FAQ Courses

In order to study successfully, you MUST know your examination order (Prüfungsordnung) and the subject specifications for the examination order (Prüfungsordnungsanhang).

Do not trust random information from class peers. Their course of studies may specify entirely different from your's...

The idealized course of studies plan (Studienverlaufsplan) can help with scheduling your courses.

Questions about the class schedule or about the examination order?
Our student counsellors are there to help you!

Important: Always make use of all three registration periods!

ATTENTION! According to a JGU senate ruling ("Senatsrichtlinie"), the studies office will deregister everyone who is signed up for several unneeded classes in order to make room for those that still need a course.

ABSOLUTELY NO registration for classes via lecturers!

 

Three registration periods

  • The only way to register all courses (including state exam programs) is to do it electronically via the "JOGUStINe" web portal.
  • For registration, you will need a valid JGU-account and a TAN-list (for the implicit exam registration).
  • The exact timing of registration during the first and second registration period does in no way influence the assignment of a place in a course.
  • During the third registration period, however, a "first come, first served" policy is in place.
  • By the way: all registration periods are simultaneously deregistration periods!

Deregistering from classes

  • YOU are responsible for de-/registering for classes yourself. Check your schedule. For this, we recommend the "Registration status" button on JoGuStINe.
  • Please deregister and thus make room for your fellow students in case you know you CANNOT attend a class you are registered for.
  • Please deregister all classes that you CANNOT take at the beginning of the 2nd registration period, or, at the latest, at the beginning of the 3rd registration period ("first come - first served"). After the third registration period, you CANNOT deregister classes any longer.
  • Pay attention to whether all your courses start in Week 1 or whether they are being taught as a compact course.

Deregistration from classes by the departmental studies office

  • Under certain circumstances, the studies office can deregister students even after the third registration period. Deregistration ends on Monday, 1 p.m., of Week 2 of semester.
  • Being overwhelmed by the amount of courses you have chosen is NOT a reason to cancel a registration!

Contacts for problem-solving

  • Technical problems? Please turn to the JOGUStINe-Hotline.
  • Any other problems with classes? Please contact
    • Kathrin Scheufler, course management (English)
  • Questions about class schedule? Please talk to one of our studies counsellors.

Cognate Field

Cognate Field is a SUBSTITUTE COURSE for a selection of bachelor and master lectures at the Department of English and Linguistics. The idea is that you broaden your mind.

Please note:

  • Choose one of these lectures as your Cognate Field lecture. DO NOT select the same one you have already chosen in another module in the same semester!
  • There are NO exams when you register for Cognate Field! (Check your exam regulations, i.e. Prüfungsordnung!) You will receive credit for participation only.

3 steps to your successful registration/participation:

1) Registration

  • Pick one of the lectures and register for this small group (priority 1).
  • Title and course number are part of the name of the chosen small group.
  • For technical reasons there are no further details (day/time/room no.).

2) Finding course dates/time/room/lecturer

  • Remember the course number of the SMALL GROUP LECTURE you have chosen. Course numbers are made up of 8 digits (e.g., 05.874.412).
  • Go to the JOGUStINe COURSE CATALOGUE (no log-in required) und click on "Search".
  • Please check that you have selected the correct semester (winter/summer).
  • Enter the course (offering) number and press enter.
  • ATTENTION! No further registration required at this point! Should there be another button for course registration here: ignore it! (This is for STUDIUM GENERALE which you do not want.)
  • Click on the course title to get more information (contents/day/time/room no/lecturer.).

3) Course place confirmed - Accessing course material

  • Contact the lecturer about how to access the course materials. Please mention that you are registered for his/her lecture via "Cognate Field".
  • IMPORTANT: You will find NO course materials nor any other information on LMS because COGNATE FIELD is only a SUBSTITUTE COURSE and NOT THE ORIGINAL LECTURE!

How to avoid double or multiple registrations

We offer a wide spectrum of so-called compulsory/elective classes (Wahlpflichtkurse) especially for the B.Ed./M.Ed. but also for some B.A. studies programs.  With these, you must make a choice when registering. The word "or/oder" or a "/" (representing the word "or") means that you will have to select from a wider offer.

B.Ed.-students (PO 2011 and 2015) Module 3

You need 1 course in a proseminar and get to choose from 2 proseminar types (American Studies OR English Literature and Culture). Choose one proseminar type and register for this only.
Example: You register only for proseminar American Studies OR only for proseminar English Literature and Culture.
Please avoid: Registering for both proseminar types, because the departmental studies office will randomly cancel superfluous registrations.

B.Ed.-students (PO 2011 und 2015) Module 6

Cultural Studies II OR III in American Studies ODER English Literature & Culture:
You need 1 course and get to choose from 4 course types (CS II AS, CS III AS, CS II ELC or CS III ELC). Choose exactly 1 course type according to your examination order from the selection.
Please avoid: Registering for all 4 course types, because the departmental studies office will randomly cancel superfluous registrations.

B.Ed.-students (PO 2011 und 2015) Modules 6 and 7

For a smooth course of studies in the seminars American Studies or English Literature & Culture, you get to choose between two seminar types and must make a decision: 313 or 410.
For example:
You register for American Studies seminar type 313 and English Literature & Culture seminar type 313
OR AS 410 and BS/ELC 410
OR AS 313 and BS/ELC 410
OR AS 410 and BS/ELC 313.
Please avoid registering for all the seminar types 313 and 410.

B.A. Comparative Literature/European Literature

EUL.Module 5/6: Module/Einzelphilologisches Modul "Britische und anglophone europäische Literatur"
For a smooth course of studies, you get to choose between two seminar types and must make a decision: 313 or 410.
Please avoid: registering for all seminar types 313 and 410.

M.Ed.-students (PO 2011 und 2015) - WICHTIGES ZUR SEMINARANMELDUNG in Modules 8, 11 and 12

Seminar types 512 and 522 American Studies and English Literature & Culture are part of two modules: in Modul 8 and Modul 12 (here as "Advanced Literary Studies").
For example: You register for seminar type 522 British Studies/Engl. Literature & Culture: it appears supposedly as registered in module 12.
Please avoid UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES to deregister the course in module 12 because thereby the registration in module 8 will automatically be void and gone!

Seminar type English Linguistics (760) is offered in both module 11 and module 12 (here as "Advanced English Linguistics").
For example: You register for seminar type 760 via module 11: it appears supposedly as registered in module 12.

Please avoid UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES: to deregister the course in module 12, cause thereby the registration in module 11 will automatically be void and gone!

When registering, pay attention to which module you choose to regsiter a course!

Where, in JOGUStINe, can I find in which module I registered a course?
Check you Registration status, click on the respective course type and then on "details." Here, you will find the module relevance for any given course.

M.Ed.-students (PO 2011 und 2015) - Module 8

For a smooth course of studies, you get to choose between Graduate Seminar type 512 or 522 for the seminars American Studies and British Studies/English Literature & Culture. Choose just 1 Seminartypaccording to your examination regulation jeweils nur 1 seminar type from the selection offered.
For example:
You register for seminar type 522 in American Studies and for seminar type 512 in British Studies/English Literature & Culture.
OR AS 512 and BS/ELC 522
OR AS 512 and BS/ELC 512
OR AS 522 and BS/ELC 522.
Please avoid: to register for ALL seminar types 512 and 522 simultaneously.

M.Ed.-students (PO 2011) - Module 11: Cultural Studies

CS IV or V American Studies OR British Studies/English Literature & Culture:
Hint: The examination regulation/Prüfungsordnung unfortunately here features a typo (reference to CS III/IV)!
You need 1 course and get to choose from 4 course types (CS IV AS, CS V AS, CS IV ELC or CS V ELC). Decide on ONE course type before registering and register ONLY for that 1 course type!
Please avoid registering for all 4 course types because the departmental studies office will randomly cancel superfluous registrations.

M.Ed.-students (PO 2015) - Modules 11 and 12: Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies IV OR V American Studies OR British Studies/English Literature & Culture:
You need 1 course and get to choose from 2 course types per module:

      • Modul 11: CS IV or CS V ELC
      • Modul 12 CS IV or CS V AS

Here's how it's done:
Decide for 1 course type before registering and register ONLY for that course type, so only for CS IV or only for CS V.
Whether you choose...

      • CS IV in module 11  and CS IV in module 12
      • or CS V in module 11 and CS V in module 12
      • or CS IV in module 11 and CS V in module 12
      • or CS V in module 11 and CS IV in module 12

...is irrelevant. All combinations are possible.

Please avoid registering for both course types in the same module because the departmental studies office will randomly cancel superfluous registrations.

M.Ed.-students (PO 2011 and 2015) - Module 12

Advanced Literary Studies American Studies OR BritishStudies/English Literature & Culture:
You need 1 course and get to choose from 4 seminar types (AS 512 + AS 522 + BS/ELC 512 + BS/ELC 522). Before registering, decide on which course type you want to register for; then register for ONLY this course type.
Please avoid registering for all seminar types because the departmental studies office will randomly cancel superfluous registrations.

M.Ed.-students (PO 2011 and 2015) - Module 13

Exam Preparation/Colloquium American Studies OR BritishStudies/English Literature & Culture:
You need 1 course andget to choose from 2 course types. Before registering, decide on which course type you want to register for; then register for ONLY this course type.
Please avoid registering for all seminar types because the departmental studies office will randomly cancel superfluous registrations.

M.Ed.-students (PO 2011 and 2015) - Module 20

Exam Preparation/Colloquium English Literature & Culture OR American Studies OR English Linguistics:
You need 1 course and get to choose from 3 course types. Before registering, decide on which course type you want to register for; then register for ONLY this course type.
Please avoid registering for all seminar types because the departmental studies office will randomly cancel superfluous registrations.

Elective (M.A.-students)

Elective is a substitute/placeholder for a selection of courses. You participate as a GUEST in this elective course within the frame of your master's studies.

3 steps to a successful registration/participation:

1) Registration

  • You register for "Elective" classes on JOGUStINe.
  • The JOGUStINe info textbox will then let you know which classes you can register for.

2) Finding course dates/time/room/lecturer

  • Go to the JOGUStINe COURSE CATALOGUE (no log-in required).
  • Select the semester (winter/summer).
  • Click instruction: Overview -> Faculty 05 - Philosophy and Philology -> "Fachgruppe Englisch" -> Here you have a list of the course types: click on the appropriate course type to get the full list of courses/seminars/lectures.
  • Choose a course/seminar etc.
  • Get in touch with the lecturer of the course early on and ask whether you may participate as a guest (like in a lecture course).
  • You will receive credit for participation only (no further requirements).

3) Accessing course materials

  • Ask your lecturer about how to access the course materials.
  • Please note: You will find NO course materials nor any other information on LMS because ELECTIVE is merely a SUBSTITUTE COURSE.

Independent Studies

IMPORTANT! Talk to one of our studies counsellors previous to doing interships of any kind and negotiate all questions of crediting with them.
Please also note that "Independent Studies" is not a class that can be registered on Jogustine.

This is how you can get your credits:

      • via an internship of at least six weeks in a company of your choice or an organization - given proof by an official certificate of said business or organization;
      • via a foreign exchange to an English-speaking country (defined as having English as their official language). This stay abroad can be a studies abroad, an internship, work placement, or other form of work. It is certtified through a transcript or an official certificate by the employer;
      • via a six-week long participation at a summer school at a university in an English-speaking country (defined as having English as their official language) – given proof by an official transcript;
      • via teaching a tutorial (1 Semester) for a university course – given proof by an official certificate;
      • via a teaching assistantship abroad – given proof by an official certificate;
      • via assistantship to a course or a research project at the Department of English and Linguistics (American Studies and/or English Literature and Culture)/Fachgruppe Englisch – given proof by an official certificate.

 

A course is missing

The departmental studies office does NOT accept course registrations outside of the JOGUStINe registration periods! Asking a lecturer for permission to register in his/her class is NOT acceptable and will NOT lead to registration for the course via the lecturer and/or the studies office!

Instead, do as follows:

      • You have not been able to register for a course during the first registration period: use the second registration period.
      • You have not been able to register for a course during the second registration period: use the third registration phase. 99% of all problems with course registration can be solved by yourself during this period.
      • The third and last registration period is over and you urgently need a certain course you were not able to register for so far (btw: EACH AND EVERY of your attenpts to register and to deregister are recorded and saved into a registration logbook which we can and will track)?
        We offer a special service:
        Send us a screenshot of your final  JOGUStINe-schedule with a note on which course type/class you need (and, at best, alternative classes which fit your schedule). We will try to add you to a class that does not conflict with your other classes. This offer extends especially to students close to graduation.More detail below.
      • THIS OFFER IS MEANT AS A LAST RESORT IN CASE YOU HAVE RECEIVED NO SINGLE COURSE THAT YOU NEED BADLY. HOWEVER. THIS OFFER IS NEITHER MEANT FOR YOU TO GET YOUR DESIRED CLASS, NOR IS IT MEANT TO HAVE THE STUDIES OFFICE FIX YOUR REGISTRATIONS FAILS!
      • Addendum: Due to the Corona pandemic:
        Please send an e-mail with the subject line "Jogustine schedule".
        Let us know which course type/class you need.
        Give us a brief (!) explanation.
        Very important: add your matriculation number!
      • When?
        Until Monday, 1 p.m. AFTER THE END of the third registration period (Anmeldephase). (In case Monday is a holiday, the due date is Tuesday, 1 p.m.)
        Attention!: Schedules that reach us before the end of the third registration phase/Restplatzvergabe (the third registration phase ends at 9 p.m.!) will not be considered and will immediately find their way into our trash bin!
      • Who to?
        Send your e-mail to our course manager, Kathrin Scheufler (scheufle@uni-mainz.de)

Changing courses

The studies office does not assist in changing courses (not even 1 to 1 changes). You can deregister or reregister/choose another course on your own during the three registration phases.

Ranking courses

      • When you register for a group of courses, you must ideally rank your preference for them. Always rank all the available courses! Not ranking or ranking only one course can lead to the system not accepting your registration, despite the fact that there are still avaiable courses.
      • This is due to the fact that the selection is being made along a priority scheme according to a senate guideline at JGU (http://www.info.JOGUStINe.uni-mainz.de/231.php). Naturally, the system cannot always offer only first priority courses to all of our many students all the time. So, brace yourself for not always getting into the courses you opt for a number one priority...

Regular attendance

      • All courses begin during the first week of lectures unless otherwise announced (block seminars etc.).
      • Regular attendance is mandatory. Regular attendance can be attested with up to two misses (4 SWH/semester week hours). Compare also the frame examination order for Master/Bachelor § (5). See also: Illness - Doctoral-attested absence
      • Try to be particularly punctual during the first class, because generally speaking, this is when class rosters are being taken. Before the course begins, make sure to know where the class meets so you can be there in time.
      • In case you can't be there for the first class for a good reason (i.e. illness), have a classmate excuse you with the lecturer or send her/him an email in time.
      • Should you, in the course of the semester, decide to drop a class, as a token of respect, inform your lecturer. Only drop courses if there is no other solution to a given problem. Remember that maybe you have been given a priority for a class and someone else did not. By dropping a course, you are essentially wasting a place in class someone else might a have appreciated greatly!
      • By the way: Deregistration for a valid reason via the studies office is only possible until the end of the second week of classes.

Courses overlap - what to do?

      • If you are registered to two parallel courses, do not hold on to both - you're NOT Hermione Granger and Professor Dumbledore did NOT give you a time turner! Deregister from one of the courses and - during the next registration phase - try to register for a parallel course.
      • You can't decide on which course to prioritize?  Rule of thumb: Major before minor. Otherwise try to compare which course type offers more parallel courses and try to find a spot on a parallel course.
      • You may also give up a course or prefer to take another course. For a sensible choice, please refer to your course of studies plan/Studienverlaufsplan or seek advice with one of our studies counsellors/Studienfachberatung. In any case, please immediately unregister a course you don't want to or can not take, because as long as you are registered, you are blocking access for students who may want or need to take the class.
      • Did you know? - Due to the large number of possible subject combinations at JGU, we can not guarantee a 100% overlap-free course of studies in all of your subjects.

Course choice - Module registration Module 4 and 5 in the B.Ed. (2008 and 2012)

      • In some courses of studies, you might have to choose from a selection of classes. The rule of thumb here is: choose ONCE and NEVER DEREGISTER.
      • NO SWITCHING BACK AND FORTH! This will inevitably lead to problems with further registrations, grades and so forth, and the mess created can only be cleaned up with much effort by the examination management

Desired course

      • Unfortunately, you can't always get a spot in the course desired most. Brief reminder: there is no given right to a spot in a desired course.
      • Scenario:
        After the second registration period, you do have a spot in a course, but it's not the course you desired. You have the choice to deregister from the course in the last registration period/Restplatzvergabe in which you have a guaranteed spot in order to try to get into the course you desire. The deregistration and new registration, however, might not work and you do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. In this case, you might end up without any couse spot and will have to take the class in the next semester.
        The departmental studies office does NOT support personal registration with lecturers outside of the JOGUStINe system.