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Resolution regarding ECTS (European Course Credit Transfer System)

Department of German Language and Literature, University of Athens

(November 23 1994)

 

The plenary meeting of the Department of German Studies, University of Athens, has decided to collaborate with other departments at European universities on the basis of the European cooperation program, and to adopt ECTS.

The ECTS based exchange program aims at enabling students to pursue their studies according to the curriculum of the host university. Adopting ECTS entails that academic achievements performed at the host university within a given period - usually an academic year – must be treated equal to the academic requirements to be completed in that same period at the home institution.

Cooperation is based on the recognition of following guidelines, which are hereby officially adopted.

 

1. Recognition of academic achievements

ECTS uses a credit system for translating academic achievements. In each year, students must earn a total of 60 credits. Formally, credits correspond to academic points (Διδακτικές μονάδες, Didaktikes monades) as defined by the curriculum of the Department of German Language and Literature. Thus, didaktikes monades must be translated into credits. Some specific requirements (language proficiency exams, thesis) are explicitly excluded from recognition.

In the second year of studies (third and fourth semester), didaktikes monades correspond to credits at a ratio of 1:2.5 (thus, 1 Didaktiki monada equals 2.5 credits). Since a didaktiki monada corresponds to a class semester hour (lecture or seminar) and courses usually last two hours, a course is usually associated with five credits. Students have to complete twelve courses in order to accumulate 60 credits.

In the third and fourth year of studies (fifth to eighth semester), didaktikes monades correspond to credits at a ratio of 1:3.75 (thus, 1 Didaktiki monada equals 3.75 credits). A course with two class semester hours is associated with 7.5 credits. Students have to complete eight courses in order to accumulate 60 credits.

 

2. Curriculum

a. Second year of studies

The following courses are usually offered in the second year:

 

Third semester

- History of German language

- Lexicology

- Contrastive linguistics

- German literature of the 18th century

- Comparative literature

- Introduction to German history/history of ideas

(- Seminar from minor field)

 

Fourth semester

- Semantics/pragmatics

- Text linguistics

- Socio- and psycholinguistics

- German literature of the 19th century

- Theory of literature

- Theory of translation

(- Seminar from minor field)

 

b. Third and fourth year of studies

The curriculum for the third and fourth year of studies exclusively consist of electives (seminars, ‘Hauptseminare‘). The courses to be offered change every semester, but usually include the following:

- six to eight seminars in literature

- four to six seminars in linguistics

- three to four seminars in German history/history of ideas (philosophy)

- three to four seminars in methodology and didactics

- two to three seminars in theory of translation

 

3. Minimally required course load at the host university

a. Second year of studies

- Studies should be centered on literature and linguistics; a few additional courses in history/history of ideas and theory of translation are desirable.

- Courses in literature should teach a working knowledge in the core domain (methodology, terminology, theory of literature) as well as some background about the historical context (with particular emphasis on 18th, 19th and 20th century).

- In linguists, the program should be structured around a selection of  introductory, thematically diversified courses so as to enable the integrated study of the most important systematic aspects of the field.

 

b. Third and fourth year of studies

The central topics should be selected from among the following areas:

- Literature

- Linguistics

- History/history of ideas

- Methodology and didactics

- Theory of translation

Topics can be located in a single area, but should enable later enrollment in courses from at least two different areas.

 

c. Minor

We assume that students of our department have to choose a minor, at least if required by the curriculum of the host university.

4. Grade conversion

We suggest to implement the following conversion table between the ECTS-based and the Greek credit system.

 

Grade based on ECTS

Percentage of students[2]

Description

Grade based on Greek system

A

10

Excellent -outstanding performance with only a few, minor mistakes

10,9

B 25 Very good – above average, but with some mistakes 8
C 30 Good – generally good work, with some noticeable mistakes 7
D 25 Acceptable – satisfactory performance, but with significant weaknesses 6
E 10 Fair/pass – performance is just above minimal requirements 5
FX - 4,3
F - 2,1,0