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

Grunddaten
Veranstaltungsart Seminar
Veranstaltungsnummer 4520 Kurztext
Semester WiSe 2021/22 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) (?)
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Sprache englisch
Anmeldefristen Anmeldung (Einzelvergabe) 07.09.2021 - 28.10.2021 23:59:59

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Anmeldung zweite Runde (m. Modulprio.) 30.10.2021 - 04.11.2021 23:59:59

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WiSe 2021/22 01 Jones, Jacob 10.02.2022 Klausur 31.01.2022 VERBINDLICH 31.01.2022 VERBINDLICH


Zugeordnete Person
Kontaktperson (durchführend) Zuständigkeit
Jones, Jacob, Dr. verantwortlich und durchführend
Studiengänge
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
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
Inhalt
Literatur

 

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.

 

Recommended Reading: For those who feel the need for additional information on the topics covered in class, you might want to access a good online U.S. history textbook, i.e. at http://www.ushistory.org/us/index.asp and/or for more culture-based
material the standard ESL textbook on the subject:

 Neil Campbell and Alasdair Kean. American Cultural Studies: An Introduction to American Culture.  Edition.  Routledge: London and New York, 2016.

 

Bemerkung

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.

Lerninhalte

Addendum to "normal" class introduction/description.

"Platform" - Continued Covid space restrictions mean that all classes over a certain size (like this one) will continue to be taught online vs. in presence.  In "our" case, "lectures" (actually more multi-media presentations in most cases) will be posted to the Learnweb (access code 4520) for students to access on their own schedule.  Meanwhile, for our regular/periodic discussons/quizzes, the class will be divided into groups, each of which will meet at dates/times specified in the course syllabus posted to the Learnweb before our first class meeting on Thursday, 4 November.

 

 Course Goals: Since translating/interpreting all manner of  "texts," from documents to movies, television shows and even intercultural conversations, requires varying degrees of cultural understanding, broad cultural knowledge is an important component of a successful translating career. This course is designed to provide a foundation/stating point for just such knowledge/understanding.

 

- 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 (continued under Biden) and of course domestic right-wing attacks, etc.) has severely eroded U.S. standing in the world, since the U.S. retains

much of its economic, strategic and cultural power, 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.

 

"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

while.

 

 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

needed.

 

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.

 

 

Zielgruppe

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


Strukturbaum
Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2021/22 , Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2022/23
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