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Decision 2020 - The U.S. Presidential Election in Context - Einzelansicht

Veranstaltungsart Seminar Learnweb   Logo Learnweb
Veranstaltungsnummer 4521 Kurztext VKuWiIIE
Semester SoSe 2020 SWS 2
Erwartete Teilnehmer/-innen 25 Max. Teilnehmer/-innen 25
Rhythmus i.d.R. jedes 2. Semester Studienjahr / Zielgruppe
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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 B.A. I K Ü (PO 2019)
Bachelor International Exchange P.
LSF - Module
Modulkürzel Modultitel
0ERA-5LP Veranstaltungen mit 5 Credits f. ausl. Programmstud. (ERASMUS)
BIK-8-1 IKÜ 8-1: Kulturkontrastive Studien
BI+-BA9E1 BA9E-1 (IKÜ) / S4-3 (IIM): Vergleichende Kulturwissenschaft II Englisch
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Inst. für Übersetzungswissenschaft und Fachkommunikation

A reference reading list for the course will be posted several weeks before the semester if students want to get better-acquainted with the topic(s) before classes begin,

but the required course readings will be included with the syllabus handed out at the first class meeting of the semester.


Course Description:

It is 2020, and thus time for that quadrennial exercise in expensive (also sometimes ludicrous and scary) political theaterand media madness otherwise known as the U.S. Presidential Election.

Serving as both a national cultural event, as well as a contest for political power, the presidential selection process has long been a core element in the formation

and re-formation of national self-identity, perhaps never more so than now (atleast since the 1860 contest on the eve of the U.S. Civil War), as, without

hyperbole, this year’s “battle” (and in the current hyper-partisan/tribal order of U.S. politics, the “war” analogy is more applicable than ever) may well

determine the fate of the nation, and perhaps much of the rest of the remaining small “l” liberal democratic order around the world for decades to come. 

Why? Well, if Donald Trump wins re-election, it will mean his 2016 victory was not a “fluke,” and the oldest, continuously-running

democratic republic in the world (not to mention the world’s still-biggest economy and strongest strategic power) will remain under the control of conservative,

nationalist, anti-intellectual, right-wing demagoguery (further encouraging like-minded groups in Europe and elsewhere) for the foreseeable future, and just

when “we” are most in need of wise, far-sighted solutions to urgent national and international problems including an expansionist/authoritarian China (and

Russia) and the looming climate/environmental emergency.


Course Goals:

Needless to say, we can only begin to address some of these issues within the limited confines of the class, but we can:

1) Increase your understanding of U.S. culture by exploring the origins, evolution and “mechanics” of the U.S. government(s) (national,

state and local) and election process (the electoral college, primaries, funding, redistricting, etc.), as well as the general outlines of the nation’s

political “landscape,” including its cultural, economic and other foundations; and

2) Better understand and analyze the ever-expanding political-media landscape as it intersects with and drives the U.S. election process.  



1). As students will choose a particular U.S. state to focus on during the semester (though a national contest, of course, the U.S. election system is still

state-based), they will get a more in-depth view of specific locales and regions within the diverse patchwork which is the contemporary United States.

Meanwhile: 2) Students will get to know and practice some of the rudiments of political journalism (a very large area in Anglophone writing), and in the

process sharpen their analytical writing and speaking/presentation skills in English.




BA IKÜ 4. Semester, Referat mit schriftlicher Ausarbeitung (IKÜ: 8-1 (4 LP))

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