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Vergleichende Kulturwissenschaft Englisch: North American Culture (mainly U.S.) in Context(s) - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar
Veranstaltungsnummer 4520 Kurztext
Semester WiSe 2019/20 SWS 2
Erwartete Teilnehmer/-innen Max. Teilnehmer/-innen 120
Rhythmus i.d.R. jedes Semester Studienjahr / Zielgruppe
Credits 4 LP Anmeldung Anmeldepflicht , Vergabe: Automatisch(Fachsemesterpriorität) (?)
Hyperlink   Evaluation Ja (als gesamte Veranstaltung - Papier)
Sprache englisch
Anmeldefristen Anmeldung (Einzelvergabe) 10.09.2019 - 17.10.2019 23:59:59

Anmeldung zweite Runde II (Einzelvergabe) 19.10.2019 - 01.11.2019 12:00:00

Abmeldung bis Ende 3. Woche 21.10.2019 - 10.11.2019 12:00:00

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Do. 16:15 bis 17:45 wöchentlich bis 30.01.2020  Gebäude I (Hauptcampus) - Hörsaal H1 Raumplan        
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Do. 16:00 bis 18:00 Einzeltermin am 06.02.2020 Gebäude I (Hauptcampus) - Hörsaal H1 Raumplan        
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WiSe 2019/20 01 Jones, Jacob 06.02.2020 Klausur 27.01.2020 VERBINDLICH 27.01.2020 VERBINDLICH

Zugeordnete Person
Kontaktperson (durchführend) Zuständigkeit
Jones, Jacob, Dr. verantwortlich und durchführend
Abschluss Studiengang Semester ECTS Kontingent
Bachelor B.A. I K Ü (PO 2009)
Bachelor B.A. I K Ü (PO 2014)
Bachelor B.A. I K Ü (PO 2015)
Bachelor B.A. I K Ü (PO 2017)
Bachelor International Exchange P.
LSF - Module
Modulkürzel Modultitel
BI+-BA6E2 BA6E-2 (IKÜ) / S1-2/1-4 (IIM): Vergleichende Kulturwissenschaft I Englisch
BIK-3-1 IKÜ 3-1E: Vergleichende Kulturwissenschaft Englisch
0ERA-5LP Veranstaltungen mit 5 Credits f. ausl. Programmstud. (ERASMUS)
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Inst. für Übersetzungswissenschaft und Fachkommunikation


Required Reading: There will be some required reading for the course (5-7 articles or short written “lectures” or other out-of-class work totaling 50-75 pages all together) which will be provided via Learnweb (or links) as the course proceeds.



After earning my B.A. in English (with a focus on British and American novels) from Washington and Lee University in 1982, I pursued graduate studies in history at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from 1986-1987, then completed my Master's Degree in American Studies at Purdue University in 1994 and my PhD in American History (with minor fields in Ancient History and the History of Science and Technology) in 2004, also at Purdue. In the meantime and since, besides teaching a full range of courses in American History, Government and Culture as well as Western Civilization (including Great Britain and the British Empire), I have also worked at a number of public history venues in the U.S. (including for the National Park Service and five years at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello) as well as authored entries for American History, the History of Science  and other reference and classroom volumes.




For most of its almost 250-year existence as a nation, the United States has seen itself as
“exceptional,” a uniquely democratic “beacon of liberty” and refuge for the
world’s “oppressed,” a place to start anew, free of the religious, political
and other repressions that supposedly characterized the “Old World” (namely
Europe). Even if that self-image has never entirely matched “reality” -- i.e.,
for a long time the national narrative avoided highlighting the hundreds of
thousands of involuntary African slave “immigrants” to the country – many
millions did indeed (and still do) head for U.S. shores to achieve the often
elusive “American Dream” of prosperity (or at least economic security earned
through hard work and enterprise), individual freedom and self-government.

But America(to use the common U.S. label for the country), has also been, and continues to
be, an exception from much of the rest of the world in ways many Americans
would either prefer to ignore or downplay: for example, “our” rates of violent
crime and incarceration have long been considerably higher than other countries
in the “developed” world, ditto our religious adherence and patriotic
sentiment.  And though Americans have long prided themselves on their (lower-case letters on purpose, meaning
governmental types rather than political parties) republican/democratic
political system, the increasingly complex, costly and polarized political
process has stalemated problem solving and produced one of the nastiest
political “seasons” in the nation’s history (and yes we will spend at least one
class meeting covering the Trump v Clinton, etc. contest).   Meanwhile, political rhetoric to the
contrary notwithstanding, social welfare spending and rates of taxation in the
United States have remained considerably lower than almost every country in
Europe, purposefully so, as the large majority of Americans believe individuals
are responsible for their own destinies (for good or ill), regardless of
environment, class, race, ethnicity or gender.

And all of this, of course, has played out against the background of a vast and varied
landscape, a once mighty manufacturing sector, and a now century-plus of global
economic leadership, not to mention over a half century of geo-strategic
hegemony. Donald Trump might have tarnished the American “brand” for a long
time to come, and China might soon surpass the U.S. as the world’s economic
champion, but the U.S. will likely remain an “indispensable” power for quite a

 Using a combination of textual and audio-visual (music, film, art, architecture, material culture) sources,
lecture and in-class work, this course will explore these themes and
“contradictions” within the socio-cultural, economic, political and other
“contexts” of modern America, with periodic “visits” to historical roots where


Note: The focus of this course will be on Anglophone North America (mostly the United
States), including occasional forays into the non-English-speaking parts of
Canada and the Caribbean, as well as Hispanophone Mexico and Central America
where applicable.




BA IKÜ 1. oder 2 Semester Klausur (IKÜ3E-1, 4 LP)

Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2019/20 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2020/21
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