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Humanities (English)

Important information concerning the courses of the School of Humanities

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

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

For further questions regarding all the courses offered by the School of Humanities,
please contact the departmental exchange coordinator:

incoming(at)phil.uni-mannheim.de

Germanistik

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Geschichte

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Philosophie

Choosing Childeren, Assistin Death? (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Christian Wendelborn
Description:
Choosing Children, Assisting Death?
 
There are some hard questions in bioethics concerning the beginning and the end of life. New biotechnologies today or in the future make or will make things possible that seem at first glance or for many people ethically problematic. Should parents be allowed to „choose“ their children, for example by testing their unborn child for down syndrom and then when indicated by aborting the pregnancy? And what about parents that are deaf and want their child also to be deaf? But it is not only new technologies that make it sometimes hard to evaluate claims and desires of particular agents: How should society respond to the request of many terminal-ill patients for euthanasia? Is there an ethically relevant difference between  forms of euthanasia?
 
In this seminar we will discuss various arguments and views about ethical problems at the beginning and the end of life. We will read and critically evaluate classical texts as well as new contributions in view of newly available biotechnologies.
 
The reading assignments and the discussion will be in English.
 
 
Text:
 
We will read excerpts from book-lenghts treatments of particular problems as well as papers. All texts will be provided via ILIAS.
 
Singer, Peter (1993): Practical Ethics. Cambridge University Press (Second Edition)
 
Requirements:
 
You are required to do the assigned readings before the seminar each week. The sessions will be based on discussions, so you are required to prepare the texts in order to participate in these discussions. To prepare a text means: Write down in your own words the main theses or claims of the text and the arguments or reasons the author provides for his claims. 
There are two short essays (2-3 pages): The task is to explain (or reconstruct) the main argument of a paper to the readers of your own (ficticious or not) philosophy blog. You are required to write these two blog entries during the lecture period. The two essays will not be graded. 
There is, finally, an argumentative essay (5-8 pages) due at the end of the semester. The topic is of your own choosing. The essay must deal argumentatively with a controversy about one of the ethical problems that we were dealing with in the seminar. This essay will be graded.
Derek Parfit's Philosophical Legacy (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
The readings for this seminar will be made available online. The grade will be based on a written assignment (essay) at the end of the seminar.
Instructor(s):
Tatjana Visak
Description:
Parfit’s Philosophical Legacy (in English)
Derek Parfit, whom many consider to be the most important philosopher of the past decennia, died in 2017 at age 74. Until his death, Parfit was highly productive and he had just finished the third volume of On What Matters, which is one of his major works. Volume 1 and 2 appeared in 2011 and his second main work, Reasons and Persons, was published in 1984.
Who was Derek Parfit? What brought him the reputation of a genius? What are his major philosophical theses? The seminar will focus on these questions and offer an introduction to Parfit’s work. In particular, we will explore Parfit’s answers to the following questions:
1. What matters most nowadays?
2. What if anything, makes me the same person than the child that my mother carried in her arms and that has my name? Will I still be the same person in 30 years and does this matter?
3. What ought we to do if our actions determine how many people will exist and who will exist?
4. Are all reasons for action subjective, or are there objective reasons for action?
5. Why does anything exist at all, and why exactly the things that do actually exist?
The readings for this seminar will be made available online. The grade will be based on a written assignment (essay) at the end of the seminar.

Romanistik

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Medien- und Kommunikationswissenschaften

MKW 356 Theoretical approaches to political information processing in the digital age (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:

Hefner, D., Rinke, E. M., & Schneider, F. M. (2018). The POPC citizen: Political information processing in the fourth age of political communication. In P. Vorderer, D. Hefner, L. Reinecke, & C. Klimmt (Eds.), Permanently online, permanently connected. Living and communicating in a POPC world (pp. 199–207). New York, NY: Routledge.

Instructor(s):
Frank Schneider
Description:

This course deals with theories, models, and empirical investigations at the intersection between political communication research and political psychology. We will tackle questions like, for instance, how humans generally process (political) information, what roles do cognition and emotion play in opinion formation, what makes up the (new) digital information environment, how does personality characteristics guide the way we process political information, how often and under which circumstances are we exposed to political information, how does political information processing influence political behavior, can we learn from political entertainment? We will scrutinize these questions by reading and discussing the literature relevant to the field. Although our focus will be on individual-level psychological processes, we will also elaborate on the implications for macro-level constructs such as political movements, public opinion and the public sphere, or election campaigns.

Please note that the course will start in the second week of the semester with a double-session (Wednesday 02/21/2018, 3:30 to 6:45 pm)!

A detailed course syllabus and schedule will be handed out on the first day of class (February 21st). Please prepare the basic reading (Hefner, Rinke, & Schneider, 2018) for our first session! It is accessible via the University Library.

International Cultural Studies

IDV 402 Cuba & USA: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Identity, Language, and Literature (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de. Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per E-Mail zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Instructor(s):
Ana-Sofia Uhl
Description:
The exceptional situation of geographical proximity and political-economic distance between the ‘dos orillas,’ the two shores of Cuba and the U.S., move Cubans on different levels. Thereby the physical movement of the migrants as well as their inner restlessness – both initiated by this closeness and distance – need to be considered. The migration-movements, which followed the revolution of 1959 and have been persisting ever since, have led to the development of different conceptions of identity in the Cuban diaspora.
Questions that will take center stage during our seminar will be: What are the concepts of identity that can be found in the Cuban diaspora? Can language be understood as identity-constituting and identity-reproducing element? How are alternative identities constructed, how are generational and cultural conflicts expressed in Cuban-American Popular Culture? We will also have a closer look on recent political events that will shape U.S-Cuban relations in the future.

By the end of the semester, participants will have a broad understanding of the variety of concepts of Cuban identity in the diaspora. Further, participants will be able to critically evaluate different approaches based on theoretical input and interdisciplinary perspectives. Due to the international setting of the class, participants will have experiences in working and learning in an intercultural environment.

Requirements:
Presentation & Handout
Written exam (90 min., last session)

First session: 19 February 2018
IDV 402 Slavery, immigration and the origins of the American Civil War (1848-1861) (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Guelzo, Allen C. Fateful Lightning. A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Oxford 2012

James McPherson: Battle Cry Of Freedom. The Civil War Era, London 1988
Instructor(s):
Daniel Nagel
Description:
The 1850s were one of the most turbulent times in United States history. While immigration from Europe, especially from Germany and Ireland, reached record heights, the sectional crisis over slavery deepened. Both slavery and immigration contributed to the emergence of new political parties (the nativist American Party and the anti-slavery Republican Party) and the reorganization of American party politics.
The course aims to study the dramatic political changes during the 1850s and outline how American democracy collapsed in a violent struggle known as the American Civil War. The course will also focus on the similarities and differences between today’s debates on immigration and the debates of the 1850s. In addition, it will try to show how attitudes about race and the meaning of the Civil War impact American society until the present day.

Literature:
Guelzo, Allen C. Fateful Lightning. A New History of the Civil War and Reconstruction, Oxford 2012
James McPherson: Battle Cry Of Freedom. The Civil War Era, London 1988
IDV 402 Critical Queer Theory (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de. Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per E-Mail zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Instructor(s):
Description:
Critical Queer Theory
 
Intersectional identities between politics, popular culture, and theory
 
This seminar traces the origins of queer theory from the 1980s to today. It uses various material (theoretical texts, documentary film, popular culture) to examine the different trajectories queerness has taken over the past decades to arrive at what it is today: a rather mainstream idea of politics that is marked by whiteness and maleness and engages in a rights and recognition approach to politics, rather than keeping a radical oppositional stance toward oppressive forms of normative power. Our focus will be on the relationship of queerness and other markers of identity, especially race and gender, to examine the possibilities of a critical queer theory in today’s cultural and political climate.  

Lecturer: Dr. Elena Kiesling
IDV 402 Consumer Culture and Body Politics in a Globalized World (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de. Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per E-Mail zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Instructor(s):
Description:
The body, both in its symbolic and material dimension, plays a crucial role in the construction of contemporary culture and society. The body is shaped by particular discourses while at the same time productive of political processes, social relations, and experience: it has agency but is also object of desire and commodity fetishism.
In this course, we will engage first with different theoretical approaches to the body (e.g. poststructuralist, feminist, and postcolonial theories) and its relevance for cultural studies and consumption practices. Students will then be encouraged to examine representations of the body and specific performances of identity in film, fiction, fashion, and music, such as Beyoncé’s iconic and controversial body, to understand structures of power, inequalities, and exclusion that continue to shape our globalized world. For example, we will look at consuming and ‘exoticized’ bodies in advertisement, rebellious bodies in popular culture, or technological and tattooed bodies.
Course requirements: Active participation, in-class presentation, and final exam.

Lecturer: Wiebke Beushausen
IDV 402 Social Diversity and Migration (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Registration: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de. Anmeldung: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per E-Mail zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Recommended requirement:
Instructor(s):
Description:
Due to the increasing diversification of the population, politics and society are faced with new challenges: Whether the integration of immigrants, the equality of homosexual couples, or the overcoming of gender gap - in all these subjects, major changes can been observed over the last 50 years accompanied by discussions of citizens, politicians and journalists on their consequences.
Using the example of migration and immigrants, the course will show the historic development of migration in Germany such as the recruitment agreements in the 1960s, the EU enlargement and the impact of the financial and euro crisis.
Against this background, models for explaining attitudes towards migrants, migrant groups and migration will be presented. Selected relevant surveys and their results will be discussed as well as problems in the collection of sensitive data and methodological innovations in survey research.
Topics: Theories of international migration; Migration to Germany; Migration from Africa to Europe; Environmental and climate refugees; Women and Migration; Attitudes towards immigrants: Economic explanations, Non-economic explanations, Political elites, media and contact, Methods (Surveys, Implicit Attitude Test, List experiments / Morphing experiments)


Lecturer: Dr. Sebastian Fietkau

Anglistik

ANG 329 Foundation Course (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
Description:
The Foundation Course is a basic grammar revision course. As the name suggests, the course offers participants the foundation on which all further courses at various levels are based.

The course is divided into three areas: vocabulary work, grammar terminology and basic grammar revision. Participants are required to learn and revise vocabulary, the knowledge of which is tested on a weekly basis. Grammar terminology is explained and work with such terminology is tested every other week. The main area of the course is grammar revision with a focus on tenses.

This area is covered by the coursebook used during the lessons.

At the end of the term, participants are tested on all three areas in the final examination and have to pass all three sections to be able to pass the overall exam.
ANG 337 Phonetics Lecture (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Philip Griffiths
Description:
Designed specifically for Lehramt and Wipäd students, the Phonetics Lecture focuses on the key features of English phonetics and phonology. First, the course will cover speech production and perception (the anatomy and physiology of speech, acoustic as well as auditory phonetics) and introduce key phonological concepts. We will then focus on the patterns of speech sounds found in the English language (vowels and consonants) before moving on to an analysis of phonetic and phonological variation in English around the world. In combination with the Phonetics Übung - a weekly practice session in our language lab – the lecture will help students become more aware of their own pronunciation problems in English while also teaching them to appreciate the phonological diversity of World Englishes. The course offers insights into some of the major problems German native speakers face when they learn English as a second language, thereby making it easier for future teachers to identify and, if necessary, rectify their pupils' pronunciation errors.
ANG 337 Phonetics Lecture (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Short readings/texts for the weekly sessionsmay be made available on Ilias.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
Designed specifically for Lehramt and Wipäd students, the Phonetics Lecture focuses on the key features of English phonetics and phonology.
First, the course will cover speech production and perception (the anatomy and physiology of speech, acoustic as well as auditory phonetics) and introduce key phonological concepts. We will then focus on the patterns of speech sounds found in the English language (vowels and consonants) before moving on to an analysis of phonetic and phonological variation in English around the world. In combination with the Phonetics Übung - a weekly practice session in our language lab – the lecture will help students become more aware of their own pronunciation problems in English while also teaching them to appreciate the phonological diversity of World Englishes. The course offers insights into some of the major problems German native speakers face when they learn English as a second language, thereby making it easier for future teachers to identify and, if necessary, rectify their pupils' pronunciation errors.
ANG 338 Phonetics UK (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
ANG 338 Phonetics UK (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
ANG 338 Phonetics UK (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
ANG 338 Phonetics UK (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
ANG 339 Phonetics US (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Walter Sauer, American English Pronunciation: A Drillbook. 2nd ed. Heidelberg Winter 2001.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
This 45-minute course for prospective teachers involves pronunciation exercises carried out in a language lab and is normally taken only by Lehramt and WiPäd students in conjunction with the lecture on English phonetics.
ANG 339 Phonetics US (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Walter Sauer, American English Pronunciation: A Drillbook. 2nd ed. Heidelberg Winter 2001.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
This 45-minute course for prospective teachers involves pronunciation exercises carried out in a language lab and is normally taken only by Lehramt and WiPäd students in conjunction with the lecture on English phonetics.
ANG 339 Phonetics US (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
After successful completion of this course you will:
--have a solid foundation in the pronunciation of American English
--be able to use the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols for phonetic transcription
--be aware of typical interference problems facing the German speaker learning English
Literature:
Walter Sauer, American English Pronunciation: A Drillbook. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2011. ISBN-10: 3825352897
ISBN-13: 978-3825352899


Please note: ISBN: 3-8253-1211-9 is an earlier version (2001) and can also be used. There are a limited amount of copies in the Lehrbuchsammlung. As we will be using the book in every lesson, students are required to get a copy by the second week of class.
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
This course (which is restricted to those studying to become future teachers of English [Lehramt, Wipäd] and taken in conjunction with the Phonetics lecture [Ang 337]) systematically reviews the pronunciation of American Standard English and offers practice with oral exercises in a language lab.
ANG 339 Phonetics US (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
1
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
After successful completion of this course you will:
--have a solid foundation in the pronunciation of American English
--be able to use the International Phonetic Alphabet symbols for phonetic transcription
--be aware of typical interference problems facing the German speaker learning English
Literature:
Walter Sauer, American English Pronunciation: A Drillbook. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag C. Winter, 2011. ISBN-10: 3825352897
ISBN-13: 978-3825352899


Please note: ISBN: 3-8253-1211-9 is an earlier version (2001) and can also be used. There are a limited amount of copies in the Lehrbuchsammlung. As we will be using the book in every lesson, students are required to get a copy by the second week of class.
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
This course (which is restricted to those studying to become future teachers of English [Lehramt, Wipäd] and taken in conjunction with the Phonetics lecture [Ang 337]) systematically reviews the pronunciation of American Standard English and offers practice with oral exercises in a language lab.
ANG 332 Intermediate English Skills (O'Donnell) (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
ANG 333 Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
ANG 333 Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
ANG 333 Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Readings for the weekly sessions will be made available on Ilias.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
This course covers the theory and practice of writing the general-interest personal essay, the “classic” argumentative or persuasive essay in particular. Participants will read and discuss sample essays, examine the rhetorical techniques employed by their writers, and engage in discussion and debate on the wide range of different topics that they address along with the topics introduced by student presentations.
ANG 334 Intermediate Translation German-English (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
The following text is recommended:

Richard Humphrey, Grundkurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch, Klett, 1998.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
Participants in this course practice translating short literary and factual texts of medium difficulty from German into English. 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) and upon the comparison of sentence structure patterns in the two languages.
ANG 334 Intermediate Translation German-English (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
Description:
Participants in this course practice translating short literary and factual texts of medium difficulty from German into English. 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) and upon the comparison of sentence structure patterns in the two languages.
ANG 334 Intermediate Translation German-English (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
Description:
Participants in this course practice translating short literary and factual texts of medium difficulty from German into English. 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) and upon the comparison of sentence structure patterns in the two languages.
ANG 334 Intermediate Translation German-English (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Stephen Krug
ANG 335 Advanced Translation German-English (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
Description:
Participants in this course practise translating literary and non-fictional texts of medium to advanced difficulty from German into English. Although 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, the course will also involve intensive tense revision and analysis of sentence construction. Homework assignments will prepare students for the final exam, which determines the final grade of the course.
ANG 335 Advanced Translation German-English (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
At the end of this class, you should have the ability to translate texts of advanced difficulty. This includes: developing a feeling for the style of a passage using the appropriate vocabulary + grammar to express the author’s intentions translating modals and particles deepening your awareness of differences in German usage (false friends, no noun subjects) using appropriate prepositions + verbs developing a way to study and keep track of vocabulary and phrases working on your own particular problem areas such as grammatical errors or understanding texts gaining a deeper understanding of your native language through translating it into another going on to an Examenkurs (if you like!) or preparing for final exams starting your own career as an awesome translator!
Literature:
Text: (recommended) Richard Humphrey, Aufbaukurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
Participants in this course practice translating literary and non-fictional texts of medium to advanced difficulty from German into English. In addition, using various exercises taken from the above-named text (to be made available on ILIAS), 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.
Students will have to hand in one homework text a month which will count towards the final grade. You can improve your grade (by a half a grade) by revising your text, although this is not mandatory. Text revisions are due one week later. These homework assignments will help to prepare students for the final exam, which largely determines the final grade for the course.
ANG 336 Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Readings for the weekly sessions will be made available on Ilias.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
This course will deepen your understanding of the theory and practice of writing the general-interest personal essay. Along with the “classic” argumentative or persuasive essay, we will consider other approaches to writing: reflective, descriptive, narrative, and critical (e.g. book and film reviews).Participants will read and discuss sample essays, examine the rhetorical techniques employed by their writers, and engage in discussion and debate on the wide range of different topics that they address along with the topics introduced by student presentations.
ANG 336 Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Through reading and analyzing a variety of essays by well-known authors, students will become acquainted with essential elements of writing that contribute to a logically coherent argument. In addition, students will learn to locate thesis statements within the structure of these essays and relate them to the chosen form / structure.
• Class discussions will give participants the chance to develop oral skills and express opinions on complex topics in English.
• The drafting and revising exercises will enable participants to recognize individual language and writing problems - and hopefully start to eradicate them.
• By compiling all writing in a composition book, students will learn to take their own writing seriously and to assess their own development as writers.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Essays will be chosen from the Best American Essays series as well as some currently published essays on social justice.
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
This course is designed to polish your essay skills, as well as giving you a chance to discuss topics on a more complex level. Discussion topics will be decided upon together in class and will be based upon essays read for class. 
In addition, the craft of essay writing will be gone into in more depth. Logical coherence, argument structure and register will be discussed and practiced.
ANG 336 Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
A reader will be supplied in the first week of term
Instructor(s):
Philip Griffiths
Description:
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.
ANG 336 Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
A reader will be supplied in the first week of term
Instructor(s):
Philip Griffiths
Description:
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.
ANG 340 Übersetzung E-D (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Texte
werden für die jeweiligen Sitzungen verteilt
Instructor(s):
Stefan Glomb
Description:
Veranstaltungsbeschreibung
Anhand von ausgewählten literarischen Texten und Sachtexten soll diese Übung Studierende dabei unterstützen, häufig wiederkehrende Übersetzungshürden zu meistern und ihr Gespür für semantische und stilistische Feinheiten weiterzuentwickeln. Eine Reihe von Arbeitsblättern zu einzelnen Problembereichen (Wortartenwechsel, Satzbau etc.) werden die textbasierten Übersetzungen systematisch ergänzen.
ANG 301 Introduction to English Linguistics (Introductory course, English)
Lecture type:
Introductory course
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:

In this course you have a chance to

  • learn about the basics of synchronic linguistics,
  • get to know some descriptive and analytic tools used in linguistics,
  • practice linguistic analyses in the areas of sounds, words, and sentences,
  • find out what is of interest to you in linguistics,
  • learn to work with English textbooks,
  • and learn to accumulate and aggregate information from different sources.
Literature:

Radford, Andrew, Martin Atkinson, David Britain, Harald Clahsen, Andrew Spencer. (2009). Linguistics: an Introduction. (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Textbook, please buy!)

Instructor(s):
Ira Gawlitzek
Description:

This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central topics and terms in current (English) linguistics. We will discuss the sound system of English, how words are formed and modified in English and how words are combined to form sentences. Or in technical terms: We will cover: phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, major (syntactic) contrasts between English and German and occasionally glimpse 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.

Note that this class will be taught as a flipped classroom, which means that you prepare sessions individually by reading the textbook chapter and watching video clips online BEFORE the sessions. In class your questions will be answered and problem cases solved. You’ll learn more about this in the first session.

ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Knoll) (Tutorial, English)
Lecture type:
Tutorial
ECTS:
2.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Krämer) (Tutorial, English)
Lecture type:
Tutorial
ECTS:
2.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Stork) (Tutorial, English)
Lecture type:
Tutorial
ECTS:
2.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Grönig) (Tutorial, English)
Lecture type:
Tutorial
ECTS:
2.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
ANG 303 German-English Contrastive Analysis (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
  • You will revise and deepen your knowledge of the idiosyncrasies of G+E grammar.
  • You will develop a basic understanding of typological classification of languages.
  • You will encounter theories of L2A.
  • You will become familiar with modern methods of contrastive analysis.
  • You will be invited to think critically about implications for L2 teaching and learning.
  • You will practice your skills academic reading, writing, presenting and teamwork.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:

König, Ekkehard & Volker Gast (32012). Understanding English-German Contrasts. Berlin: Erich Schmidt.

Instructor(s):
Marlene Schulz
Description:
Historically, German and English are closely related languages. However their grammars are surprisingly different. In this seminar, we will first discuss the historic relationship between G+E and place them on the typological spectrum. By applying techniques of contrastive analysis, we will then have a close look at selected areas of G+E grammar as well as at contrasts in the lexicon and take stock of differences and similarities. Afterwards, we will discuss those in the light of Universal Grammar and other L2A theories as well as compare them with other languages. Finally, students will be introduced to “corpus analysis” as a tool for contrastive analysis.
ANG 303 Morphology (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
  • Students know (and know how to use) morphological terminology
  • Students know different morphological phenomena and can discuss siimilarities and differences
  • Students know typologically different languages and are able to classify their mother tongue(s)
  • Students know different theoretical assumptions about morphemes, morphology, and grammar
  • Students learn how to reflect upon what they know about the topic (at the beginning, during and at the end of the seminar)
  • Students have a chance to pratice their presentations skills.
  • Students enhance their ability to work with research literature
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Aronoff, Mark; Fudeman, Kirsten (2005): What is Morphology? Oxford: Blackwell.
Bauer, Laurie, Lieber, Rochelle; Plag, Ingo (2013): The Oxford reference guide to English morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Haspelmath, Martin (2002): Understanding Morphology. London: Arnold.
Katamba, Francis (1993): Morphology. Palgrave.
König, Ekkehard; Gast, Volker (2008): Understanding English-German Contrasts. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag.
Marchand, Hans (1969): The Categories and Types of Present-Day English Word-Formation. München: C. H. Beck.
Meibauer, Jörg (2007): “How marginal are  phrasal compounds? Generalized insertion, expressivity, and I/Q-interaction”. Morphology, (17), 233-259.
Plag, Ingo (2003): Word-Formation in English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Radford, Andrew et al. (1999): Linguistics. An introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Spencer, Andrew (1991): Morphological Theory. Oxford: Blackwell.
Spencer, Andrew, Zwicky, Arnold M., ed. (2001): The Handbook of Morphology. Oxford: Blackwell.
Stekauer, Pavol; Lieber, Rochelle, ed. (2005): Handbook of Word-Formation. Dordrecht: Springer (= Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 64):
Stekauer, Pavol: Lieber, Rochelle, ed. (2009): The Oxford Handbook of Compounding. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Trips, Carola (2008): “New insights into the rivalry of suffixes”. - Mediterranean Morphology Meeting, 1-19. Online Proceedings of the Mediterranean Morpholgy Meeting 6, Ithaca, Greece.
Trips, Carola (2009): Lexical Semantics and diachronic morphology: the development of the derivational suffixes -hood, -dom and -ship in the history of English. Tübingen: Niemeyer.
Trips, Carola (2012): “Empirical and theoretical aspects of phrasal compounds: against the “syntax explains it all” attitude”. - Angela Ralli, ed., Online Proceedings of the Mediterranean Morpholgy Meeting 8, Cagliari 2011, 'Morphology and the Architecture of Grammar', 322-46.
Trips, Carola (2014): “How to account for the exxpressive nature of phrasal compounds in a conceptual semantic framework”. SKASE Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, 11(1), 33-61.
Trips, Carola (2015): English syntax in three dimensions: history-synchrony-diachrony. Berlin: de Gruyter.
Trips, Carola (2016): “The relevance of phrasal compounds for the architecture of grammar”. - Pius ten Hacken, ed., The Semantics of Compounding. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 153-177.
Trips, Carola; Kornfilt, Jaklin, ed. (2015): Phrasal compounds from a typological and theoretical perspective, 68. Berlin: de Gruyter (= Special edition of STUF).
Trips, Carola; Stein, Achim (2008): “Was French -able borrowable? A diachronic study of word-formation processes due to language contact”. - Marina Dossena, Richard Dury, Maurizio Gotti, ed., English Historical Linguistics 2006, Lexical and Semantic Change, 217-41, Amsterdam Philadelphia: Benjamins.

This is the primary reading for the seminar which can be found in the UB (Semesterapparat) and in the Lehrbuchsammlung. Moreover, chapters of relevant books are provided in a pdf-version on ilias. For a good overview of types of word-formation I recommend Marchand (1969) and Bauer et al. (2013).

Electronic resources:

Marc van Oostendorp's Miracles of Human Language (MOOC):
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLzugOrS2Z8op69jva2xxkiEx6JhdbE5T5
Moti Lieberman's Ling Space:
https://www.youtube.com/user/thelingspace
Instructor(s):
Carola Trips
Description:
This seminar provides an overview of the field of morphology, the study of the internal structure of words. We will start out by discussing which phenomena are generally subsumed under morphology like word-formation and inflection. Further, we will take a look at the term morpheme and discuss if the notion of morpheme is needed at all. We will then deal with a number of morphological phenomena like derivation (e.g. kindom), inflection (I go vs. he goes, compounding (e.g. love letter, the “I love you” glance), conversion (e.g. the butter ⇒ to butter) and how they can be analysed in different morphological models. Moreover, we will deal with different interface phenomena (syntax-morphology, morphology-phonology) and discuss instances of morphological change (e.g. the borrowing of suffixes).
ANG 303 Semantics (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
  • You will develop a comprehensive understanding of the linguistic study of meaning
  • You will encounter different theoretical approaches to meaning and learn to critically evaluate them
  • You will be encouraged to make connections between Semantics, other areas of Linguistics and other related disciplines
  • You will become familiar with the scope of crosslinguistic variation in meaning
  • You will enhance your presentation and team work skills
  • You will develop your skills in critical thinking in assessing different approaches to meaning
  • You will improve your academic reading and writing skills by writing your term paper
Recommended requirement:
Literature:

Riemer, Nick (2010). Introducing Semantics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Instructor(s):
Helen Engemann
Description:

We use language in order to convey meaning to others. As such, meaning is one of the most essential aspects of language. Semantics is the branch of linguistics, which, (along with pragmatics), deals with meaning in language. But what does ‘meaning’ actually mean? Are meanings dictionary definitions, objects in the world or speakers’ intentions? Consider (1) – (3) to illustrate different types of meaning (Riemer, 2010: 7):  

  1. ‘Stout’ means ‘short and fat’
  2. In Sydney, ‘the bridge’ means the Harbour Bridge.
  3. By turning off the music I didn’t mean that you should go.

This course will provide an overview of the field of linguistic Semantics. It will introduce essential concepts for understanding the ways in which meaning can be analysed in linguistics, and acquaint students with major theoretical approaches and current debates in the field. We will investigate what units of language (morphemes, words, sentences) bear meaning and what conceptual tools are used in Semantics to analyse meaning.

Throughout the course, we will work out connections between Semantics and other areas of linguistics you encountered in the Introduction to English Linguistics, but also with psychology, anthropology, language acquisition and change. We will use cross-linguistic data from a wide range of languages to illustrate semantic phenomena and their range of variation. In each session, we will cover a chapter of our textbook. Students are expected to deliver group presentations.

ANG 307 PS Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics, Course A (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Students who want to earn credits in this course should have completed an introduction to linguistics course and should be able to understand and apply basic linguistic notions.
Learning target:
  • Apply basic knowledge of linguistic levels of description to diachronic linguistics
  • Develop a basic understanding of the dynamics of language change
  • Learn to apply appropriate terminology and theories to describe the phenomenon of language change
  • Learn to understand how diachronic texts are constructed linguistically
  • Enhance your skills in critical reflection and academic reading, writing and analyzing
Literature:
Hogg, R. & D. Denison (2008). A History of the English Language. Cambridge: CUP.

Additional reading materials will be made available on the online platform Ilias.
Examination achievement:
Assessment options:
  • Pass a final exam (5 ECTS credits), or
  • write a term paper (6 ECTS credits)
Grading:
  • Active participation, completion and timely submission of homework assignments (25% of the final grade)
  • Successful completion of 3 quizzes (grade average: 25% of the final grade)
  • Final exam / term paper (50% of the final grade)
Instructor(s):
Mareike Keller
Description:
It is a universal truth that language is constantly in flux - and the English language is the best example as it has changed enormously in the course of time like almost no other language. Just take, for instance, the first lines of the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come
.
 
In Shakespeare's times, these lines looked different:
Our father which art in heauen,
hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdome come
.
 
Three hundred years before that, even more so:
Oure fadir that art in heuenes,
halewid be thi name; thi kyngdoom come to
.
 
And right at the beginning of English language history, these lines are almost unrecognizable:
ure fæder, þu þe on heofonum eardast, ...
Sy þinum weorcum halgad ...Cyme þin rice wide
.
 
This course will help understand how the English language could change so drastically and develop into today's shape over the past centuries. It will provide a concise introduction to diachronic linguistics, which will also include an overview of the history of the English language. The course will be primarily concerned with language change on all levels of linguistic survey, and it will put key concepts which are familiar from the “Introduction to Linguistics” into a diachronic perspective. Accordingly, the main focus will be on phonological, morphological, syntactic as well as semantic and lexical change. All phenomena will be illustrated by examples taken from the English language history which spans almost sixteen centuries: Old English (450-1100), Middle English (1100-1500), Early Modern English (1500-1750) and Modern English (from 1750 onwards).
ANG 307 PS Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics, Course B (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Students who want to earn credits in this course should have completed an introduction to linguistics course and should be able to understand and apply basic linguistic notions.
Learning target:
  • Apply basic knowledge of linguistic levels of description to diachronic linguistics
  • Develop a basic understanding of the dynamics of language change
  • Learn to apply appropriate terminology and theories to describe the phenomenon of language change
  • Learn to understand how diachronic texts are constructed linguistically
  • Enhance your skills in critical reflection and academic reading, writing and analyzing
Literature:
Hogg, R. & D. Denison (2008). A History of the English Language. Cambridge: CUP.

Additional reading materials will be made available on the online platform Ilias.
Examination achievement:
Assessment options:
  • Pass a final exam (5 ECTS credits), or
  • write a term paper (6 ECTS credits)
Grading:
  • Active participation, completion and timely submission of homework assignments (25% of the final grade)
  • Successful completion of 3 quizzes (grade average: 25% of the final grade)
  • Final exam / term paper (50% of the final grade)
Instructor(s):
Tabea Harris
Description:
It is a universal truth that language is constantly in flux - and the English language is the best example as it has changed enormously in the course of time like almost no other language. Just take, for instance, the first lines of the Lord's Prayer:
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come
.
 
In Shakespeare's times, these lines looked different:
Our father which art in heauen,
hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdome come
.
 
Three hundred years before that, even more so:
Oure fadir that art in heuenes,
halewid be thi name; thi kyngdoom come to
.
 
And right at the beginning of English language history, these lines are almost unrecognizable:
ure fæder, þu þe on heofonum eardast, ...
Sy þinum weorcum halgad ...Cyme þin rice wide
.
 
This course will help understand how the English language could change so drastically and develop into today's shape over the past centuries. It will provide a concise introduction to diachronic linguistics, which will also include an overview of the history of the English language. The course will be primarily concerned with language change on all levels of linguistic survey, and it will put key concepts which are familiar from the “Introduction to Linguistics” into a diachronic perspective. Accordingly, the main focus will be on phonological, morphological, syntactic as well as semantic and lexical change. All phenomena will be illustrated by examples taken from the English language history which spans almost sixteen centuries: Old English (450-1100), Middle English (1100-1500), Early Modern English (1500-1750) and Modern English (from 1750 onwards).
ANG 312 Intermediality (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:

Nick Hornby. Juliet, Naked. Penguin Books (2014).
Ali Smith. The Accidental. Penguin Books (2006).
Steven Hall. The Raw Shark Texts. Canongate Books (2007).

Other text examples and secondary literature will be uploaded to Ilias.

Instructor(s):
Description:

Intermediality, an umbrella term for transgressions between conventionally distinct media, has been gaining momentum as an independent research area since the 1990s. In fact, the seeming trend towards a greater convergence of media within recent works of art has evoked such expressions as the intermedial turn in academia. Still, to date, the term lacks a comprehensive definition that accommodates all strategies of media crossover; no wonder, given the variety of phenomena under discussion: How, for example, do we account for a single novelistic reference to a film, an entire screen adaptation, and, say, an artistic performance involving theatre, dance, and music within one and the same framework?

 

These and related questions will be tackled in this seminar. In the process, you will acquire the fundamentals of the study of intermediality from a literary studies perspective. This includes a typology of intermedial strategies and basic terms that will help you make sense of an increasingly vast landscape of intermedial texts in a digital age. We will always be applying the knowledge gained from the seminar to select primary literature. Furthermore, we will survey and discuss relevant scholarly contributions about intermediality in class.

ANG 312 Recent Short Story Collections (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Texts:
Graham Swift. England and Other Stories. Scribner.
Ali Smith. Public Library and Other Stories. Penguin.
Sarah Hall. Madame Zero. Faber & Faber.
Instructor(s):
Stefan Glomb
Description:
Course Description:
In this seminar, we will take a close look at three short story collections published in recent years: Graham Swift's England and Other Stories (2014), Ali Smith's Public Library and Other Stories (2015), and Sarah Hall's Madame Zero (2017). The stories combined here offer a wide range of themes and narrative approaches and are therefore ideally suited for practising literary analysis and interpretation. In this context, we will focus on both thematic and aesthetic aspects. In terms of theme, we will abstract the topics that are foregrounded in the stories' engagement with contemporary (and in some cases historical) reality and also address the question of how far they are independent texts or implicitly linked to create a more complex entity. As regards aesthetic aspects, we will discuss the basic constituents of any story, i.e. narrative situation, plot, time, space, and language, and see how these formal aspects are related to the stories' thematic make-up. Of course, we will not be able to discuss all 46 stories in equal detail; in fact, singling out the stories that we consider more rewarding than others will provide insight into the factors that shape our appreciation (or, for that matter: depreciation) of a particular text.
ANG 312 British Song Lyrics from the 1960s until Today: A Survey (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Students will revisit and consolidate contents of the introductory lecture and previous seminars, and they will learn to develop and test individual categories of critical analysis in a field still marginalised in literary studies. Furthermore, they will gain an overview of major historical and cultural transformations in Britain over the last six decades, and they will be sensitised to reading literary texts as symptomatic of socio-historical circumstances, whilst taking into account the aesthetic complexities of (specific instances as well as the whole genre of) song lyrics.
Literature:
All primary as well as secondary literature will be provided on Ilias.
Instructor(s):
Sina Nathalie Schuhmaier
Description:
This seminar aims to familiarise students with the study of song lyrics, guided by two parameters that will resurface throughout the semester. An opening debate on the generic specificities of song lyrics as and in relation to literature and, respectively, poetry will introduce the basic theoretical premises for further analysis and form the basis of ongoing critical reflection in later sessions. Primarily, we will have to ponder the inseparability of song lyrics and music, as well as their performance in terms practicable for literary studies. Besides, we shall investigate specific socio-historical contexts out of which given song lyrics emerged (and which they shaped!).
Our survey will hence cover protest and counter-cultural movements as well as cynical and decidedly non-political stances, including artists such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Clash and The Smiths, PJ Harvey and Kate Tempest, as well as selected examples from the 1990s Britpop scene. Whether explicitly or implicitly, all of these artists negotiate what it means to be British, a recurring concern for us to explore not only on the level of lyrics, but also with regard to an artist’s broader self-stylisation. The choice of song lyrics for the final seminar discussions will be made by the course participants, who are encouraged to submit their own suggestions, thus concluding our survey.
ANG 312 Late Victorian Fiction (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. London, New York: Norton, 2003.
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray. London: Penguin, 2000.
H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau. London: Penguin, 2005.
Bram Stoker, Dracula. London: Vintage, 2007.
Instructor(s):
Description:
The late Victorian period, also known as the fin de siècle, produced a diverse set of literary texts that provide insight into a complex and fast-developing age similar to our own. Being preoccupied with emerging sciences such as evolutionary theory and psychology, beginning to question the British Empire, and digressing from the literary conventions of its immediate past, it differs tremendously from High Victorianism in both aesthetic and thematic terms. With its concerns being continued and intensified in Early and High Modernism, it can thus be considered a period of transition.

In this course, we will explore the key concerns of this period by looking at four central examples. Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) has entered both the English and the German language in order to describe phenomena of split personality and leading a double life. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890) is indebted to the movement of Aestheticism and questions the relationship between art and morality as well as outward and inner beauty. Recently, the BBC America TV series Orphan Black (2013-2017) picked up on H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), using the literary predecessor as a link to the 21st century version of trying to perfect human evolution by means of cloning, whereas the novel depicts a similarly hubristic example of crossing a scientific line. Finally, we will examine the world’s most famous vampire novel, Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897), which besides its fantastic and Gothic features raises questions concerning imperialism and sexuality.

In our investigation of the texts, we will draw on the tools of literary analysis as well as on the discourses of psychology and cultural studies, such as psychoanalysis, identity, and gender. Secondary texts will be provided on Ilias.
ANG 313 PS II African American Identity in American Literature (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Literature:
Sapphire – “Push.” Other literature will be announced in the first session and many texts will be provided online.
Instructor(s):
Juliane Strätz
Description:
This course investigates how African American literary expression examines the meaning of African American identity, the individual’s relationship with its community, and the oftentimes complex relationship of the author to the White American mainstream. In an attempt to comprehend the complex history of race in the United States and its effects on the individual, we will analyze the self-portrayal of Black identity in selected works of American literature.
ANG 313 PS II Harlem Renaissance (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Learning target:

- Students will develop a detailed knowledge of a major period in African American literature and its key texts.

- students will acquire an understanding of the political, cultural, and artistic forces shaping African American literature in the decade after World War I.

- students will acquire strategies of interpretation

- students will be enabled to employ critical and theoretical terms, concepts, and methods.

Literature:

Claude McKay. Home to Harlem.

Zora Neale Hurston. Jonah's Gourd Vine.

Nella Larsen. The Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen. Passing, Quicksand, and the Stories.

Wallace Thurman. The Blacker the Berry.

Instructor(s):
Description:
Flourishing in the years between the Great War and the harlem Riots of 1934, the Harlem Renaissance or “New Negro Movement” represents a significant moment oin African American literature and culture, marked y racial self-assertion, by the emancipation from white stereotypes, and by artistic experimentation. This course will focus on four major writers of this movement: Claude McKay, Zora neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, and Wallace Thurman.
ANG 313 PS II What Frightens Us (Seminar (Intermediate Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Intermediate Level)
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
Everyone willing and able to prepare the (English language) primary and secondary literature for this class and actively participate in their discussion is more than welcome to join this seminar.
Learning target:
In this seminar you will
  • Practice critical analysis of (literary) texts and interpret (literary) texts through close reading
  • Reflect on the cultural contingencies and politics of fear from the Romantic Era until today
  • Reflect on the aesthetics and history of fear in literature and film
  • gain a basic overview of film studies
  • Practice developing and defending arguments and interpretations
Literature:
Required Readings:
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. “Young Goodman Brown”
Poe, E.A. “The Murders in the Rue Morgue”
Stoker, Bram. Dracula
Lovecraft, H.P. “The Call of Cthulhu”
Siegel, Don, director. Invasion of the Body Snatchers. 1956.
Craven, Wes, director. A Nightmare on Elm Street. 1984.
Shyalaman, M. Night, director. The Visit. 2015
“Smile Dog (smile.jpg)”
Short stories and 2ndary literature will be provided via Ilias.
Instructor(s):
Dominik Matthias Steinhilber
Description:
Fear is one of our most basic emotions, serving an important evolutionary purpose. And yet, fear can be highly irrational. From xenophobia (fear and distrust of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange) to homophobia (dislike of or prejudice against homosexual people), anagnosmaphobia (fear of reading; students afflicted with this condition are advised to consider taking a different course) or panphobia (fear of everything or constant fear of an unknown cause), fear comes in a variety of shapes, oftentimes used for political purposes. The history of fear is subject to constant change. Thus, fear is both innate and learned, a basic human emotion and a cultural product. What frightens us can allow us insights into the anxieties of our time.
Despite its negative connotations, the popularity of fear inspiring subjects from the Gothic literature of the Romantic Era to our modern day horror movies shows we are paradoxically drawn to that which frightens us, finding pleasure in the confrontation with our worst fears.
Reflecting on both the aesthetics and the politics of fear, we will discuss Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, short stories by E.A. Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and H.P. Lovecraft, and the horror movies Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and The Visit (2015) alongside theoretical texts from various fields such as psychoanalysis, feminist criticism, sociology, queer studies, and literary theory, ending with an analysis of the internet-cultural phenomenon of ‘creepypasta’.
Students will have to prepare Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the first session.
ANG 330 Introductory English Skills (O'Donnell) (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
ANG 331 Introductory Translation German-English (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
3.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Stephen Krug
ANG 404 Language and Marketing I (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
As a result of this course students will:
 
  • Have acquired basic knowledge in central areas of psycholinguistics and marketing communication.
  • Be able to recognize relations between semantic and processing structures in language and the effects of linguistically determined marketing/ advertising and market research instruments.
  • Be able apply this new knowledge analytically and constructively to solve authentic problems in market research and advertising.
  • Have improved their skills in reading and comprehending research articles, giving informative and concise presentations, working in teams effectively.
  • Have acquired the basic knowledge and skills to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret an empirical (experimental) study.
  • Have prepared a research proposal that builds on previous research and describes a feasible project.
  • Have practiced to conduct an empirical or experimental study in a team.
  • Have learnt how to document and present their research findings on a scientific poster.
Literature:
A reading list (textbooks and empirical research papers) will be made available at the beginning of the course.
Instructor(s):
Dieter Thoma
Description:
Marketing communication and research heavily rely on language. Advertisers use language to convince consumers to buy a certain product. Market researchers ask consumers what they think about a product or what kind of product consumers think they need. Obviously, the success of such marketing efforts depends on linguistic and psycholinguistic processes.
Recently, the application of psycholinguistic theory to marketing communication has become a topic of great prominence in the field of consumer behavior. The use of certain linguistic structures aims at increasing activating and cognitive psychological processes, or at measuring such non-linguistic psychological variables as attention, attitude and memory. In this course, we build up psycholinguistic background knowledge and simultaneously analyze how this knowledge has been applied to the marketing context. Selected topics are: 
  • Theoretical foundations of the interfaces between language, cognition and consumer behavior
  • How principles of sound symbolism and human word recognition can inform brand name construction
  • How needs, expectations and ethics determine the potentials and limits of subliminal advertising
  • How linguistic framing manipulates consumer decision making
  • How exploiting semantic relations provides structure for consumer learning
  • How flouting the Maximes of Conversation gains attention and raises awareness in behavioral change marketing
  • How conceptual metaphors in marketing communications realize heuristic and decorative functions
  • How bilingual language processing affects cognitive and emotional consumer reactions
  • How narrative structure in commercials affects memory and emotions
The course uses a practical approach and continuously shows how theory and research evidence are relevant to analyze and criticize authentic examples from marketing practice. Moreover, we work on three extensive case studies that allow students to integrate and productively apply the course content. The cases involve developing a brand name for a pharmaceutical product, building an awareness campaign for a non-profit organization and creating a story for a crowd-sourcing campaign of a start-up company. The cases simulate agency pitches where students work in small teams (agencies), present and competitively peer-vote to select the best campaign.
ANG 404 Second Language Acquisition (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:

After completing this course, students will:

  • have an understanding of the basic terminology, including “language”, “second language acquisition”, “language learner” from a mostly psycholinguistic perspective;
  • have a general overview of the scientific literature on “second language acquisition”;
  • be able to read scientific papers and judge them critically;
  • be able to conduct their own, small-scale research project on the topic (from a psycho- and sociolinguistic perspective).
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
  • Mitchell, R., Myles, F., & Marsden, E. (2013). Second language learning theories. Routledge.
  • Ortega, L. (2014). Understanding second language acquisition. Routledge.
Instructor(s):
Description:

Learning a second (foreign) language can be a challenging task. It seems to be different from learning a first language/mother tongue in that it takes more effort and time. The levels of attainment in a second language also seem to be more variable as compared to those in a first language/mother tongue. A number of theoretical approaches have been proposed to explain second language acquisition, ranging from a nativist perspective to an emergentist perspective. Depending on which perspective is taken, different weight is attributed to learner-inherent vs. lerner-external factors.

To explore second language acquisition in depth, each week a different topic will be discussed based on the core reading, i.e. a chapter from a textbook and/or a selected research article, which will be made available. Also, each week a group of students will give a presentation on a chosen research paper referring to the currently discussed topic.

ANG 404 The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Grosjean, F. & Li, P., (2013) The Psycholinguistics of Bilingualism, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell

Pavlenko, A. (2014). The bilingual mind: And what it tells us about language and thought. Cambridge University Press
Instructor(s):
Agnieszka Ewa Krautz
Description:
This course will address various aspects of bilingualism from the psycholinguistic perspective. It will be initiated with a discussion of what it means to be bilingual for an individual as well as society. Also, ways of studying bilingual people in experimental settings will be discussed. Next bilingual speech comprehension and production will be of a major focus. Furthermore, aspects of bilingual reading, writing, as well as language acquisition will be tackled, before discussing bilingual memory, emotions and cognitive effects of bilingualism.

Each week a different element will be discussed based on the core reading, i.e. a chapter from the course textbook or a selected article. Also, each week a group of students will give a presentation on a chosen research paper referring to the currently discussed topic.
ANG 404 Crossing Borders (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Rosemarie Tracy
Description:
This course combines Linguistics and Literary studies. For the course description see same title under ANG 415.

You can use this course as a Hauptseminar in English Linguistics or in American Literature Studies. For Linguistics, register here with Priority 1, else register only under ANG 415.

All others: Please set this course to Priority 5 (you will not be admitted to Prio 5 but get one from 1 to 4).
ANG 404 Making Sense of SoundZ! (Blockseminar, Prof. Lowie, U Groningen) (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Students who have completed this course will have a broad spectrum of knowledge of acoustics, phonetics and English phonology, are familiar with methods and techniques of phonetically and phonologically investigating language phenomena, and are able to use up-to-date computer tools for this purpose (like Audacity, PRAAT, PlotVowels.R).
Recommended requirement:
Literature:

Nathan, G.S. Phonology: a cognitive grammar introduction. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2008.  €25.-

Several handouts and (online) materials made available online

Instructor(s):
Description:

This course answers all questions you have always wanted to know about speech sounds. How do we produce and understand speech sounds, what is special about the sound that people produce when they speak English, and how do (or don’t!) we manage to learn the sound system of a second language? The course takes a practical perspective to the speech analysis by introducing students to several computer programs to analyse speech in addition to dealing with (English) phonology. Our analyses will not be limited to individual segments, but will also pay detailed attention to intonation and rhythm. If you are interested in sound systems, you like useful tools for empirical analysis in addition to a thorough understanding of phonological theory and you are not afraid of challenges, this is the course you don’t want to miss.

Content and workshop topics:
1
Introduction to the course; Anatomy & physiology of speech production
Nathan, Chapters 1 and 2. Handouts, online materials
Articulatory phonetics,
2
Essentials of acoustics: sounds
Handouts, online materials, group assignments
PRAAT / Audition/Audacity Practical1 – editing & measuring speech
3
Resonance: deriving schwa; acoustics of vowels and consonants
Handouts, online materials, group assignments; Nathan, Ch. 2, group assignments
PRAAT – classification
Practical 2
4
Building blocks of phonology; phonemes revisited
Nathan, Ch 1, Nathan, Ch 3, group assignments
PRAAT – deriving schwa
Practical 3
5
Suprasegmentals: Syllables & phonotactics
Handout, online materials, group assignments
PRAAT – vowels: normalization an plotting
Practical 4
6
Prosody: syllables, stress, and intonation
Nathan, Ch 4, group assignments
PRAAT – measuring stress & intonation
Practical 5
7
Features and phonological processes: fluent speech & speech errors
Nathan, Ch 5, Ch 7, additional readings, group assignments
PRAAT – visualization of processes / sounds in interaction
Practical 6
8
Applications: New Sounds: L1 acquisition and L2 acquisition
Nathan, Chapter 9, additional readings, group assignments
PRAAT – finding New Sounds
Practical 7
9
Application: L2 phonology – more advanced analyses
Handouts, group assignments
Micro study projects
10
Devising and conduction studies in laboratory phonology
Handouts, assignment
Micro study projects

ANG 408 Diachronic Syntax (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
  • Revise and deepen your knowledge of diachronic linguistics
  • Develop a basic understanding of the dynamics of language change
  • Learn to apply appropriate terminology and theories to describe and explore the phenomenon of language change
  • Improve your skills in reading/understanding Old and Middle English texts Improve your skills in analysing historical English data
  • Enhance your skills in critical reflection and academic reading, writing and discussion
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Barber, Charles (2006): Early Modern English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Cook, Vivian; Newson, Mark (2007): Chomsky’s Universal Grammar. Oxford: Blackwell.
Denison, David (1993): English Historical Syntax. London: Longman.
Fischer, Olga, van Kemenade, Ans, Koopman, Willem; van der Wurff, Wim (2000): The syntax of early English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Freeborn, Dennis (3rd2006): From Old English to Standard English. A Course Book in Language Variation across Time. London: Palgrave Macmillan Press. Greenbaum, Sidney; Quirk, Randolph (1990): A student’s grammar of the English language. London: Longman.
Hogg, Richard (2007): An Introduction to Old English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, [Edinburgh textbooks on the English language].
Mitchell, Bruce (1985): Old English Syntax. Oxford: Clarendon.
Mosse, Fernand (1991): Handbook of Middle English. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, reprint of 1952.
Nevalainen, Terttu (2006): An introduction to Early Modern English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, [Edinburgh textbooks on the English language].
Quirk, Randolph, Greenbaum, Sidney et al. (2004): A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. London: Longman.
Roberts, Ian G. (2007): Diachronic Syntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Smith, Jeremy (1991): Essentials of Early English. London: Routledge.
Trips, Carola (2002): From OV to VO in Early Middle English. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins.
Trips, Carola (2015): English syntax in three dimensions: history–synchrony– diachrony. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.

These are some of the main books and papers, which are all in the UB (also check the Lehrbuchsammlung), and in addition there is a Seminarapparat for the class in A3. Moreover, chapters of relevant books are provided in a pdf-version on ilias.
Instructor(s):
Carola Trips
Description:
Have you ever wondered why in Shakespeare’s time you could say something like “Knowest thou not the beauty of the lake?” while today you have to use constructions like “Don’t you know the beauty of the lake?” Or have you always been intrigued by English-German contrasts manifesting themselves in main sentences like “The apple, I like it” and “Den Apfel mag ich”? If so, you’re a perfect candidate for this class!

In this class we will deal with the syntax of English mainly from a diachronic perspective, i.e. we will define a number of intriguing syntactic phenomena of Present-Day English (which are compared with German) and then go back in time and take a look at how they developed over time. We will discuss data from the main stages of English, Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English and you will learn how to analyse historical data. In addition you will learn to explain syntactic changes by evaluating different theories. We will start out with repeating the most important facts about Old, Middle and Early Modern English as well as testing your syntactic knowledge. We will then explore syntactic phenomena like verb-second or the change from object-verb to verb-object structures both synchronically and diachronically. This class functions as the class preparing for the “Rahmenthema” (alte PO LAG).

Preparation for class: as a preparation before the term starts, please reactivate your diachronic knowledge from the Introduction to diachronic linguistics class and your syntactic knowledge from the Introduction to English linguistics. The class is based on part II and III of my book English syntax in three dimensions: history-synchrony-diachrony. Berlin: de Gruyter.

The class is based on part II and III of my book English syntax in three dimensions: history-synchrony-diachrony. Berlin: de Gruyter.
ANG 409 Competence and Performance (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Recommended requirement:
Instructor(s):
Rosemarie Tracy
ANG 414 Modern Drama (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Texts:
Samuel Beckett. The Complete Dramatic Works. Faber & Faber.
Harold Pinter. Plays 3 (The Homecoming, Old Times, No Man's Land). Faber Contemporary Classics.

Secondary Literature: please take a look at the wide range of companions/handbooks published by Cambridge UP and Blackwell, which are available in print and as downloads via the UB.
Instructor(s):
Stefan Glomb
Description:
Course Description:
Without question, Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter are two of the most widely regarded and influential dramatists of the twentieth century. In breaking with dramatic and theatrical tradition, they contributed considerably to creating approaches to this genre that have ever since been considered as being particularly accomplished literary responses to the modern world. Before turning to a close reading of the individual plays, we will take a look at the main features of literary modernism and focus on the factors (both literary and extra-literary) that facilitated this new departure. We will then go on to analyse three of Beckett's plays: Waiting for Godot (1955), Endgame (1958), and Krapp's Last Tape (1959), as well as three plays by Harold Pinter: The Birthday Party (1958), The Homecoming (1965), and Old Times (1971). A meticulous reading of the plays will enable us to decide how helpful labels usually applied to these works ('theatre of the absurd', 'comedies of menace') really are, and, hopefully, lead to an awareness that these are not awe-inspiringly difficult texts which are best avoided, but modernist masterpieces that can still tell us a lot about the world we live in. We will discuss the plays in the order listed above.
ANG 414 The Novels of Ian McEwan (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Ian McEwan
Enduring Love (1997), Atonement (2001), Saturday (2005) and The Children Act (2014).
Instructor(s):
Caroline Lusin
Description:
Course description:
Following the success of his early short stories, Ian McEwan has long been recognised as one of Britain’s most outstanding contemporary novelists. In the course of his career, he has developed from a literary enfant terrible aptly nicknamed ‘Ian McAbre’ into an established author. His style has evolved from the ruthless aesthetics of shock characteristic of his early works into a kind of writing indebted to modernist and postmodernist techniques. His huge and ongoing popularity is probably due to the fact that he manages the rare feat in all his novels to combine a multi-layered approach to complex topics such as identity, consciousness, guilt, and responsibility with telling highly compelling stories. His novels are both gripping page-turners and elaborate explorations into central aspects of the human condition.

In this course, we will discuss four novels which are arguably among his best: Enduring Love (1997), Atonement (2001), Saturday (2005) and The Children Act (2014).
ANG 414 Shakespeare's Problem Plays (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Texts:
The Merchant of Venice. John Drakakis (ed.). Arden 3.
Troilus and Cressida. David Bevington (ed.). Arden 3.
Measure for Measure. N.W. Bawcutt (ed.). Oxford Shakespeare.
All's Well That Ends Well. Susan Snyder (ed.). Oxford Shakespeare.

Please make sure to buy these editions.

Secondary Literature: please take a look at the wide range of companions/handbooks published by Cambridge UP and Blackwell, which are available in print and as downloads via the UB.
Instructor(s):
Stefan Glomb
Description:
Course Description:
The term 'problem play' was invented by Shakespeare scholars in the late 19th century and referred to Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure and All's Well that Ends Well, plays that could not easily be classified as either comedies or tragedies but were located uneasily between these genres. Ever since, the term has been contested by those who criticise it as a rather helpless attempt to impose rigid generic categories on the work of an author who showed precious little concern for generic purity. This seminar is based on a rather loose understanding of the concept of the problem play, which is why we will also discuss The Merchant of Venice - a play that has commonly (and somewhat absurdly) been classified as a 'happy comedy'. What the selected plays have in common and what makes them particularly rewarding objects of study is the fact that they raise complex ethical questions while denying definite answers. It is this ambiguity that has struck many readers as being in a sense 'modern' since these plays seem to foreshadow themes and approaches characteristic of much of 20th century literature. In this course, we will do extensive close reading but also discuss selected secondary texts which will give us an insight into the astounding variety of perspectives on Shakespeare.
ANG 414 HS-BL The Female Hero: Women in Men's Shoes in British Drama, Literature, and Film (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
You, as a participant of this seminar, will
  1. be introduced to seminal texts in gender studies;
  2. get familiar with examples of English literature and film that focus on a heroine (and this in different literary-historical periods);
  3. refine your transmedial skills by looking at the phenomeon of the 'heroine' across different media and genres;
  4. make use of and refine your skills in the analysis and interpretation of drama, novel, and film; and
  5. critically tackle problems of writing literary history (among them practices of criticism or processes of canonisation)
Literature:
Plays: Thomas Dekker & Thomas Middleton, The Roaring Girl (1607-1610); Caryl Churchill, Top Girls (1982)
Novel: Ali Smith, How to be Both (2014)
Film: Pope Joan (2009)
Instructor(s):
Christine Schwanecke
Description:
Spiderman, Superman, James Bond, ‘The Doctor’ (Doctor Who) – you know them all. Aren’t there any female heroes in the world and literary and cultural history?
Yes, there are! Joan of Arc, Pope Joan, Lara Croft, Wonder Woman – there have been a variety of female (super-)heroines in literary and cultural history. But, astonishingly, the concept of ‘hero’ is heavily gendered: its default seems male. This seminar’s aim is to make the heroine visible, who – despite all evidence to the contrary – has a long history, also in British literary and cultural production. In this seminar, we will dive into gender theoretical matters as well as analyse and interpret fictions of the ‘female hero’ across a variety of genres and media: drama, novel, and film.
And who knows? The German Bundesverfassungsgericht has just accepted to acknowledge the category of a ‘third sex’ – maybe literature is more progressive than reality. Even before this decision there are heroines to be found who are not just male or female – but, actually, both.
ANG 415 HS-BL Frank Norris - The Octopus (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Students will approach key aspects of American naturalism, deepen skills in literary analysis and become familiar with basic tools in the Digital Humanities. They will be able to reflect critically on cultural, aesthetic, and socio-economic contexts and implications in relation toThe Octopus and transfer these to contemporary phenomena and discourses.
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
Before the start of the semester, please buy Frank Norris, The Octopus (1994, with an introduction by Kevin Starr). You can buy this edition at Bücher Bender on campus (Mensa).

We will also be working with electronic versions of The Octopus. Please download the free Kindle version of the novel onto your electronic device (If you do not have a Kindle reader you will need to download the free Kindle app onto your tablet, smartphone, or computer).
Instructor(s):
Regina Schober
Description:
One of the major novels of American naturalism, Frank Norris's The Octopus (1901) depicts the existential struggle of wheat farmers in late nineteenth century California vis-à-vis a powerful railroad monopoly that imposes crushing prices on wheat transportation. Through the metaphor of the ‘octopus’, Norris addresses key concepts of naturalist fiction, such as the relationship between man and nature, as well as the (im)possibility of moral agency in large scale, distributed systems.
In this seminar we will discuss some of the main themes, tropes, and literary strategies employed by The Octopus while looking at historical, economic, and cultural contexts that allow for an in-depth and differentiated exploration. Traditional approaches to interpreting the novel by cultural studies informed close readings will be complemented by more recent tools developed in the Digital Humanities, including simple computational methods of text analysis and data visualization. Assuming that The Octopus still holds relevance today and can be productively re-read in our digital age, we will ask not only what this novel can teach us about American naturalism but also what its negotiation of systems, power, control, and infrastructure can reveal about our relationship with today’s global network society.
ANG 415 HS-BL Contemporary American Fiction (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Participants will think about some crucial challenges of the present and learn to connect literary and theoretical texts; they will learn to present complex texts in short presentations (no PowerPoint) and to discuss their arguments; they will pass an oral exam or write a paper and will thus become familiar with the main forms of exams.
Regulary participation, a presentation in class or a book review, a seminar paper (15 pages in English) or oral exam.
Literature:

Texts:
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Americanah. New York: Anchor Books, 2014.
Eggers, David. The Circle. New York: Vintage, 2014.
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit by the Goon Squad. London: Corsair, 2010.
Instructor(s):
Ulfried Reichardt
Description:
In this seminar we will read three recent novels dealing with current topics. Dave Eggers’s The Circle focuses on the dangers of the internet, of social networks, and of quantification for the individual; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah on race and racism on several levels; and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad on pop music, interconnected lives, and the effects of technology on music and language. We will also study theoretical texts on popular music, on race and racial relations, on digital media, networks, and the notion of the quantified self.
Eggers’s The Circle has to be read by the beginning of the seminar.
ANG 415 HS-BL From Close Reading to Machine Reading (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Students will become acquainted with major cultural theories of reading and literacy, both in terms of traditional humanities and the digital humanities. Students will gain analytical skills in relation to primary material as well as theory and will be able to reflect critically on one of the major cultural practices of our knowledge society.
Instructor(s):
Regina Schober
Description:
“Reading brings us unknown friends,” Honoré de Balzac declared, while Carl Sagan stated that “to read is to voyage through time.” Why do we read? How does reading help us make sense of the world, under which circumstances does reading become a form of empowerment, and what does it mean if reading is increasingly performed by machines rather than by humans? In this seminar we will explore some of the cultural, historical, political, ethical, and media-technological practices, functions, and debates surrounding the technique(s) of reading. We will address prevalent theories of reading from the 19th century up until today (with a focus on US American culture), look at the politics of literacy, and reflect on current media change and the ways in which the process of ‘reading’ also in the Humanities has shifted from traditional ‘close reading’ to analytical processes associated with the term ‘distant reading’. We will discuss these theories and analytical approaches by applying them to the reading of both US fiction and non-fiction, thus connecting them to individual and historically shared reading experiences.
ANG 415 HS-BL Crossing Borders (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Students will learn interdisciplinary theoretical and practical approaches to Linguistics and Literature and discuss critical texts about border crossings
Literature:
Theoretical texts by Gloria Anzaldúa, Walter D. Mignolo and Homi Bhabha will be provided in class. The novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao byJunot Diaz has to be purchased. A second novel will be announced at the beginning of February.
Instructor(s):
Rosemarie Tracy
Description:
The interdisciplinary seminar Border studies invites those interested in exploring the fuzzy areas between literary and linguistic scholarship. It focuses on identities shaped at the interface of two or more cultures and languages. Scholars as well as writers of fiction argue that writing from the boundary is always doubly encoded, that the experience of living between two (or more) worlds results in a kind of “border thinking” which goes beyond binary oppositions and creates a state of hybridity, of in-betweenness, a Third Space. The border is thus not only a spatial category but an epistemological metaphor offering new insights about how life is lived at the periphery. The border metaphor exposes hegemonic, imperialist and colonialist power structures and replaces narrow nationalist identities with transnational and transcultural visions of the future. In the course of this semester, we will be actively involved in crossing yet another border, namely the divide between literary scholarship and linguistic research by raising the question of how language enters into the construction of identity, both in terms of socio-symbolic function and with respect to linguistic form (for instance via language mixing).
– In this seminar we will read theoretical texts about “border thinking” by Gloria Anzaldúa and Walter D. Mignolo, discuss concepts of hybridity and in-betweenness (Bhabha), and apply “border thinking” to fictional texts which deal imaginatively with the problems and promises of living in a borderland: one text is a novel by Dominican American writer Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao); a second novel will be announced at the beginning of February. We will also discuss linguistic approaches to language choice and code-switching. Students will find theoretical texts on Ilias. The novels have to be purchased.
ANG 415 HS-BL Literature-Film-Finance (Seminar (Advanced Level), English)
Lecture type:
Seminar (Advanced Level)
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Participants will learn to move between and connect literary texts and economic theory, and think about the representation of finances in novels and films; they will learn to present complex texts in short presentations (no PowerPoint) and to discuss their arguments; they will pass an oral exam or write a paper and will thus become familiar with the main forms of exams
Literature:
Please purchase the following editions:
Don DeLillo, Cosmopolis, Scribner, 2003
Martha McPhee, Dear Money, Mariner Books, 2011
Richard Powers, Gain, Picador, 1999
Instructor(s):
Ulfried Reichardt
Description:
In the last decade, particularly since the collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers in September 2008 and the ensuing financial crisis, money and the financial system have become important subjects in contemporary literature and film. In this seminar we will discuss novels and films which represent important aspects of economics and more specifically of the financial industry, yet which link them to cultural factors such as versions of individuality and gender. These novels and films can be regarded as powerful diagnoses of contemporary American culture and society.

We will read Richard Powers’s Gain, Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, and Martha McPhee's Dear Money. In addition, the movies Wall Street and Margin Call will be discussed. We will also read and discuss some theoretical essays on the subject (Alexis de Tocqueville, Mark C. Taylor, Joseph Stiglitz, Woodmansee and Osteen, Randy Martin among others).
ANG 416 A Survey of British Literature and Culture (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Caroline Lusin
Description:
Course description:
Literature, in some sense, is like history: You need to know the past in order to fully understand and appreciate the present. And to some extent, literature is like an animal species: It changes and evolves in response to its circumstances. Historical events, such as the invention of the printing press or the French Revolution, had a profound impact on the history of literature, too. If you study literature, it is therefore essential to gain at least a rough overview of the history of literature as well as the key cultural and historical events that took place in each literary period. This is why taking this class is strongly recommended to all students of British literature even if it is not a mandatory part of your syllabus.

          This lecture will take you on a journey through the history of British literature from the Renaissance to the present, thus covering the time from the late 15th to the early 21st century. It will introduce you to the most important periods in the history of British literature as well as to central works of canonical authors. The course will combine lectures with interactive tasks. In each class we will trace the history of the period in question and identify its distinguishing features by reading excerpts from a specific text.
ANG 416 VL Modernism in America (Lecture, English)
Lecture type:
Lecture
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Please purchase the following edition:
John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer. Boston, New York: Mariner / Houghton Mifflin (2000).
Instructor(s):
Ulfried Reichardt
Description:
This lecture course will introduce students to modernism in American literature and culture. It will present a broad picture of social and cultural developments in the era, including developments in technology, the sciences and media, and look more specifically at art, music, and film. In the center, however, will be literature – poetry and fiction. African American literature and the Harlem Renaissance will also be considered. A central focus will be on New York City as the paradigmatic modern metropolis.
Every participant will have to read John Dos Passos, Manhattan Transfer (1925).Regular presence is mandatory; final written exam – or five pages essay for LAG students
ANG 421 London- An Excursion (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Philip Griffiths
ANG 421 Canada: an interactive experience (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Philip Griffiths
Description:
Taught in collaboration with two Canadian universities – Guelph and Waterloo –, this course will explore a wide range of core topics that define the Canadian experience, ranging from concepts of Canadian multi-culturalism and ethnicity to representations of Canadian landscapes and environments.
 
We will not approach these topics in a traditional teacher-centred/classroom-centred way; instead, Mannheim students will be paired off with Canadian students from Guelph and Waterloo and will then explore a chosen topic (selected in the first week of class) together. Using a number of tools at your disposal – chat rooms, skype, twitter, blogs etc – you will exchange ideas online and lay the groundwork for a presentation on your chosen topic in the second half of term. In your interactive sessions, your Canadian peers will answer questions you have devised to shed light on your chosen topic; in turn, you will answer questions about German culture and society devised by your Canadian counterparts (all of which are German studies students). In this way, you will not only gain unique insights into what it means to be Canadian but also improve your English language skills and help second-language learners of German gain a sense of what it means to grow up and live in Germany.
 
Please note: Since we will be discussing the key features of the course in our first session, it is vital you come to our first lesson!
ANG 421 UK-Deutschland Beziehungen (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Instructor(s):
Description:
Die Seminarveranstaltung 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 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.

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

Zur Lehrperson:
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 AA Berlin und Botschafter im Nahen Osten sowie in Europa.

Formalien, Themenvergabe und Einführung in das Seminar in der 1. Sitzung am 16. Februar 2018.
ANG 421 Ireland (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
In this course, you will gain basic knowledge of Irish history. You will understand how Ireland became part of the United Kingdom and then how the South broke away to become independent. You will understand why there has always been a conflict of interest among the inhabitants in the island's northern province. You will also gain basic knowledge in areas of Irish culture such as music, literature and sport.
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
Description:
This course is an introduction to Ireland and is divided into two parts. The first part looks at the history of Ireland concentrating on the background to the Troubles. The second part deals with Irish culture and society today. Participants are expected to chose subjects for this part; which they will present to the class. The history of Ireland is presented in a reader, which will be distributed at the beginning of the term.
ANG 421 British Politics (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
In this course, you will learn how Britain's system of government has developed over many years. You will get to know the institutions that form a part of this system and how they function today. You will gain an insight into the various policies of britain's post-(second-world) war governments and learn how divided all political camps are today after the recent “Brexit” referendum.
Instructor(s):
Ian Bailey
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. Particular emphasis will be given to current developments after the recent referendum on the UK's future outside the EU.
ANG 422 The American Political Tradition (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Course participants should purchase:

Critchlow, Donald T. American Political History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2015.
ISBN: 978-0-19-934005-7

Other short readings will be made available on Ilias, onthe web site for the course.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
This seminar traces the course of American political philosophy and practice from the colonial era to the present and examines the contemporary political scene concerning major issues, political parties, and the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, among other topics, in order to understand the roots of American political ideas as well as how particular political ideologies and policies are faring in the current context.
ANG 422 US Visual Culture (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
• you will learn basic terms involved with / describing the evolution of the concept of visual culture
• you will be able to identify and analyze key media images and relate them to their broader cultural contexts
• you will learn to apply theory to cultural events and media in order to gain a deeper understanding of the topic
• you will practice research and presentation skills by selecting a weekly topic and acting as the discussion leader(s)
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
Is there something uniquely visual about US American culture?

Even in times of fake news, seeing is believing. Perhaps this is because our visual cortex is one of our most rapidly evolving organs or that our technology can now reproduce images at an even more astounding rate. Since the material turn in the social sciences, the idea of visual culture has been explored / is being explored on a variety of levels including gender, art, news reports on war and violence, visualizing history and memory, and of course, the visual attention required in today’s cyberculture.

This class aims to discuss these topics on hand from texts by visual culture theorists such as Nicholas Mirzoeff, Jack Halberstam, Frantz Fanon, Donna Haraway and Walter Benjamin (among others) in order to relate and give meaning to the production of images and our reception of them today.
ANG 422 Hillbillies, Rednecks and White Trash (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
  • you will learn basic terms involved with / describing critical whiteness and othering
  • you will be able to place key historical events and legislation involved with defining privilege in the USA
  • you will learn key concepts about the history of minority groups (WASPs, Scots Irish, Irish, Jews) and the road to ‘becoming white’
  • you will learn to apply theory to cultural events and media in order to gain a deeper understanding of the topic
  • you will practice research and presentation skills by selecting a weekly topic and acting as the discussion leader(s)
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
The aftermath of the last presidential election still has many reeling, perhaps because many do not understand how a white populist base could wield so much power in a melting pot of cultures.
Ideas about critical whiteness have been around since the 1990’s and many have (Frantz Fanon, Malcolm X, etc. ) questioned the idea of whiteness (particularly regarding white supremacy) even before then. On the other hand, the white population in the US do not consider themselves to be enjoying the privilege so often ascribed to them especially in areas of high unemployment such as the Rust Belt or those in the midst of an opioid epidemic. 

In order to make some sense of today’s events, it is necessary to learn about the history of white Americans especially those who were considered as non-whites when came to US shores like the Scots Irish, Irish, and Jews. Books such as Hillbilly Elegy:  A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis  by J.D. Vance  or All Soul’s: A Family Story from Southie by Michael Patrick MacDonald or movies like Eminem’s 8 Mile or American Honey try to put a personal face on racism, busing, white supremacy, poverty and hardship. If we want to understand the Trump voter, we need to understand the cultural, social and historical context in which this person is situated.

In addition to these testimonials, we will revisit Richard Dyer’s White as well as newer theories on critical whiteness to see whether they can encompass the continuing trend towards populism and reactionary racism that America is experiencing today. This course will consider groups considered to be white in the US today as ethnic entities upon which theories of race and othering can be applied. Thereby, this course does not aim to vilify any group or to vindicate white supremist ideology. Our goal is to analyze the layers of cultural complexity involved in order to increase our cultural understanding of historical events and current trends.
ANG 425 The Evolution of American Popular Music (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
6.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Short readings for the weekly sessions will be made available on Ilias, the internet site for the course.
Instructor(s):
John Miller Jones
Description:
This course will survey the history of American popular music with most of the focus on the major styles that have evolved since the beginning of the 20th century: blues, jazz, country, rock, soul, hip hop, etc., along with their cultural/social significance.
ANG 428 Fachdidaktik II (LAG nach Praxissemester, MSc.Wipäd), Course A (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
5.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:

In this course you have a chance to

•            learn about and practice the tasked based approach to L2 teaching

•            learn about recent research finding  and prominent concepts in didactics

•            practice planning and designing a lesson combining literary, linguistic and cultural aspects

•            simulate a task and get feedback on this simulation

Recommended requirement:
Literature:

Will be announced shortly.

Examination achievement:

Course credits will be awarded for:

•            regular and active participation (10%)

•            small course assignments during the semester (20%)

•            lesson tests (20%)

•            the independent design and simulation of an English lesson + précis + handout (50%)

Instructor(s):
Frauke Fried
Description:

Planning and teaching an English unit bears multiple challenges

•            planning structured and motivating lessons

•            training different skills of the students

•            enhancing the student’s language competence

•            addressing different cultural and intercultural topics

•            and of course fulfilling the requirements of the Bildungsplan

 

We are going to address the topics above by taking a recently published text as a basis, for which we will step-by-step plan a unit that is then ready to use in class. Important aspects we are going to address is the combination of theoretical knowledge, challenging aspects of language teaching and your practical experience during your internship to create useful practical tasks.

ANG 428 Fachdidaktik II (LAG nach Praxissemester, MSc.Wipäd), Course B (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
5.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:

In this course you have a chance to

•            learn about and practice the tasked based approach to L2 teaching

•            learn about recent research finding  and prominent concepts in didactics

•            practice planning and designing a lesson combining literary, linguistic and cultural aspects

•            simulate a task and get feedback on this simulation

Recommended requirement:
Literature:

Will be announced shortly.

Examination achievement:

Course credits will be awarded for:

•            regular and active participation (10%)

•            small course assignments during the semester (20%)

•            lesson tests (20%)

•            the independent design and simulation of an English lesson + précis + handout (50%)

Instructor(s):
Ira Gawlitzek
Description:

Planning and teaching an English unit bears multiple challenges

•            planning structured and motivating lessons

•            training different skills of the students

•            enhancing the student’s language competence

•            addressing different cultural and intercultural topics

•            and of course fulfilling the requirements of the Bildungsplan

 

We are going to address the topics above by taking a recently published text as a basis, for which we will step-by-step plan a unit that is then ready to use in class. Important aspects we are going to address is the combination of theoretical knowledge, challenging aspects of language teaching and your practical experience during your internship to create useful practical tasks.

ANG 542 MA, MAKuWi: Advanced Essay Writing & Academic Writing, nur FSS (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
you will have gained experience in writing various types of academic texts
• you will be able to analyze a text on hand from its structure and style
• you will be able to critique / review secondary sources on a key topic and express your opinion in academic terms
• you will gain a sensitivity to some of the problem areas in academic writing presented in sexist / racist language as well as become acquainted with current buzzwords in the field
• you will learn to apply these methods to your own research goals
Literature:
Students will be asked to obtain a copy of Academic Writing. 2014. Felicitas Macgilchrist. (Uni Tipps, Band 4087) by the second week of class.


Publisher: UTB GmbH; 1 edition (17 Sep 2014)
Language: Englisch
ISBN-10: 3825240878
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
Academic Writing for Master’s students is designed to deepen writing skills that were developed in your undergraduate studies and introduce you to different forms of writing that you will encounter as you further your academic career. This could include writing abstracts, peer reviews, critiques, analysis of graphs / tables, research proposals and annotated bibliographies. Students will be asked to complete four writing tasks which will be graded and have the option of revising their drafts. Writing conventions, common pitfalls and gray areas such as the usage of ‘sexist’ pronouns in academic writing will be presented and discussed.
 
This course will work in tandem with the course: ANG 621 MaKuWi: Landeskunde “Economy, Business, Society.” Topics, articles, research papers, etc. from the course can be used for our writing exercises with the aim of deepening knowledge of these topics while considering ways to write about them. This will also give students the chance to engage with these texts from a different perspective, namely – the structure of the argument, register, logical coherence and genre.
 
Although ANG 621 is not a pre-requisite for taking this course, more attention will be given to the types of writing those in the MaKuWi program are likely to encounter – including using APA and MLA style guides.
ANG 542 MA LIMEKU: Advanced Essay Writing & Academic Writing, nur FSS (Exercise, English)
Lecture type:
Exercise
ECTS:
4.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
you will have gained experience in writing various types of academic texts
• you will be able to analyze a text on hand from its structure and style
• you will be able to critique / review secondary sources on a key topic and express your opinion in academic terms
• you will gain a sensitivity to some of the problem areas in academic writing presented in sexist / racist language as well as become acquainted with current buzzwords in the field
• you will learn to apply these methods to your own research goals
Literature:
Students will be asked to obtain a copy of Academic Writing. 2014. Felicitas Macgilchrist. (Uni Tipps, Band 4087) by the second week of class.


Academic Writing (Uni Tipps, Band 4087).2014 by Felicitas Macgilchrist 
Publisher: UTB GmbH; 1 edition (17 Sep 2014)
Instructor(s):
Susan Montoya
Description:
Academic Writing for Master’s students is designed to deepen writing skills that were developed in your undergraduate studies and introduce you to different forms of writing that you will encounter as you further your academic career. This could include writing abstracts, peer reviews, critiques, analysis of graphs / tables, research proposals and annotated bibliographies. Students will be asked to complete four writing tasks which will be graded and have the option of revising their drafts. Writing conventions, common pitfalls and gray areas such as the usage of ‘sexist’ pronouns in academic writing will be presented and discussed.
 
This course will work in tandem with other Master’s courses for literature (ANG 602). Topics, articles, research papers, etc. from these courses will be used for our writing exercises with the aim of deepening knowledge of these topics while considering ways to write about them. This will also give students the chance to engage with these texts from a different perspective, namely – the structure of the argument, register, logical coherence and genre.
 
This course is designed for LiMeKu and other students who want to place  more attention on writing about literary topics. Emphasis will be given to the types of writing that those in the LiMeKu program are likely to encounter – including using APA and MLA style guides.
ANG 601 The Multilingual Mind (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
  • You will gain a comprehensive insight into what it means to be multilingual
  • You will become acquainted with state of the art research on multilingualism from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • You will be encouraged to make connections between theories and methods in diverse fields of research
  • You will acquire knowledge about different methodological approaches to multilingualism and be encouraged to critically evaluate their advantages and disadvantages
  • You will improve your skills in reading, comprehending and presenting research articles to others
Recommended requirement:
Literature:
A reading list will be made available at the beginning of the course.
Instructor(s):
Helen Engemann
Description:

Owing to the ever-increasing globalisation and levels of migration in today’s world, the phenomenon of multilingualism has become far more widespread and has attracted a great deal of attention in linguistic, psychological and sociological research. Given this growing impact of the multilingual individual in today’s society, there is a pressing demand to gain a deeper understanding of how the multilingual mind works. How are multilinguals different from “monolinguals” (if at all), in terms of their linguistic behaviour, but also their cognitive processes and representations? How do children and adults come to be multilinguals, how do they maintain or even lose their multilingualism? This course elucidates different facets of the multilingual experience by examining research from an interdisciplinary perspective, including fields as diverse as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, developmental psychology and sociology. In each session, we will cover a chapter of the handbook that addresses one aspect of multilingualism. Students are expected to deliver group presentations that provide the basis for in-class discussions. Throughout the course, an additional focus will be on methodological aspects of multilingualism research. Students will create a research methods portfolio as part of the course requirement.

ANG 601 Language and Marketing II (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
As a result of this course students will:
 
  • Have acquired basic knowledge in central areas of psycholinguistics and marketing communication.
  • Be able to recognize relations between semantic and processing structures in language and the effects of linguistically determined marketing/ advertising and market research instruments.
  • Be able apply this new knowledge analytically and constructively to solve authentic problems in market research and advertising.
  • Have improved their skills in reading and comprehending research articles, giving informative and concise presentations, working in teams effectively.
  • Have acquired the basic knowledge and skills to design, conduct, analyze, and interpret an empirical (experimental) study.
  • Have prepared a research proposal that builds on previous research and describes a feasible project.
  • Have practiced to conduct an empirical or experimental study in a team.
  • Have learned how to document and present their research findings on a scientific poster.
Literature:
A reading list (textbooks and empirical research papers) will be made available at the beginning of the course
Instructor(s):
Dieter Thoma
Description:
Marketing communication and research heavily rely on language. Advertisers use language to convince consumers to buy a certain product. Market researchers ask consumers what they think about a product or what kind of product consumers think they need. Obviously, the success of such marketing efforts depends on linguistic and psycholinguistic processes.
Recently, the application of psycholinguistic theory to marketing communication has become a topic of great prominence in the field of consumer behavior. The use of certain linguistic structures aims at increasing activating and cognitive psychological processes, or at measuring such non-linguistic psychological variables as attention, attitude and memory. In this course, we build up psycholinguistic background knowledge and simultaneously analyze how this knowledge has been applied to the marketing context. Selected topics are: 
  • Theoretical foundations of the interfaces between language, cognition and consumer behavior
  • How principles of sound symbolism and human word recognition can inform brand name construction
  • How needs, expectations and ethics determine the potentials and limits of subliminal advertising
  • How linguistic framing manipulates consumer decision making
  • How exploiting semantic relations provides structure for consumer learning
  • How flouting the Maximes of Conversation gains attention and raises awareness in behavioral change marketing
  • How conceptual metaphors in marketing communications realize heuristic and decorative functions
  • How bilingual language processing affects cognitive and emotional consumer reactions
  • How narrative structure in commercials affects memory and emotions
The course uses a practical approach and continuously shows how theory and research evidence are relevant to analyze and criticize authentic examples from marketing practice. Moreover, we work on three extensive case studies that allow students to integrate and productively apply the course content. The cases involve developing a brand name for a pharmaceutical product, building an awareness campaign for a non-profit organization and creating a story for a crowd-sourcing campaign of a start-up company. The cases simulate agency pitches where students work in small teams (agencies), present and competitively peer-vote to select the best campaign.
ANG 601 Code-Switching (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Learning goals
1. Acquiring basic knowledge of core concepts and theories used in code-switching research
2. Improving skills in discussing and evaluating research papers in a group of peers
3. Independent identification and linguistic description of typical code-switching phenomena
4. Application of theoretical knowledge to empirical data
5. Documentation and presentation own findings in oral and written form
Literature:
Course book: Gardner-Chloros, P. (2009). Codeswitching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A reading list will be made available at the beginning of the course.
Instructor(s):
Mareike Keller
Description:
In this course we will look at linguistic code-switching - the alternating use of more than one language in a single conversation. We will address social and pragmatic aspects of bilingual language use but will focus primarily on structural aspects (morphology, syntax) and the implications of a possible code-switching grammar for questions of language processing. We will explore code-switching as a subject of linguistic inquiry by reading seminal papers and discussing the theoretical concepts and approaches proposed. As part of the course requirement, students will examine recordings and transcripts of oral and written code-switching data in order to find out where the existing theoretical models and categorizations are useful, what their shortcomings are, and how you can describe and interpret the phenomena you observe in a linguistically sound way.
ANG 602 Novels of 2017 (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:

Literature:
Kamila Shamsie, Home Fire
Ali Smith, Winter
Fiona Mozley, Elmet
N.N.

 

Instructor(s):
Caroline Lusin
Description:
Course description:
Centring on some of the most recently published novels, this seminar aims to explore what is going on in British and Irish literature right now. What perspective do British and Irish novels published in the year 2017 provide on our day and age? What topics and current issues do they address, and to what purpose? What literary techniques do they employ to set in scene these issues? And what, last but not least, are the benefits of literature in particular as a medium for cultural self-reflection and social criticism?
Though published in the same year, the four novels we will discuss in this class focus on very different aspects of contemporary life. Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire (2017), a modern re-writing of Sophocles’ Antigone, explores the breaking up of a Muslim family against the backdrop of fundamentalist terror in contemporary London; Ali Smith’s Winter (2017) is the second part of her Seasonal Quartet, an elegiac meditation on time, love and death; Fiona Mozley’s Elmet (2017), hailed by critics as “pastoral idyll, political exposé, cosy family saga and horror tale” (Sunday Times), tells the story of two siblings growing up on the margins of society cared for by a father who makes his living from violence. The fourth novel will be announced by the start of term.
ANG 602 The Nature-Culture Dualism in British Fiction (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
7.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Literature:
Texts:
Emily Bronte. Wuthering Heights. Lucasta Miller (ed.). Penguin Classics.
Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness. Owen Knowles & Robert Hampson (eds.). Penguin Classics.
Ian McEwan. Black Dogs. Vintage.
Sarah Hall. The Wolf Border. Faber & Faber.

Secondary Literature: please take a look at the wide range of companions/handbooks published by Cambridge UP and Blackwell, which are available in print and as downloads via the UB.
Instructor(s):
Stefan Glomb
Description:
Course Description:
Determining the exact relation of nature and culture has always been considered an important as well as difficult task, giving rise to a wide range of explanations, theories, concepts, and evaluations, all of which are embedded in specific cultural and historical contexts. Even the seemingly straightforward solution of allocating everything created by human beings to culture and hence defining nature as that which exists independently of man's efforts proves problematic: climate change and Dolly, the cloned sheep, for example, blur the lines between the natural and the man-made. A reaction to this quandary, which is prevalent today, is what is called monism, i.e. singling out either nature or culture as the single entity that spans everything. Thus, naturalism claims that there is only nature and that culture, too, is dependent on natural prerequisites, such as brain functions, the shape of our hands, or the ability to use language. Conversely, culturalism claims that our only access to nature is via culture, i.e. every thought and activity related to nature is mediated by cultural concepts and technologies. In this seminar, we will take these theoretical difficulties as our starting point for analysing four novels written between the mid-nineteenth century and today. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1847) reads like a Romantic text that inadvertently strayed into the Victorian age. What, on the face of it, seems like a mere love story is actually a very complex negotiation of the fraught relation of nature and culture. Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness (1899) problematizes the assumptions underlying colonialism and imperialism and is eerily prescient in anticipating the atrocities that were to mark the twentieth century. Ian McEwan's Black Dogs (1992) is set just after the Nazi crimes have happened and addresses the problem of how to locate violence within the nature-culture dualism. Finally, Sarah Hall's The Wolf Border (2015) focuses on a project aiming to re-naturalize wolves in England and links this to other contexts where transgressing borders is at stake. We will read the novels in chronological order.
ANG 602 HS-ML Formations of Subjectivity (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Learning target:
Students are expected to present texts and ideas based on their own research; they will get acquainted with current research and learn to discern among competing approaches.
Regular presence, a presentation in class, seminar paper or oral exam.
Literature:
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior
Dave Eggers,The Circle
Richard Powers,The Echo Maker
Instructor(s):
Ulfried Reichardt
Description:
In this seminar, we will focus on three novels in order to explore contemporary conceptions of subjectivity as well as formations of the individual in the US. A further significant focus will concern theoretical texts about “individualism” and cognitive science. We will read Dave Eggers’s The Circle as a fictional experiment that takes today’s internet culture and the power of the Silicon Valley just a few steps further by imagining a corporation that combines google- and facebook-like structures into a dystopia that in the meantime might approach realism. Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior investigates the concept of the individual by dramatizing and comparing traditional Chinese, modern American, and hybrid Chinese-American identities. Richard Powers’s The Echo Maker analyzes consciousness and the functioning of the brain from the perspective of cognitive science, asking if a self exists at all. After an accident, the protagonist has lost all sense of self and feels like being no one. Christopher Nolan’s film Inception plays with reality as a construction of the brain that may be altered.
ANG 621 MaKuWi: Landeskunde “Economy, Business, Society” (Seminar, English)
Lecture type:
Seminar
ECTS:
Course suitable for:
Language of instruction:
English
Hours per week:
2
Registration procedure:
REGISTRATION: All incoming exchange students at the School of Humanities need to register for their courses via the Registration Form which will be emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de ANMELDUNG: Alle Austauschstudierenden der Philosophischen Fakultät müssen sich über ein Anmeldeformular für ihre Kurse anmelden, das ihnen vor Beginn des Semesters per Email zugeschickt wird. Für weitere Informationen wenden Sie sich bitte an: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de
Examination achievement:
Regular attendance, preparation of and contribution to our group discussions are expected. The course grade will be based on a 10 - 15 min presentation, a 5-page essay and in-class participation.
This course will work in tandem with the course ANG 542 Academic Writing for Makuwis. Although ANG 542 is not a pre-requisite for taking this course, it is highly recommended to take both courses in the same semester.
Instructor(s):
Christiane Koch
Description:
After the Second World War, a new liberal world order led by the US started to develop around the ideas of economic openness, multilateral organizations and democratic solidarity. By the end of the Cold War, this order seemed to have outlived any other ideological concept, and the success of Western ideas was described as “the end of history” (Francis Fukuyama). But since the subprime crisis in 2007, which soon turned into the Great Recession, the idea of a free-wheeling capitalist system has lost some of its appeal. Nowadays, the liberal world order seems to be in crisis - in economic as well as ideological and political terms. Why? Is this all down to the latest developments in the US under Trump or are there other aspects to consider? And what is the current and future role of Russia and China?
While trying to find some answers to these questions, we will talk about inequality and its consequences, work and labor in a digitalized world, about globalization, the Great Recession and the rise of populism. Some basic tools and concepts of politics, political systems and economics will be introduced at the beginning.