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

Veranstaltungsart Seminar
Veranstaltungsnummer 4520 Kurztext
Semester WiSe 2020/21 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 - digitale Veranstaltung
Sprache englisch
Anmeldefristen Anmeldung (Einzelvergabe) 08.09.2020 - 22.10.2020 23:59:59

Abmeldung bis Ende 3. Woche 24.10.2020 - 13.11.2020 23:59:59

Anmeldung 2. Runde II (Einzelvergabe) 26.10.2020 - 06.11.2020 12:00:00

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Do. 16:00 bis 17:30 wöchentlich Externes Gebäude - Online-Lehre (ggf. folgt Raumangabe für Ausnahme Präsenzlehre) Raumplan Jones      
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Do. 16:00 bis 18:00 Einzeltermin am 04.02.2021 Externes Gebäude - Online-Lehre (ggf. folgt Raumangabe für Ausnahme Präsenzlehre) Raumplan        
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WiSe 2020/21 01 Jones, Jacob 04.02.2021 Klausur 29.10.2020 22.01.2021 VERBINDLICH 22.01.2021 VERBINDLICH

Zugeordnete Person
Kontaktperson (durchführend) Zuständigkeit
Jones, Jacob, Dr. verantwortlich und durchführend
Abschluss Studiengang Semester ECTS Kontingent
Bachelor B.A. I K Ü
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.


Addendum to "normal" class introduction/description.

- Content - Though the advent of the "Trump Era" and all that entails (from exacerbating racial conflict to the erosion of environmental protections at home and abroad

(i.e. withdrawing from the Paris Climate treaty), to trade conflicts, strategic withdrawal, etc.) has severely eroded U.S. standing in the world, since the U.S. retains

much of its economic, strategic and cultural influence, it is still crucial to try to understand how "we" (both Americans such as myself, and global citizens alike)

got to this place and how the future might look in a post-Trump world.

- Teaching Platform - Since factly the University of Hildesheim, like the rest of the university system in Niedersaxony, will be working/teaching on-line again

this semester to hopefully help prevent a COVID resurgence, this course will not have its usual in-class lecture format, but rather a mix of lecture, discussion and

other work using the Learnweb, BBB and Zoom platforms.  More details will follow with the class syllabus, which will be posted in early October.


"Usual" Course Description

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 Biden, 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 2020/21 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2023/24
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