today's Germany and Austria.

The Master's Program in Slavic Studies offers a variety of courses and thesis opportunities in Ukrainian and Russian, or a combination of the two.  The department emphasizes representations of history and society in today's Russia and Ukraine in literature and film.

 

 

 

 

ACADEMIC STAFF:

Professors Emeriti:
Doerksen, V., M.A. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Zurich)
Glendinning, R.J., Dr. Phil. (Freiburg)

Senior Scholar:
Aponiuk, N. M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)

Professor:
Shkandrij, M., M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Jaeger, S., Staatsexamen (Bielefeld), Dr. Phil. (Bielefeld)

Associate Professors:
Baraban E., M.A. (Budapest), Ph.D. (British Columbia)
Heberger, A., M.A. (Waterloo), M.A./Staatsexamen (Mannheim), Ph.D. (Waterloo)

Admission:

Admission requirements are those of the Faculty of Graduate Studies found in the Graduate Studies Regulation Section of this Calendar. Students with other degrees or backgrounds may be eligible for admission to a pre-Master’s program to the satisfaction of the department. Contact Department for further information.

Pre-Master’s Year:

Students without a four-year degree or without an undergraduate major in the discipline to be studied must complete a pre-Master’s year as approved by the chair of the appropriate graduate studies committee or his/her delegate before they can enter the Master’s program. This year is intended to bring the student’s standing to approximately the level of a four-year degree with a major in the appropriate discipline. It will normally consist of 24 credit hours of coursework, of which at least 12 are in the major discipline. At most, one grade of “C+” in a course of six credit hours, or two grades of “C+” in courses of three credit hours, will be permitted.

Master of Arts:

Students fulfil the requirements for the Master’s degree by doing a combination of coursework and thesis. A minimum of 15 credit hours of course-work is required, including GRMN 7200 / SLAV 7200, GRMN 7210 / SLAV 7210, and 3 other credit hours at the 700/7000 level in the student’s major discipline. The remaining 6 credit hours, designated as ancillary credit, may be taken at the 700/7000, 400/4000, 300/3000 (or in exceptional circumstances the 200/2000) level and may be in courses in the student’s major discipline, or in another program or department, at the discretion of the chair of the Graduate Studies Committee. A thesis prospectus must be submitted to the candidate’s M.A. advisor a minimum of two months before the thesis is submitted to the M.A. committee.

Students for the M.A. in German who received credit for the course GRMN 4200 have already fulfilled the requirement for GRMN 7200; they replace GRMN 7200 with 3 other credit hours on the 7000 level. Students for the M.A. in German who received credit for the course GRMN 4210 have already fulfilled the requirement for GRMN 7210; they replace GRMN 7210 with 3 other credit hours on the 7000 level.

Expected time to graduation: Two Years; all requirements for the Degree of M.A. must be fulfilled within five years of the original date of entry into the program. Time extensions for completion of the program may be permitted on an individual basis.

Application Deadlines:

For January admission, completed applications, including all supporting documents, must be received by the department no later than September 1. For September admission, completed applications, including all supporting documents, must be received by the department no later than May 1.  International students must send their applications, including all supporting documentation, no later than seven (7) months before the intended start date.

NOTE: Please note that individuals who want to be considered for the University of Manitoba Graduate Scholarship (UMGF), based on September admission, should apply by January 15.  Click here for application form.

For complete details regarding graduate funding please consult page 17 of the German and Slavic Graduate Student Handbook or contact the department at 474-9930 or german_slavic@umanitoba.ca

 

 

 

COURSE OFFERINGS:

German Studies:

GRMN 6000  Lang Reading Test (Formerly 008.600)

GRMN 7200  Literary and Cultural Theory Cr.Hrs.3 A survey of the major theoretical approaches to German & Slavic literatures & cultures. Discusses the aesthetics of Enlightenment & Idealism, Nietzsche, Freud, Russian Formalism, Prague Structuralism, hermeneutics, semiotics, dialogism (Bakhtin), the Frankfurt School, collective memory, gender studies, post-colonialism, and multi-culturalism.

GRMN 7210  Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Methods of Language Teaching Cr.Hrs.3 This course provides a general introduction to theories and approaches in second language acquisition (SLA) and methods of language teaching specifically designed for MA students of German and Slavic languages.

GRMN 7240  Colloquium in German Studies 1 Cr.Hrs.3 A detailed study of theoretical and methodological questions in German literature and culture. Course contents will vary from year to year depending on the needs and interests of students and staff.

GRMN 7242  Colloquium in German Studies 2 Cr.Hrs.3  A detailed study of German stylistics, German as a Second Language, or the structure of the German language. Course contents will vary from year to year depending on the needs and interests of students and staff.

GRMN 7300  Special Topics in German Literature and Culture 1750-1945 1 Cr.Hrs.3 Topics dealing with German literature and culture focusing on an author, a systematic topic or period between 1750 and 1945. Contents will vary from year to year depending on the needs of students and staff.

GRMN 7330  Seminar in Contemporary German Literature and Culture Cr.Hrs.3 Topics dealing with German literature and culture in the second half of the 20th and in the 21st century. Contents will vary from year to year depending on the needs of students and staff.

GRMN 7340  Seminar in German Film and Media Studies Cr.Hrs.3 Studies a variety of German media theories and sources, including newspaper, television and film in the 20th and in the 21st centuries.

 

 

GRMN 7350  Seminar in German and European Literature and Culture Cr.Hrs.3 Topics dealing with German literature and culture within a European comparative context. Contents will vary from year to year depending on the needs of students and staff.

 

GRMN 7360  Independent Studies in German Cr.Hrs.3 Each student will work with an instructor to prepare a reading program in an appropriate area, depending on the needs of students and staff. The student will present written assignments as required.

 

 

Slavic Studies:

SLAV 7200  Literary and Cultural Theory Cr.Hrs.3 A survey of the major theoretical approaches to German & Slavic literatures & cultures. Discusses the aesthetics of Enlightenment & Idealism, Nietzsche, Freud, Russian Formalism, Prague Structuralism, hermeneutics, semiotics, dialogism (Bakhtin), the Frankfurt School, collective memory, gender studies, post-colonialism, and multi-culturalism.

SLAV 7210  Introduction to Second Language Acquisition and Methods of Language Teaching Cr.Hrs.3 This course provides a general introduction to theories and approaches in second language acquisition (SLA) and methods of language teaching specifically designed for MA students of German and Slavic languages.

SLAV 7400  Selected Topics in Slavic Literatures Cr.Hrs.3 Seminar discussions of various problems in Slavic literatures as related to the students' field of research.

SLAV 7410  Seminar in Contemporary Slavic Literatures Cr.Hrs.3 Selected problems in contemporary Slavic literatures as related to the students’ field of research.

SLAV 7420  Studies in Modernism Cr.Hrs.3 A study of the representative works of modernism in Slavic countries with a focus on the years 1890-1930.  The styles and movements that characterized the period will be examined.  References will be made to the art of the period.

SLAV 7430  Special Topics in Slavic Studies Cr.Hrs.3 An independent study course in Slavic literatures, cultures, or folklore. Topics will be selected to meet students’ research or study interests.