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Important information concerning the courses of the School of Humanities

 

Please note:
The list of courses and lectures below is only for students at the School of Humanities! Students from other schools can only register for courses from the
University-wide electives fall 2013 (pdf) list.

 

For registration procedure please click on 'Details' behind the course title.

For further questions concerning all the courses offered by the School of Humanities,
please contact the International Coordinator:

international@phil.uni-mannheim.de (rather than the professor!)

 



 

 

General

International Cultural Studies: History and Approaches (Lecture ICS)

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please state your full name and course title.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick (responsible)   Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Wed (Single date) 11.09.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Mon (Single date) 30.09.201320:00 - 22:00Schloss Schneckenhof Nord, SN 169
Mon (Single date) 18.11.201320:00 - 22:00Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Tue (Single date) 03.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloss Schneckenhof Nord, SN 163
Description:

This lecture briefly introduces to the history of cultural studies since the 1930s and then discusses a variety of approaches and areas of theory developed or influential in the field, including

structuralism and poststructuralism/deconstruction

postmodernism

postcolonialism

gender studies

critiques of raciology

media studies and transmediality

inter-, multi- and transculturality

identity, alterity, and hybridity

globalization, ecocriticism, and planetarity.

Each session provides a survey with main international representatives in a field and with introduction to relevant terminology, to then demonstrate the application of a respective approach to contemporary anglophone short fiction and non-fiction, poetry, film, or graphic novel and cartoon.

Requirements: Attendance, Final Exam 

 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.

 

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Verwertbarkeit der Veranstaltung laut der verschiedenen Prüfungsordnungen:

 

B.A. Anglistik // B.A. Germanistik // B.A. Geschichte // B.A. MKW

o   PO 2009: optional im kulturwissenschaftlichen Themenmodul (4 ECTS)

o   PO 2010: optional im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2012: obligatorisch im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

 

B.A. KuWi Germanistik // B.A. KuWi Philosophie // B.A. KuWi Geschichte

o   PO 2007: optional im Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2010: optional im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2012: obligatorisch im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

 

B.A. KuWi Anglistik // B.A. KuWi Romanistik

o   PO 2007: obligatorisch im Basismodul Kulturwissenschaft/Cultural Studies (5 ECTS); optional im Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2010: obligatorisch im Modul Grundlagen der Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS); optional im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2012: obligatorisch im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

 

 

 

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In Search of Intercultural Competence

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and course title.
Lecturer:Contact:
Ina-Lotte Dühring (responsible)   Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 13.09.201315:30 - 17:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Fri (weekly) 27.09.2013 - 11.10.201310:00 - 17:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Sat (Single date) 12.10.201310:00 - 11:45Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Description:

In times of globalization, intercultural competence as a soft skill is essential in almost every multicultural encounter. In this seminar, we will have a critical look at the concept of ‘intercultural competence’ as well as at related terms such as ‘interculturality, ‘multiculturality’ and ‘culture’. Critical Intercultural Communication, concepts of identity, stereotyping and further possible areas of conflict will be discussed as well. Along with analyzing the theoretical concepts, participants will also be involved in group work, intercultural activites, and discussions. Students will have the chance to reflect upon personal intercultural experiences.

Active oral participation is essential and expected especially in discussions and activities.

Please note that this is NOT an intercultural training, you are NOT going to learn something about A culture.

Requirements: active oral participation + academic research paper, 13-15 pages

Attendance at the first session is mandatory. If you don't attend the first session, you will loose your slot in this seminar.

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Literature into Opera

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and course title.Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_LanguagesIf you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick (responsible)   Professur f. International Cultural Studies ,
Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Tue (Single date) 01.10.201320:00 - 22:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Thu (Single date) 10.10.201320:00 - 24:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Wed (Single date) 30.10.201320:00 - 23:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Thu (Single date) 28.11.201320:00 - 23:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Description:

This course offers an introduction to adaptation of literature into opera. We are going to study the literary works, the libretti derived from them, and examples of stage productions that include a variety of signs, such as gesture, costume, design of space, or design of lighting. Readings and viewings include the works as well as selected texts of adaptation theory and semiotics of the theater. 

Requirements: Attendance, Presentation, Final Paper 

 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.

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Sugar: Culture of Capitalism and Slavery

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and course title.Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_LanguagesIf you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick  Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

As a profitable agricultural product and at times an item of luxury consumption, cane sugar and its by-products such as rum have significantly determined market and labor relations as well as politics in the history of colonialism, racism, and slavery, for centuries. This seminar traces the origins, production, global routes, and nutritional uses of cane sugar during the period of colonial trade relations as well as in the contemporary global market economy and investigates literary works and films to arrive at an understanding of the diverse roles people have voluntarily or involuntarily taken on in the economy and culture of sugar.

 

Requirements: Attendance, Presentation, Final Paper

 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.

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Tutorium International Cultural Studies Lecture

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS:0
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:This tutorial accompanies the ICS lecture.It offers the opportunity to discuss the key terms presented in the respective session. Moreover, participants can dabate and expand the interpretation of the given example.Please note, this tutorial is NOT a substitute for the lecture.Tutor is Mr. Felix Schniz.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Ina-Lotte Dühring (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 12.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 303
Description:

This tutorial accompanies the ICS lecture.

It offers the opportunity to discuss the key terms presented in the respective session. Moreover, participants can dabate and expand the interpretation of the given example.

Please note, this tutorial is NOT a substitute for the lecture.

Tutor is Mr. Felix Schniz.

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Tutorium International Cultural Studies Lecture

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Ina-Lotte Dühring (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 16.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 303
Description:

This tutorial accompanies the ICS lecture.

It offers the opportunity to discuss the key terms presented in the respective session. Moreover, participants can dabate and expand the interpretation of the given example.

Please note, this tutorial is NOT a substitute for the lecture.

Tutor is Ms. Corinna Nikolaus.

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Tutorium International Cultural Studies Lecture

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS:0
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:This tutorial accompanies the ICS lecture.It offers the opportunity to discuss the key terms presented in the respective session. Moreover, participants can dabate and expand the interpretation of the given example.Please note, this tutorial is NOT a substitute for the lecture.Tutor is Mr. Benjamin Matthes
Lecturer:Contact:
Ina-Lotte Dühring (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Thu (Single date) 28.11.201313:45 - 15:15B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 303
Description:

This tutorial accompanies the ICS lecture.

It offers the opportunity to discuss the key terms presented in the respective session. Moreover, participants can dabate and expand the interpretation of the given example.

Please note, this tutorial is NOT a substitute for the lecture.

Tutor is Benjamin Matthes

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Who Needs Identity?

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and the course title.Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_LanguagesIf you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick  Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

With its provocative title taken from an essay by cultural theorist Stuart Hall, this seminar assesses the import of critiques of idealist theories of identity and of identity categories such as race, class, and gender. What happens to concepts of identity under the influence of postmodern theories of hybridity, transversality, or queerness? Readings include classic texts on identity, hybridity, strategic essentialism, racism, and culturalism. 

Requirements: Attendance, Presentation, Final Paper

 


 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.  

 

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Current Approaches to Cultural Contacts and Transfer in Late Medieval and Early Modern History

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incoming Exchange Students,there's an new course offered by our department of History:(Seminar 6-8 ECTS):"Current Approaches to Cultural Contacts and Transfer in Late Medieval and Early Modern History"lecturer: Dr. Charlotte Colding Smith (Melbourne) and Hiram Kümper (Mannheim).Students will be introduced to a variety of current approaches to ideas of cultural contact and transfer in the late medieval and early modern period. This will include the expanding ideas of European geography detailing the Near East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge of the nature and consequences of these developments within a current English speaking historical context. This will be achieved through the reading of several key English sources followed by discussion as well as course assignments. Beyond this, students will gain knowledge of academic English through the writing of abstracts, the presentation of an academic paper and a short written assignment. The aim of the course is to improve the students' knowledge of Early Modern sources, as well as introducing them to international academic practices within the English language. course dates:02.10., 12:00-13:30 (opening session)19.10. + 20.10., jeweils 10:00-19:0016.11. + 17.11., jeweils 10:00-19:00This seminar might be interesting for those of you who have not yet registered for their courses and have difficulties to find a place (a case that should not exist any more) or for those of you who - for whatever reason - are not happy with their current choice and would like to have an alternative.In case you are interested, please send me an email to register by September 23th.regards,Olaf Moritz-- Dr. Olaf MoritzLAG² - Lehren und Lernen im sprachlich und kulturell heterogenen KontextBetreuung Ausländischer Austauschstudierender Philosophische FakultätUniversität MannheimSprechstunde: Mittwoch 10-12 UhrRaum: Schloss EO 382Tel: (0621) 181-2579E-Mail:moritz@phil.uni-mannheim.deIncoming Exchange Students Advisor School of HumanitiesMannheim UniversityOffice Hours: Wednesday 10-12 hrsOffice: EO 382Tel: (0621) 181-2579Email:moritz@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Hiram Kümper (responsible)   Historisches Institut ,
Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (Single date) 02.10.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ostflügel, O251/53
Sat (Single date) 19.10.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Sun (Single date) 20.10.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Sat (Single date) 16.11.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Sun (Single date) 17.11.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

Students will be introduced to a variety of current approaches to ideas of cultural contact and transfer in the late medieval and early modern period. This will include the expanding ideas of European geography detailing the Near East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge of the nature and consequences of these developments within a current English speaking historical context. This will be achieved through the reading of several key English sources followed by discussion as well as course assignments. Beyond this, students will gain knowledge of academic English through the writing of abstracts, the presentation of an academic paper and a short written assignment. The aim of the course is to improve the students' knowledge of late medieval and early modern sources, as well as introducing them to international academic practices within the English language.

Course requirements:

- short presentation of a recent monograph (english) [30 % of your grade]
- short written assignement on the basis of this presentation (ca. 6 pp., in-depth review) [70 % of your grade]

 

Lehrpersonen:
Prof. Dr. Hiram Kümper
Dr. Charlotte Colding Smith (Melbourne)

 

Bei Fragen oder Problemen mit der Online-Anmeldung wenden Sie sich bitte an bakuwi@uni-mannheim.de.

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Fit for Abroad anglophone Länder

(Workshop, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:WorkshopECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Ina-Lotte Dühring (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 25.10.201314:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 186
Sat (Single date) 26.10.201309:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 186
Description:

'Fit for Abroad' ist ein Interkulturelles Awareness Training für die Outgoings zur Vorbereitung auf ihren Auslandsaufenthalt. Angesprochen sind diejenigen, die im kommenden Semester ins Ausland gehen.

Ziel des Worshops soll es sein, intensiven Wissensinput mit aktivierenden Übungen zu kombinieren, in denen die Teilnehmer Gelegenheit erhalten, das eigene Verhalten in möglichen, fremdkulturellen Kontexten zu reflektieren. Themen wie Vorurteile, Fettnäpfchen oder Kulturverständnis werden intensiv behandelt.

Die Teilnahme ist freiwillig, wird jedoch dringend empfohlen. Nach Abschluss des Workshops erhalten alle Teilnehmer ein Zertifikat - es werden KEINE ECTS Punkte vergeben. Es müssen daher keine Leistungsnachweise (Klausur, Hausarbeit, etc.) erbracht werden. Neben den Vorteilen, die ein solches Training für den Aufenthalt im Ausland mitsichbringen, wirkt der Workshop auch positiv im Lebenslauf.

Der Kurs findet am Freitag UND am Samstag statt!

Es werden keine Fragen bezüglich organisatorischer Dinge beantwortet, wie Anreise, Unterkunft, Visum etc.

Dozentin: Fr. Haubold

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Fit for Abroad Asien

(Workshop, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:WorkshopECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Ina-Lotte Dühring (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 01.11.201314:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 186
Sat (Single date) 02.11.201309:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 186
Description:

'Fit for Abroad' ist ein Interkulturelles Awareness Training für die Outgoings zur Vorbereitung auf ihren Auslandsaufenthalt. Angesprochen sind diejenigen, die im kommenden Semester ins Ausland gehen.

Ziel des Worshops soll es sein, intensiven Wissensinput mit aktivierenden Übungen zu kombinieren, in denen die Teilnehmer Gelegenheit erhalten, das eigene Verhalten in möglichen, fremdkulturellen Kontexten zu reflektieren. Themen wie Vorurteile, Fettnäpfchen oder Kulturverständnis werden intensiv behandelt.

Die Teilnahme ist freiwillig, wird jedoch dringend empfohlen. Nach Abschluss des Workshops erhalten alle Teilnehmer ein Zertifikat - es werden KEINE ECTS Punkte vergeben. Es müssen daher keine Leistungsnachweise (Klausur, Hausarbeit, etc.) erbracht werden. Neben den Vorteilen, die ein solches Training für den Aufenthalt im Ausland mitsichbringen, wirkt der Workshop auch positiv im Lebenslauf.

Der Kurs findet am Freitag UND am Samstag statt!

Es werden keine Fragen bezüglich organisatorischer Dinge beantwortet, wie Anreise, Unterkunft, Visum etc.

Dozent: Hr. Nestle

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Fit for Abroad Nordeuropa

(Workshop, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:WorkshopECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Ina-Lotte Dühring (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 11.10.201314:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 186
Sat (Single date) 12.10.201309:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 186
Description:

'Fit for Abroad' ist ein Interkulturelles Awareness Training für die Outgoings zur Vorbereitung auf ihren Auslandsaufenthalt. Angesprochen sind diejenigen, die im kommenden Semester ins Ausland gehen.

Ziel des Worshops soll es sein, intensiven Wissensinput mit aktivierenden Übungen zu kombinieren, in denen die Teilnehmer Gelegenheit erhalten, das eigene Verhalten in möglichen, fremdkulturellen Kontexten zu reflektieren. Themen wie Vorurteile, Fettnäpfchen oder Kulturverständnis werden intensiv behandelt.

Die Teilnahme ist freiwillig, wird jedoch dringend empfohlen. Nach Abschluss des Workshops erhalten alle Teilnehmer ein Zertifikat - es werden KEINE ECTS Punkte vergeben. Es müssen daher keine Leistungsnachweise (Klausur, Hausarbeit, etc.) erbracht werden. Neben den Vorteilen, die ein solches Training für den Aufenthalt im Ausland mitsichbringen, wirkt der Workshop auch positiv im Lebenslauf.

Der Kurs findet am Freitag UND am Samstag statt!

Studierende mit den Zielländern Großbritannien und Irland melden sich bitte für den Kurs 'anglophone Länder' an.

Es werden keine Fragen bezüglich organisatorischer Dinge beantwortet, wie Anreise, Unterkunft, Visum etc.

Dozentin: Fr. Wagner

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Fit for Abroad Süd-und Osteuropa

(Workshop, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:WorkshopECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Ina-Lotte Dühring (associate)   Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 18.10.201314:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO184
Sat (Single date) 19.10.201309:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO184
Description:

'Fit for Abroad' ist ein Interkulturelles Awareness Training für die Outgoings zur Vorbereitung auf ihren Auslandsaufenthalt. Angesprochen sind diejenigen, die im kommenden Semester ins Ausland gehen.

Ziel des Worshops soll es sein, intensiven Wissensinput mit aktivierenden Übungen zu kombinieren, in denen die Teilnehmer Gelegenheit erhalten, das eigene Verhalten in möglichen, fremdkulturellen Kontexten zu reflektieren. Themen wie Vorurteile, Fettnäpfchen oder Kulturverständnis werden intensiv behandelt.

Die Teilnahme ist freiwillig, wird jedoch dringend empfohlen. Nach Abschluss des Workshops erhalten alle Teilnehmer ein Zertifikat - es werden KEINE ECTS Punkte vergeben. Es müssen daher keine Leistungsnachweise (Klausur, Hausarbeit, etc.) erbracht werden. Neben den Vorteilen, die ein solches Training für den Aufenthalt im Ausland mitsichbringen, wirkt der Workshop auch positiv im Lebenslauf.

Der Kurs findet am Freitag UND am Samstag statt!

Studierende mit dem Zielland Spanien melden sich bitte für den Kurs 'Lateinamerika und Spanien' an.

Es werden keine Fragen bezüglich organisatorischer Dinge beantwortet, wie Anreise, Unterkunft, Visum etc.

Dozentin: Fr. Wagner

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Romance Languages


German Studies


English and American Studies

Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs A)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. phil. Philip Griffiths (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 13.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

Texte:

Werden im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Sekundärliteratur:

Wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

 

In this course, students will acquire the skills necessary to produce advanced level academic writing. To this end, we will focus on the mechanics of advanced essay writing, spending a great deal of time on the production of set pieces (introductions, paragraphs and conclusions). In addition, the course will introduce a variety of social, cultural, and political themes in order to generate essay topics for the homework as well as for our discussions and debates in our class meetings.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

homework essays, final exam

 

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Advanced G-E Translation (D)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Douglas Mc Nicol (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 159
Description:

A new section of Advanced Translation. More information to be given by the instructor.

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Advanced G-E Translation (Kurs A)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. phil. Philip Griffiths (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 10.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Aufbaumodul Sprachpraxis, Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Sekundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

 

Participants in this course practice translating literary and factual texts of medium to advanced difficulty from German into English. In addition, using exercises taken from a variety of relevant texts, some class time will be devoted to the mastery of certain interference problems in translation caused by the differences between the grammars of the two languages. Homework assignments will prepare students for the final exam, which determines the final grade for the course.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

 

Homework translations, 1 final written exam

 

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Australia - History, Culture, Environment

(Proseminar Regional studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. phil. Philip Griffiths (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 10.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 256
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnung für/als:

LAG, GymPO: Landeskunde UK/US, 3 ECTS

BA: Landeskunde Britische Inseln/Nordamerika, 4 ECTS

BaKuWi Studienbeginn ab HWS 2012: Area Studies, 6 ECTS

BaKuWi Studienbeginn vor HWS 2012: Landeskunde, 6 ECT

 

Texte: A reader will be supplied in the first session.

 

 Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

 

Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 200 years, the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This course examines how they imposed themselves on the land and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make this "terra nullius" their own. It relates the advance from penal colony to prosperous free nation and illustrates how, in a nation created by waves of newcomers, the search for binding traditions has long been frustrated by the feeling of rootlessness. Now, with the realisation that colonisation began with invasion, present-day Australians are - more than ever before - drawing on the past to understand their future.

 

Course requirements will be discussed in class.

 

 

 

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British Politics

(Proseminar Regional studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Ian Bailey (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

This course is divided into three sections: the development of the British system of government, the British system of government today, and contemporary British poilitics.

The first section deals with British history with particular emphasis on events relating to the development of the system of government.

The second section looks into the role of Britain's political institutions as they are today. The functions of both houses of parliament are examined, as are the roles played by institutions such as the monarch, government and cabinet. Electoral procedure is also analysed.

The third section looks into the political parties of the UK and their manifestoes. The policies of various post-war governments are examined and important political issues of the day are discussed.

A mark is given for the course on the basis of a mid-term essay and an end-of-term test.

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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 1 (Natalie Buss)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS:2
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 167
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 2 (Richard Hauck)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Fri (Single date) 13.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 3 (Bianca Benz)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 305
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 4 (Samira Kalemba)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 5 (Victoria Mrosek)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS:2
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 242
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 6 (Teresa Kieseier)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO184
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 7 (Franziska Cavar)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS:2
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201308:30 - 10:00B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 303
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 8 (Sarah Völkel)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 02.12.201308:30 - 10:00B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 301
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Fachtutorium zur Introduction to English Linguistics 9 (Daria Wollinsky)

(Tutorial, English) Details
Lecture Type:TutorialECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (associate) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 157
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First Language Acquisition (Spracherwerb und Mehrsprachigkeit)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Ira Gawlitzek (responsible) Gawlitzek@t-online.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

MA: Modul: Spracherwerbs- und Mehrsprachigkeitsforschung

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Linguistik

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:
Ambridge, Ben, & Lieven, Elena V.M. (2011). Child Langauge Acquistion: Contrasting Theoretical Approaches. Cambridge: CUP.

plus more texts on Ilias

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

How does Language get into a child’s mind and how do linguists investigate this process?

In this class we will look at unimpaired first language acquistion (L1) (of German and English in particular). What is the typical path of acquisition? Where are parallels and differences between the languages? How can we explain these? If participants are speakers of other languages we can include these languages as well. We take a look at longitudinal as well as experimental studies of acquisition. And we will take a brief look at bilingual L1 to see where these are similar and different to/from monolingual L1.

This class will be taught as a flipped classroom, this means that literature, material, data, study questions etc. will be made available which you prepare before class sessions. In the sessions we discuss solutions and potential problems. The sessions will be organized in an interactive way including short presentations from the participants and group work.

At the end of this course....

  • Characteristics of L1 in general
  • You know the milestones in the acquisition of German and English and ·        
  • You know about specific problems and chances of bilingual L1.
  • You have practiced short presentations and data analysis.

Leistungsanforderungen:

  • Regular and active participation in this course
  • Handing in a précis two weeks before your presentation
  • Project presentation in class
  • Term paper or oral exam

 

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Forschungsseminar Linguistik MakuWi

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Rosemarie Tracy (responsible) rtracy@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Professor Dr. Holger Hopp (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 159
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

MA Kultur&Wirtschaft Anglistik: Forschungsseminar

Alle Studierenden die empirische Abschlussarbeiten in der Linguistik schreiben

 

Texte:
Texts will be made available during the semester.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

- Linguistic research qustions

- Empirical and experimental methods in linguistics

- Basic descriptive and inferential statistics

- Writing empirical papers

- Discussion and supervision of individual research projects


Leistungsanforderungen:

Individual assignments.

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Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion Kurs A)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Rodrigo Rojas (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 12.12.201313:45 - 15:15B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 301
Link to student portal

Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs B)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Rodrigo Rojas (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 12.12.201315:30 - 17:00B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 301
Link to student portal

Intermediate G-E Translation (Kurs A)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. phil. Philip Griffiths (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 13.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basismodul Sprachpraxis, Studierende im Grundstudium

 

Sekundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

 

Participants in this course practice translating literary and factual texts of medium difficulty from German into English. In addition, using  exercises taken from a variety of relevant texts, some class time will be devoted to the mastery of certain interference problems in translation caused by the differences between the grammars of the two languages. Homework assignments will prepare students for the final exam, which determines the final grade for the course.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

 

Homework translations, 1 final written exam

 

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Intermediate G-E Translation (Kurs B)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. phil. Philip Griffiths (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Wed (Single date) 11.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 151
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basismodul Sprachpraxis, Studierende im Grundstudium

 

Sekundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

 

Participants in this course practice translating literary and factual texts of medium difficulty from German into English. In addition, using  exercises taken from a variety of relevant texts, some class time will be devoted to the mastery of certain interference problems in translation caused by the differences between the grammars of the two languages. Homework assignments will prepare students for the final exam, which determines the final grade for the course.

 

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

Homework translations, 1 final written exam

 

Link to student portal

Introduction to English Linguistics Course A

(Introductory seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Introductory seminarECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (responsible) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 242
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen als/für:

Basismodul Sprachwissenschaft, Grundstudium

Texte:

Radford, A., Atkinson, M., Britain, D., Clahsen, H., & Spencer, A. (2009). Linguistics: An introduction (2 ed.). Cambridge: CUP.

Additional textbooks and resources will be announced in class.

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central terms and topics in current (English) linguistics. Topics to be dealt with include phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, major (syntactic) contrasts between English and German. We will also have some brief looks at how these topics are relevant in language acquisition, language storage and processing in the human brain, and language variation over time an in society.

Learning aims:

·           Know the basics of synchronic linguistics

·           Practise linguistic analyses in the areas of sounds, words, and sentences

·           Find out what is interesting to you in linguistics

·           Learn to work with English textbooks

·           Learn to accumulate and aggregate information from different sources

Leistungsanforderungen:

Preparing the weekly reading assignments, regular attendance, active participation, passing the final 90 min. exam, and a linguistic file (to be explained in the first session). You are recommended to buy the textbook before the first session.

You are strongly encouraged to take part in a linguistic tutorial accompanying this class. Tutorials are obligatory for B.A.s. Dates and additional information will be announced in the first session. All tutorials start in week two, i.e. one week after the first lecture. The tutorials do not occur in the "Anmeldeverfahren".

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Introduction to English Linguistics Course B

(Introductory seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Introductory seminarECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Ira Gawlitzek (responsible) Gawlitzek@t-online.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dr. Dieter Thomathomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen als/für:

Basismodul Sprachwissenschaft, Grundstudium

Texte:

Radford, Andrew et al. (22009). Linguistics: An Introduction. Cambridge: CUP.

Sekundärliteratur:

Additional textbooks and resources will be announced in class.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central terms and topics in current (English) linguistics. Topics to be dealt with include phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, major (syntactic) contrasts between English and German and glimpses at the historical development of English. We will also have some brief looks at how these topics are relevant in language acquisition, language storage and processing in the human brain, and language variation over time and in society.

Learning aims:

·           Know the basics of synchronic linguistics

·           Practise linguistic analyses in the areas of sounds, words, and sentences

·           Find out what is interesting to you in linguistics

·           Learn to work with English textbooks

·           Learn to accumulate and aggregate information from different sources

Leistungsanforderungen:

  • Preparing the weekly reading assignments
  • Regular attendance
  • Active participation
  • Passing the final 90 min. exam,
  • and a linguistic file (to be explained in the first session).

You are recommended to buy the textbook before the first session.

You are strongly encouraged to take part in a linguistic tutorial accompanying this class. Tutorials are obligatory for B.A.s. Dates and additional information will be announced in the first session. All tutorials start in week two, i.e. one week after the first lecture. The tutorials do not occur in the "Anmeldeverfahren".

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Introduction to English Linguistics Course C

(Introductory seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Introductory seminarECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Holger Hopp (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen als/für:

Basismodul Sprachwissenschaft, Grundstudium

Texte:

Radford, Andrew et al. (22009). Linguistics: An Introduction. Cambridge: CUP.

Sekundärliteratur:

Additional textbooks and resources will be announced in class.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central terms and topics in current (English) linguistics. Topics to be dealt with include phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, major (syntactic) contrasts between English and German. We will also have some brief looks at how these topics are relevant in language acquisition, language storage and processing in the human brain, and language variation over time an in society.

Learning aims:

·           Know the basics of synchronic linguistics

·           Practise linguistic analyses in the areas of sounds, words, and sentences

·           Find out what is interesting to you in linguistics

·           Learn to work with English textbooks

·           Learn to accumulate and aggregate information from different sources

Leistungsanforderungen:

Preparing the weekly reading assignments, regular attendance, active participation, passing the final 90 min. exam, and a linguistic file (to be explained in the first session). You are recommended to buy the textbook before the first session.

You are strongly encouraged to take part in a linguistic tutorial accompanying this class. Tutorials are obligatory for B.A.s. Dates and additional information will be announced in the first session. All tutorials start in week two, i.e. one week after the first lecture. The tutorials do not occur in the "Anmeldeverfahren".

Link to student portal

Introductory English Skills

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Douglas Mc Nicol  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

ab 9.9.13 in EW 145

Link to student portal

Introductory G-E Translation (Kurs C)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Ian Bailey (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
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Language Learnability

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Rosemarie Tracy (responsible) rtracy@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Mon (Single date) 04.11.201319:00 - 21:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Mon (Single date) 25.11.201319:00 - 21:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Sprachwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Linguistik

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:
A syllabus and a bibliography will be available at the first class meeting.

Sekundärliteratur:
A syllabus and a bibliography will be available at the first class meeting.


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

HS Language Learnability

Aufbau-/Vertiefungsmodul Sprachwiss. (synchron)

 

According to Hirsh-Pasek & Golinkoff (1996:1), ”language learning ought to be impossible”.   What they mean to draw attention to is the complexity of the acquisition task.  In this seminar, we shall first discuss why language learning involves more than imitating what one hears. We will then work out  work out what differentiates acquisition types: monolingual first language acquisition, bilingual first language acquisition, second language acquisition at different ages; special language impairment in monolinguals and in bilinguals; trilingualism;  attrition due to language contact, learning to read and to write in one or two languages. We will also consider current research methods, from naturalistic participant observation to experimental approaches.

Working in research teams, participants will ”adopt” a specific acquisition type from the list above, and select an  area of investigation (such as word order in main and subordinate clauses, questions, passives, metalinguistic awareness, slips of the tongue, etc.) and methodology (spontaneous speech analysis, comprehension or production experiment).

 


Leistungsanforderungen:
Active participation, a short (20min) presentation and either a written test, an oral exam or a term paper of about 20 pages

 

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Linguistic and Cognitive Effects of Bilingualism

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Holger Hopp (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 151
Description:

 

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Sprachwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Linguistik

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

Readings will be made available at the beginning of term.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

In this course, we will survey the effects speaking two or more languages has on linguistic and cognitive processing. When we start speaking more than one language, our mind changes in many ways: Not only do we add capacities in a second or third language, our native language is also affected by the second language in that we become slower and more prone to errors when thinking of words and stringing together sentences. In addition, bilinguals demonstrate better non-linguistic executive functions (e.g. attention switching, inhibition and monitoring) than monolnguals. We will read recent original research papers that delve right into the middle of the debate about bilingual advantages and disadvantages.

Each week, a group of students will present one research paper and carry out hands-on experiments in class.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Course credits will be awarded on the basis of an end-of-term take-home exam (50%), the presentation in class  (35%), and active participation in class (15%).

 

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Literacy

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Ira Gawlitzek (responsible) Gawlitzek@t-online.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

- Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Sprachwissenschaft
- Studierende im Hauptstudium

Texte:
Basic texts will be available online.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung: 

Functional literacy is the ability to read and write and being able to apply this knowledge in everyday life. In this lecture we will address and investigate the following aspects related to literacy:

  • How is literacy related to linguistics?
  • How do oral and written language differ?
  • What impact do writing systems  have on literacy?
  • How does literacy develop?
  • What do we know about illiteracy and literacy disorders?
  • Is biliteracy a handicap or an advantage?
  • What is the role of literacy in second language acquisition?

 Leistungsanforderungen:

  • regular attendance
  • passing a written exam

 

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Other Worlds? Science Fiction and Fantasy in Film

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. phil. Philip Griffiths (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 13.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Fri (Single date) 13.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

M.A. Kultur im Prozeß der Moderne: Literatur und Medien. Praxismodul

M.A. Kultur und Wirtschaft. Modul Sprach- und Kulturraumkompetenz

 

Texte:

A reader will be supplied in the first week of term

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Fantasy and Science Fiction are typically ridiculed as escapist dreams produced for teenagers. Indeed, they are often seen as the ”lowbrow, popular, pulp, childish and lightweight poor relation of more highbrow, grownup and serious forms based on the realist (mimetic) arts.” (Jacqueline Furby and Claire Hines) In recent years, however, with the upsurge of interest in the fantasy film, a number of academic studies that deal with a wide range of issues rooted in the fantasy and science fiction genres have documented a shift in academic perception. In keeping with this shift, this course will offer an in-depth look at both genres, supplying theoretical and contextual approaches with the help of which the complex imagery of the science fiction and fantasy film can be decoded. We will then use these insights to analyse popular science fiction and fantasy films (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, The Dark Knight, the Harry Potter films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), treating them not as entities devoid of social commentary (hence the title of the course, Other Worlds?) but as products of dominant values, beliefs and fears and thus as cultural products deeply rooted in our world.

Course requirements will be discussed in our first session.

 

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Pidgins and Creoles (Ling. Theorien und Mehrsprachigkeit)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Kristel Proost (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201317:15 - 18:45B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 305
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

MA Sprache und Kommunikation: Modul Linguistische Theorien: S Form und Funktion natürlicher Sprache

MA Kultur und Wirtschaft: Modul Linguistische Theorien: S Form und Funktion natürlicher Sprache

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte: will be announced in class

 

 

Sekundärliteratur: will be announced in class

 

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

 

Pidgins and creoles are language types that develop from the contact between two or more speech communities that do not have a language in common. Pidgins differ from creoles in that they are simplified languages typically employed for a limited range of communicative needs. Creoles are traditionally defined as contact languages that have evolved from pidgins and represent elaborations of these. In contrast to pidgins, they are used as native languages. In this course, we will analyse text samples from some English-based pidgins and creoles to learn about the features common to both types of contact languages as well as those by which they may be differentiated. Various theories on the origin and development of pidgins and creoles will be compared, taking into account structural as well as sociolinguistic factors. Special attention will be given to parallelisms between the development of pidgins and creoles on the one hand and the acquisition of native and foreign languages on the other and their significance for theories of language acquisition.

 

 

 

Leistungsnachweise:
Students wishing to acquire credit points and a Schein are required to do an oral presentation and additionally write a paper or pass a test at the end of term.

 

 

 

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Psycholinguistics

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Dieter Thoma (responsible) thomad@uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 318
Tue (Single date) 19.11.201315:30 - 17:00L 7, 3-5, P 044
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA: PS (synchrone) Sprachwissenschaft (Form & Funktion)

BaKuWi, MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS Sprachwissenschaft

LAG,WPO: Proseminar moderne Sprachwissenschaft

 

Textbook:

Harley, T. A. (2010). Talking the talk. New York: Psychology Press.

Additonal texts will be made avaliable on Ilias.


Course description:    
How do we learn and use language, and how come we communicate so efficiently? This course provides you with an overview of the major topics and areas of psycholinguistics. We will look at differences between animal communication and human language, how children acquire language, what happens when we learn a second language (and why this is often so hard), how words shape our thinking and how we understand and produce sentences.

Each week, we will discuss one chapter from the textbook and have a presentation of an original research paper in the relevant area. In addition, students devise in-class experiments to illustrate psycholinguistic phenomena.

Major topics; research examples

  • Language and modularity
  • Language and animal communication; Dog communication
  • Child language acquisition; Infants and the Poverty of the stimulus
  • The bilingual advantage; Bilingualism, cognitive control and aging
  • Language and thought; Number words and the Piraha
  • Mental representation of meaning; Alzheimer’s disease and semantic dementia
  • Word recognition and reading; Eye movements and dyslexic readers
  • Bilingual word recognition; Cognates and non-selective lexical access
  • Sentence processing; Syntactic ambiguity resolution
  • Speech production; Phonology and lexical (mis-) selection
  • Language and the brain; Tip-of-the-tongue states and aging

Requirments:

Course credits will be awarded on the basis of an end-of-term exam [5 ECTS] or term paper [6 ECTS] (60%), the presentation (25%), and active participation in class (15%).

 

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Shakespeare in the World

(Proseminar Regional studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. phil. Philip Griffiths (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 11.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Themenmodul Kulturwissenschaft

Studierende im Grund- und Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

A reader will be supplied in the first week of term

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

 

Shakespeare. The bard’s name alone is enough to send shivers of pleasure (and of apprehension) down the spine of theater aficionados all over the world. Yet scholars are not even sure how the man himself would have pronounced his own name – was it Shakespeare (the antecedent of present-day shake) or Shakspere (a variant pronounced like shack), and did -spere or -speare rhyme with present-day spear or pear? This dilemma shows that we know next to nothing about Shakespeare, the man of flesh and blood, which comes as no surprise if one considers his degree – his social standing in Elizabethan society -, for although he applied for a coat of arms and actually received it in 1596, he was not of aristocratic stock, and the annals of history are quite noticeably marked in blue.  What, then, can a course entitled Shakespeare in the World deliver?  It cannot be denied that any course on the life of Shakespeare will have to involve a fair amount of informed speculation; however, adding meaning – albeit of a tendentious nature – to the bare bones of established facts can be a fruitful enterprise; it will help us paint a picture of life in the latter years of Elizabeth’s reign and to grasp what ‘being in the world’ actually meant at that time. Most importantly, we will attempt to add substance to that most elusive of specters – the bard himself.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

short student presentations, regular participation in class and a final exam

 

 

 

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Syntax (LAG Rahmenthema)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Rosemarie Tracy (responsible) rtracy@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO184
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Sprachwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Linguistik

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

Rahmenthema für Lehramt

 

Texte:

A syllabus and a bibliography will be made available at the first class meeting.



Sekundärliteratur:
A syllabus and a bibliography will be made available at the first class meeting.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Syntax

 

This seminar deals with structural variation in modern English, with an occasional glance at the syntax of Early Modern English. We will start with an inductive approach, that is by taking a closer look at a selection of texts (novels and non-fiction writing), identifying forms and functions of clausal patterns. We then move on to a more theoretical level and ask how different patterns can be related within an overall grammatical framework. At this point we  will take a closer look at different linguistic theories and consider one of the most fascinating and controversial hypotheses in the history of linguistics: the idea that despite their superficial differences all languages – and this means ALL of about 4000-7000! – are basically manifestations of the same underlying pattern, differing from each other along well-defined dimensions. We will discuss similarities and contrasts between English, German, Romance languages and, possibly, other languages spoken by students taking part in this class. In addition, we will ask ourselves why (and what!) future teachers should know about linguistic variation among the languages in the world and the linguistic repertoires available to the children and youths in their (future) classrooms.

 

Language: English

 



Leistungsanforderungen:

Requirements: regular attendance, active participation and involvement in group projects; individual teams will be responsible for chairing sessions of class-room discussion and summarizing results. A "Schein"/credits will be based on one of the three: term paper, written test (90 minutes), oral exam.

 

 

 

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Syntax of English

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Ira Gawlitzek (responsible) Gawlitzek@t-online.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA: PS (synchrone) Sprachwissenschaft (Form & Funktion)

BaKuWi, MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS Sprachwissenschaft

LAG,WPO: Proseminar moderne Sprachwissenschaft

 

Texte:
will be announced as soon as possible


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:     

Syntax defines the rules for sentence building, however, you all know that this is not simply a question of stringing words together in a linear fashion like beads on a necklace. The following examples illustrate just two of the many fascinating phenomena that all English speakers know but only linguists can explain:

(1)          What did you want to paint at the end of the course?

(2)          a. Jim persuaded Sue to do the dishes

               b. Jim promised Sue to do the dishes

At the end of this course you will be able to explain – among many others facts - why (1) is ambiguous and how this ambiguity can be explicated and why in (2a) Sue does the dishes while in (2b) Jim does so. And what ”does so” in the last sentence represents.

In this class we will work on the syntax of English within the minimalist framework. At the beginning we will look at how this theory emerged: Where do these ideas come from? How are they motivated? But the main concern of this class will be to deepen our analytic skills in syntactic analyses. Topics we cover are: constituent structure, movement, null constituents, the role of features in syntactic analyses, and well-formedness conditions.

This course is taught as a flipped class room, which means it is absolutely essential that you do reading and preparatory work at home. In class we will apply the new knowledge to data, discuss problems, and solve tasks.



Leistungsanforderungen:

 

Requirements [probably! Watch out for updates]

·         active & regular participation

·         short presentation of exercises and their solution

·         passing final exam (5 ECTS) or a term paper (6 ECTS)

 

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The Grammar of Discourse (LAG Rahmenthema)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Ira Gawlitzek (responsible) Gawlitzek@t-online.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Sprachwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Linguistik

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

Rahmenthema LAG

 

Texte:
The bibliography will be announced at the beginning of term and articles will be available on Ilias. We will use a combination of (a) text book(s) and research papers.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:     

Is the utterance ”Oops, I’m sorry!” a discourse? Is Great Expectations one? We will start out by asking ourselves what the term discourse actually refers to and how discourses can be analyzed. What is their structure? What roles do speakers/writers and recipients play in the creation/understanding of discourses?

Discourse analysis is a thriving and multifaceted field in linguistics thus be prepared to face a variety of approaches that have been influenced by other fields of research such as sociolinguistics, ethnography, variation analysis and others. 

In this class we will combine a practical approach with theoretical reflections, thus there will be quite a bit of reading to do combined with practical analyses of sample discourses.


Leistungsanforderungen:

  • Regular & active participation
  • Handing in a précis 2 weeks before your presentation
  • Giving a presentation in class, and
  • Writing a term paper or passing a 20’ oral exam. 
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The Mental Lexicon (Course A)

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Josephine Gruber (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 151
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA: PS (synchrone) Sprachwissenschaft (Form & Funktion)

BaKuWi, MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS Sprachwissenschaft

LAG,WPO: Proseminar moderne Sprachwissenschaft

 

Texte:

Texts will be made available during the semester.



Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:  

For many people language is basically about words. A teacher might report that a child never says a word and you might complain that you wouldn't believe a word your friend says when she is drunk. When you talk to a foreigner who doesn't understand your language well, you will probably talk slower and decompose your speech into more clearly recognizable words. Many learners see the key to learning a language in learning new words. The reason for the salient importance of words is that without words, there is not much left in a language which conveys meaning. Word forms and word meanings are represented in the mental lexicon, the human word store.

Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to:

  • describe how words are organized, stored and retrieved in the human word store
  • explain the concept of a word, the internal structure of words, and the formation of new words
  • define technical terms and explain processes in morphology
  • demonstrate understanding about how words carry meaning and grammatical information
  • explicate how words are processed during language production and perception in the monolingual and multilingual brain
  • provide basic theoretical background about psycholinguistic processes and effects that are involved in word recognition as well as approaches to modelling these processes
  • apply models and methods to investigate lexical processing, word recognition in reading and vocabulary learning/teaching

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

There will be reading assignments for each week. As a member of a team students will be in charge of a small in-class experiment or simulation that shows how the topic of the class can be researched or put into practice. The main assignment of the course is a written end-of-term exam.

Course credits will be awarded on the basis of an end-of-term exam [5 ECTS] or term paper [6 ECTS] (50%), the presentation (35%), and active participation in class (15%).

[Prüfungsformen gemäß jeweils gültiger PO: Klausur oder mündliche Prüfung]

 

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The Mental Lexicon (Course B)

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Josephine Gruber (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO159/61
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA: PS (synchrone) Sprachwissenschaft (Form & Funktion)

BaKuWi, MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS Sprachwissenschaft

LAG,WPO: Proseminar moderne Sprachwissenschaft

 

Texte:

Texts will be made available during the semester.



Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:  

For many people language is basically about words. A teacher might report that a child never says a word and you might complain that you wouldn't believe a word your friend says when she is drunk. When you talk to a foreigner who doesn't understand your language well, you will probably talk slower and decompose your speech into more clearly recognizable words. Many learners see the key to learning a language in learning new words. The reason for the salient importance of words is that without words, there is not much left in a language which conveys meaning. Word forms and word meanings are represented in the mental lexicon, the human word store.

Upon successful completion of this course, students are able to:

  • describe how words are organized, stored and retrieved in the human word store
  • explain the concept of a word, the internal structure of words, and the formation of new words
  • define technical terms and explain processes in morphology
  • demonstrate understanding about how words carry meaning and grammatical information
  • explicate how words are processed during language production and perception in the monolingual and multilingual brain
  • provide basic theoretical background about psycholinguistic processes and effects that are involved in word recognition as well as approaches to modelling these processes
  • apply models and methods to investigate lexical processing, word recognition in reading and vocabulary learning/teaching

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

There will be reading assignments for each week. As a member of a team students will be in charge of a small in-class experiment or simulation that shows how the topic of the class can be researched or put into practice. The main assignment of the course is a written end-of-term exam.

Course credits will be awarded on the basis of an end-of-term exam [5 ECTS] or term paper [6 ECTS] (50%), the presentation (35%), and active participation in class (15%).

[Prüfungsformen gemäß jeweils gültiger PO: Klausur oder mündliche Prüfung]

 

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Variationist Sociolinguistics (Ling. Theorien und Mehrsprachigkeit)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Julia Davydova (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

MA Sprache und Kommunikation: Modul Linguistische Theorien: S Form und Funktion natürlicher Sprache

MA Kultur und Wirtschaft: Modul Linguistische Theorien: S Form und Funktion natürlicher Sprache

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

Meyerhoff, Miriam and Erik Schleef (eds.) The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader. London/New York: Routledge.

Tagliamonte, Sali A. 2012. Variationist Sociolinguistics. Change, Observation, Interpretation. Malden [etc.]: Blackwell.

Sekundärliteratur:

Tagliamonte, Sali A. 2006. Analysing Sociolinguistic Variation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

How and why does language vary from speaker group to speaker group? How does language evolve over time and who is leading the change in the community? How do speakers employ various language resources in order to signal their social identity? Which patterns of sociolinguistic variation can non-native English speakers acquire and is their perception of English varieties different from that of native speakers?

If you ever wondered about any of those questions, this course may have come at the right time into your life. It provides a step-by-step exercise-based introduction into the study of language variation and change, traditionally termed as variationist sociolinguistics, while gently extending its scope to comprise the most recent sociolinguistic studies in language attitudes.

Discussion of theoretical concepts is complemented with students’ presentation of case studies reporting findings from England and Scotland, Canada and coastal US, mainland China and multilingual South Africa. The topic of multilingual communities is furthermore extended to comprise India and Singapore. We look at some phonological, morphosyntactic and discourse-pragmatic features studied most thoroughly by variationist sociolinguists.

You are also introduced into the most fundamental aspects of corpus-based variationist sociolinguistics through a series of activities. These include inter alia formulating sociolinguistic research questions, developing a sample design for the study, constructing a schedule guide, writing an informed consent and conducting a sociolinguistic interview. We practice transcribing and extracting language data from the corpus, and we learn how to ‘read’ and interpret results contained in reports of sociolinguists working in the quantitative paradigm of sociolinguistics.

While learning how to do sociolinguistics, students are also encouraged to come up with ideas for their own independent projects, which are subsequently submitted in the form of a research proposal by the end of the term.

Leistungsnachweise:

In this course credits will be awarded on the basis of the following academic requirements: (i) transcription of a small data sample (10 minutes of an audio recording, 15%); (ii) an academic talk (35%) and (iii) a research proposal on one of the topics related to quantitative sociolinguistics (corpus-based or experimental) or a test (50%).

 

 

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Varieties of English

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Julia Davydova (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik I (Anglistische Linguistik/Synchronie)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ostflügel, O048/050
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA: PS (synchrone) Sprachwissenschaft (Form & Funktion)

BaKuWi, MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS Sprachwissenschaft

LAG,WPO: Proseminar moderne Sprachwissenschaft

 

Texte:
Crystal, David. (2000) English as a Global Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Schneider, Edgar W. (2011) English around the World. An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Sekundärliteratur:
Siemund, Peter, Julia Davydova, Georg Maier. (2012) The Amazing World of Englishes. A Practical Introduction. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:     

English is the language that has expanded most dramatically in the history of the humankind. This course focuses on various forms, or varieties, of English and the way they are spoken all over the world. In so doing, we take a close look at the specific structural properties of world Englishes as well as sociohistorical and cultural context accompanying their emergence.

Taking the concentric circle model of Englishes proposed by Braj Kachru and popularised by David Crystal as a starting point of our account, we go step by step through some prominent examples representing mother-tongue Englishes, second-language Englishes and, finally, Learner Englishes. We furthermore examine the major mechanisms and processes discussed in the theoretical accounts of language contact, which lead to the formation of the new forms of English.


Leistungsanforderungen:

Course credits will be awarded on the basis of regular attendance, active participation in group and classroom discussions (15%), presentation (35%) and a test or an essay (4,000 words, exact topic will be announced later) (50%). Depending on your assessment you will be awarded 5 (test) or 6 (essay) ECTS.

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Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs D)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Nichola Haytonnhayton@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

In this course, students will learn about the skills needed to produce advanced level writing in English.

The course time will be taken up with a combination of writing exercises and discussions of a general cultural and political nature, which will generate material for the essays.

We will look at areas of difficulty in writing in English, ie syntax, grammar pitfalls, and Germanisms.  Discussions will be based on topics and themes chosen by the students.

Credit for the course will be given on the basis of course work (50%): essays written at home and a presentation done in class, as well as an end-of-term final essay in class (50%).

 

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Classics of Postmodern British Fiction (Fowles, Murdoch, Byatt) - Rahmenthema LAG

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Meinhard Winkgenswinkgens@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Description:

Beginn: 03.09.2013 als Vorbesprechung

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA und BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

Texte:

John Fowles: The French Lieutenan'ts Woman (1969 - Panbooks)

Iris Murdoch: The Black Prince (1973 - Vintage)

Antonia S. Byatt: Possession - A Romance (1990 - Vintage)

Sekundärliteratur: Ein Auswahlbibliographie wird im Verlaufe des Seminars über Ilias zur Verfügung gestellt.


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Starting with terminological and theoretical considerations of the necessary distinctions to be made between socio-cultural states of high and late modernity and modernist literature in contrast to postmodern forms of narrative writing, this seminar-course, which will serve as a preparation for the Rahmenthemaklausur early next year, will focus attention to the detailed critical analysis of 3 masterpieces of postmodern British narrative fiction, that by now have achieved classical status, namely The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowels, Iris Murdoch's The Black Prince and Antonia S. Byatt's Possession: A Romance. In different ways and by drawing upon different generic traditions and by employing a wide range of  elaborate narrative devices (for example intertextuality, passtiche,  fractured forms of omniscient narration, historio-graphical metafiction) all three of them sucessfully manage to blend the telling of gripping 'realistic' stories with complex modern characters on the histoire-level with advanced forms of metafictional self-referentiality on the discours-level, thus bearing testimony to what Byatt once has called "self-conscious (moral) realism".

 

At the same time they also testify toward many literary critics in various ways have identified as a specific British form of postmodern narration ingeniously mediating between 'radical experiment and a moderate continuation of traditional realism', between narrative auto- and heteroreferentiality, between metafictional self-reflexivity and the realistic concern with modern and post-modern manifestations of the problematics of living in the ordinary reality of an ever changing human life world, thus appealing both to the ordinary reader and the academic criticalise. Though differenciated readings of the three novels the seminar-discussion will therefore concentrate on the realistic plot-level as well as the self-referential ways of narrative presentation but also try to identify their unique shape as postmodern fictional master pieces, a status achieved by the constructive dynamic interplay of both levels.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Final writing exam, oral exam or academic term paper. 

 

 

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Cultural (Re-)Negotiations in Contemporary Literature and Film

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de, follow "Lectures", "course registation". Deadline 23. August - 30. August 2013. If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de.
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Maurus Roller  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 150
Thu (Single date) 17.10.201319:00 - 22:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 150
Thu (Single date) 12.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 150
Mon (Single date) 16.12.201309:00 - 18:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 256
Tue (Single date) 17.12.201309:00 - 18:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 256
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Anglistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Englische Literatur

 

Texte:

Kureishi, Hanif. The Black Album (1995) [Faber and Faber].

Ali, Monica. Brick Lane (2003) [Black Swan].

Chadha, Gurinder. Kick It Like Beckham (2002).

Jeffcoat, John. Outsourced (2006).

As to the novels (The Black Album, Brick Lane), please purchase the editions mentioned above. Students are not expected to purchase the two films.

 

Sekundärliteratur:

Critical texts and a select bibliography will be available on Ilias in the course of the term.

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Globalization, (post-)colonial legacies and conditions of cultural diversity have become an integral part of human existence at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21th century. It does therefore not come as a surprise that questions of cultural difference and hybridity surfaced in numerous films and literary texts of the last two decades. In this course, we will investigate how these questions manifest themselves in exemplary contemporary novels and films and, particularly, how these works explore individual answers to questions of cultural diversity.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

Course requirements are (1) regular attendance, (2) regular reading / preparation of the novels and the critical texts provided on Ilias in the course of the seminar, (3) written exam (5 ECTS) or oral exam (5 ECTS). A term paper (6 ECTS) will only be possible if mandatorily required by your course of study guidelines. We will have no presentations in this seminar.

 

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Deutsch-britische Beziehungen

(Proseminar Regional studies, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Klaus Burkhardt (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Description:

 

Formalien in der 1. Sitzung am 05. September 2013

 

Das Seminar basiert auf englischen und deutschen Texten sowie auf englischsprachigen audiovisuellen Quellen.

Es behandelt die komplexen und vielschichtigen deutsch–britischen Beziehungen ab der 2. Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts: Nachdem diese Beziehungen lange Zeit überwiegend die Domäne von Herrschenden und offiziellen Regierungsstellen war, werden sie seit dem Ende des 2. Weltkrieges von einer Vielzahl offizieller und privater Organisationen mitgestaltet. Im Mittelpunkt der landeskundlichen Veranstaltung steht daher die Erarbeitung eines Überblicks über die historischen Gegebenheiten ( incl. ihrer Auswirkungen bis heute ) sowie über die staatlichen und nicht-staatlichen Institutionen und Organisationen in beiden Ländern, welche die bilateralen Beziehungen beeinflussen. Ferner soll der Versuch unternommen werden,   sog. „Nationaleigenschaften” sowie Klischees und (linguistische) Stereotypien in der öffentlichen und veröffentlichten Meinung zu definieren und zu bewerten.

 

Zur Person des Dozenten: Studium der Geschichte, Politischen Wissenschaft und Anglistik an der Universität Mannheim. Nach Eintritt in den Auswärtigen Dienst u. a. Leiter der Presse- und Informationsabteilung (Pressesprecher) der Deutschen Botschaft London, zuständiger Referatsleiter für die deutsch-britischen Beziehungen im Auswärtigen Amt/Berlin und Botschafter im Nahen Osten sowie in Europa.

 

 

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Famous English Novels of the 18th Century

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Maurus Roller  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201312:00 - 13:30,
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Ian McEwan

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at https://portal.uni-mannheim.de. Follow ”Lectures”, ”course registration”. Deadline 23th of August to 30th of August. If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de.
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Stefan Glombglomb@phil.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Tue (Single date) 10.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Anglistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Englische Literatur

 

Texte:

Ian McEwan Black Dogs, Enduring Love, Atonement, Saturday (all: Vintage)

Unterrichtsssprache: English

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Ian McEwan is clearly one of the most famous contemporary British authors, whose work has been read avidly, discussed in seminars, articles, and books, and made into films. One of the reasons for his almost unique standing is probably his characteristic mix of readability and intellectual stimulation: the novels are unputdownable because they create a high level of suspense, present complex characters and interesting themes, and provide plenty of food for thought. We will read the novels Black Dogs (1992), Enduring Love (1997), Atonement (2001), and Saturday (2005) in chronological order and concentrate in equal measure on the individual character of each work and on themes that recur in variations throughout McEwan’s writing career.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Hausarbeit, Klausur or oral exam, depending on the requirements of your course of study.

 

 

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Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs C)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Stephen Krug  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 167
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Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs D)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Nichola Haytonnhayton@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

In this course, students will learn about the skills needed to produce intermedite level writing in English.

The course time will be taken up with a combination of writing exercises and discussions of a general cultural and political nature, which will generate material for the essays.

We will revise some basic rules and look at areas of difficulty in writing in English, ie syntax and grammar, as well as how to avoid Germanisms. Discussions in class will be based on topics chosen by the students.

Credit for the course will be given on the basis of course work (50%) ie  essays written at home and a presentation done in class, as well as an end-of-term final essay in class (50%).

 

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Intermediate G-E Translation (Kurs C)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Stephen Krug (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
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Lebensgestaltung in der Literatur des 20. Jahrhunderts (Braine, Ishiguro, Murdoch)

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), German/English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Nadine Aldag  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 242
Mon (Single date) 09.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 242
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Anglistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Englische Literatur

 

Texte:

John Braine: Room at the Top (Arrow Books)

Kazuo Ishiguro: The Remains of the Day (Faber and Faber)

Iris Murdoch: The Sea, The Sea (Vintage Classics)

Nach Möglichkeit Texte bitte in der angegebenen Ausgabe anschaffen. Erhältlich ab Mitte August bei Bücher Bender (Mensa-Filiale).


Sekundärliteratur:

Relevante Texte sowie eine Auswahlbibliographie werden im Laufe des Semesters auf ILIAS zur Verfügung gestellt.

Beginn: 02.09.2013 als Vorbesprechung


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:     

Der Wunsch, ein erfolgreiches und bejahenswertes Leben zu führen, ist jedem Individuum eingeschrieben. Denn wer möchte erst in der Mitte seines Lebens oder gar am Lebensabend feststellen, dass das einst gesetzte Lebensziel verfehlt oder kein selbstbestimmtes Leben geführt wurde? Wie geht man damit um, wenn dieser Fall dennoch eintreten sollte und wäre eine tiefgreifende Veränderung in Anbetracht des schon weit fortgeschrittenen Lebens überhaupt realisierbar? Die Suche nach einem gelingenden Leben ist das zentrale Thema der in diesem Seminar zu besprechenden fiktiven Autobiographien. Die Erzählerprotagonisten Joe Lampton aus Room at the Top (1957), Butler Stevens aus The Remains of the Day (1989) und Charles Arrowby aus The Sea, The Sea (1978) versuchen ihr bisher geführtes Leben sinnhaft zu rekonstruieren und gehen der Frage auf den Grund „Was für ein Mensch bin ich geworden und was für ein Mensch möchte ich sein?". Mit ihren Geschichten unternehmen sie den Versuch, ihr Leben als gelingend zu bilanzieren. Ziel des Seminars ist es zunächst, auf Basis der verschiedenen Leitkonzepte aus Wilhelm Schmids Studie Philosophie der Lebenskunst wie beispielsweise die Sorge um sich selbst oder die Frage der Wahl eine theoretische Grundlage zu erarbeiten, diese in Bezug zu den Lebensskripten der Erzählerprotagonisten zu setzen und schließlich zu beurteilen, inwieweit die Protagonisten ein gelingendes bzw. misslingendes Leben geführt haben.

Die Romane werden in der oben genannten Reihenfolge besprochen. Bitte beachten Sie, dass entsprechende Textkenntnisse eine unabdingbare Voraussetzung für die erfolgreiche Teilnahme an einem literaturwissenschaftlichen Seminar darstellen und daher im Laufe des Seminars überprüft werden. 


Leistungsanforderungen:

Regelmäßige Anwesenheit (max. zwei verpasste Sitzungen); aktive Teilnahme; Textkenntnisprüfungen; Prüfungen können je nach PO als Klausur, mündliche Prüfung oder Hausarbeit absolviert werden.

 

 

 

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Race and Gender in Shakespeare's Plays (Rahmenthema LAG)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), German/English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Stella Butter  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 157
Wed (Single date) 27.11.201318:00 - 19:30Schloß Ostflügel, O226/28
Thu (Single date) 12.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 157
Description:

 

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Course Description:

In this course, we will analyse the intersection of race and gender in a selected number of Shakespeare’s plays: Othello, The Tempest and The Merchant of Venice. Students will be acquainted with the historical context, genre conventions and key critical debates of these plays. The wide reading of the cultural context will go hand in hand with a close reading of the dramatic texts. We will also discuss possible reasons for the continuing appeal of these plays, i.e. in what ways they are still relevant today.

The main objective of this course is to foster critical analysis of Shakespeare’s plays by applying different theoretical approaches and by enhancing the understanding of the social, cultural and political factors that shaped Shakespeare’s works.

 

Texts:
Please make sure to obtain the following edition: The Arden Shakespeare - Third Series. (Not SECOND series!)

 

Course Requirements:
Regular attendance and active participation; completion of the study tasks for each session (e.g. weekly reading of assigned scholarly texts). Following the guidelines set out for your course of studies, you may choose the form of your final examination: oral exam (7 ECTS) OR research paper (8 ECTS). I will only offer a written exam (7 ECTS) if at least five people sign up for it.

 

 

 

 

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Shakespeare's History Plays

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at https://portal.uni-mannheim.de. Follow ”Lectures”, ”course registration”. Deadline 23th of August to 30th of August. If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de.
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Stefan Glombglomb@phil.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (weekly) 06.09.2013 - 06.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 157
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

William Shakespeare, Richard II (Arden Shakespeare 3rd series, ed. by Charles R. Forker), King Henry IV Part 1 (Arden Shakespeare 3rd series, ed. by David Scott Kastan), Henry IV Part Two (Oxford Shakespeare, ed. by René Weis), King Henry V (Arden Shakespeare 3rd series, ed. by T.W. Craik)

 

Sekundärliteratur:

Have a look at The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare’s History Plays and the other Cambridge Companions relating to Shakespeare, all of which (and many more) you can access via UB Datenbanken.

Unterrichtsssprache: English

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Eight of Shakespeare’s history plays present a continuous narrative that covers roughly 100 years of English history up to the beginning of the Tudor reign under Henry VII in 1485 and span the reigns of the kings Richard II, Henry IV, V, VI, and Richard III. This sequence is subdivided in to two tetralogies (which were written in reverse order): the Lancaster-tetralogy (Richard II, 1 & 2 Henry IV, Henry V) and the York-tetralogy (1,2,3 Henry VI and Richard III). In this seminar, we will focus on the Lancaster-tetralogy and address (among other things) questions concerning the relation of history and literature, the contemporary context in which the plays were first performed, general political implications, and Shakespeare’s famous ambivalence which (especially so in the case of Henry V and the film versions of Olivier and Branagh) has given rise to a number of conflicting interpretations.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Hausarbeit, Klausur or oral exam, depending on the requirements of your course of study.

 

 

 

 

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"Sub-British" Identities: Marginal Subjects in Contemporary Literature and Film

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Mark Schmitt  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201319:00 - 20:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 9, 1-2, 210
Wed (Single date) 18.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Anglistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Englische Literatur

 


Course description:      

Whist characters from the margins of British culture are by no means a new feature in literary and filmic narratives, an increased interest in the depiction of marginal subjects and the voicing of their concerns can be detected in British literature and film since the 1980s. According to Nicola Allen (2008), this concern with the marginal coincides with political and ideological shifts beginning in the mid-1970s and 1980s, precipitating an increased scepticism towards ”natural” and homogeneous mainstream ideas. Major factors for this development can be found in the erosion of traditional class identities, evolving gender roles, the concerns of postcolonialism, and the new push towards devolution in Scotland and Wales. Thus, it has increasingly become harder to create narratives that ”speak to the entire nation” (Allen 35). Instead, many texts focus on the relativity of hegemonic concepts of identity, a plurality of voices and subject positions as well as subcultural ways of life. Thus, life in the UK is subjected to re-imaginings from a ”sub-British” perspective (to borrow a phrase from Michael Gardiner) – ideally allowing for a multiplicity of voices to be acknowledged and also reflecting on notions of the abnormal and deviant (in a Foucauldian sense) and the socially abject or outcast (Imogen Tyler, Zygmunt Bauman) in contemporary British culture.

In order to get a substantial impression of a variety of such narratives from and about the margins, we will look at a selection of recent films, novels and short stories by authors and filmmakers such as Niall Griffiths, Shane Meadows, Irvine Welsh, John King and Paddy Considine. Some of the central questions that we will try to answer by analysing these texts are: what marginal subject positions can we identify and how are they related to the concept of a British mainstream and to the formation of subcultures? How are issues of national identity negotiated, and what role do class, race and gender as well as the process of British devolution play in this context? What are the specific literary and filmic forms of representation and expression chosen to convey marginal perspectives? What are the (political) possibilities and limits of narratives from the margins? To approach these questions, we will draw on various methodological and theoretical frameworks from the field of text-based Cultural Studies.

 

Primary texts:

John Akomfrah (dir.). Handsworth Songs. Black Audio Film Collective, 1986.

Paddy Considine (dir.): Tyrannosaur. Optimum Releasing, 2011.

Niall Griffiths: Sheepshagger. London: Vintage, 2001.

John King: The Football Factory. London: Vintage, 1997.

Shane Meadows (dir.): This Is England. Optimum Releasing, 2006.

Howard Overman (creator): Misfits. E4, 2009 - .

Irvine Welsh: "Eurotrash." In: The Acid House. New York / London: Norton, 1994.

The novels by Griffiths and King will have to be purchased during the semester; they  are available at Bücher Bender’s campus store (Bismarckstr. 10).

The films will be watched in two additional sessions on Tuesday evenings or can be prepared individually. More details will be discussed in the first session.

Other material will be provided via ILIAS.

 
Secondary literature and suggestions for introductory reading:

Nicola Allen: Marginality in the Contemporary British Novel. London: Continuum, 2008.

Zygmunt Bauman: Wasted Lives. Modernity and its Outcasts. Cambridge/Malden: Polity Press, 2004.

Michel Foucault: Abnormal. Lectures at the Collège de France 1974-1975. New York: Picador, 2003.

Michael Gardiner: ”Can the Sub-Briton Speak?”, in: The Cultural Roots of British Devolution. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

Ken Gelder / Sarah Thornton (eds.): The Subcultures Reader. London: Routledge, 2005 (1997).

James Leggott: Contemporary British Cinema. From Heritage to Horror. London / New York: Wallflower, 2008.

Merle Tönnies / Claus-Ulrich Viol: Introduction to the Study of British Cultures. Tübingen: Narr, 2007.

Imogen Tyler: Revolting Subjects. Social Abjection and Resistance in Neoliberal Britain. London/New York: Zed Books, 2013.

 

Course requirements:
Active participation / regular attendance and a term paper, oral exam or written exam depending on your course of studies.

 

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The Postmodern Subject-Culture as Reflected in Narrative Fictions of Hanif Kureishi

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), German/English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Meinhard Winkgenswinkgens@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 151
Description:

 

Beginn: 03.09.2013 als Vorbesprechung


Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

MA: Studiengänge Makuwi und Literatur, Medien und Kultur der Moderne

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:


Hanif Kureishi: Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1988 Screen Play Faber)

Hanif Kureishi: The Buddha of Suburbia (1990 - Faber)

Hanif Kureishi: The Black Album (1995 - Faber)

 

Sekundärliteratur: Ein Auswahlbibliographie wird im Verlaufe des Seminars über Ilias zur Verfügung gestellt.


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Gemeinsam mit den Erzählwerken von Salman Rushdie und Zadie Smith gelten Hanif Kureishis realitäts- und lebensweltnahe postkoloniale Erzählfiktionen über indisch-pakistanische Einwanderer-Schicksale in der multikulturellen Metropole London als herausragende Beispiele einer alternativen Tradition des 'Black British Writing', die auf komplex-anspruchsvolle und kulturtheoretisch vielfach anschlußfähige Weise die Chancen und Risiken einer immigrant condition, die Möglichkeiten einer konstruktiven Hybridisierung aber auch die klassischen Subjektpositionen der kulturellen Assimilation wie auch der diasporischen Abgrenzung imaginativ ausleuchten. Dies gilt insbesondere für seine drei Erzählfiktionen der späten 80er und frühen 90er Jahre, deren differenzierte Interpretation im Zentrum dieses teilweise in englischer, teilweise in deutscher Sprache durchgeführten Hauptseminars der Masterstufe stehen wird, ganz unabhängig davon, ob es sich dabei wie bei Sammy und Rosie Get Laid um das Drehbuch für den gleichnamigen Spielfilm unter der Regie von Stephen Frears, um die als Bildungs- und Entwicklungsroman modellierte fiktive Autobiografie des Karim Amir, The Buddha of Suburbia oder die auktorial erzählte Lebensgeschichte des Shahid Hasan, die Fokalisierungsinstanz von The Black Album handelt. Ohne diese postkoloniale Bedeutungsdimension, zu der inzwischen eine breite, theoretisch z. T. anspruchsvolle und durchaus kontroverse internationale literaturkritische Rezeption existiert, zu vernachlässigen, wird dieses Seminar neben der Rekonstruktion der einschlägigen Grundlinien postkolonial inspirierter Traditionen der Analyse von Kureishis Fiktionen vor allem innovative Interpretationsakzente insoweit verfolgen, als sie die Aufmerksamkeit auf signifikante neue Lebensstilkonzepte und Subjektpraktiken richten wird, die sich u. a. auch als Folge der cultural revolution einschließlich der sexuellen Revolution der späten 60er Jahre in den avancierten postmodernen Lebenspraktiken der multikulturellen Metropole London besonders eindrucksvoll niederschlagen.

Im Horizont des von Andreas Reckwitz in Das hybride Subjekt kulturtheoretisch differenziert entworfenen Modells der postmodernen Subjektkultur des kreativ-konsumptorischen Subjekts, das auf spannungsreiche Weise ästhetisch-kreative und individuell-expressive an ökonomisch-marktförmige Orientierungen und Dispositionen koppelt, sollen im Seminar daher die auffällig dichten und vielfältigen Manifestationen dieses postmodernen Subjektmodells in Kureishis Fiktionen mit ihren tiefgreifenden Veränderungen menschlichen Verhaltens und individueller Selbstaffektionsformen und den ihnen zugrunde liegenden neuen kulturellen Kodes differenziert herausgearbeitet und systematisch analysiert werden.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

Mündliche Prüfung oder Seminarklausur oder schriftliche Hausarbeit

 

 

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Virginia Woolf (Rahmenthema LAG)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at https://portal.uni-mannheim.de. Follow ”Lectures”, ”course registration”. Deadline 23th of August to 30th of August. If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de.
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Stefan Glombglomb@phil.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik II
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Tue (Single date) 10.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

 

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

LAG (WPO) Rahmenthema

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

Virginia Woolf Mrs Dalloway (Penguin Modern Classics, ed. by Stella McNichol & Elaine Showalter), To the Lighthouse (Penguin Modern Classics, ed. by Stella McNichol & Hermione Lee), The Waves (Penguin Modern Classics, ed. by Stella McNichol & Kate Flint), Between the Acts (Penguin Modern Classics, ed. by Stella McNichol & Gillian Beer)

 

Sekundärliteratur:

Have a look at The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf and The Cambridge Companion to Modernism which (and many more) you can access via UB Datenbanken; also highly recommended as preliminary reading: Michael Whitworth. Virginia Woolf (Authors in Context). Oxford UP, 2005.

 

Unterrichtsssprache: English

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Virginia Woolf is one of the authors who can be said to define high modernism in the English language and thus, though it sounds like a contradiction in terms, she has become a ‘modern classic’. Woolf’s project was to create narrative texts that are signally different from their Victorian forebears in that they avoid authorial omniscience and place less emphasis on external action, instead focussing on the inner workings of the individual’s thought processes, perceptions, and feelings. This less plot-driven approach leads to entirely new ways of probing the depths of consciousness and employs a writing stlyle that frequently borders on the poetic. In this seminar, we will read Mrs Dalloway (1925), To the Lighthouse (1927), The Waves (1931), and Between the Acts (1941) in chronological order so as to be able to reconstruct and comprehend the development of Woolf’s unique mode of writing. Apart from doing close reading, we will also practise the application of narratological concepts and discuss different critical approaches.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Hausarbeit, Klausur or oral exam, depending on the requirements of your course of study.

 

 

 

 

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Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs B)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. John Miller Jonesmjones@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für /  als:

Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul, Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Sedundärliteratur:

Course participants may wish to acquire one of the following titles, which are recommended for improving your English-language writing skills generally, also in ways that go beyond [i.e. academic essays] the more specific goals of this course:

 

Essay Writing for High School Students: A Step-by-Step Guide. Education Program Newsweek. NY: Kaplan, 2006. [don’t be put off by the title—this contains excellent advice for writers at any level]

 

Richard Aczel, How to Write an Essay. Stuttgart: Klett, 2007 [primarily concerned with writing essays on literature, but it does have a useful chapter on argumentative essays and offers good advice in general]

 

Jeffery Strausser, Painless Writing. NY: Barron’s, 2009 [offers very good advice in the stylistics of effective writing on any topic]

 

Derek Soles, The Academic Essay. Bishop’s Lydeard, UK: Studymates, 2005 [a good overview of essay writing from the planning stage to the final execution]

 

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Over the course of the semester, students will write 3 essays as homework (800-1,000 words each, topics to be developed in class) and 1 essay as an in-class final exam (approx. 500 words). Each participant will also be involved in a group presentation; the subjects—on a variety of social, cultural, and political themes—will be developed in consultation with the instructor and should serve to generate essay topics for the homework as well as discussion in our class meetings. Additional class time will be spent examining the mechanics of essay writing, reading and discussing selected sample essays (some related to the presentation topics, others representing different strategies in writing: reflective, descriptive, argumentative, narrative), and working on various language use exercises. In the second half of the semester, each participant will meet with the instructor for a tutorial of 20-30 minutes (language assessment) to discuss the homework essays that have been corrected.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

4 essays, 1 presentation

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Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs C)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. John Miller Jonesmjones@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 159
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für /  als:

Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul, Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Sedundärliteratur:

Course participants may wish to acquire one of the following titles, which are recommended for improving your English-language writing skills generally, also in ways that go beyond [i.e. academic essays] the more specific goals of this course:

 

Essay Writing for High School Students: A Step-by-Step Guide. Education Program Newsweek. NY: Kaplan, 2006. [don’t be put off by the title—this contains excellent advice for writers at any level]

 

Richard Aczel, How to Write an Essay. Stuttgart: Klett, 2007 [primarily concerned with writing essays on literature, but it does have a useful chapter on argumentative essays and offers good advice in general]

 

Jeffery Strausser, Painless Writing. NY: Barron’s, 2009 [offers very good advice in the stylistics of effective writing on any topic]

 

Derek Soles, The Academic Essay. Bishop’s Lydeard, UK: Studymates, 2005 [a good overview of essay writing from the planning stage to the final execution]

 

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Over the course of the semester, students will write 3 essays as homework (800-1,000 words each, topics to be developed in class) and 1 essay as an in-class final exam (approx. 500 words). Each participant will also be involved in a group presentation; the subjects—on a variety of social, cultural, and political themes—will be developed in consultation with the instructor and should serve to generate essay topics for the homework as well as discussion in our class meetings. Additional class time will be spent examining the mechanics of essay writing, reading and discussing selected sample essays (some related to the presentation topics, others representing different strategies in writing: reflective, descriptive, argumentative, narrative), and working on various language use exercises. In the second half of the semester, each participant will meet with the instructor for a tutorial of 20-30 minutes (language assessment) to discuss the homework essays that have been corrected.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

4 essays, 1 presentation

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American Fiction of the 19th Century: Herman Melville

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 26.01.2014 -02.02.2014.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professorin Dr. Christiane Grewe-Volppchgrewe@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 159
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Amerikanistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Amerikanische Literatur

Texte:

Herman Melville, Typee (Penguin)

Great Short Works of Herman Melville, ed. Warner Berthoff (Perennial Classics) 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung / Course description:

Herman Melville became known among his contemporaries as the man who lived among cannibals. In his first novel, Typee (1846), he recounts his adventures as a sailor who deserted ship in the South Seas where he soon found himself among ”a fierce and unrelenting tribe of savages”. His encounter with the customs, rituals, and society of the Typees are not only highly interesting from an ethnological point of view, they also made the autobiographical narrator realize that the ”cannibals” ”deal more kindly with each other, and are more humane” than many Christians, leading him to question his own culture. Melville’s scathing critique of imperialism, slavery, capitalism, racism and other manifestations of American civilization at home and abroad are topics he pursues in Typee as well as in his other novels and in his short fiction. Innovative narrative strategies, especially those involving point of view, irony, symbolism, and a persistent, often frustrated search for the ”truth” are further characteristics of his texts. In this seminar we will read the novel Typee as well as a representative selection of his short fiction such as, among others, ”Bartleby, the Scrivener”, ”The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids”, ”Benito Cereno” and ”Billy Budd, Sailor”, the latter two prose pieces of short novels’ length, both drawing on Melville’s experience as a sailor. (He once called his time on a whale-ship ”my Yale College and my Harvard”.) ”Benito Cereno” deals with a revolt on a slave-trading ship, ”Billy Budd, Sailor” is about an innocent sailor confronted with evil, the enigma of human behavior and the limits of understanding. We will analyze the texts from various perspectives to understand its complex critical, intellectual and artistic achievements.

         

 

Voraussetzungen für Leistungsnachweis/ Course Requirements:

Students must either write an academic paper or do an oral exam at the end of the term.

 

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American Realism and Naturalism

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Regina Schoberrschober@mail.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201312:00 - 13:30B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 303
Fri (Single date) 22.11.201313:45 - 18:45B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 301
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Amerikanistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Amerikanische Literatur

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung / Course description:

In this class we will discuss three American novels of the late 19th century, an era commonly labeled as American Realism and/or Naturalism: William D. Howell's The Rise of Silas Lapham (1885), Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage (1895). Published at a time sometimes referred to as the 'Gilded Age', these novels reflect immense social, political, and cultural transformations, such as the end of the American Civil War and America's political union as well as the rise of the market economy with growing urbanization and social conflicts. 'Realist' authors explored new responses to transforming modes of experience and representation, trying to capture the ordinary aspects of American life, while negotiating social issues such as the changing status of women, racial and class divisions, and urban violence and crime. The term 'realism' is programmatic in suggesting new ways of writing fiction which not only reflected but also contributed to (re-)building American civilization. In Naturalist writing, however, such potentials for moral improvement gave way to more deterministic view of man as controlled by environmental pressures. In discussing these three exemplary fictional responses to the Gilded Age, we will examine common themes and motifs of Realist/Naturalist fiction while critically reflecting their cultural function as communicating, enabling, and/or denying the potentials of social change.

Please buy and start reading William D. Howell's The Rise of Silas Lapham (preferably Norton ed.), Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage (preferably Wordsworth Classics). Secondary texts and additional material will be made available on ILIAS at the beginning of the semester.

Voraussetzungen für Leistungsnachweis/ Course Requirements:

Regular attendance and participation in class

Short presentation

Annotated bibliography

Oral exam or Term paper

 

 

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Constructions of Womanhood in Modern Japanese and American Fiction

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Carrie Khouckhou@mail.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00L 9, 1-2, 210
Description:

 

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Amerikanistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Amerikanische Literatur

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:     

'Making it new' was the driving motto of the modern age in the U.S. But what changed and what was exactly new at the end of the 19th century in American literature? The ambition to redefine given ideas of gender identity against the backdrop of a profoundly changing society constitutes one aspect out of many in the discussion of the modern era. The modern paradox of maintaining traditional and familiar ways of defining gender identity and yet challenging these is reflected in the portrayal of the New Woman in fiction written by women writers at the time. Carroll Smith-Rosenberg's observation that these writers expressed new ideas in an "old language" adds emphasis to this particular modern condition. What makes modernism and the renegotiation of gender identity transnational is its emergence in contexts other than the U.S. Therefore, this class also aims for a juxtaposition of American modernism and the concept of the New Woman with ideas found in Japanese society during the modern age.

Leistungsanforderungen:

 

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Contemporary American Fiction

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Johannes Fehrle  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 150
Sat (Single date) 07.12.201310:15 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 157
Description:

Der Dozent ist Johannes Fehrle, ab HWS 2013 akademischer Mitarbeiter der Amerikanistik.

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

Primary Texts:

John Barth. ”Lost in the Funhouse” (1968); David Foster Wallace. ”The Depressed Person” (1999); Jonathan Franzen. The Corrections (2001); Jhumpa Lahiri The Namesake (2003); Siri Hustvedt What I Loved (2003); Sherman Alexie ”War Dances” (2009); Ben Fountain Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2012).

Secondary Texts:

Robert Reibein ”After Postmodernism;” Timotheus Vermeulen, Robin van den Akker ”Metamodernism” M.H. Abrams ”Modernism and Postmodernism;” David Mikics ”Modernism” and ”Postmodernism;” Jonathan Franzen ”Perchance to Dream”

Please buy the novels, the short stories and critical texts will be made available for you.

Please have Rebein’s theoretical text ”After Postmodernism” prepared for the first session.

 

Course Description:

In this course we will read and discuss some of the most critically acclaimed works written in America in the last fifteen years. Contemporary American fiction includes a wide range of topics and styles, ranging from experimental novels which reuse and further techniques associated with classic postmodern authors such as Pynchon, Barth, DeLillo to a return to a ”realist” style. The authors discussed have diverse ethnic, personal and cultural backgrounds, reflecting the realities of contemporary America as a multi-ethnic society in which various lifestyles exist next to each other.

Course Requirements:

Regular active participation in class (miss / be unprepared for no more than 3 sessions); short in class responses to novels [pass / fail]; Hausarbeit (~ 15 pp.).

 

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Dying in America

(Proseminar Regional studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Susan Montoyasmontoya@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Themenmodul Kulturwissenschaft

Studierende im Grund- und Hauptstudium

 

Texte und Sekundärliteratur:
a reader will be provided with most relevant texts


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Lavish pet cemeteries, elaborate ceremonies to spread ashes over exotic places, movie stars buried in their cars ... Americans have a penchant for the dramatic even in their last acts on Earth. Dead bodies are also piling up on television and film with the technicolor blood spraying in every direction. American heroes seem to be more dead than alive at the moment as well. Modern media forms are rife with handsome vampires winning the still beating hearts of fair maidens, zombies who have become emotional, and  ghosts of dead relatives that just don't want to leave.

This class will examine the rituals, customs, anomalies and media forms that death takes on when you are Dying in the USA. We will look at regional differences in burial practices in places such as New Orleans and Hollywood. In addtion to analyzing  staged deaths (Osama bin Laden), assassinations (Lincoln, JFK, MLK), serial killers and famous suicides, we will examine how death is portrayed in the US media today.


Leistungsanforderungen:

Regular attendance

Discussion Leader (Students will work out the relevant points of one of our topics and be able to lead a class discussion. This can take on the form of a presentation, worksheet, group work, etc.)

Take-home Mid-term Exam (5-7 pages)

Final Exam (written in-class during the exam weeks)

 

 

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Einführung in das Studium der englischen und amerikanischen Literaturwissenschaft

(Introductory course, English) Details
Lecture Type:Introductory courseECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professorin Dr. Christiane Grewe-Volppchgrewe@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201312:00 - 13:30B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 001
Description:

Die Vorlesung versteht sich als eine Einführung in die anglistische Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaft. Anhand ausgewählter theoretischer und literarischer Texte, die auf Ilias verfügbar sind, werden folgende Bereiche exemplarisch vorgestellt und vertieft:

- Selbstverständnis der Literaturwissenschaft, vor allem innerhalb der Anglistik/Amerikanistik

- Grundfragen des Verstehens und Interpretierens literarischer Texte

- Besonderheiten literarischer Gattungen (Prosa, Drama, Lyrik)

- theoretische Ansätze

- Fachtermini, Arbeitstechniken.

Begleitend zur Veranstaltung werden Tutorien angeboten, deren Besuch dringend empfohlen wird, da hier der Vorlesungsstoff vertieft, Arbeitstechniken eingeübt und offene Fragen beantwortet werden.

 

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First Films

(Proseminar Media studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Media studiesECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. John Miller Jonesmjones@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Sat (Single date) 21.09.201310:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 256
Sat (Single date) 26.10.201310:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 256
Sat (Single date) 09.11.201310:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 256
Sat (Single date) 16.11.201310:00 - 14:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 256
Description:

 

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basis- bzw. Aufbaumodul Kulturwissenschaft

Studierende im Grund- bzw. Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

Timothy Corrigan, A Short Guide to Writing about Film, 4th ed. New York: Longman, 2001.

Sedundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This course is meant for those needing a Schein for fachspezifische Medienwissenschaft and is an intensive seminar, most of which takes place during the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, October 30-November 10. A preliminary, organizational meeting will be held on Saturday, September 21, starting at 10.00, at which time the class will be divided into teams. These groups will then make presentations on chapters assigned from the required text by Timothy Corrigan (see title above) at our first full-length meeting on Octobert 26 (the session will last from 10.00 to 14.00 with a short lunch break).

By this time, the festival program should be available, and, in consultation with the instructor, each group will be assigned two films to present on our final two Saturday meetings (November 9 and 16. Arrangements will be made for the members of each group to view selected screenings of their two films along with the instructor, holding short discussions of them afterwards as well as attending any post-film interviews with directors, producers, etc. All participants are required to see all of the films to be presented in the seminar at some point during the festival (usually 10 films) but may choose themselves which particular screenings to attend (aside from the two to be arranged with the instructor).

As can be seen, participation in this seminar requires a great deal of flexibility in your schedule during the festival, and you shouldn’t plan on being able to do much else besides go to the movies while it is going on! Still, it is usually lots of fun and very rewarding for anyone interested in film.

After the festival, students will write a research paper (10-12 pages, to be turned in before February 1, 2011) about one or more of the films on our list to obtain credit for the course. 

An accreditation fee of €30 is required; this entitles students to tickets for all festival screenings and some special events.

Leistungsanforderungen:

3 presentations (in groups), viewing 10-12 films, 1 research paper (10-12 pages)

 

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Formations of Subjectivity in American Culture

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Ulfried Reichardtulfreich@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen  für / als

MA: Modul: Individuum und Gesellschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Theoretical Texts: 

Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self, Harvard UP, 1989.

Louis Dumont, Individualismus: Zur Ideologie der Moderne, Frankfurt Campus, 1991.

Andreas Reckwitz,  Das hybride Subjekt. Eine Theorie der Subjektkulturen von der bürgerlichen Moderne zur Postmoderne, 2006.

Gish Jen, Tiger Writing: Art Culture, and the Interdependent Self, Harvard UP, 2013.

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

In this seminar we will read a wide spectrum of literary and non-literary texts in which versions of individualism and of an American Self can be observed. We will start with Puritanism, continue with Benjamin Franklin and the Enlightenment in America as well as  American Transcendentalism which in Emerson’s ”Self-Reliance” constitutes a first philosophical formulation of a radical form of individualism. Further stops will include texts from the epochs of realism, modernism and postmodernism in which renegotiations, hypertrophic versions as well as deconstructions and implicit implosions of individualism are to be found. Texts from ethnic cultures such as African American, Chinese American and Native American as well as a look at individuality in the world of the Web 2.0 will expand as well as relativize the picture.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Regular attendance, a presentation in class, term paper or oral exam.

 

 

 

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Forschungskolloquium

(Colloquium, English) Details
Lecture Type:ColloquiumECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Ulfried Reichardtulfreich@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (every fourteen days) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 256
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Für Doktoranden und fortgeschrittene Masterstudierende der Amerikanistik

Texte:

The program will be presented in the first session, yet is open to further suggestions by the participants. Participants are expected to take on one of the topics and present their research results in class. 

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

In diesem Kolloquium werden Forschungsprojekte Mannheimer Amerikanisten/innen präsentiert und diskutiert sowie aktuelle Texte gelesen und besprochen. Weiterhin sind Gastvorträge zu aktuellen Themen vorgesehen. Das Kolloquium versteht sich als amerikanistisches Forschungsforum an der Universität Mannheim.

 

Die Veranstaltung wird auch teilweise in Form von Blockseminaren stattfinden.

Regelmäßige Teilnahme wird erwartet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Global America - America in the World

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Ulfried Reichardtulfreich@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 151
Mon (Single date) 14.10.201317:15 - 20:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO159/61
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen  für / als

MA: Modul: Interkulturelle Perspektiven, postkoloniale Konstellation und transnationale Diskurse
und Forschungsseminar
MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur
LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium (kein Rahmenthema)

Texts:

Victoria de Grazia, Irresistible Empire: America’s Way Through Twentieth-Century Europe 2006; Joseph Nye on ”soft power,” Winfried Fluck and Mel van Elteren on American popular culture; Alexis de Tocqueville,Democracy in America (1835). 


Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This cultural studies seminar will pursue the question which elements of American culture and society in what way and for what reasons have become influential and effective worldwide. We will also investigate the ways in which American culture, ideas, practices, institutions have been appropriated and hybridized within local traditions, such that new ”global” forms have evolved. The field of inquiry will include ideas, social forms, and institutions (like democracy, individualism, and civil rights, multiculturalism and identity politics, informality and dehierarchization); literature (for example, William Faulkner and the reception of his work), film (Hollywood, of course) as well as TV series (quality TV, f. ex. The Wire), popular music, the culture of consumption and economization (branding and marketing, corporate culture, rankings) as well as Global English; moreover, many American dimensions of the internet, such as Facebook, Google, Apple and Microsoft. Even while we cannot study all of these areas, the question will be: what is specifically American about these structures and concepts or institutions, what happens to them in their global career, and in what ways are American culture and society changed by elements and forms returning in modified form? 

Studies will include: Victoria de Grazia, Irresistible Empire: America’s Way Through Twentieth-Century Europe 2006; Joseph Nye on ”soft power,” Winfried Fluck and Mel van Elteren on American popular culture; Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835). 

Voraussetzungen: Regular attendance, a presentation in class, term paper or oral exam.

 

 

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Intermediate English Skills (Kurs C)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Susan Montoyasmontoya@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basismodul Sprachpraxis, Studierende im Grundstudium

 

Texte:

(recommended) Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell, English Vocabulary in Use 

(recommended) Raymond Murphy, English Grammar in Use 

 

Sedundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This language course offers a review of selected grammar topics along with activities oriented towards increasing your vocabulary in a number of topic areas. The exercises range from reading newspaper/journal articles to working with traditional fill-in-the-blank grammar questions. Group activities in class will provide participants with the opportunity to hone their conversational skills while three short homework assignments will offer practice in more formal writing skills. Oral skills will be improved by short in-class presentations.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

3 homework assignments (summary & critique, journalistic article, letter of motivation/application)

1 in-class short presentation (3-5 minutes)

1 final written exam

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Intermediate English Skills (Kurs D)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Susan Montoyasmontoya@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201310:15 - 11:45L 15, 1-6 (Hochhaus), A 001
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 04.12.201310:15 - 11:45,
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basismodul Sprachpraxis, Studierende im Grundstudium

 

Texte:

(recommended) Michael McCarthy and Felicity O’Dell, English Vocabulary in Use 

(recommended) Raymond Murphy, English Grammar in Use 

 

Sedundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This language course offers a review of selected grammar topics along with activities oriented towards increasing your vocabulary in a number of topic areas. The exercises range from reading newspaper/journal articles to working with traditional fill-in-the-blank grammar questions. Group activities in class will provide participants with the opportunity to hone their conversational skills while three short homework assignments will offer practice in more formal writing skills. Oral skills will be improved by short in-class presentations.

 

Leistungsanforderungen:

3 homework assignments (summary & critique, journalistic article, letter of motivation/application)

1 in-class short presentation (3-5 minutes)

1 final written exam

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Intermediate English Skills (Kurs E)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Girma Parris  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 159
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Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion (Kurs E)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Girma Parris  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 167
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Intermediate G-E Translation (Kurs D)

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:3
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Susan Montoyasmontoya@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201312:00 - 13:30L 15, 1-6 (Hochhaus), A 001
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basismodul Sprachpraxis, Studierende im Grundstudium

Texte:

(recommended) Richard Humphrey, Grundkurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch

Sedundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Participants in this course practice translating literary and factual texts of medium difficulty from German into English. Using exercises taken from the above-named recommended text, emphasis is laid upon the mastery of certain grammatical features that are unique to English (such as the use of perfect and continuous verb forms). Three pieces of homework will prepare students for (and qualify them to take) the final exam, which largely determines the final grade for the course.

Leistungsanforderungen:

3 homework translations, 1 final written exam

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Introduction to Film Studies (Analyzing Film)

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Carrie Khouckhou@mail.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Tue (Single date) 10.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA: PS I Literaturwissenschaft

BAKuWi: PS I Gattung/Theorie

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS I Literaturwissenschaft

Texte:

Some of the required reading material is available on ILIAS. Other secondary sources will be referred to in class.

Sekundärliteratur:

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:      

Film is primarily known as mere entertainment. In this class we will approach film from a different standpoint. An extensive introduction to techniques of media analysis serves to equip you with the ability to dissect and understand film in similar ways as literature, namely as socio-cultural constructs. By the end of the semester you will have gained a profound understanding of the set-up of film and probably will watch them with a different eye.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Course requirements: Regular attendance (no more than two absences), active participation, homework assignments, and a final exam.

 

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Modernist American Fiction (Hemingway, DosPassos, etc.)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Ulfried Reichardtulfreich@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 159
Fri (Single date) 11.10.201316:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Lehramt Rahmenthema

und:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Literature: Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer (1925), Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (1925), Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926), Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937); William Faulkner, ”A Rose for Emily” (short story, 1930).

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:  

In this seminar we will read and discuss a representative sample of modernist American novels and a short story in the context of simultaneous developments in the other arts (such as painting, photography, film, and music). Important frameworks are the modern metropolis, the culture of consumption, and the Jazz Age, African American literature as well as culture and orality, the lost generation and exile in Europe, and a glimpse at Southern culture at the time. We will also discuss essays exploring theoretical aspects of modernism as an aesthetic as well as a cultural and social development.

Leistungsanforderungen: 

Every participant has to give a presentation; presence is mandatory; seminar paper (15 pages in English) or oral exam during the two exam weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Paranoia and Posthumanism: Philip K Dick in Fiction and Film

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Johannes Fehrle  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201319:00 - 20:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Sat (Single date) 07.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 167
Description:

Der Dozent ist Johannes Fehrle, ab HWS 2013 akademischer Mitarbeiter in der Amerikanistik.

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: PS II Amerikanistik

MSc WiPäd, Diplom: PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG,WPO (Beginn vor HWS 2010): PS II Literaturwissenschaft

LAG, GymPO (ab HWS 2010): PS Amerikanische Literatur

Novels and Short Stories:

”Paycheck” (1953); ”The Minority Report” (1956); ”We Can Remember it For You Wholesale” (1966); Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968); A Scanner Darkly (1977).

Please buy the two novels. The short stories will be made available to you on Ilias.

Films:

Blade Runner: Final Cut. Dir. Ridley Scott (1982); Total Recall. Dir. Paul Verhoeven (1990); Minority Report.Dir. Stephen Spielberg (2002); Paycheck. Dir. John Woo (2003); A Scanner Darkly. Dir. Richard Linklater(2006); Total Recall. Dir. Len Wiseman (2012).

Course Description:

In this course we will read and discuss some of the novels and short stories by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick and their adaptations. Dick has in recent years been discovered as one of the major neglected postmodern writers bridging the gap between popular and highbrow fiction. His texts ask many of the questions that have become of major importance in our contemporary society: what does it mean to be human (or posthuman)? In how far can we trust our perception, memory and sense of self? What are the dangers of institutional power?

Alongside literary critics, Hollywood screenwriters have also (re)discovered Philip K. Dick. In recent years many of his works have been the basis for major budget films directed by such notables as Ridley Scott, John Woo, and Stephen Spielberg and starring actors such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Winona Ryder, Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise. We will examine which aspects of Dick’s fiction these films adapt, how they transform and often ”tone down” his radical questioning of received notions of power and reality.

Course Requirements:

Regular active participation in class (miss / be unprepared for no more than 3 sessions); short written responses to texts [pass / fail]; final term paper (10-12 p).

 

 

 

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Postmodernism in America

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Ulfried Reichardtulfreich@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 150
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen  für / als:

Studierende aller anglistischer BA- und Master-Studiengänge und Studierende des Lehramtsstudiengangs Englisch.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

In this lecture course we will discuss a wide spectrum of literary and theoretical texts as well as film, art, music, dance, and architecture within a cultural studies approach. While literature will be an important focus, postmodernism will be understood as a cultural, theoretical, aesthetic as well as social development which has to be studied in its many facetted manifestations. An important book in the early 1970s set the tone in its title ”Learning from Las Vegas,” Jean-Francois Lyotard spoke of ”the end of the great narratives,” and Wolfgang Welsch of ”radical plurality;” ”surface,” ”play,” and ”pastiche” were important terms for capturing the new forms and conceptions. High and popular culture increasingly merged, and the different media came closer together. The relation between the arts and the market became more explicit. Moreover, there are specifically American aspects of postmodernism which we will investigate.

The material we will study will include fiction, among others, by David Forster Wallace, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, and Don DeLillo; poetry by Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery; films by Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, and David Lynch; music by John Cage and dance by Merce Cunningham; art by Andy Warhol and others as well as architecture; and essays by Fredric Jameson, Mark C. Taylor, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Wolfgang Welsch, Peter Zima and Linda Hutcheon. A detailed program will be announced and discussed in the first session.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Regular presence is mandatory. Final written exam in the exam week – 90 minutes in English.

 

 

 

 

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Race and Ethnicity in American Popular Culture

(Proseminar Regional studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Girma Parris  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 242
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Themenmodul Kulturwissenschaft

Studierende im Grund- und Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

Sekundärliteratur:

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

Leistungsanforderungen:

 

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The American South

(Proseminar Regional studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. John Miller Jonesmjones@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 161
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basismodul Kulturwissenschaft, Studierende im Grundstudium

Text:

Most, if not all, of the weekly readings for the course (along with a schedule) will be made available on Ilias well before the first meeting of the seminar.

Sedundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This course focuses on the American South as a cultural and geographical region. In addition to a historical survey from colonial times to the present, we will focus on recurring central themes such as the history of slavery and race relations, the evolution of the major forms of popular music, and the continuing distinctiveness of southern culture in the American mainstream.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions of the various topics and the required texts along with one short presentation, and at least a passing grade on an examination to be written near the end of the semester (1 presentation, 1 final written exam).

 

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The Material Turn in Feminism and the Toxic Body

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professorin Dr. Christiane Grewe-Volppchgrewe@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201310:15 - 11:45Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Thu (Single date) 28.11.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 256
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

MA: Modul: Individuum und Gesellschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

 

Texte:

Richard Powers, Gain

More texts will be announced in August.

 

Sekundärliteratur:

 Stacy Alaimo, Bodily Natures (2010); Jane Bennett, Vibrant Matter (2010); Donna Haraway, The Companion Species Manifesto (2003). More texts will be provided on Ilias.

 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

The material turn in literary and cultural criticism takes matter again seriously. It argues that the strict separation between humans and the environment (or between culture and nature) is untenable because the substance or materiality of the environment is very much a part of ourselves, just as the corporeal substance of the human is inseparable from the environment. The material turn does not support the postmodern idea that the material is constituted by language alone; instead it seeks – by building upon the linguistic turn – to make sense of the agency of nature and the dynamics of (human and nonhuman) bodies. The material turn does not mean a return to biological determinism either; it explores the interchange (or interactivity) between the material and the discursive, or, as Stacy Alaimo writes, ”materiality is co-constituted by various forms of power and knowledge, some of these being more or less ‘cultural,’ and some more or less ‘natural’,” some being nurturing, others polluting. Toxic bodies clearly reveal the interchange between ourselves and our nonhuman environment. They make us aware of our corporeality as formed by material elements as well as by economic, historical, social and other forces. In this seminar we will read theoretical texts by Stacy Alaimo, Donna Haraway, Jane Bennett and others. We will then apply a critical reading to fictional texts about toxic bodies, among them Richard Powers, Gain, in which the cancer of a woman is juxtaposed to the rise of a large chemical corporation in the US. More fictional texts will be announced in August.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voraussetzungen: Regular attendance, a presentation in class, term paper or oral exam.

 

 

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The Power of Knowledge. Literature and Culture in the Information Age

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Regina Schoberrschober@mail.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Description:

 

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Course description: 

We live in the ”Information Age” (Manuel Castells), an age increasingly determined by (digital) information technology, globalized dynamics of communication, and an ever-growing economic value of information and knowledge. The rise of the global information society has had an impact on and has been shaped by cultural expression and imagination. As Luciano Floridi notes, information and communication technologies have changed ”not only our interactions with the world but also our self-understanding” (9). The shift to an information-based society has caused us to rethink such fundamental concepts as identity, knowledge, and communication, while providing new technological and conceptual frameworks for creativity, and cultural expression. In this project-based seminar, we will explore various ways in which American literature and culture have engaged with the dynamics of the Information Age, discussing, for example, literary/cultural projections of information proliferation, the aesthetics of data visualization, and the status of art/culture in an increasingly digitalized and globalized world. After reading some theoretical key texts together and attending guest lectures by experts in the field, students will work on their own research projects, focusing on a particular cultural phenomenon connected to the class topic. The seminar will contain both in-class sessions, guest lectures, group consultation meetings, and individual research. Reading material and a detailed class schedule will be handed out in the first session. Based on their projects, students can either write a term paper or take an oral exam at the end of the class. Students interested in taking this class should be willing to be proactive and creative in relation to the class topic, since the success and outcome of this class will depend largely on the participants' own input.

Course structure:

Please note that this seminar contains regular sessions/group consultation sessions on Thursday, 12-1.30 p.m.

In addition, there will be two guest lectures on Sept 12; Sept 19 (5.15-6.45 pm), which are integral parts of this seminar. Attendance is mandatory!

Course requirements:

Regular participation in class, attendance of guest lectures, and group consultation sessions, regular assignments, term paper or oral exam

 

 

 

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The Vietnam War in American Fiction

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professorin Dr. Christiane Grewe-Volppchgrewe@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ostflügel, O226/28
Tue (Single date) 19.11.201308:30 - 10:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 145
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG und Diplom: Studierende im Hauptstudium

Rahmenthema für Lehramt

 

Texte:

Graham Greene, The Quiet American (Penguin)

Michael Herr, Dispatches (Vintage)

Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato

Bobbie Ann Mason, In Country (Harper Perennial)



Sekundärliteratur:

A bibliography will be provided at the beginning of the semester.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:  

The Vietnam War (1961-1975) polarized the American nation like no other historical event since the Civil War. While the ”hawks” stood for a military anti-communist interventionism, the ”doves” vehemently opposed the war and organized an influential nation-wide anti-war movement. After 1975 some attributed the American defeat in Indochina to inconsistent politics, while others saw it as the fatal consequence of the ideology of a ‘gunfighter nation.’ The majority, however, wanted to forget the American disaster in Vietnam and ignored the plight of thousands of veterans with PTSD symptoms. Some American writers, many of them veterans themselves, tried to come to terms with the Vietnam War from a (self-)critical perspective. In this seminar we will read four novels: The Quiet American depicts Vietnam before the American military involvement in the 1950s, during the war between the French and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh); critics regarded it as a prophecy about political events to come. Michael Herr was a war correspondent, his novel Dispatches counts as an excellent example of ”New Journalism.” Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato, arguably the best book about the experience of the American soldiers in Vietnam, blends reality and fiction and explores the function of writing about the horrors of the war. Bobby Ann Mason’s In Country depicts the consequences of the war for the veterans as well as for their families at home; its central event is a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) in Washington, DC. A close reading of all four novels will include background information about political events. Students must have read The Quiet American for the second session of the semester.    

Leistungsanforderungen:
Students must either write an academic paper or do an oral exam at the end of the semester. They must also be prepared to give short presentations in class.  

 

 

 

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USA: A Survey

(Proseminar Regional studies, English) Details
Lecture Type:Proseminar Regional studiesECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. John Miller Jonesmjones@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Thu (weekly) 05.09.2013 - 05.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 242
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als:

Basismodul Kulturwissenschaft, Studierende im Grundstudium

Text:

American Civilization: An Introduction (5th edition) by David Mauk and John Oakland (London: Routledge).

Sedundärliteratur:

wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:

This course focuses on contemporary America and seeks to provide a well-grounded and differentiated knowledge of the USA in several key areas including political institutions, the education system, and population and ethnicity. Additionally, the course offers an overview of the nation’s history on certain topics including foreign policy and patterns of settlement and immigration.

Leistungsanforderungen:

Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions of the various topics and the required text along with one short presentation, and at least a passing grade on an examination to be written near the end of the semester (1 presentation, 1 final written exam).

 

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Utopian Novels

(Seminars II (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminars II (Intermediate Level)ECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Sabine Metzger  Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 150
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordungen als / für: 

Basismodul Literaturwissenschaft, Studierende im Grundstudium 

Texte:

Jack London. The Iron Heel. (Penguin)

Edward Bellamy. Looking Backward 2007 – 1887. (Oxford World’s Classics)

B. F. Skinner. Walden Two. (Hackett)

Ernest Callenbach. Ecotopia.(Bantam Books)

T. C. Boyle. A Friend of the Earth. (Penguin)

 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland will be made available on ILIAS

 

Sekundärliteratur: 

Weitere Literaturhinweise in der ersten Sitzung 

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung: 

Literally meaning ‘a place that does not exist’, utopia envisions a desirable and perfect world, designed as a radical critique of an imperfect society.

This course will examine fictional constructs of utopia by Jack London, Edward Bellamy, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, B. F. Skinner, and Ernest Callenbach, as well as one of their pessimistic or dystopian counterparts, T. C. Boyle’s The Friend of the Earth.

 Anforderung für den Leistungsnachweis:

Term paper or written exam or oral exam

 

 

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Writing the American South

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Students must register online at: https://portal.uni-mannheim.de ,follow "Lectures", "course registation".Deadline 23. August- 30. August 2013.If you do not have an account, email to auswahl@rumms.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. John Miller Jonesmjones@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Anglistik III (Amerikanistik)
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 256
Description:

Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnungen für / als: 

BA, BaKuWi: Aufbau- bzw. Vertiefungsmodul Literaturwissenschaft

MSc WiPäd: Hauptseminar Literatur

LAG: Studierende im Hauptstudium

 

Texte:

Pudd'nhead Wilson, Mark Twain

The Awakening, Kate Chopin

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest J. Gaines

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams

Blues for Mister Charlie, James Baldwin

Selected short stories by William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor et al. (to be made available on Ilias)

 

Sekundärliteratur:
Wird im Seminar bekannt gegeben.

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung:     

Starting with some short stories made available online, course participants will read and discuss over the 14 weeks of the seminar the above-named works, all of which represent the rich and complex literary history of the American South. Chronologically, the settings of these two dramas along with several (generally short) novels range from the antebellum era to the late twentieth century. Thematically, they address the tangled racial problematic of the South and early stirrings of feminism along with many other topics.

 Leistungsanforderungen:

As with all literature seminars, the goal of this course is to offer participants the opportunity to develop their interpretive and communicative skills in common discussion.  Thus, the primary requirement is that participants show up with text in hand, having read it and being ready to discuss it! Beyond this primary categorical imperative, credit can be obtained by: 1 research paper (15-18 pages). Topics will be developed in consultation with the instructor. Papers must be turned in before the beginning of the FSS 2014 at the latest. Alternatively, participants may opt for an oral or written examination.

Depending on the number of participants, each student will also be assigned to a  team in charge of taking minutes for one session (or perhaps make a short presentation).

 

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History

Current Approaches to Cultural Contacts and Transfer in Late Medieval and Early Modern History

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incoming Exchange Students,there's an new course offered by our department of History:(Seminar 6-8 ECTS):"Current Approaches to Cultural Contacts and Transfer in Late Medieval and Early Modern History"lecturer: Dr. Charlotte Colding Smith (Melbourne) and Hiram Kümper (Mannheim).Students will be introduced to a variety of current approaches to ideas of cultural contact and transfer in the late medieval and early modern period. This will include the expanding ideas of European geography detailing the Near East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge of the nature and consequences of these developments within a current English speaking historical context. This will be achieved through the reading of several key English sources followed by discussion as well as course assignments. Beyond this, students will gain knowledge of academic English through the writing of abstracts, the presentation of an academic paper and a short written assignment. The aim of the course is to improve the students' knowledge of Early Modern sources, as well as introducing them to international academic practices within the English language. course dates:02.10., 12:00-13:30 (opening session)19.10. + 20.10., jeweils 10:00-19:0016.11. + 17.11., jeweils 10:00-19:00This seminar might be interesting for those of you who have not yet registered for their courses and have difficulties to find a place (a case that should not exist any more) or for those of you who - for whatever reason - are not happy with their current choice and would like to have an alternative.In case you are interested, please send me an email to register by September 23th.regards,Olaf Moritz-- Dr. Olaf MoritzLAG² - Lehren und Lernen im sprachlich und kulturell heterogenen KontextBetreuung Ausländischer Austauschstudierender Philosophische FakultätUniversität MannheimSprechstunde: Mittwoch 10-12 UhrRaum: Schloss EO 382Tel: (0621) 181-2579E-Mail:moritz@phil.uni-mannheim.deIncoming Exchange Students Advisor School of HumanitiesMannheim UniversityOffice Hours: Wednesday 10-12 hrsOffice: EO 382Tel: (0621) 181-2579Email:moritz@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Hiram Kümper (responsible)   Historisches Institut ,
Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (Single date) 02.10.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ostflügel, O251/53
Sat (Single date) 19.10.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Sun (Single date) 20.10.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Sat (Single date) 16.11.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Sun (Single date) 17.11.201310:00 - 19:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

Students will be introduced to a variety of current approaches to ideas of cultural contact and transfer in the late medieval and early modern period. This will include the expanding ideas of European geography detailing the Near East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. The course aims to develop students’ knowledge of the nature and consequences of these developments within a current English speaking historical context. This will be achieved through the reading of several key English sources followed by discussion as well as course assignments. Beyond this, students will gain knowledge of academic English through the writing of abstracts, the presentation of an academic paper and a short written assignment. The aim of the course is to improve the students' knowledge of late medieval and early modern sources, as well as introducing them to international academic practices within the English language.

Course requirements:

- short presentation of a recent monograph (english) [30 % of your grade]
- short written assignement on the basis of this presentation (ca. 6 pp., in-depth review) [70 % of your grade]

 

Lehrpersonen:
Prof. Dr. Hiram Kümper
Dr. Charlotte Colding Smith (Melbourne)

 

Bei Fragen oder Problemen mit der Online-Anmeldung wenden Sie sich bitte an bakuwi@uni-mannheim.de.

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Antioch: Life in an Ancient Metropolis (3rd-6th cent.)

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Anmeldung per E-Mail an Günter Krüger M.A. gkrueger@mail.uni-mannheim.de in der Zeit vom 23.08.2013 bis 30.08.2013. Weitere Informationen unter http://www.geschichte.uni-mannheim.de/studium/austauschstudierende_exchange_students/index.html
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Sofie Remijsen (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201308:30 - 10:00,
Description:

What was it like to live in of the biggest cities of the ancient world?

 

In the Roman Empire, only a handful of cities had 100.000’s of inhabitants: Rome, and later Constantinople, Carthage, Alexandria and Antioch. These formed the centers of political, cultural and religious life in the Empire and attracted a continuous flow of immigration, kept in check only by high mortality rates.  In these ancient cities, one could meet great intellectuals and reformers, and extremely wealthy landowners next to a large mass of poor people living in abominable conditions.

 

This seminar will focus on Antioch, a major city located on the modern border between Turkey and Syria. The evidence for life in this city is particularly rich in late antiquity (3rd to the 6th cent. AD), which is a period of great change for the Roman world (the separation of East and West, military danger from the Middle-East, growing conflicts between pagans and Christians, etc.). The diversity of the evidence enables the modern historian to obtain a complex picture of the late antique city and its people: ancient historiographers and chroniclers, letter-writing teachers, artists designing mosaic floors, biographers of holy men and bishops preaching to their unruly flock, all tell us how they saw the world around them. After introductory sessions on the history of the city and the later Roman Empire, the seminar will focus on five major themes: the relation between the city and the emperor, religious contacts and conflicts, living conditions and social inequality, popular unrest and riots, and the education and networks of the elite.

 

Bibliography:

Liebeschuetz,  J.H.W.G.: Antioch: city and imperial administration in the later Roman empire, Oxford 1972.

 

Requirements:

Regular attendance and active participation in the sessions, 1 presentation, 1 final paper

Classes will be taught in English, but students are free to choose between German and English for their presentation and final paper.

 

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Papyri aus der ägyptischen Wüste als Quellen für den spätantiken Alltag

(Exercise, German/English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS:4
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:German/English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Anmeldung per E-Mail an Günter Krüger M.A. gkrueger@mail.uni-mannheim.de in der Zeit vom 23.08.2013 bis 30.08.2013. Weitere Informationen unter http://www.geschichte.uni-mannheim.de/studium/austauschstudierende_exchange_students/index.html
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Sofie Remijsen (responsible)   Lehrstuhl für Alte Geschichte
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 256
Description:

Ägypten, zirka 300 n.Chr.:

Vom Süden des Niltals aus drängt ein Mann in drei Briefen seine Frau in Mittelägypten, dass sie ihn besuchen kommt. Sie soll ihren Schmuck mitbringen, darf ihn aber an Bord des Schiffs nicht tragen. Die Frau weigert sich aber vehement zu reisen.

Auf der anderen Seite Ägyptens, in Alexandria, berichtet ein anderer, christlicher Mann in einem Brief an seine Frau, wie er klugerweise einen heidnischen Freund um Opfergaben bat, um so Verfolgung zu vermeiden.

 

Diese und Tausende von anderen Texten auf Papyrus sind in der ägyptischen Wüste rein zufällig erhalten geblieben. Da sie nie dazu bestimmt waren, von jemandem anderem als dem Adressat gelesen zu werden, bieten Papyri Informationen über den antiken Alltag (über die Beziehung von Männer und Frauen, über Wirtschaft, über religiöse Praxis, etc.), die in keinen anderen antiken Quellen zu finden sind.

 

Am Ende des Semesters können Studenten selbständig Papyri als Quellen benutzen: Sie können mit Editionen und elektronischen Hilfsmitteln arbeiten und erkennen wichtige Genres und Indizien für eine Datierung oder die Religionszugehörigkeit des Autors. Dieses Ziel wird erreicht durch die Thematisierung verschiedener Aspekte des Alltags (z.B. die Position der Frau in der Gesellschaft, Magie, etc.) anhand zahlreicher Papyrustexte. Da mit Übersetzungen gearbeitet wird, sind Kenntnisse der antiken Sprachen nicht notwendig. Basiskenntnisse des griechischen Alphabets werden in der zweiten Sitzung vermittelt.

 

Bibliographie:

R.S. Bagnall: Reading papyri, writing ancient history, London 1995.

R.S. Bagnall: Later Roman Egypt: Society, Religion, Economy and Administration, Hampshire 2003.

 

Voraussetzungen zum Scheinerwerb:

Regelmäßige Teilnahme an der Veranstaltung, abschließend eine kurze mündliche Prüfung

 

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Media and Communication Studies

Advanced Approaches to Political Communication

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Incoming international students must register for this course via email between August 15 and August 30, 2013. Please contact Madeline Dahl (dahl@uni-mannheim.de <mailto:dahl@uni-mannheim.de>) for course registration at the Department of Media and Communication Studies.
Lecturer:Contact:
M.A. Eike Mark Rinkerinke@uni-mannheim.de Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.09.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO184
Wed (weekly) 11.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO159/61
Description:

Communication has always been central to politics. But accelerated social and technological change continue to make communication ever more central to the political process in democracies and non-democratic states. In this class, we will engage with some of the most important contemporary issues regarding political communication and read and discuss some of the most advanced political communication literature.
The course will start with an introduction to major current changes and challenges in political communication such as the crisis of traditional journalism and the rise of lifestyle politics. We will also engage with debates as diverse as the consequences of new media for political activism, the consequences of switching to a ”high-choice” media environment for democracy, recent developments in strategic political communication, the relation of entertainment media and political life, and the effects of ”free” media in authoritarian societies.
Participants in this class are expected to have a vital interest in political communication research and bring a basic knowledge of its fundamental concepts (e.g., agenda-setting, priming, framing).

Literatur zur Vorbereitung:
Blumler, J. G., & Coleman, S. (2013). Paradigms of civic communication. International Journal of Communication, 7, 173–187.
Moy, P., Bimber, B., Rojecki, A., Xenos, M. A., & Iyengar, S. (2012). Shifting contours in political communication research. International Journal of Communication, 6, 247–254.

Voraussetzungen für den Scheinerwerb:
Oral presentation, response papers, term paper, in-class participation

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New media at the UN climate change conferences

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Incoming international students must register for this course via email between August 15 and August 30, 2013. Please contact Madeline Dahl (dahl@uni-mannheim.de <mailto:dahl@uni-mannheim.de>) for course registration at the Department of Media and Communication Studies.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Hartmut Weßlerwessler@uni-mannheim.de Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 06.12.201313:45 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Description:

At the annual climate change conferences organized by the United Nations representatives from all countries negotiate measures against global warming. Usually, these conferences are also the focal point of activities by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) like Greenpeace and WWF and attract considerable media attention, at times turning the meetings into global media events.

The seminar will focus on the use of online communication and social media during the climate conference and students will conduct small guided research projects on this topic. An excursion to Warsaw, where the next UN climate change conference will take place from Nov 11-22, 2013, is planned for part of the duration of the conference so that students can conduct on-site research. Questions pursued in the seminar include: What is the role of new media in climate activism by environmental NGOs? How do journalists use new media in reporting the climate conference? Or: What impact can online activism have on the negotiation process compared to traditional forms of on-site lobbying?

It is strongly recommended for participants to have a laptop, tablet computer, or smart phone at their disposal for use in the seminar's research projects. If this should prove impossible please send an e-mail to Mr. Antal Wozniak (wozniak@uni-mannheim.de) when you apply for the seminar. A small number of devices can be lent for the duration of the course.

Literatur:

Adolphsen, M. & Lück, J. (2012). Non-routine interactions behind the scenes of a global media event: How journalists and political PR professionals co-produced the 2010 UN climate conference in Cancún. Medien & Kommunikationswissenschaft, Sonderband 'Grenzüberschreitende Medienkommunikation', 141-158.                

Eide, E., & Kunelius, R. (eds.) (2012). Media meets climate. The global challenge for journalism. Göteborg: Nordicom. (particularly chapter 11)

Greenberg, J., & MacAulay, M. (2009). NPO 2.0? Exploring the Web Presence of Environmental Nonprofit Organizations in Canada. Global Media Journal: Canadian Edition, 2(1), 63-88.

Hermanns, H. (2004). Interviewing as an activity. In U. Flick, E. von Kardorff, & I. Steinke (eds.), A companion to qualitative research (pp. 209-213). London: Sage.

Hopf, C. (2004). Qualitative interviews: an overview. In U. Flick, E. von Kardorff, & I. Steinke (eds.), A companion to qualitative research (pp. 203-208). London: Sage.

Schäfer, M. S. (2012). Online communication on climate change and climate politics: A literature review. WIREs Clim Change 2012. doi: 10.1002/wcc.191.

Segerberg, A., & Bennett, W. (2011). Social Media and the Organization of Collective Action: Using Twitter to Explore the Ecologies of Two Climate Change Protests. Communication Review, 14(3), 197-215.

Voraussetzungen für den Scheinerwerb:

Active participation in a project group, oral exam or research paper

Hinweis: Die Lehrveranstaltung findet von 14:30-17:15 statt

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Posthuman Narratives in Contemporary Audiovisual Media

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Incoming international students must register for this course via email between August 15 and August 30, 2013. Please contact Madeline Dahl (dahl@uni-mannheim.de <mailto:dahl@uni-mannheim.de>) for course registration at the Department of Media and Communication Studies.
Lecturer:Contact:
Sven Stollfuß (responsible)   Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 06.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 186
Description:

Audiovisual media are shaping and changing our images, concepts and ideals of the human nature as well as its (feasible) transformations. In so doing, they are intricately intertwined with technological developments, philosophical, religious and political discourses, scientific research (e.g. robotics and artificial intelligence, genetics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science), and broader social changes. Especially visions of the postbiological body and a posthuman future are surfacing in contemporary media art, films, television series, music videos, commercials, and in various productions on video-sharing websites. Hence, the theoretical and aesthetic dynamics of the posthuman body in the context of popular media will be analyzed. What kind of risks and dangers as well as ethical responsibilities but also opportunities are connected to the representations of the posthuman body and the posthuman future in popular culture?
Against this backdrop, the course aims at discussing posthuman narratives in contemporary audiovisual media, e.g. films like Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (Jonathan Mostow, 2003), Surrogates (Jonathan Mostow, 2009), Splice (Vincenzo Natali, 2009), the Japanese anime science fiction film Ghost in the Shell (Mamoru Oshii, 1995), ”the Borg” from the Star Trek franchise (especially Star Trek: Voyager, 1995–2001), ”the Cylons” from the TV series Battlestar Galactica (remake, 2004–2009), or music videos like Bad Romance (Lady Gaga, 2009).

Readings:
Badmington, Neil. 2003. ”Theorizing Posthumanism.” Cultural Critique 53: 10–27.
Eder, Jens. 2013. ”Posthumans on YouTube.” Trans-Humanities 6 (1): 33–62.
Stollfuß, Sven. 2013. ”Menschmaschinen und die Ränder des Monströsen. Entwürfe postbiologischer Körper in Wissenschaft, Medienkunst und Populärkultur.” In Medialität und Menschenbild. Edited by Jens Eder, Joseph Imorde, and Maike Sarah Reinerth, 283–300, Berlin: de Gruyter.
Thacker, Eugene. 2003. ”Data Made Flesh: Biotechnology and the Discourse of the Posthuman.” Cultural Critique 53: 72–97.
Toffoletti, Kim. 2007. Cyborgs and Barbie Dolls: Feminism, Popular Culture and the Posthuman Body. London: I.B. Tauris.


Voraussetzungen für den Scheinerwerb:
- active participation in class

- weekly readings

- participation in screenings

- group work and presentations

- homework assignments or oral examination

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Research Design

(Exercise, English) Details
Lecture Type:ExerciseECTS: 
Course Suitable for: Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:NoHours per Week: -
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Hartmut Weßlerwessler@uni-mannheim.de Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 06.12.201315:30 - 17:00,
Wed (Single date) 23.10.201315:30 - 17:00Schloß Ostflügel, O251/53
Wed (Single date) 27.11.201314:30 - 19:00L 7, 3-5, 410
Description:

Research designs tell us what to do in order to arrive at valid insights in media and communication research. Both qualitative and quantitative researchers need them!

A research design is a plan that systematically connects a research question with one or more strategies of inquiry and specifies how researchers will use their evidence in answering their research questions. Thus a research design is different from an individual method of data collection or data analysis, different from substantive paradigms or theories, and also different from abstract considerations in the philosophy of science.

In this class we want to chart the territory of possible research designs in media and communication research and assess the research designs of exemplary existing studies.

Literatur zur Vorbereitung:

Zur Anschaffung empfohlen:

Gschwend, T., & Schimmelfennig, F. (2011). Research design in political science. How to practice what they preach. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

 

Voraussetzungen für den Scheinerwerb:

Active participation, presentation, oral exam

 

Room: HO 706 (Haus Oberrhein)

 

 

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Historical and Modern Concepts of Media Effects

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Incoming international students must register for this course via email between August 15 and August 30, 2013. Please contact Madeline Dahl (dahl@uni-mannheim.de <mailto:dahl@uni-mannheim.de>) for course registration at the Department of Media and Communication Studies.
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Matthias Potthoff  Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 06.12.201317:15 - 18:45B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude), A 204
Description:

Dozent: Dr. Matthias Potthoff

The participants of this seminar will explore some selected classic and modern concepts of media effects. This exploration will be preceded by an introduction into Kuhn’s concept of paradigms and Lakatos’ concept of research programs, which explain how the advancement of scientific knowledge takes place and how old theoretical assumptions become replaced by new ones. Against this backdrop we will study some general concepts and several specific theories of media effects that were considered seminal works at some point in time. While some of them became subject to substantial criticism, others are prevailing until today. We will discuss whether the criticism of these concepts and theories – or the lack thereof – is justified and try to evaluate how some of the newer approaches might develop.

 

Literatur zur Vorbereitung:

Chalmers, A. F. (2004). What is this thing called science (S. 104-148). Berkshire: Open University Press.

Klapper, J. T. (1960). The effects of mass communication (S. 1-52). New York: Free Press.

Potter, W. J. (2012). Media effects (S. 33-49). Los Angeles (CF): Sage.

 

Voraussetzungen für den Scheinerwerb:

Oral presentation, term paper, in-class participation

 

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Qualitative Market Research

(Practice seminars, English) Details
Lecture Type:Practice seminarsECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Incoming international students must register for this course via email between August 15 and August 30, 2013. Please contact Madeline Dahl (dahl@uni-mannheim.de <mailto:dahl@uni-mannheim.de>) for course registration at the Department of Media and Communication Studies.
Lecturer:Contact:
Nils Borchersborchers@uni-mannheim.de Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
N. N.  Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 04.10.201311:00 - 18:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Sat (Single date) 05.10.201309:00 - 16:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Fri (Single date) 08.11.201311:00 - 18:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Sat (Single date) 09.11.201309:00 - 16:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 157
Description:

This Praxiseminar will give the participants a first overview about the practice of qualitative market research. They will learn how research companies structure and develop their portfolio of qualitative research tools as well as how companies are using qualitative research in order to grow their business. We will look at different qualitative methods such as group discussion and in-depth exploration.  Inspiring real-life examples and experiences will be mixed with practical exercises for the students.

Lecturer: Richard Gehling

Richard Gehling has over 20 years of experience in qualitative market research and has worked for a large number of national and international client companies such as Henkel, Unilever and  Beiersdorf. Currently he works at TNS Infratest, a market research company based in Germany which is part of the international TNS Group.

 

Voraussetzungen für den Scheinerwerb:

Course credits by complete attendance, active participation and presentation. Further details are announced at the first session. The course will be held in English.

 

 

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Social Media and Theory

(Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Advanced Level, 3rd and 4th year course)ECTS:7
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Incoming international students must register for this course via email between August 15 and August 30, 2013. Please contact Madeline Dahl (dahl@uni-mannheim.de <mailto:dahl@uni-mannheim.de>) for course registration at the Department of Media and Communication Studies.
Lecturer:Contact:
N. N.  Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaft
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201313:45 - 15:15L 7, 3-5, 157
Description:

Dozentin: Sophie Einwächter

Im Kurs werden Grundlagentexte der wissenschaftlichen theoretischen Auseinandersetzung mit sozialen Medien diskutiert. Textkorpus und Unterrichtssprache sind Englisch. Studierende sollen im Rahmen des Kurses Hilfestellung zur Herangehensweise an englischsprachige Forschungstexte erhalten, sowie ihre Diskussion im Hinblick auf mögliche internationale Forschungsanlässe simulieren (Einreichung von Abstracts für Tagungsbeiträge oder Artikel, Vorbereitung von Moderationen und Teilnahme an Paneldiskussionen, Kurzvorträge).

In this course students will read and discuss crucial texts and positions from the field of social media research. The seminar offers students the opportunity to practise their English language skills within an academic context, simulating relevant situations like handing in a proposal for a conference/journal contribution, taking part in/preparing panel discussions, presenting a short paper, etc.

We will (among others) discuss passages from the following works:

Benkler, Yochai (2006) The wealth of networks. How social production transforms markets and freedom, New Haven [Conn.].
Castells, Manuel (1996) The Information Age: Economy, Society, and Culture, Volume 1: The Rise of the Network Society, Blackwell Publishers, Oxford / Malden MA.
Jenkins, Henry/Ford, Sam und Green, Joshua (2013) Spreadable media. Creating value and meaning in a networked culture, New York, Chesham.
Levy, Pierre (2001) Cyberculture. Electronic Mediations, V. 4. Minneapolis, Minn.; London: University of Minnesota Press.
O’Reilly, Tim (2005) What is Web 2.0. http://oreilly.com/web2/archive/what-is-web-20.html (17.7. 2013).
Surowiecki, James (2004) The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations, Little, Brown, London.

 

Participation credit: In order to obtain a "Teilnahmeschein", please hand in reading cards (short, 3-sentence summaries of the given texts plus 2-3 questions) via email to the lecturer on the day before the respective class. If you prepare a short presentation (10 minutes) and present it in class, you only need to do half of the reading card-workload (6 cards).

For a "Leistungsschein" please write reading cards PLUS a research paper (12-15 pages) or a script for a 20-min. talk (appr. 8 pages including abstract and author information plus power point slides). Please send in a first and preliminary synopsis (topic/ research question/ methodology/ literature) of what the paper/script will be about BEFORE you start writing, i.e. by the end of the course (2. December).

 

Prüfungsleistung:

research paper (12-15 pages) (8ECTS)

or

oral exam (7 ECTS)

 

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Philosophy

Business Ethics (Kompaktseminar in englischer Sprache; durchgeführt von Prof. William Shaw, San Jose State University, USA)

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS:8
Course Suitable for: Master Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Incoming Students: Please register for this course with Bryan: bryan.scheler@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Helge Rückert (responsible) rueckert@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Philosophie II
Dates:Time:Room:
- (Block lecture + Sa) 29.11.2013 - 30.11.201310:15 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
- (Block lecture + Sa) 06.12.2013 - 07.12.201310:15 - 17:00Schloß Ehrenhof Ost, EO 154
Description:

ENGLISCHSPRACHIGE LEHRVERANSTALTUNG

Description

This course focuses on philosophical and ethical issues that arise in contemporary business practice as well as in the appraisal of our business system as a whole. After discussing the nature of morality and some basic theories of right and wrong, we shall examine competing conceptions of justice, the pros and cons of capitalism, the nature of corporations, and the question of their responsibilities to society. This sets the backdrop for the analysis and discussion in the rest of the course of a variety of more specific moral issues concerning consumers, the environment, and the workplace-issues that employers and employees must often face. In addressing these issues, the course challenges students to reflect both on the nature and role of business in our society and on the values they seek to uphold in their working life.


Literature:

The text for this course is William H. Shaw, Business Ethics, 8th edition (Boston: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2014).


Enrollment:

You can enroll in this course during the enrollment periode
If you have difficulties to enroll you can find help and further instructions here: http://philosophie.phil.uni-mannheim.de/studium/onlineanmeldung/index.html
If you are facing technical difficultires, please approach bryan.scheler@uni-mannheim.de and not the course instructor


Verwendbarkeit des Leistungsnachweises:

BaKuWi (alte PO): HS Angewandte Ethik/Politische Philosophie (Aufbaumodul Ethik), ECTS: 8
BaKuWi (neue PO): HS Angewandte Ethik/Politische Philosophie (Aufbaumodul Ethik), ECTS: 8
MaKuWi Philosophie: HS Ethik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft (Modul Ethik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft),
ECTS: 8 Beifach
Philosophie für VWL: HS Angewandte Ethik/Politische Philosophie (Aufbaumodul Richtung
Ethik), ECTS: 8
Wahlfach Philosophie im MMM (Mannheim Master of Management): HS Ethik, Gesellschaft,
Wirtschaft (Modul Ethik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft), ECTS: 8
Philosophie im Rahmen des Master Geschichte: HS Ethik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft, ECTS: 8 Nebenfach
Philosophie im Master Psychologie: HS Ethik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft (Bereich Ethik,
Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft), ECTS: 8
Lehramt (alte WPO): HS Praktische Philosophie (Angewandte Ethik); HS Interdisziplinarität der
Wissenschaften
Lehramt (neue GymPO): HS Angewandte Ethik/Politische Philosophie (Pflichtmodul Ethik), ECTS:
8; HS Ethik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft (Wahlmodul Ethik, Gesellschaft, Wirtschaft), ECTS: 8
Ethisch-Philosophisches Grundlagenstudium: EPG 2

 

 

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The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy: An Introduction to Central Themes and Notions in Theoretical Philosophy

(Seminar (Intermediate Level), English) Details
Lecture Type:Seminar (Intermediate Level)ECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week: -
Registration procedure:Incoming Students: Please register for this course with Bryan: bryan.scheler@uni-mannheim.de
Lecturer:Contact:
Dr. Helge Rückert (responsible) rueckert@rumms.uni-mannheim.de Lehrstuhl für Philosophie II
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 151
Description:

ENGLISCHSPRACHIGE LEHRVERANSTALTUNG

 

Beschreibung:

The Big Bang Theory is an American TV sitcom that started in 2007. The initial constellation is as follows: Two highly intelligent nerdy physicists, Dr Leonard Hofstadter and Dr Dr Sheldon Cooper, are confronted with a new neighbour, very good looking Penny, who aims at a career as an actress and until successful is working as a waitress at the Cheese Cake Factory. From this ”clash of cultures” many funny situations, misunderstandings etc. result.

But, The Big Bang Theory is not only very funny, it also provokes many deep thoughts and contains a lot of philosophy: important philosophical notions, problems and arguments are either mentioned in the dialogues or exemplified by the actions of the main characters.

In the seminar, using chosen scenes and episodes of The Big Bang Theory, we will explain and discuss those philosophical themes that pop up - sometimes more, sometimes less explicitly - in this sitcom.

Thereby, we will concentrate on subjects from theoretical philosophy and treat them within an analytic philosophical style, contrary to the book The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy (see below) which rather contains discussions about subjects from practical philosophy - and in a more non-analytic philosophical style. Thus, this seminar will not be based on the book, but rather complement it.

Let’s hope we will have very few philosophical insights as well as very little fun. BAZINGA! (The word "bazinga" is used by Sheldon in order to indicate that he wasn't serious about what he said before.)

 

Literatur:

- Kowalski, Dean A. (ed.): The Big Bang Theory and Philosophy, (The Blackwell philosophy and pop culture series, 44), John Wiley & Sons 2012

(Weitere relevante Texte werden in Form von pdf-Dateien auf ILIAS zur Verfügung gestellt.)

 

Tutorium:

Begleitend zur englischsprachigen Hauptveranstaltung wird ein Tutorium in deutscher Sprache unter der Leitung von Sabrina Theilig angeboten (Freitags, 12.00 - 13.30, Raum EO 159-61). Die Teilnahme am Begleittutorium ist nicht verpflichtend, aber sehr zu empfehlen.

 

Verwendbarkeit des Leistungsnachweises:

  • BaKuWi (alte PO): PS Theoretische Philosophie oder Sprachphilosophie (Basismodul Einführung in die Philosophie), ECTS: 6
  • BaKuWi (neue PO): PS Theoretische Philosophie (Basismodul Systematik Philosophie), ECTS: 6
  • BA-Beifach Ethik und Kulturphilosophie (alte PO): PS Theoretische Philosophie oder
    Sprachphilosophie (Basismodul Einführung in die Philosophie), ECTS: 6
  • BA-Beifach Philosophie (neue PO): PS Theoretische Philosophie (Basismodul Systematik der
    Philosophie), ECTS: 6
  • Nebenfach Philosophie für den B.Sc. Psychologie: PS Theoretische Philosophie (Bereich
    Systematik der Philosophie), ECTS: 6
  • Lehramt (alte WPO): PS Theoretische Philosophie
  • Lehramt (neue GymPO): PS Theoretische Philosophie (Pflichtmodul Systematik der Philosophie),
    ECTS: 6

 

Hinweise zur Anmeldung:

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International Cultural Studies

In Search of Intercultural Competence

(Intensive seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:Intensive seminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and course title.
Lecturer:Contact:
Ina-Lotte Dühring (responsible)   Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Fri (Single date) 13.09.201315:30 - 17:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Fri (weekly) 27.09.2013 - 11.10.201310:00 - 17:00Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Sat (Single date) 12.10.201310:00 - 11:45Schloss Schneckenhof Ost, SO 115
Description:

In times of globalization, intercultural competence as a soft skill is essential in almost every multicultural encounter. In this seminar, we will have a critical look at the concept of ‘intercultural competence’ as well as at related terms such as ‘interculturality, ‘multiculturality’ and ‘culture’. Critical Intercultural Communication, concepts of identity, stereotyping and further possible areas of conflict will be discussed as well. Along with analyzing the theoretical concepts, participants will also be involved in group work, intercultural activites, and discussions. Students will have the chance to reflect upon personal intercultural experiences.

Active oral participation is essential and expected especially in discussions and activities.

Please note that this is NOT an intercultural training, you are NOT going to learn something about A culture.

Requirements: active oral participation + academic research paper, 13-15 pages

Attendance at the first session is mandatory. If you don't attend the first session, you will loose your slot in this seminar.

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International Cultural Studies: History and Approaches (Lecture ICS)

(Lecture, English) Details
Lecture Type:LectureECTS:5
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please state your full name and course title.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick (responsible)   Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Tue (weekly) 03.09.2013 - 03.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Wed (Single date) 11.09.201317:15 - 18:45Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Mon (Single date) 30.09.201320:00 - 22:00Schloss Schneckenhof Nord, SN 169
Mon (Single date) 18.11.201320:00 - 22:00Schloß Mittelbau, M 003
Tue (Single date) 03.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloss Schneckenhof Nord, SN 163
Description:

This lecture briefly introduces to the history of cultural studies since the 1930s and then discusses a variety of approaches and areas of theory developed or influential in the field, including

structuralism and poststructuralism/deconstruction

postmodernism

postcolonialism

gender studies

critiques of raciology

media studies and transmediality

inter-, multi- and transculturality

identity, alterity, and hybridity

globalization, ecocriticism, and planetarity.

Each session provides a survey with main international representatives in a field and with introduction to relevant terminology, to then demonstrate the application of a respective approach to contemporary anglophone short fiction and non-fiction, poetry, film, or graphic novel and cartoon.

Requirements: Attendance, Final Exam 

 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.

 

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Verwertbarkeit der Veranstaltung laut der verschiedenen Prüfungsordnungen:

 

B.A. Anglistik // B.A. Germanistik // B.A. Geschichte // B.A. MKW

o   PO 2009: optional im kulturwissenschaftlichen Themenmodul (4 ECTS)

o   PO 2010: optional im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2012: obligatorisch im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

 

B.A. KuWi Germanistik // B.A. KuWi Philosophie // B.A. KuWi Geschichte

o   PO 2007: optional im Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2010: optional im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2012: obligatorisch im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

 

B.A. KuWi Anglistik // B.A. KuWi Romanistik

o   PO 2007: obligatorisch im Basismodul Kulturwissenschaft/Cultural Studies (5 ECTS); optional im Aufbaumodul Cultural Studies (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2010: obligatorisch im Modul Grundlagen der Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS); optional im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

o   PO 2012: obligatorisch im Modul Interdisziplinäre Kulturwissenschaft (5 ECTS)

 

 

 

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Literature into Opera

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and course title.Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_LanguagesIf you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick (responsible)   Professur f. International Cultural Studies ,
Philosophische Fakultät
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Tue (Single date) 01.10.201320:00 - 22:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Thu (Single date) 10.10.201320:00 - 24:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Wed (Single date) 30.10.201320:00 - 23:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 154
Thu (Single date) 28.11.201320:00 - 23:00Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 163
Description:

This course offers an introduction to adaptation of literature into opera. We are going to study the literary works, the libretti derived from them, and examples of stage productions that include a variety of signs, such as gesture, costume, design of space, or design of lighting. Readings and viewings include the works as well as selected texts of adaptation theory and semiotics of the theater. 

Requirements: Attendance, Presentation, Final Paper 

 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.

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Sugar: Culture of Capitalism and Slavery

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and course title.Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_LanguagesIf you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick  Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201313:45 - 15:15Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

As a profitable agricultural product and at times an item of luxury consumption, cane sugar and its by-products such as rum have significantly determined market and labor relations as well as politics in the history of colonialism, racism, and slavery, for centuries. This seminar traces the origins, production, global routes, and nutritional uses of cane sugar during the period of colonial trade relations as well as in the contemporary global market economy and investigates literary works and films to arrive at an understanding of the diverse roles people have voluntarily or involuntarily taken on in the economy and culture of sugar.

 

Requirements: Attendance, Presentation, Final Paper

 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.

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Who Needs Identity?

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please, state your full name and the course title.Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_LanguagesIf you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick  Philosophische Fakultät ,
Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Wed (weekly) 04.09.2013 - 04.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 165
Description:

With its provocative title taken from an essay by cultural theorist Stuart Hall, this seminar assesses the import of critiques of idealist theories of identity and of identity categories such as race, class, and gender. What happens to concepts of identity under the influence of postmodern theories of hybridity, transversality, or queerness? Readings include classic texts on identity, hybridity, strategic essentialism, racism, and culturalism. 

Requirements: Attendance, Presentation, Final Paper

 


 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.  

 

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Money, Prices, and Values: Literary Ethics and Capitalist Cultures

(Seminar, English) Details
Lecture Type:SeminarECTS:6
Course Suitable for: Bachelor Language of Instruction:English
Registration Required:YesHours per Week:2
Registration procedure:Dear Incomings,for registration,please,send an e-mail to ics@phil.uni-mannheim.de by August 30th, 16.oo o'clock.Please state your full name and course title.Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_LanguagesIf you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.
Lecturer:Contact:
Professor Dr. Nadja Gernalzick  Professur f. International Cultural Studies
Dates:Time:Room:
Mon (weekly) 02.09.2013 - 02.12.201312:00 - 13:30Schloß Ehrenhof West, EW 169
Description:

This course serves as an introduction to studies of economy and literature as they have become particularly prominent in the past 20 years, propelled by what has been called a semantic economization of the language of literary studies and literary criticism. Special focus is on the difference between theories of value in ethics and theory of prices in economics, and their history, including theories of monetary economics in relation to theories of language, as two sign systems. Reading will include contemporary and historical short fiction and non-fiction texts which treat economy, money, and value theory.

Requirements: Attendance, Presentation, Final Paper

 

Attention! Concerning the English Proficiency for this course:

Student’s English proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (German Abitur level).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages

If you feel your English proficiency might not meet these requirements, please, consider attending additional English language courses in order to prevent receiving a ‘Not Passed’.

Link to student portal


 
 
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