552.040 (18S) American Culture: History and Society

Sommersemester 2018

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First course session
07.03.2018 12:00 - 13:30 HS 10 On Campus
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Overview

Lecturer
Tutor/Tutors
LV Nummer Südostverbund ENM01001UL
Course title german American Culture: History and Society
Type Lecture
Hours per Week 2.0
ECTS credits 3.0
Registrations 89
Organisational unit
Language of instruction Englisch
Course begins on 07.03.2018
eLearning Go to Moodle course
University entrance qualification examination Yes

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Course Information

Intended learning outcomes

After successfully completing this lecture course, students will:

have a basic understanding of the main issues, themes, and topics of American social and cultural history

be familiar with dominant and alternative discourses in and of American history, society, and culture

be able to apply their knowledge of American history, society, and culture in their studies of American literary and media texts

Teaching methodology including the use of eLearning tools

The course is designed as a weekly lecture course.

Course content

The course aims to trace the major issues, topics, and themes of American culture from the colonial period to the present day. We will start out with a closer look at some of the United States’ founding documents and formative myths, and then go on to explore how the nation’s treatment of women and various minority communities has changed over time. In this context, we will pay particular attention to African American and Native American histories as well as to the U.S.’s changing immigration policies. In the second part of the semester, we will turn our attention issues surrounding migration and urbanization, and to the culture and media industries that have shaped American society and politics over time, among them Hollywood film, television, music, sports, and other forms of mass entertainment. Three guest lectures will serve to highlight specific periods and critical issues. Given current political developments, the course will also take time to investigate the U.S. presidency and the nation’s relation to its international partners in a historical perspective.

Literature

All relevant literature will be made available on Moodle on a weekly basis.

Intended learning outcomes

After successfully completing this lecture course, students will:

have a basic understanding of the main issues, themes, and topics of American social and cultural history

be familiar with dominant and alternative discourses in and of American history, society, and culture

be able to apply their knowledge of American history, society, and culture in their studies of American literary and media texts

Teaching methodology including the use of eLearning tools

The course is designed as a weekly lecture course.

Course content

The course aims to trace the major issues, topics, and themes of American culture from the colonial period to the present day. We will start out with a closer look at some of the United States’ founding documents and formative myths, and then go on to explore how the nation’s treatment of women and various minority communities has changed over time. In this context, we will pay particular attention to African American and Native American histories as well as to the U.S.’s changing immigration policies. In the second part of the semester, we will turn our attention issues surrounding migration and urbanization, and to the culture and media industries that have shaped American society and politics over time, among them Hollywood film, television, music, sports, and other forms of mass entertainment. Three guest lectures will serve to highlight specific periods and critical issues. Given current political developments, the course will also take time to investigate the U.S. presidency and the nation’s relation to its international partners in a historical perspective.

Literature

All relevant literature will be made available on Moodle on a weekly basis.

Examination information

Im Fall von online durchgeführten Prüfungen sind die Standards zu beachten, die die technischen Geräte der Studierenden erfüllen müssen, um an diesen Prüfungen teilnehmen zu können.

Grading scheme

Grade / Grade grading scheme

Position in the curriculum

  • Bachelor's degree programme Applied Cultural Studies (SKZ: 642, Version: 09W.3)
    • Subject: Gebundene Wahlfächer (Compulsory elective)
      • Module: Wahlfachmodul Geschichte
        • Wahlfachmodul Geschichte ( 6.0h XX / 12.0 ECTS)
          • 552.040 American Culture: History and Society (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 17W.2) part of STEOP (Introductory & Orientation Period)
    • Subject: Anglophone Cultural History and Theory (Compulsory subject)
      • ENM.001 British Culture – History and Society ODER American Culture – History and Society (STEOP) ( 2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.040 American Culture: History and Society (2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3., 4. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelor-Lehramtsstudium Bachelor Unterrichtsfach Englisch (SKZ: 407, Version: 15W.2)
    • Subject: Anglophone Cultural History and Theory (Compulsory subject)
      • ENM.001 British Culture – History and Society ODER American Culture – History and Society ( 2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.040 American Culture: History and Society (2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3., 4. Semester empfohlen
  • Teacher training programme English (Secondary School Teacher Accreditation) (SKZ: 344, Version: 04W.7)
    • Stage one
      • Subject: Culture Studies (Compulsory subject)
        • Survey of Anglophone Cultures I ( 2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
          • 552.040 American Culture: History and Society (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelor's degree programme English and American Studies (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.3) part of STEOP (Introductory & Orientation Period)
    • Subject: Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (Compulsory subject)
      • 1.4 British or American Culture: History and Society ( 0.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
        • 552.040 American Culture: History and Society (2.0h VO / 3.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 1. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelor's degree programme English and American Studies (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3) part of STEOP (Introductory & Orientation Period)
    • Subject: Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (ab 11W) (Compulsory subject)
      • Cultures in Context ( 2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 552.040 American Culture: History and Society (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelor's degree programme English and American Studies (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Subject: Studieneingangs- und Orientierungsphase (Compulsory subject)
      • Cultures in Context ( 2.0h KU / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 552.040 American Culture: History and Society (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 1. Semester empfohlen

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Sommersemester 2024
  • 552.040 VO STEOP/BA & UF: American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2023
  • 552.040 VO STEOP/BA & UF: American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2022
  • 552.040 VO American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2021
  • 552.040 VO American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2020
  • 552.040 VO American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2019
  • 552.040 VO American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2016/17
  • 552.040 VO American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)
Sommersemester 2016
  • 552.040 VO American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 5.0ECTS)
Wintersemester 2015/16
  • 552.040 VO American Culture: History and Society (2.0h / 3.0ECTS)