Deutsch addresses the capacity and effects of the German language and literature in German as regards its historical development, its aesthetic particularity, and its social conditions on a scientific level. The degree programme at the Technical University of Darmstadt is oriented towards the three components of German Studies Modern German Literary Studies, German Linguistics and German Language and Literature of the Middle Ages (Medieval Studies). In the course of their studies, students can choose either Literary Studies or Linguistics as their focus.
Throughout several semesters, the students are continuously taught the methodological fundamentals of good German lessons within the modules of Subject-related Didactics. These skills are directly applied to the Practical Semester and are enhanced throughout additional methodological components of the programme. They contain skills regarding the framework conditions and task areas of linguistic and literary lessons and an overview of target-group-oriented teaching and communication techniques in schools.