Bachelor's Programme Comparative Literature


Faculty Faculty of Language, Literature and Culture
Duration/ ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0232 Literature and Linguistics
Mode of Study Full-Time
Study Code C 033 670
Curriculum Information on the curriculum (2012W)*
Admission Requirements Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent
Supplemental examination Supplemental examination in Latin is required before completion of the bachelor's degree programme if this subject was not completed satisfactorily with at least 10 credit hours at a higher-level secondary school.

* Information on the curriculum (2012W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies,
   available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%


 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum cirteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

Source: Academic year 2016/2017

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study).

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 »

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage, which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. SL Introduction to General Literary Studies (CM 1 lit. a/1 h/2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  2. SL Introduction to Comparative Literary Studies (CM 1 lit. b/1 h/2.5 ECTS-Credits),
  3. VO Positions in Literary Studies (CM 2/2 h/5 ECTS-Credits).

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations and to writing the Bachelor’s Theses.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The registration requirements listed in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjects.

(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the following course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:

  1. SL Introduction to General Literature (PM 1 lit. a./1 hour/2.5 ECTS-Credits) 
  2. SL Introduction to Comparative Literature (PM 1 lit. b./1 hour/2.5 ECTS-Credits)

(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Introduction and Orientation Phase for Students (STEOP) and to write a bachelor's thesis as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to General Literature
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Comparative Literature
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Positions of Literature
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History I
12.5 ECTS-Credits: World Literature
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History II
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Theory of Literature
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Text Skills
  2.5 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Third Semester »

10.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural Theory
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Inter-/Transculturality
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Fourth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural encounters and cultural conflicts
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Theory of Literature and Intermediality
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interdisciplinary Skills
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Fifth Semester »

  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Media Analysis and Intermediality
  5.0 ECTS-Credits: Intertextuality and World Literature
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Applied Literary Studies
10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Sixth Semester »

  7.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis I
12.5 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis II
   10 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Graphic chart »

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Qualification Profile and Skills

By closely linking theoretical knowledge with practical tasks, students are encouraged to examine the acquired scientific-theoretical knowledge and competences in specific fields of work.

Subject-specific knowledge and competences: philological-cultural, literary and linguistic basics; text and media analysis; world literature and intertextuality; literature and culture theory; intermediality and interculturality; knowledge of cultural history; practical literary studies; advanced foreign language skills.  

Key qualifications and soft skills: competence in the field of reception and interpretation of scientific and literary texts, also of films and other artworks; competence in writing scientific and other texts; faculty of abstraction and thinking in comprehensive contexts; intercultural competence (ability to impart one’s own culture and to promote the understanding of other cultures), based on advanced foreign language skills; awareness of problems for socially marginalised and disadvantaged areas; competence to realize and critically reflect gender-specific differences; teamwork, in particular for interdisciplinary work; communicative abilities, basic mediation competence; ability to correctly use foreign language skills acquired; general knowledge in the cultural and humanistic field. 

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific developments in the fields mentioned in the qualification profile and competences and to apply them in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills, key qualifications and soft skills.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

Fields of activities are to be found in international cultural and educational exchange (e.g. foreign lectorates, cultural activities in foreign representations, EU and UNO institutions); publishing – media  (editorial work; publishing activities; print media sector, especially journals; but also radio, television and new media or public relations; art and cultural journalism); activities in archives and (special)libraries; education policy (advisory functions in politics and economy; adult education; librarianship); cultural policy, administration and mediation (project management in museums and exhibitions); advisory functions for management and (cultural) policy; organizational and administrative tasks in public and private institutions, organisations and enterprises etc.

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Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Sexl

Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Gerhard Pisek

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