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Creative Writing

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 2nd - 4th year

Course Language

English

Course Type

Soft skills course

Course Classification

This is not a Themis course. However, it can still be taken by Themis students under the general course-selection rule that one of the courses can be chosen from the general course offer outside the Themis course program.

Contact Hours

3 hours per week, every other week

Course Type
online course in the summer term 2021, no classroom teaching
Students must be online most of the time during the dates and times provided in the course catalogue. Please check the course hours through the link provided under the headline "Time Schedule and Course Venue" (below). In addition to the live sessions, there will be a few self-study units.

ECTS-credits

5 (if course has been attended regularly and assignments have been submitted on time)

Frequency

This course will be taught in irregular intervals. It will be available in the summer term 2021.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available for the winter semester from late August to late February and for the summer semester from late February to mid August on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to find out course hours and rooms.

You will find this course under the German course title "Kreatives Schreiben".

Course Content and Learning Objectives

The central principle of this course is that by studying the techniques of creative writing, we can vastly improve our legal writing. To that end, we’ll explore a variety of literary forms – from short story to poem, TV script to graphic novel. By learning to pay closer attention to words, sentences, and paragraphs, we will cultivate both greater facility and greater confidence with language.

To become better writers, we must also become better readers, which is why we’ll divide our time between reading and writing. Course sessions will consist of in-class readings, short craft lectures, group discussions, writing exercises and prompts, workshops, and revisions. You should expect to read, write, and share work – and to constructively give and receive feedback. By the end of the course, you will have developed a basic understanding of narrative craft and hopefully had some fun along the way. Our primary goal will be to make your writing more precise, legible, and engaging. We’ll also develop practices for accessing and unleashing creativity and using language to think outside the box.

The course will be taught mostly in English, but students may write in German or English. No previous creative writing experience is required.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Registration

via Campus Management
Please sign up for this course under the module "Schlüsselqualifikation A" or "Schlüsselqualifikation B".
registration period: 1 - 9 April 2021, 12 p.m. (noon)
If you want to take only one soft skills course, it makes no difference whether you book it under the module  "Schlüsselqualifikation A" or "Schlüsselqualifikation B". However, if you would like to take two soft skills courses in the same semester, please book one course under "Schlüsselqualifikation A" and the other under "Schlüsselqualifikation B".

In order to know if you have obtained a place in this course, please check out your course plan on Campus Management (tab "Stundenplan") from 10 April 2021.

As long as there are still seats available after the registration period has expired, they will be allocated according to the principle "first come, first served" if you sign up by 30 April 2021.

De-Registration from this Course

via Campus Management

regular drop period: 1 - 30 April 2021

After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days before it ends. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.

Type of Exam

This is a pass / non-pass course. There will be no exam. For a passing grade, you will be required to attend the course regularly and to take part in the exercises.