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Philosophische Fakultät (englisch)

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:

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Germanistik

Es wurden keine Veranstaltungen gefunden.

Geschichte

The weight of the past: how medieval myths influence modern identities (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
Preparatory reading:
  • Warren Brown, Violence in Medieval Europe (Pearson Ltd, 2011)
  • H. Kamen, Imagining Spain: Historical Myth and National Identity (New Haven, 2008)
  • N. Berend, ‘The Medieval Origins of Modern Nationalism? Stephen of Hungary and el Cid of Spain’ in The Creation of Medieval Northern Europe, ed. L Melve and S. Sønnesyn (Oslo, 2012), 219-245.
Lektor(en):
Annette Kehnel
Beschreibung:
The weight of the past: how medieval myths influence modern identities
 
Language: English
 
Lecturer: Nora Berend (University of Cambridge), responsible Annette Kehnel
 
Offered for: Max. 20 students. Open for all international students with an interest in historical explanation and impact
 
Credits: 10 ECTS
 
Content:

The University of Mannheim is pleased to add a course by the internationally renown scholar Nora Berend (Cambridge) to our international teaching programme. Nora is Reader and researcher in Medieval history at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on the place of non-Christians in medieval Christian society, including economic, social, legal, and religious interaction; and on medieval frontiers, Christianization and state-building - http://christianization.hist.cam.ac.uk. Her current work focuses on the formation of identity in medieval and modern times. The course in Mannheim will focus on ways in which medieval violence is portrayed and used in modern nationalism and on the way in which medieval myths influence modern identities.
 
 
Dates:

Mo 02.10.       08.30h 11.45h
We 04.10        17.15h-18.45h
Mo 09.10        08.30h-11.45h
Tue 10.10        17.15h-18.45h
We 11.10        17.15h-18.45h
Fr 13.10          17.15h-18.45h
Mo 16.10        08.30h-11.45h
Tue 17.10        17.15h-18.45h
Mo 23.10        08.30h-11.45h
We 25.10        17.15h-18.45h
Fr 27.10.          17.15h -18.45h exam
 
Room: to be announced
IDV 401 Lecture International Cultural Studies (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Philipp Gassert
Beschreibung:
This lecture course provides a wide-ranging overview of a selection of well-known classics of social and cultural thought beginning with Johann Gottfried Herder, who first introduced the idea that cultures are plural and shaped by history. We will then focus on several of the nineteenth and twentieth century classics including Karl Marx, W.E.B. DuBois, Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci, Simone de Beauvoir and others. The lecture ends with a look at more recent authors such as Edward Said and Homi K. Bhabha. The aim of exploring these authors and their intellectual worlds is a twofold one: On the one hand, I will ask about the historical contexts, in which certain ideas were taking shape. How did some of the most well-known representatives of social thought perceive of their time and their present? How can we relate ideas to particular social and cultural developments (which includes economic change, media revolutions, the heavy weight of intellectual traditions, and societal restrictions on what qualified as legitimate thought)? On the other hand, I will ask how concepts such as “culture” or “society” have changed over time. To what extent is what we today perceive of as our world shaped by historical, cultural, and religious traditions? Why did some authors succeeded in catching the “spirit” of their time and ended up as celebrated “classics,” whereas others have been all but forgotten? Knowledge has a history that is often shaped through relations of power as Foucault (another author who will be covered) has reminded us.

Reading list will be provided at the beginning of the term.

Requirements: Attendance, Reading, Final Exam (100% of grade)
IDV 402 Tutorium Vorlesung ICS (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
You do not need to register for the tutorial. If you are visiting the lecture IDV 401 International Cultural Studies, you will be assigned to one of the two tutorials. Please do not include it in your registration form.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
IDV 402 Tutorium Vorlesung ICS (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
You do not need to register for the tutorial. If you are visiting the lecture IDV 401 International Cultural Studies, you will be assigned to one of the two tutorials. Please do not include it in your registration form.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):

Philosophie

Es wurden keine Veranstaltungen gefunden.

Romanistik

Es wurden keine Veranstaltungen gefunden.

Medien- und Kommunikations­wissenschaften

MKW 432: Selective exposure in digital media (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
 Borenstein, M., Hedges, L. V., Higgins, J. P., & Rothstein, H. R. (2009). Introduction to meta-analysis. Wiley.

Del Vicario, M., Bessi, A., Zollo, F., Petroni, F., Scala, A., Caldarelli, G., … Quattrociocchi, W. (2016). The spreading of mis­information online. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(3), 554–559.

Domahidi, E., & Günther, E. (2017). 60 years of research on selective exposure. A systematic review. Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA). San Diego, USA. [Conference Proceeding]

Festinger, L. (1957). A theory of cognitive dissonance (Bd. 2). Stanford University press.

Frey, D. (1986). Recent research on selective exposure to information. Advances in experimental social psychology, 19(1), 41–80.

Hart, W., Albarracín, D., Eagly, A. H., Brechan, I., Lindberg, M. J., & Merrill, L. (2009). Feeling validated versus being correct: a meta-analysis of selective exposure to information. Psychological Bulletin, 135(4), 555.

Johnson, T. J., & Kaye, B. K. (2013). The dark side of the boon? Credibility, selective exposure and the proliferation of online sources of political information. Computers in Human Behavior, 29(4), 1862–1871.




Kelly, G. R. (2009). Echo chambers online? Politically motivated selective exposure among internet news users. Journal of Computer Mediated Communication 14(2), 265–285.

Knobloch-Westerwick, S. (2015). Choice and preference in media use: Advances in selective exposure theory and research. Routledge.

Liao, Q. V., & Fu, W.-T. (2013). Beyond the filter bubble: Interactive effects of perceived threat and topic involvement on selective exposure to information. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (S. 2359–2368). ACM. Download: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2481326

Nguyen, T. T., Hui, P.-M., Harper, F. M., Terveen, L., & Konstan, J. A. (2014). Exploring the filter bubble: the effect of using recommender systems on content diversity. In Proceedings of the 23rd international conference on World Wide Web (S. 677–686). ACM. Download: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=2568012

Smith, S. M., Fabrigar, L. R., & Norris, M. E. (2008). Reflecting on six decades of selective exposure research: Progress, challenges, and opportunities. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 2(1), 464–493.

Zillmann, D., & Bryant, J. (1985). Selective exposure to communication. Routledge.

Zollo, F., Bessi, A., Del Vicario, M., Scala, A., Caldarelli, G., Shekhtman, L., … Quattrociocchi, W. (2015). Debunking in a World of Tribes. arXiv preprint http://arxiv.org/abs/1510.04267
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Dozentin: Frau Dr. Domahidi

Selective exposure is a strategy to selectively expose oneself to information that is congenial and/or selectively avoid information that is conflicting with one’s beliefs, attitudes, and behavior (Festinger, 1957; Frey, 1986; Hart et al., 2009; Smith, Fabrigar, & Norris, 2008; Zillmann & Bryant, 1985). Selective exposure to mostly consonant information is regarded as highly problematic to individuals and society, due to the development of homogeneous opinion clusters, so-called „filter bubbles” (Liao & Fu, 2013; Nguyen, Hui, Harper, Terveen, & Konstan, 2014) or „echo chambers“ (Kelly, 2009; Zollo et al., 2015).

Lately, due to the US elections and the surprising win of Donald Trump, research on selective exposure – especially in a digital media environment – received enhanced attention not only among scientists (Domahidi & Günther, 2017), but also in general societal discourse. The assumption is that digital media might enhance selective exposure mechanisms and run co­unter to optimally informed citizenry and a pluralism of opinions (Del Vicario et al., 2016; Johnson & Kaye, 2013). In general, research on selective exposure is a flourishing field of communication science (Knobloch-Westerwick, 2015), among others, however, in contrast to primary studies, systematic reviews on the topic are scarce. In contrast to narrative reviews, systematic reviews are based on systematic sampling and quantitative analysis (Borenstein, Hedges, Higgins, & Rothstein, 2009).

In the seminar we will focus on the topic of selective exposure research in digital media environments. Students will learn the theoretical foundations of selective exposure research and cognitive bias in relation to the reception of media content. We will discuss previous research overviews, develop research questions and plan and partially conduct our own systematic review on the topic.
MKW 431: VL Rezeption und Wirkung „Exposure to and effects of media (content)“ (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Peter Vorderer
Beschreibung:
This lecture will provide an overview of central problems, theories, methodologies, and empirical results in the area of „exposure to communication content“ and „media effects“ research. It will cover media users' motivation to expose themselves to media (content), psychological reasons to select this content, cognitive and affective processing of it, as well as the impact this processing has on media users’ thinking, feeling, and behavior as well as on society at large.

International Cultural Studies

IDV 401 Lecture International Cultural Studies (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Philipp Gassert
Beschreibung:
This lecture course provides a wide-ranging overview of a selection of well-known classics of social and cultural thought beginning with Johann Gottfried Herder, who first introduced the idea that cultures are plural and shaped by history. We will then focus on several of the nineteenth and twentieth century classics including Karl Marx, W.E.B. DuBois, Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci, Simone de Beauvoir and others. The lecture ends with a look at more recent authors such as Edward Said and Homi K. Bhabha. The aim of exploring these authors and their intellectual worlds is a twofold one: On the one hand, I will ask about the historical contexts, in which certain ideas were taking shape. How did some of the most well-known representatives of social thought perceive of their time and their present? How can we relate ideas to particular social and cultural developments (which includes economic change, media revolutions, the heavy weight of intellectual traditions, and societal restrictions on what qualified as legitimate thought)? On the other hand, I will ask how concepts such as “culture” or “society” have changed over time. To what extent is what we today perceive of as our world shaped by historical, cultural, and religious traditions? Why did some authors succeeded in catching the “spirit” of their time and ended up as celebrated “classics,” whereas others have been all but forgotten? Knowledge has a history that is often shaped through relations of power as Foucault (another author who will be covered) has reminded us.

Reading list will be provided at the beginning of the term.

Requirements: Attendance, Reading, Final Exam (100% of grade)
IDV 402 Cuban-American Identity (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Students' English language proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
If you don't meet this criterion, you will not be able to follow this class.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Ana-Sofia Uhl
Beschreibung:
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:
Active oral participation
Presentation
Essay, 2 pages
Written exam (90 min., last session)

First session: 11 September 2017
IDV 402 The African-American Civil Rights Movement (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Julia Angster
Beschreibung:
In the 1960s, the African-American civil rights movement finally succeeded at ending the legal and social discrimination of African Americans which went back to the days of slavery. From the first isolated attempts at protest to the mass gathering of the March on Washington, this seminar will follow the development of the civil rights movement, its growth, its factions and the resistance it met. We are going to look at the historical background, the political aims, modes of action and results of this movement and will place it in the context of the various protest movements of the era.
General Reading: Robert Weisbrot: Freedom-Bound: A History of America’s Civil Rights Movement, New York 1990; Manfred Berg/Martin H. Geyer: Two Cultures of Rights: The Quest for Inclusion and Participation in Modern America and Germany, Cambridge 2002.
IDV 402 Black/Queer in Trump's America (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Students' English language proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
If you don't meet this criterion, you will not be able to follow this class.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Intersectional Identities between politics, popular culture, and theory
 
 
This seminar engages with notions of blackness and queerness and their relation to each other in current transnational U.S. politics. It takes a closer look at theory and cultural practices to examine the positionality of black/queer toward heteronormative systems of power that require properly gendered, sexed, and classed membership in order to survive in a post-Obama era. Students will work with a variety of material¾from popular culture to theory¾ to examine in how far a critical queer analysis can function as resistance and in what direction black/queer politics will move in the future.

Lecturer: Dr. Elena Kiesling
IDV 402 Body Politics, Consumption, and Culture in a Global Context (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
Students' English language proficiency is expected to meet B2/C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
If you don't meet this criterion, you will not be able to follow this class.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
The body, both in its symbolic and material dimension, plays a pivotal 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, citizenship, and consumption practices. Students will then be encouraged to examine representations of human and ‘posthuman’ bodies and specific performances of identity in film, fiction, fashion, and music, such as Rihanna’s iconic 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 pop culture, or cyborgs in science fiction.
(Course requirements: Active participation, in-class presentation, and final exam; reading material will be provided; suggested reading: Howson, Alexandra (2013) The Body in Society. Cambridge: Polity Press).

Lecturer: Wiebke Beushausen

First Session: 14 September 2017
IDV 402 „They“: Mediating Concepts of Cultures (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
The first travels to the moon did not have to wait until the 1960s, actually explorers visited it as early as the 16th century – although they might admittedly have used dreams and their imagination rather than rockets or spaceships. After the invention of the telescope had brought the moon into focus, the large space of its surface sparked the interest of those first astronauts like Johannes Kepler. On their imagined journeys they not only found alien life but entire cultures which they tried to bring closer to their contemporaries with essays, books and drawings. The general idea however, that any larger area must be inhabited by someone and in particular someone different, was not restricted to the realms of space. With the expansion of the known world and the formation of colonial empires the question of how people lived and who they were gained increasing prominence and has not stopped occupying minds ever since. Nevertheless, even today most of the knowledge of different cultures is derived from mediation rather than direct exposure.
This seminar will take a closer look at such knowledge of cultures in different contexts, such as discoveries and conquests, imperial relations, and sovereign nations. It will answer questions of what actually constitutes a culture and how and by whom those cultures are mediated. Who has the authority to draw up pictures of other cultures and how is it done? Which functions and intentions does the mediation serve? The students will discover that very often an image that is created of another culture says more about the creator than about “them”. By working with different sources and media, as well as scientific texts, the participants will gain an insight into basic concepts of the cultural studies and will acquire knowledge and competences in areas like state formation, cultural transfer, interculturalism, and post-colonialism by working with different theses from the fields of political and historical studies.

Instructor: Dr. Heike Bormuth

Course requirements:
Regular attendance and participation
Completing reading and essay assignments
IDV 402 Tutorium Vorlesung ICS (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
You do not need to register for the tutorial. If you are visiting the lecture IDV 401 International Cultural Studies, you will be assigned to one of the two tutorials. Please do not include it in your registration form.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
IDV 402 Tutorium Vorlesung ICS (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
You do not need to register for the tutorial. If you are visiting the lecture IDV 401 International Cultural Studies, you will be assigned to one of the two tutorials. Please do not include it in your registration form.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):

Anglistik

ANG 329 Foundation Course, Course D (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Ian Bailey
Beschreibung:
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 329 Foundation Course, Course E (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Ian Bailey
Beschreibung:
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 329 Foundation Course, Course A (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 329 Foundation Course, Course B (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Ian Bailey
Beschreibung:
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 329 Foundation Course, Course C (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 332 Intermediate English Skills (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Stephen Krug
ANG 333 Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion, Course A (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Skills / Competencies
Students will be able to:
Identify structural parts of an essay (thesis, argumentation, symmetry)
Identify the main thesis of an essay and topic sentences in paragraphs
Construct thesis statements and topic sentences that express a particular point of view
Support one’s point of view on the basis of arguments
Increase awareness of essay types and purposes
Compose paragraphs that have topic sentences, logical coherence/presentation of evidence, concluding statements
Plan an essay argument by creating an outline
Work with mind maps to develop ideas
Discuss ideas in English with members of the class based on selected texts and current events
Present a topic in English that has the same structure as an essay
Discover one’s own strengths and weaknesses as a writer
Literatur:
Literatur: The following titles are recommended (for improving your English-language writing skills generally, also in ways that go beyond [i.e. academic essays] the more specific goals of this course:
 
Essay Writing for High School Students: A Step-by-Step Guide. Education Program Newsweek. NY: Kaplan, 2006. [don’t be put off by the title—this contains excellent advice for writers at any level]
 
Richard Aczel, How to Write an Essay. Stuttgart: Klett, 2007 [primarily concerned with writing essays on literature, but it does have a useful chapter on argumentative essays and offers good advice in general]
 
Jeffery Strausser, Painless Writing. NY: Barron’s, 2009 [offers very good advice in the stylistics of effective writing on any topic]
 
Derek Soles, The Academic Essay. Bishop’s Lydeard, UK: Studymates, 2005 [a good overview of essay writing from the planning stage to the final execution]
Lektor(en):
Susan Montoya
Beschreibung:
Course description:
This course is meant to help solidify students’ skills in effective writing. While some attention to various approaches to writing prose will be given, the first priority will be to gain a sure mastery of the “classic” argumentative essay. Additional class time will be spent examining the basic mechanics of essay writing, reading and discussing selected sample essays, and working on various language use exercises. Students will be expected to read the weekly essays / articles that will be provided on ILIAS.
ANG 333 Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion, Course B (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 333 Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion, Course C (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 333 Intermediate Essay Writing and Discussion, Course D (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
- You will be introduced to rhetorical techniques that enhance the readability of your writing.
- You will improve your ability to analyze the coherence of arguments.
- You will gain competence in expressing and grounding your own opinions both orally and in writing.
- You will hone your presentation skills (working as part of a team).
Literatur:
The short required readings for our weekly sessions will be made available on Ilias (the e-learning platform for the course).


Recommended:
Essay Writing for High School Students: A Step-by-Step Guide. Education Program Newsweek. NY: Kaplan, 2006. [don’t be put off by the title—this contains excellent advice for writers at any level]
 
Richard Aczel, How to Write an Essay. Stuttgart: Klett, 2007 [primarily concerned with writing essays on literature, but it does have a useful chapter on argumentative essays and offers good advice in general]
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
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, Course A (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Philip Griffiths
Beschreibung:
Participants in this course practice translating literary and factual texts of medium difficulty from German into English. In addition, using  exercises taken from a variety of relevant texts, some class time will be devoted to the mastery of certain interference problems in translation caused by the differences between the grammars of the two languages. Homework assignments will prepare students for the final exam, which determines the final grade for the course.
ANG 334 Intermediate Translation German-English, Course B (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
- You will receive a comprehensive review of the English verb system.
- You will practice the grammatical analysis of sentences and increase your knowledge of grammatical terminology in English.
- You will gain a fundamental grasp of how German sentence structures can be transformed to make acceptable English sentences.
- You will increase your vocabulary in English.
Literatur:
Recommended:  Richard Humphrey, Grundkurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch. Klett
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
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, Course C (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
- You will receive a comprehensive review of the English verb system.
- You will practice the grammatical analysis of sentences and increase your knowledge of grammatical terminology in English.
- You will gain a fundamental grasp of how German sentence structures can be transformed to make acceptable English sentences.
- You will increase your vocabulary in English.
Literatur:
Recommended:  Richard Humphrey, Grundkurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch. Klett.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
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, Course D (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
- You will receive a comprehensive review of the English verb system.
- You will practice the grammatical analysis of sentences and increase your knowlege of grammatical terminology in English.
- You will gain a fundamental grasp of how German sentence structures can be transformed to make acceptable English sentences.
- You will increase your vocabulary in English.
Lektor(en):
Ian Bailey
Beschreibung:
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, Course E (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
- You will receive a comprehensive review of the English verb system.
- You will practice the grammatical analysis of sentences and increase your knowlege of grammatical terminology in English.
- You will gain a fundamental grasp of how German sentence structures can be transformed to make acceptable English sentences.
- You will increase your vocabulary in English.
Lektor(en):
Ian Bailey
Beschreibung:
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 335 Advanced Translation German-English, Course A (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
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!
Literatur:
Text: (recommended) Richard Humphrey, Aufbaukurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch
Lektor(en):
Susan Montoya
Beschreibung:
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 335 Advanced Translation German-English, Course B (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Philip Griffiths
Beschreibung:
Participants in this course practice translating literary and factual texts of medium to advanced difficulty from German into English. In addition, using exercises taken from a variety of relevant texts, some class time will be devoted to the mastery of certain interference problems in translation caused by the differences between the grammars of the two languages. Homework assignments will prepare students for the final exam, which determines the final grade for the course.
ANG 336 Advanced Essay Writing and Discussion, Course A (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
- You will extend your knowledge of how to structure an essay effectively by studying variations of the „classic“ form.
- You will broaden your knowledge of rhetorical techniques that enhance the readability of your writing.
- You will improve your ability to analyze the coherence of arguments.
- You will strengthen your competence in expressing and grounding your own opinions both orally and in writing.
- You will hone your presentation skills (working as part of a team).
Literatur:
Recommended texts:

Essay Writing for High School Students: A Step-by-Step Guide. Education Program Newsweek. NY: Kaplan, 2006. [don’t be put off by the title—this contains excellent advice for writers at any level]
 
Richard Aczel, How to Write an Essay. Stuttgart: Klett, 2007 [primarily concerned with writing essays on literature, but it does have a useful chapter on argumentative essays and offers good advice in general]

Required readings for the weekly sessions to be arranged later and made available on Ilias.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
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, Course B (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Philip Griffiths
Beschreibung:
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, Course C (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Competencies
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.
Literatur:
Literature
Texts:
Essays will be chosen from the Best American Essays series.
 
 
Secondary Literature:
will be discussed in class
Lektor(en):
Susan Montoya
Beschreibung:
Advanced Essay Writing
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 developed from the weekly essays we will be reading.
Students will be asked to keep a composition book where all essays and revisions will be collected. Homework assignments will be submitted in this form. You will also be expected to peer review an essay and have one of your own essays peer reviewed. Your composition book should also include a reflection about your own writing process.
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. The focus here is to develop academic essays that have a clear thesis and topic development. Grammar problems or other writing exercises will be introduced as needed.
Course requirements: Regular attendance and participation in discussions; three essays and revisions, and a final exam.
Each course participant is required to schedule a short tutorial (language assessment) with the instructor to discuss his/her work.
ANG 301 Introduction to English Linguistics, Course A (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • Know the basics of synchronic linguistics
  • Practise linguistic analyses in the areas of sounds, words, and sentences
  • Find out what is interesting to you in linguistics
  • Learn to work with English textbooks
  • Learn to accumulate and aggregate information from different sources
Literatur:
Radford, A., Atkinson, M., Britain, D., Clahsen, H., & Spencer, A. (2009). Linguistics: An introduction (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A list of further readings will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
Beschreibung:
This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central terms and topics in current (English) linguistics. Topics to be dealt with include phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, major (syntactic) contrasts between English and German. We will also have some brief looks at how these topics are relevant in language acquisition, language storage and processing in the human brain, and language variation over time and in society.
ANG 301 Introduction to English Linguistics, Course B (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Know the basics of synchronic linguistics
Practise linguistic analyses in the areas of sounds, words, and sentences
Find out what is interesting to you in linguistics
Learn to work with English textbooks
Learn to accumulate and aggregate information from different sources
Literatur:
Radford, A., Atkinson, M., Britain, D., Clahsen, H., & Spencer, A. (2009). Linguistics: An introduction (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A list of further readings will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central terms and topics in current (English) linguistics. Topics to be dealt with include phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, major (syntactic) contrasts between English and German. We will also have some brief looks at how these topics are relevant in language acquisition, language storage and processing in the human brain, and language variation over time and in society.
ANG 301 Introduction to English Linguistics, Course C (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Know the basics of synchronic linguistics
Practise linguistic analyses in the areas of sounds, words, and sentences
Find out what is interesting to you in linguistics
Learn to work with English textbooks
Learn to accumulate and aggregate information from different sources
Literatur:
Radford, A., Atkinson, M., Britain, D., Clahsen, H., & Spencer, A. (2009). Linguistics: An introduction (2nd ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A list of further readings will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Agnieszka Ewa Krautz
Beschreibung:
This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central terms and topics in current (English) linguistics. Topics to be dealt with include phonetics, phonology, morphology, semantics, syntax, major (syntactic) contrasts between English and German. We will also have some brief looks at how these topics are relevant in language acquisition, language storage and processing in the human brain, and language variation over time and in society.
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Baumann) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Benz) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Krämer) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Santacruz) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Schmucker) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Stolch) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Knoll) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 301-1 Tutorial to Introduction to English Linguistics (Völkel) (Tutorium, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Tutorium
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
ANG 303 Analyzing Texts (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • Students know how text analysis relates to other areas of linguistics and to different approaches in discourse analysis.
  • Students know how corpora for text analyses can be complied.
  • Students know text-analytic tools and have applied them to text samples.
  • Students have practised applying their basic structural knowledge of the introduction to text samples.
  • Students compile their own small corpus of texts and analyze this in the framework developed in this class.
  • Students gain experience in working with research literature and using it for their own research.
  • Students improve their presentation skills through group presentations.
  • Students have a chance to develop skills in writing a research paper in the form of a term paper.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Basic reading material will be available on Ilias.
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
Beschreibung:
We are all surrounded by texts all the time. Just think of all the printed advertisments you see while walking down the Planken in Mannheim. However, texts are very diverse objects. For example, why can “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” by Hemingway be interpreted as a novel (cf. Wainwright, August (2013, May 9)?  On the other hand I would claim that the following sequence of sentences “Cream is a popular colour for paint. Famous painters include Michelangelo. Michelangelo painted the Sixteen Chapel.” Is not a text at all.

In the class we will deal with written language chunks longer than an individual sentence and try to answer the following questions: What is a text? What is the structure of a text? What role do sounds, words, and sentences play in a text? How are participants represented in texts and how are topics developed? We will analyze lots of text examples in class and you will have a chance to do your own project on text analysis.
ANG 303 Psycholinguistics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • You will revise and deepen your knowledge of linguistic core concepts in the areas of sounds, words and sentences.
  • You will develop a basic understanding of how human language is organized, how knowledge of language is acquired, and how knowledge of language is put to use, in the production and comprehension of words, sentences, and pieces of discourse by monolinguals and bilinguals as well as healthy and impaired language users.
  • You will become familiar with a variety of empirical (observational and experimental) tools used by psycholinguists to study language acquisition and language performance.
  • You will compare modern approaches in psycholinguistics in terms of their power to account for the psychological processes.
  • You will practice your skills in critical thinking, academic reading, writing, presenting and teamwork.
Literatur:
Harley, T. A. (2010). Talking the talk. New York: Psychology Press. (please buy)
References to the research articles (presentation assignments) will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Dieter Thoma
Beschreibung:
How do we learn and use language, and how come we communicate so efficiently? This course provides you with an overview of the major topics and areas of psycholinguistics. We will look at differences between animal communication and human language, how children acquire language, what happens when we learn a second language (and why this is often so hard), how words shape our thinking and how we understand and produce sentences.
 
Each week, we will discuss one chapter from the textbook and have a presentation of an original research paper in the relevant area. In addition, students devise in-class experiments to illustrate psycholinguistic phenomena.
ANG 303 Semantics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
Riemer, N. (2014) Introducing Semantics, Cambridge University Press, New York
Lektor(en):
Agnieszka Ewa Krautz
Beschreibung:
This course will focus on the study of linguistic meaning, more specifically on the relations­hips between signs and symbols and what they represent. We will explore changes in meaning, and the principles that govern the relations­hip between sentences and/or words and their meanings, in detail we will address the study of how meaning is constructed, interpreted, illustrated, simplified, negotiated, and paraphrased.

Some important areas of study will include: meaning and definition, denotation vs. connotation, lexical relations (synonyms, antonyms, etc.), ambiguity, metaphor, simile, semantics of grammatical categories, and aspects of cognitive semantics.

The study of semantics is essential to the study of language acquisition, the study of language change, and understanding language in social contexts, therefore; it can be seen as one of the most fundamental concepts in linguistics.
ANG 303 Second Language Acquisition (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • You will revise and deepen your knowledge of the processes involved in language acquisition.
  • You will develop a basic understanding of the factors that contribute to and facilitate/hinder language acquisition.
  • You will become familiar with a variety of research papers concerning the issue of language acquisition.
  • You will enco­unter different approaches and theories about language acquisition and learn to evaluate and compare those.
  • You will practice your skills in critical thinking, academic reading, writing, presenting and teamwork.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Textbook: Mitchell, Rosamond, Myles, Florence & Marsden, Emma (32013) Second Language Learning Theories. London: Routledge.

A list of research articles you can access online via the library will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Marlene Schulz
Beschreibung:
Why is the process of acquiring a second language so different from learning our first? And why is it especially challenging to learn a second language as an adult? What role does our first language play in acquiring a second language? How is learning a second language dependent on outer factors such as input and interaction? How can instruction help with the difficulties associated with second language learning?
In this course, we will address these and many related questions and topics concerning second language acquisition. Each week, we will cover a new chapter of the textbook that will present us with different aspects of second language acquisition. In addition, we will read research papers that are related to the issues discussed in the textbook. These papers will be presented by you in small groups.
ANG 303 Sociolinguistics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • Students know about the differences between language, dialect, variety, and code.
  • Students are aware of hoiw social factors and dimensions influence linguistic variation
  • Students know the differences between standard lgs and vernaculars
  • Students know that sociolinguistics may focus on lg use in societies and on the individuals.
  • Students know the basics of sociolinguistic methodology.
  • Students have a chance to practice their presentations skills.
  • Students enhance their ability to work with research literature.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Basic Textbook (please get this):

Holmes, Janet & Wilson, Nick. (2017). An Introduction to Sociolinguistics. (5th Edition). London, New York: Routledge.

additional material will be available on Ilias
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
Beschreibung:
In the introduction to linguistics you mainly concentrated on structural analyses of English. However, in this class you will look at language and its use in social contexts and you will learn about how different (social) variables have an impact on sound realization, word choice, inflection, syntactic structure, and discourse organization.
Consider the following two dialogues (from Holmes & Nick 2017, p. 1):

Ray: Hi mum.
Mum: Hi, you‘re late.
Ray: Yeah, that bastard Sootbucket kept us in again.
Mum: Nana‘s here.
Ray: Oh sorry. Where is she? 

Ray: Good afternoon, sir.
Principal: What are you doing here at this time?
Ray: Mr Sutton kept us in, sir.

The question is: What makes Ray talk about the same event in different ways?

In this class we will investigate the different variables that influence a speaker's choice of phonetic forms, words, syntactic structures and many more. We will look at multilingual communities and how language use varies in those communities as well as at how individual speakers vary their language use in different situations.
If you are interested in this class start observing how YOU use language. How do you speak to whom about what?
ANG 307 Introduction to Diachronic Linguistics (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
In this course you will learn how the English language developed over the past centuries. The terms and ideas from the course „Introduction to Linguistics“ will be expanded and reviewed from a diachronic perspective. Accordingly, we will cover phonological, morphological, syntactic as well as semantic and lexical change to acquaint you with basic concepts of language change on all levels of linguistic survey. The individual phenomena will be illustrated by examples and source texts spanning a period of almost sixteen centuries: Old English (450-1100), Middle English (1100-1500), Early Modern English (1500-1750) and Modern English (from 1750 onwards).
Lektor(en):
Tabea Harris
Beschreibung:
Language is constantly in flux. This universal truth is illustrated perfectly by the English language as it has changed profoundly in the course of time. 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.
ANG 310 Introduction to Literature, Course B (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
In the course of the semester you will
  • think about what literature and what literary studies are and what roles they play in society,
  • familiarize yourself with the basics of formal literary analysis,
  • get an overview of some of the main critical approaches,
  • read a number of texts from English speaking countries,
  • apply formal and critical analysis to texts written in different genres and historical periods, and
  • begin to see how a critical reading differs from an ‘everyday reading’.
Lektor(en):
Caroline Lusin , Katrin Ramseier
Beschreibung:
 “I never travel without my diary. One should always  have something sensational to read in the train.”  (Oscar Wilde)

Oscar Wilde never travelled without his diary. We never travel without Heart of Darkness, Harry Potter or Mrs Dalloway. What books do you take on a train ride? Which literature do you find fascinating? And what is literature anyway? What do we love about it? Its form, its language, its stories, its topics? And how can we analyse literature, critically think about it and thereby enrich and enhance our understanding of it, going even beyond our initial love of books?
This course, which is designed to introduce beginners to central approaches to the study of British and American literature, will tackle issues like these. It will start by answering the question what literature and the study of literature actually are and then provide an introduction to the three main genres of literature written in English (prose, drama and poetry). In discussing these genres, we will have a closer look at key theoretical concepts and tools for the analysis of literary texts. Besides, we will also identify important periods in the history of British and American literature.

The course will be taught in English and will partly take the form of an inverted class room (see requirements), which will allow you to make the best of the time spent in class practicing literary analysis.
ANG 310 Introduction to Literature, Course A (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
In the course of the semester you will
-- think about what literature and what literary studies are and what roles they play in society,
-- familiarize yourself with the basics of formal literary analysis,
-- get an overview of some of the main critical approaches,
-- read a number of texts from English speaking countries,
-- apply formal and critical analysis to texts written in different genres and historical periods, and
-- begin to see how a critical reading differs from an ‘everyday reading’.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Please buy a copy of:
Emily Brontë. Wuthering Heights
and
Henry David Hwang. M. Butterfly

all other readings and videos will be made available on Ilias.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
This course is designed to introduce beginning students to the central terms, topics, and approaches to the study of English and American literature. It will start by asking what literature and the study of literature are and then provide an introduction to the three main genres of literature written in English (prose, drama and poetry) as well as to some of the main critical approaches in literary studies.
The goal is for you to develop a sensitivity for what to pay attention to when reading texts critically rather than merely for pleasure and to developing a deeper understanding of the inner workings of literature in various genres. You will also develop a critical vocabulary to help you describe what you find in literary texts.
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature , Anglistik (Tutorin: Rebecca Neumayr) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature, Anglistik (Tutorin: Rebecca Neumayr) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature, Anglistik (Tutorin: Marie-Luis Rothenberger) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature, Anglistik (Tutorin Marie-Luis Rothenberger) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature, Amerikanistik (Tutorin Elisabeth Euler) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature, Amerikanistik (Tutorin Elisabeth Euler) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature, Amerikanistik (Tutorin Rosa Schwenger) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 310-1 Tutorial to Introduction to Literature, Amerikanistik (Tutorin Rosa Schwenger) (Einführungs­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Einführungs­veranstaltung
ECTS:
2.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 312 Geographies of Literature: Exploring the Maps and Spaces of British and Irish Fiction (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
Joyce, James. Dubliners. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006. Norton Critical Editions.
Swift, Graham. Waterland. London: Picador Classic, 2015.
Ballard, J. G. Concrete Island. London: HarperCollins, 2008.
 
All other texts will be provided on Ilias.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Literary narratives evoke spatial environments. The ways in which texts depict and foreground space is essential to how readers understand and interpret them. In recent decades, the proclaimed spatial turn in the humanities has sparked intensified intellectual interest in these literary spaces and has led to the emergence of literary geography, an interdisciplinary field situated at the intersection between human geography and literary studies.
 
This course inquires into the functions of space in British and Irish fiction while drawing on the theoretical foundations of literary geography. Central objects of investigation include the dialectic between real and imagined spaces, and the techniques of literary mapping and cartography. The selected readings provide insight into different literary traditions and genres, and offer a diverse picture of how literature charts spaces verbally. As a journey through the British Isles, this course leads you from the urban cityscapes of the early twentieth-century Dublin depicted in James Joyce’s short story collection Dubliners to the natural landscapes of The Fens in Graham Swift’s Waterland, and to the spaces in between. Through attending this course, you will come to understand more clearly that literature and space are inextricably bound together and that the geographies of literature fundamentally influence how you read and engage with literary texts.
ANG 312 Introduction to Literary Modernism (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
  • E.M. Forster, A Passage to India. London, New York: Penguin, 2005.
  • James Joyce, Dubliners. London, New York: Penguin, 2000.
  • Katherine Mansfield, Selected Stories. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway. London, New York: Penguin, 2000.
Lektor(en):
Lisa Schwander
Beschreibung:
The idea to 'Make It New' has become a catchphrase for the modernist movement: it expresses the artists’ urge for innovation and change in the early 20th century. In this seminar, we will be looking at modernist themes and aesthetics in the work of a range of modernist writers. We will link these back to social developments and developments in philosophy, psychology and technology, as well as to major historical events of the time, most importantly the First World War. This will allow us to think about the relation between modernity and literary modernism. Focussing on two novels, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs Dalloway (1925) and E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (1924), short stories by Katherine Mansfield and James Joyce and poetry by T.S. Eliot and William Butler Yeats, the seminar discusses modernism along different genres. Thus including key modernist writers, but also writes such as E.M. Forster, whose relations­hip to modernism is controversially discussed, the seminar introduces students to different strands of modernism and provides a differentiated impression of the period.
ANG 312 Images of the Future (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Students will:
  • be introduced to (canonical) texts (and movies) from the 19th to the 21st century: science fiction, dystopian fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction
  • be able to identify relevant genre motifs and define the respective genres
  • be able to problematize the concept of “genre fiction” and its implications
  • apply and deepen concepts and theories they were introduced to in the introductory lecture and PSI dealing with the analysis and interpretation of narrative texts
  • analyse and work with secondary texts chosen for the discussion of the primary literature
  • discuss and evaluate prominent themes and topics of the respective genres
  • be able to construct and produce scientific thesis/research questions as basis for future term papers or oral exams
  • learn and practice techniques on how to read, structure and evaluate relevant secondary texts
  • practice their skills in critical thinking, academic reading, writing, presenting and teamwork.
Literatur:
Mandel, Emily St. John. Station Eleven. London: Picador, 2015. Print.

Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London: Penguin Books, 2006. Print.

Wells, H.G.  The Time Machine. New York: Vintage Books, 2014. Print.
 
Secondary Texts will be uploaded on ILIAS.
Lektor(en):
Annika Gonnermann
Beschreibung:
As long as people have walked on this planet one of their most urging questions was “What comes next?” Various disciplines have tried to provide answers but none has been as graphic, innovative and up-to-the-point as literature: While Jule Vernes “invented” submarines and predicted the use of solar cells, E.M. Forster describes in his “The Machine Stops” a technology similar to Skype or Facechat. Leaving aside the prophetic quality of authors, this seminar is going to look at how different narratives imagine “the future”. We will have a look at what is generally considered to be one of the first science fiction novels H.G. Well’s The Time Machine (1895), followed by the dystopian classic 1984 by George Orwell (1949). Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2015) adds to the list with her post-apocalyptic Station Eleven, followed by various sequences and short clips from popular SiFi, dystopian or post-apocalyptic movies or series.
ANG 312 Salman Rushdie Today (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Students will be made familiar with Rushdie’s work while training their skills in the analysis and interpretation of prose texts. They will be introduced to major concepts of postcolonial studies as well as a number of analytical tools (e.g. intermediality) and theoretical approaches (e.g. psychoanalysis) valuable in the practice of literary studies. All the while, students will be encouraged to reflect on literature’s capacity as social meta-discourse.
Literatur:
Please purchase the following two novels (no particular editions required):

Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children.
Rushdie, Salman. The Ground Beneath Her Feet.
All other texts will be provided on Ilias.
Lektor(en):
Sina Nathalie Schuhmaier
Beschreibung:
Twelve years after Salman Rushdie’s second novel Midnight’s Children received the Booker Prize upon publication in 1981, it was awarded the ‘Booker of Bookers.’ The prize was given to the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in twenty-five years. This choice was confirmed in 2008, when Midnight’s Children won ‘The Best of the Booker’ and was thus elected the best winner in forty years.
In this seminar, we will explore the ongoing relevance of Rushdie’s writings. The concerns articulated by the Indian-born author point out issues that continue to pose major challenges in the early 21st century. The rise of international Islamist terrorism provides just one example. Yet, Rushdie stages the enco­unter of East and West very differently from Huntington’s “clash of civilizations.” Assessing Rushdie’s vision of hybridity and plurality, our discussion of Midnight’s Children will address history, nationhood and national identity as negotiated by the novel. The story of a protagonist born at the exact moment of India’s arrival at independence, Midnight’s Children is also the story of the independent Indian nation. The second novel read in this seminar introduces another facet of Rushdie’s oeuvre. Departing from India for England and the US, The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999) is set in the realm of rock music, shifting our focus towards popular culture and globalisation.
Both novels extensively draw on mythological and literary pre-texts, and both novels manifest Rushdie’s characteristically excessive scope on the level of content as well as form. We will navigate through these complexities by analysing Rushdie’s particular use of recurring motifs and metaphor. Finally, we will examine how the postcolonial and postmodern condition(s) constitutive of Rushdie’s writings translate into narrative techniques, such as intermedial storytelling, and genre, most notably magic realism. Selected short stories and essays will complement our readings.
ANG 313 American Poetry 19th Century: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Students will become acquainted with the two most prominent poets of the 19th century in the wider context of American culture, religion, politics, and social relations. They will learn to analyze poetry, to discuss major topics and their specific poetic presentation in selected poems.
Literatur:
A selection of poems as well as some secondary sources will be posted on Ilias. For an introduction read Agnieszka Salska, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson: Poetry of the Central Consciousness (1985). A bibliography will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson are the two most prominent poets of the 19th century who differed from each other in substantial ways. In his long, free verses Whitman experimented stylistically, linguistically and thematically with the specific conditions of the North American continent, emancipating American poetry from European conventions. He not only celebrated himself (in Song of Myself), but also the exuberant life of a fast growing nation, and became well known as the bard of American democracy. Emily Dickinson, on the other hand, was hardly known during her lifetime. She lived the life of a recluse in her family’s house in Amherst, Massachusetts, which gave rise to endless speculations about her secrets. When she died, her family found almost two thousand poems, sewn into bundles, the significance of which was not fully recognized until the 1950s. They are highly unconventional texts with unorthodox punctuation, neologisms, unusual grammar and syntax, and many more idiosyncrasies. Her topics have been classified, among others, as love, death, nature, religion, time and eternity. In this seminar we will do a close reading of a selection of poems by Whitman and Dickinson. We will discuss poetic devices, topics, motifs and the particularities of social life in the 19th century. Students are expected to prepare individual poems and present their research results in class.
ANG 313 “Bodies that matter” – An Introduction to American Bodies (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
By studying different representations of bodies in American literature, students will learn how material bodies are constructed in society and how that influences self-perception and individual experiences of embodiment. To do so, they will become familiar with the theoretical framework of body studies and will practice to apply this framework to selected pieces of literature.
Literatur:
Don DeLillo – “Zero K.” Most other literature will be provided as a reader or online.
Lektor(en):
Juliane Strätz
Beschreibung:
This course provides an introduction to concerns and debates surrounding the study of the body by examining representations of human bodies in selected pieces of American literature.
It is based on the assumption that human bodies are never merely a result of their genes but are constructed by a number of external social and cultural forces that are internalized into the physical, embodied being itself. By dealing with several representations of bodies – like for example gendered bodies, racialized bodies, aging bodies, sexualized bodies, etc. – we will address how US-American individuals as well as society deal with, represent and understand bodies. We will also address how approaches on the body have been changing in the American context.
ANG 313 From Modernism to Postmodernism and Beyond (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
In this seminar you will - 
  • Gain basic insights into modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary literature
  • Practice critical analysis of literary texts and interpret literary texts through close reading
  • Learn to apply different critical approaches to texts
  • Practice developing and defending arguments and interpretations
  • Acquire basic as well as advanced knowledge of literary styles, genres, theories 
Literatur:
Joyce, James.
Roth, Henry. Call It Sleep
Doctorow, E.L. Ragtime
Egan, Jennifer. A Visit from the Goon Squad
 
Other texts will be provided in class
Lektor(en):
Dominik Matthias Steinhilber
Beschreibung:
Contemporary literature, whether you call it digimodernism, metamodernism, altermodernism, remodernism, hysterical realism, neo-realism, or postpostmodernism, builds on both modernism and postmodernism, using, as Mary K. Holland puts it in Succeeding Postmodernism, “postmodernist literary techniques turned toward modernist goals”.
Therefore, in order to understand contemporary literature, we must be aware of these modernist and postmodernist strategies.
 
The 20th and early 21st century brought forth some of the most drastic experiments in literature.
Focusing mainly, but not exclusively, on American authors, we will read exemplary short stories, novels, and essays by James Joyce, Henry Roth, John Barth, E.L. Doctorow, David Foster Wallace, and Jennifer Egan. This seminar seeks to provide an overview of the core literary strategies, tropes and topics of Modernism and Postmodernism and introduce you to the study of contemporary literature.
ANG 313 PS II American Naturalism (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Literatur:
Upton Sinclair. The Jungle. (Oxford World’s Classics)
Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth. (Oxford World’s Classics)
Frank Norris. McTeague. (Norton)
Stephen Crane. Maggie: A Girl of the Streets. (Norton) 

Weitere Literatur­hinweise in der ersten Sitzung
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
First outlined by Emile Zola in 1880, naturalism established itself in American literature in the last decade of the 19th century as the appropriate literary mode to respond to effects of rapid industrial and urban expansion. Often considered as the “logical extension” of literary realism, naturalism focuses on man’s degeneration, on “the brute within” – on man shaped by hereditary and evolutionary forces, by the social environment, and by an indifferent world revealing free will as an illusion.
This course will concentrate on novels by Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Edith Wharton and Upton Sinclair.
ANG 313 Introduction to Critical Theory (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:
Students will become acquainted with the most prominent theoretical approaches to literature. They will practice to read theory and in a further step to analyze a selected text by using the discussed approaches. Finally, they will apply theory to a text of their choice.
Literatur:
F. Scott Fitzgerald – “The Great Gatsby.” All other literature will be provided as a reader or online.
Lektor(en):
Juliane Strätz
Beschreibung:
This class investigates several theoretical approaches to literature of the 20th and 21st century. By reading theoretical key texts, we will identify and investigate the questions that have animated critical discussions among literary critics in the past century. The topics will include but are not limited to structuralism, poststructuralism, critical race theory, critical feminist theory, gender theory, Marxist theory, etc. To consolidate the new knowledge, we will apply the theories to a selected literary text.
ANG 330 Introductory English Skills (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
ANG 331 Introductory Translation German-English, Course A (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Stephen Krug
ANG 331 Introductory Translation German-English, Course B (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
3.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Stephen Krug
ANG 404 Language Attitudes (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  1. You will broaden your sociolinguistic knowledge;
  2. You will learn how sociolinguistics feeds into other disciplines, notably the field of social psychology;
  3. You will expand on your knowledge about quantitative research methods in linguistics;
  4. You will learn how to write research proposals;
  5. You will be provided with ideas for your Master Thesis projects
Literatur:
Garrett, Peter. 2008. Attitudes to Language. [Key Topics in Sociolinguistics] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
A series of research articles that will be provided on the ILIAS platform
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
This course invites you to explore one of the most fascinating areas in the field of sociolinguistics (and social psychology) – language attitudes. First and foremost, we determine what attitudes are and what they are not; and, more importantly, we discuss how attitudes have been explored, while looking at some previous studies for illustration. While an overwhelming majority of these studies look at language perceptions in the English-speaking world, studies with an explicit focus on other linguistic environments are also discussed in this course.
We then proceed to explore the role of various sociolinguistic factors such as speakers’ social class, ethnicity as well as their native or non-native status in people’s attitudes towards linguistic varieties. We also assess the impact of language features (accents, hesitations, hedges, etc.) and language varieties on outcomes in different professional contexts such as education, health and employment selection. Finally, we cast a glance at attitudes towards English in multilingual settings.
Traditional textbook reading assignments are complemented with case studies representing original peer-reviewed research. In-class activities include input from the lecture, worksheets, issue-centred discussions, and poster sessions.
This course presupposes good understanding of the scientific method and has been tailored to meet the needs of the students with a clear motivation to learn more about quantitative research in the field of social sciences
ANG 404 Second Language Assessment (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
By the end of the course you will:
  • have a basic understanding of second language assessment & test development
  • be able to critically evaluate language tests & individual items
  • be able to develop and validate your own language test
  • have basic statistical skills to validate tests
Literatur:
Fulcher, Glenn & Davidson, Fred. (2007). Language testing and assessment: an advanced resource book. London: Routledge.

Further literature tba.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
As university students, you all have taken and passed language tests – either teacher-made tests in school or standardized tests such as the TOEFL or IELTS or both. There is an increasing trend towards standardized language testing of job applicants, students, pupils, and even kindergarten children. Ultimately, the quality of these tests is co-responsible for the validity of the gatekeeping decisions made about the test-takers, i.e. about their admission to educational programmes or jobs.


The objective of this course is to provide you, as future testers, decision makers, and test-takers, with a modern framework for thinking through the development and use of language tests. This will allow you to develop and use language tests and enable you to make informed decisions about the quality of tests and their results, for example in personnel recruitment.
 
In each session, we will go through a chapter of our textbook, do exercises on theoretical issues and practice the development of test items. In addition, regular homework exercises allow you to prepare for each session.
ANG 404 First Language Acquisition (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
By the end of this course you will be able to:
  • Identify and describe the stages and phenomena that characterize child language development in various linguistic domains (e.g. syntax, semantics) and across different populations (e.g. bilinguals vs. monolinguals)
  • Understand the dominant theoretical debates in the field
  • Critically assess various theoretical accounts of child language phenomena
  • Select appropriate methods for conducting your own research on child language development
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Rowland, C. (2014). Understanding Child Language Acquisition. Abingdon/New York: Routledge.
Lektor(en):
Helen Engemann
Beschreibung:
How do children achieve the extraordinary feat of acquiring their first language(s)? What are the roles of innate abilities and the input (i.e., the speech the child hears) in shaping children’s development? Does multilingual language acquisition differ from monolingual acquisition in processes and outcome? This course will address these and other questions and provide you with a comprehensive overview of current approaches to child language acquisition, focussing on language development from birth to the early school years.

In the first half of the course, we will examine child data from different linguistic domains (e.g. phonology, morphosyntax, vocabulary, semantics and pragmatics) to identify typical stages and phenomena in language development; and we will consider what they tell us about children’s acquisition mechanisms. A focus of this course will be on methods for addressing research questions in child language acquisition. In the second half of the course, we will engage more deeply with theoretical debates in the field and revisit the data discussed in the first half in order to compare different theories of language acquisition and how they account for typical phenomena in language development.
ANG 404 Grammar Goes to School (LAG-Rahmenthema) (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • Students are aware of linguistic requirements in the Bildungs­plan Baden-Württemberg 2016
  • Students are aware of why teachers (of all subjects) need linguistic knowledge
  • Students gain/revive descriptive knowledge of the grammar of English.
  • Students deepen their theoretical understanding of English grammar in order to be able to
  • critically evaluate how grammar is represented in commonly used school books.
  • Students enhance their presentation skills via preparing group presentations and receiving and giving open feedback after presentations
  • Students have a chance to gain project planning experience in preparing their research project for the presentation (and term paper)
  • Students have a chance to enhance their academic writing skills if writing a term paper.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Most texts will be made available on Ilias
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
Beschreibung:
The central goal of teaching foreign languages at school is to develop communicative competence in the pupils, cf. Bildungs­plan Baden-Württemberg (2016, p. 3): “stellen Fremdsprachen­kenntnisse eine wichtige Grundlage für den internationalen Dialog dar. Sie be­fähigen den Einzelnen, sich in interkulturellen Kontexten angemessen zu bewegen.“ What is of particular interest to the linguist is the question whether and how much grammar teaching is needed to reach this goal.

In this class we will take a look at the Bildungs­plan 2016 and find out what linguistic topics have to be taught in Gymnasium. We will reflect on what kind of linguistic knowledge foreign language teachers need and finally students will analyse school books and investigate whether these represent linguistic information correctly and in a learner friendly way.

You will have to read and investigate sources on a weekly basis and work on you own (group) project. Please start thinking about what aspect you would like to investigate.
ANG 404 Language and Cognitive Processes (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
We will rely on a number of chapters and research articles from various sources, all of which will be made available on ILIAS.
Lektor(en):
Agnieszka Ewa Krautz
Beschreibung:
The main focus of this course will be on language and cognitive processes. The course will be initiated by introducing the linguistic relativity versus universalism discussion, which will reoccur throughout the course. Next we will move to semantic typology and work on numerous semantic domains including: body parts, colour, time, space, objects, etc. At that stage, students will be asked to give group presentations about observed linguistic/conceptual distinctions. All those means will be utilized to revisit the linguistic relativity versus universalism discussion in order to answer the question of whether ‘the borders of our language are the borders of our world’.
ANG 408 Language Change in the History of English (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • 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
  • Enhance your skills in critical reflection and academic reading, writing and discussion
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
van Gelderen, Elly (2014). A History of the English Language. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. - Please bring you own copy!

Accompanying website with supplementary materials:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/z.183.website
 
A reading list will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Mareike Keller
Beschreibung:
Based on the book A History of the English Language (details see below) we will review the basic terms and concepts used in the field of diachronic linguistics. You will enhance your skills in reading Old and Middle English texts in order to see the changes we talk about for yourself. We will move from concrete examples to the more general trends and begin to explore the factors that promote or inhibit language change: Who or what makes a language change? Can language change be encouraged? Can it be prevented? Can its direction be predicted? Which components of a language are more stable and which are changed easily? And why? Many different answers to these questions have been brought forward in the course of time, and still there plenty we do not fully understand. This course is not for those who need clear answers that can be learned by heart. However, if you are curious enough to put up with contradictions and question marks and you are comfortable making up your own mind, you are welcome to join the search party!
ANG 409 Language Contact (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
In the course of the lecture, participants will
  • build on and, in short discussions, practice the theoretical and methodological expertise acquired in previous linguistics classes (e.g. Introduction, Quantitative methods, Language change, etc.),
  • improve their understanding of the grammars of different languages (especially English and German and the contact varieties involving both),
  • gain an overview over current theoretical approaches to contact phenomena from formal and functional, sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives,
  • enhance their analytical skills in dealing with linguistic data,
  • (hopefully) learn to appreciate and recognize both the challenges faced by young and old  bilinguals and their resourcefulness.
Literatur:
A syllabus will be made available at the first class meeting.
Lektor(en):
Rosemarie Tracy
Beschreibung:
From a linguist’s point of view, the world is a gigantic language lab, offering remarkable opportunities for studying what happens when different languages (via their speakers) come into contact and coexist in close vicinity, i.e. within the same location and within the heads of bilingual speakers. In this lecture we will focus on both of these contact situations and look at language contact from an individual and from a societal perspective.
After a general introduction to the topic of language contact, we will first consider the basic theoretical tools needed for cross-linguistic comparison and for identifying similarities and differences between languages. We will then focus on what happens to adult language competence under long-term, intensive contact with a second language, as in an immigrant situation, with L1 use often decreasing due to competition from a majority language, and we will discuss what aspects of the adult “steady state” remain robust and what is likely to change, as in patterns such as “ich fühle gut”,  under the influence of English “I feel good”. In addition, we will spend a good deal of time considering forms and functions of language mixing (as in “Well, it wasn’t easy but irgendwie da hat sich’s rentiert”), slips of the bilingual tongue (“I was hoffing, eh hoffing, eh hoping …”) in both adults and in children.  We will also explore the claim that ALL acquisition (whether multilingual or supposedly monolingual) involves language contact, namely between those providing the input and the learners who draw on different linguistic resources.
In addition, we will consider multilingual speech communities, language “islands”, for instance German heritage-speaker communities in the United States (Texas German, Pennsylvania German, etc.) and Australia, and we will also address the role of the digital networks in keeping heritage languages alive.  For some topics international experts will be invited.

Language: English
ANG 414 The Gothic and Popular Culture (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
This seminar investigates the impact of Romantic and nineteenth-century gothic fiction on popular culture – theatre, film, and television. Traditional approaches stress the fact that the literary genre of gothic and fantastic fiction serves as a platform for negotiating the dark and suppressed dimensions of the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment rational culture. Discussing the Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and Dracula by Bram Stoker, we will investigate how the classical gothic elements were remediated and thus transformed in the popular culture of the late Romantic and the Victorian period, and the early twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
A particular focus will be on the change of the medium, since both Frankenstein’s creature and the vampire were immediately turned into stage plays and a couple of decades later, with the invention of film, also made into popular movies. In addition to the novels, we will also analyse several film as well as comic adaptations and the recent TV series Penny Dreadful.
Please read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Bram Stoker’s Dracula before classes start
ANG 414 British Crunch Literature (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
  • Cartwright, Justin, Other People’s Money (2011),
  • Pierpan, Nicholas, You Can Still Make a Killing (2012)
  • Prebble, Lucy, Enron (2009)
  • Preston, Alex, This Bleeding City (2010)
Recommended Background Reading:
  • Lanchester, John, Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay (2010)
Lektor(en):
Caroline Lusin
Beschreibung:
Money, as John Lanchester argues in Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay (2010), is certainly “a fundamental fact of the world”, and from William Shakespeare onwards, literature has always concerned itself with exploring the concept of ‘money’ as well as the ramifications of the economic system. In Britain, these topics have gained even more currency since the 1980s, when Margaret Thatcher’s so-called ‘Big Bang’ reforms instigated a process of increasing individualisation and deregulation that led up to the financial crisis of 2007/08. In any survey of early 21st-century British history and culture, the financial crisis or ‘credit crunch’ features prominently as one of the defining events of that era. This heightened interest in finance has inspired critics to coin the term ‘crunch lit’ (Sanghera) to denominate the body of those texts that deal with the credit crunch of 2007/08.

In this class, we will discuss a broad range of crunch lit, two novels and two plays, to investigate into the potential of literature to examine the causes and repercussions of the financial crisis. These texts will include Alex Preston’s This Bleeding City (2010), Justin Cartwright’s Other People’s Money (2011), Lucy Prebble’s Enron (2009), Nicholas Pierpan’s You Can Still Make a Killing (2012) as well as selected parts of David Hare’s The Power of Yes (2009). By way of an introduction to the financial crisis, it is highly recommended to read John Lanchester’s Whoops! Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay before the start of term.
ANG 414 James Joyce - Ulysses (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
James Joyce’s Ulysses is undoubtedly one of the most important novels of the twentieth century – it may even be called the paradigmatic novel of classical modernism –, and the events taking place in Dublin on 16 June 1904 have become part of Western literary and cultural heritage. Yet, Ulysses is and remains a difficult novel, a text that needs to be read not just once but at least twice in order to get the uncountable puns and hidden meanings. Furthermore, one needs to have a basic knowledge of other cultural and literary texts such as Homer’s Odyssey but also Ovid’s Metamorphoses or Mozart’s Don Giovanni. But, on the other hand, Ulysses is an immensely enjoyable read, often hilariously funny and a genuine comedie humaine.
In this seminar we will practice a close reading of the text and we will discuss Ulysses chapter by chapter. Participants are therefore expected to have thoroughly read the chapter in question (with the help of the Don Gifford’s notes) as well as the relevant episode in the Odyssey.
edition:
  • James Joyce, Ulysses. The Corrected Text, ed. Hans Walter Gabler, New York: Vintage International, 1986.
alternative edition:
  • James Joyce, Ulysses, ed. Sam Slote, Richmond: Alma Classics, 2012.
commentary:
  • Don Gifford & Robert J. Seidman, Ulysses Annotated, Berkeley, Los Angeles & London: University of California Press, 2008.
ANG 414 Shakespeare's Wars of Roses (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
King Henry VI. Part 1. Edward Burns (ed.).
Arden 3
King Henry VI. Part 2. Ronald Knowles (ed.). Arden 3
King Henry VI. Part 3. John D. Cox & Eric Rasmussen (eds.). Arden 3
King Richard III. James R. Siemon (ed.). Arden 3
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.
Lektor(en):
Stefan Glomb
Beschreibung:
The Wars of the Roses (1455-1485), i.e. the conflict between the Houses of Lancaster (red rose) and the House of York (white rose) are dealt with in Shakespeare’s so-called ‘first tetralogy’ (1,2,3 Henry VI and Richard III). This appellation is somewhat confusing since, while the first was written before the second tetralogy (Richard II; 1,2 Henry IV and Henry V), the historical events depicted in the first tetralogy happened after those presented in the second tetralogy. In terms of historical chronology, the plays present a more or less continuous plotline beginning with the reign of Richard II and terminating with Richard III, thus staging roughly a hundred years of English history before the accession of the Tudor dynasty. While there is some critical dissension as to whether the plays should be considered predominantly as building blocks of this macrostructural narrative arch or as individual plays in their own right, there is no denying that the plays are connected and that this provides Shakespeare with the opportunity to present history on a broad canvas. What is also controversial is the question of whether Shakespeare’s history plays subscribe to or subvert what is commonly called the ‘Tudor Myth’: a view of history propagated by the Tudors and their historiographers, according to which the unlawful deposition of a king ordained by God (Richard II) is punished and atoned for though civil war and finally the downfall of Richard III at the hands of Henry VII who inaugurated the reign of the Tudors, a new era marked by peace and prosperity. In this seminar, we will combine a close reading of the plays with discussions of secondary texts, and our focus will be on the most interesting thematic concerns such as: the legitimacy of kingship and political strategies, the relative validity of heroic chivalric ideals and political pragmatism, the presentation of strong women and the relation of the nobility and the common people. If you wish to gain a first impression of the plays, take a look at The Hollow Crown, a series of films that present a visually appealing (albeit drastically abbreviated) version.
ANG 415 Philip Roth (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Students will become acquainted with major works of Philip Roth, one of the great writers of American literature. They will learn to do a close reading of the novels and interpret them
with regard to issues such as gender/ethnicity and race as well as American politics and culture.
Literatur:
Philip Roth: Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), American Pastoral (1997), The Human Stain (2000), The Plot Against America (2004)
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Philip Roth is a Jewish American writer who has published almost 30 novels and who is arguably the most decorated American writer of his era. His award winning second novel, Portnoy's Complaint (1969), brought him not only fame, but also the disdain of Jewish and non-Jewish readers because Roth had dared to criticize orthodoxy and tradition in the Jewish community from the perspective of a self-tormenting, sex-obsessed adolescent torn between the demands of his Jewish home and the reality of his non-Jewish American environment. In all of his later novels, some of them fictional autobiographies or postmodern experiments with fact and fiction, Roth continued to write about the existential dilemma of the Jewish intellectual and/or common man in contemporary America. The novels are deeply rooted in an American society whose myths and dreams he attacked with ruthless political satire, psychological realism and biting sarcasm. In The American Pastoral he juxtaposes a bourgeois middle-class life in the suburbs with the destruction of the Vietnam War and the race riots of Newark, New Jersey (Roth's hometown); in The Human Stain he explores the dark secret of a retired Jewish professor who, it turns out, is actually an African American passing for white and whose private entanglements resemble the Clinton-Lewinsky affair; in The Plot Against America he imagines an alternative American history in which Charles Lindbergh, an anti-Semite and Hitler fan, becomes President of the United States.  All of Roth's novels are master­pieces, brilliantly written and carefully researched, allowing complex insights into the politics, culture and psyche of a multicultural America. We will begin the class with Portnoy's Complaint which students are expected to have read by the first session.
ANG 415 The American Renaissance (LAG-Rahmenthema) (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
You will get to know a crucial period of US-American literary and intellectual history, a period when the US began to define a cultural identity of its own. Moreover, you will interpret symbolically complex texts and learn how to present and substantiate your arguments and interpretative results.
Lektor(en):
Ulfried Reichardt
Beschreibung:
(Lehr­amt Rahmenthema) 
The seminar will introduce participants to a wide range of shorter texts that were written during the first half of the 19th century (and a few written a little later). The period of the American Renaissance is considered as being the first flowering of a genuine (US-)American literature, written mostly by authors living in New England. We will read and discuss short stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville, poems by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as well as philosophical essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. As reading methods we will use close reading, historical contextualization as well as references to intellectual history. Moreover, we will read these texts with regard to contemporary US-American culture, for example, with regard to notions of individualism.
ANG 415 Writing Pop: Journalistic Approaches to Popular Culture (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
In this seminar you will get to know basic features of popular music and some of its cultural and historical contexts, and you will get the opportunity to write and discuss your own critical reviews of pop music. The exchange between students of the English Department and the Pop Academy, moreover, will enable you to negotiate between musical practice and criticism.
Literatur:
Texts, among others:
Bennett Andy, et al., eds. The Popular Music Reader. London 2006.
Diedrichsen, Diedrich. Über Pop-Musik. Köln 2014.
Porompka, Stephan. Kritiken Schreiben. Ein Trainingsbuch. Stuttgart 2006.
Lektor(en):
Ulfried Reichardt
Beschreibung:
(On condition of application, also for Master students)
 
This seminar will be conducted in cooperation with the Pop Akademie Mannheim. As the participants of the seminar will be coming from different backgrounds, we will establish common ground by looking at popular culture from the concrete music critic’s point of view. We will first discuss a few texts of critical writing on popular music by US-American, British and German critics, and also look at some analyses of the cultural, political, and economic context of more recent popular music. We will also examine introductions to journalistic writing, a form of writing or genre that is clearly different from academic writing. The main part of the seminar, a two days weekend Blockseminar, will be dedicated to writing reviews and discussing them in the group. Each participant is expected to write three short reviews (3-4 pages long), while the genre of music you will focus on is left to your choice and expertise.
 
The seminar will begin with an introductory session on September 5th; further seminar meetings will take place October 10./17./24. and November 21./28. The weekend Blockseminar will be on November 25-26 (Saturday and Sunday). The reviews have to be written in English. Oral exams (to get the credits) can be arranged, if necessary.
ANG 415 The Vietnam War in American Literature (Hauptseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Hauptseminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Students will get background information about the Vietnam War and its psychological repercussions in the United States, for example with regard to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. They will discuss modes of representing a highly controversial military involvement, and analyze the function of genres such as realism, new journalism, fantasy and others.
Literatur:
Graham Greene, The Quiet American (1955), Penguin; Michael Herr, Dispatches (1968), Vintage; Tim O’Brien, Going After Cacciato (1975), Delta Fiction; Bobbie Ann Mason, In Country (1985), Perennial Library.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
The Vietnam War (1961-1975) polarized the American nation like no other historical event since the Civil War. While the “hawks” stood for a military anti-communist interventionism, the “doves” vehemently opposed the war and organized an influential nation-wide anti-war movement. After 1975 some attributed the American defeat in Indochina to inconsistent politics, while others saw it as the fatal consequence of the ideology of a ‘gunfighter nation.’ The majority, however, wanted to forget the American disaster in Vietnam and ignored the plight of thousands of veterans with PTSD symptoms. Some American writers, many of them veterans themselves, tried to come to terms with the Vietnam War from a (self-)critical perspective. In this seminar we will read four novels: The Quiet American depicts Vietnam before the American military involvement in the 1950s, during the war between the French and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh); critics regarded it as a prophecy about political events to come. Michael Herr was a war correspondent, his novel Dispatches counts as an excellent example of “New Journalism.” Tim O’Brien’s Going After Cacciato, arguably the best book about the experience of the American soldiers in Vietnam, blends reality and fiction and explores the function of writing about the horrors of the war. Bobby Ann Mason’s In Country depicts the consequences of the war for the veterans as well as for their families at home; its central event is a visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (VVM) in Washington, DC. A close reading of all four novels will include background information about political events. Students must have read The Quiet American for the second session of the semester.
ANG 416 American Literature and Culture (Vorlesung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Vorlesung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
To be bought: Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye (1970). London: Vintage, 1994.
Lektor(en):
Ulfried Reichardt
Beschreibung:
(Wird bei allen LAG Abschluss­prüfungen in der Amerikanistik als Überblickswissen vorausgesetzt!)
 
This introductory lecture course will present a survey of the history of American literature and culture from its beginnings to the present. While contextual information will be provided, the main emphasis will be on the interpretation of individual works (novels, poems, films, other texts). The focus will be on Puritanism, the Declaration of Independence, Transcendentalism and Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. While literature will be in the center, the lecture will also discuss film, art, and music and locate the developments in the arts within wider political, social, as well as scientific and technological developments.
Students will gain overall knowledge of the main parameters of American literary history and will be able to locate important literary texts and significant cultural events within American history. The class is supposed to help participants to place more specialized seminars in American Studies in an historical context. For LAG students (GymPo “Überblickswissen”) it is mandatory.
ANG 421 Ireland (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
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.
Lektor(en):
Ian Bailey
Beschreibung:
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 Humour (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Philip Griffiths
Beschreibung:
British (or dare I say English) humour is revered around the world as a unique reflection of the quirkiness and inconsistencies of the British (or possibly the English?) character. In the course, we will treat British/English humour as a culture-specific artifact that can help analyse and situate British (English?) identity and history. (At this point, let me apologise for the British/English divide, but let me stress that it is a necessary step that will, I hope, be explained to your satisfaction  in the course). We will begin by dealing with theories of humour (the superiority theory, the incongruity theory, the release theory etc.) before moving on to a short history of British/English humour and a comparison between said humour (to avoid another British/English divide!) and German humour. The final part of the course will be taken up by an analysis of stand-out B/E comedy: Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, The Office, Four Weddings and a Funeral and more.
(P.S. I also apologise for the many brackets I used in this course description)
ANG 421 British Politics (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
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.
Lektor(en):
Ian Bailey
Beschreibung:
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.
A mark is given for the course on the basis of a mid-term essay and an end-of-term test.
ANG 421 Australia: History-Culture-Environment (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Philip Griffiths
Beschreibung:
Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 200 years, the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This course examines how they imposed themselves on the land and brought technology, institutions and ideas to make this „terra nullius“ their own. It relates the advance from penal colony to prosperous free nation and illustrates how, in a nation created by waves of newcomers, the search for binding traditions has long been frustrated by the feeling of rootlessness. Now, with the realisation that colonisation began with invasion, present-day Australians are - more than ever before - drawing on the past to understand their future.
ANG 422 The American Political Tradition (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
Dojnald T. Critchlow, American Political History: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford UP.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
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 recent 2016 presidential race, 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 Landscapes/Mindscapes (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
At the end of the course, students should have knowledge about specific places in the US as well as a way to interpret their cultural meaning. We will use theories of cultural geography to delve into specific mindscapes in order to connect these places with the ideas surrounding them.
Literatur:
an online syllabus will be provided
Lektor(en):
Susan Montoya
Beschreibung:
US Landscapes / Mindscapes The physicality of the United States - its geography, architecture, urban, suburban and rural organizations are not just the background upon which culture is created and performed. These spaces are imbued with specific ideas about place (i.e. ideas of home, regionality, hot spots, dead ends) and representation (What does the American West mean? Why is small town America always represented with white picket fences? Who has the right to be here?).
This course will explore these ideas about space, place and representation as they are related to specific landscapes / mindscapes in order to more fully understand how they influence each other. Specific ideas of urbanity are often used to create anonymous dark and dangerous spaces as in the Gotham City of Batman films. Rolling plains may give us the sense of open spaces and possibilities, but also of the homogeneity of rigid ideas and hard conditions for outsiders. Why are so many American TV shows set in vast suburban sprawls of shopping malls, green lawns and community gatherings? How do Americans define home? What about those on the move - covering endless highways in search of a better place or just with the idea to keep on going?
Some possible topics could include:
  • Gotham City - The dangers of American inner cities
  • The Wild West - Cactus, Cowboys and Free Ranges
  • Landscapes of Power - Disneyland and Gated Communities
  • National Parks and concepts of nature
  • Gendered Spaces - The Castro District of SF and Boystown Chicago
  • Ethnic Spaces - Chinatown, Little Italy
  • Rust Belt and Hopeless Landscapes
  • Consecrated Spaces: American South and Confederate Monuments
  • Suburbia - Levittown and Smallville
  • Musicscapes: The Bronx and the Birth of Hip Hop
  • Futurama - Visions of Dystopian Dreams
  • Rollin on the River - Myths of the Mississippi
  • Bordered Spaces - White Picket Fences and The Wall
  • Weathered Spaces - Fargo
  • Contested Spaces - Battle of Seattle and Occupy Wall Street
ANG 422 Native American Voices (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
Course goals: This course is designed to help students become acquainted with Native American perspectives and world views. By using an interdisciplinary approach, students will widen their knowledge about cultural in general and learn how to apply a critical approach to a specific area by looking at historical and current events, literature, and media. The dominant culture of the United States and the effect it has had on the indigenous population can be reflected upon as well as the relations­hip of Native Americans to nature, community, art and lifestyle. As Native Americans have a complex and diverse history, this course can in no way encompass all topics about Native Americans. Students will, however, learn about individuals, cultural heroes, myths and legends, tribes, regions and migration patterns in order to gain a basic knowledge about Native American Cultural Studies.
Literatur:
A syllabus will be provided with texts / links for weekly readings.
Selected texts will be used from:
Native American Voices – A History and Anthology edited by Steven Mintz. 2000(1995) Brandywine Press.
Native American Voices – A Reader (2nd Edition) edited by Susan Lobo and Steve Talbot. 2001 Prentice Hall.
Lektor(en):
Susan Montoya
Beschreibung:
Last winter, the news was full of images of the Standing Rock Reservation (in South Dakota and North Dakota) and the gathering of Native Americans from diverse tribes as well as other supporters in a stand-off against a wealthy energy company and the US government to keep a pipeline from going through their native lands. To understand the complexity of this current event, it is worthwhile to examine the history of contact between European settlers and those who occupied the territories now known as the United States. Although most of our knowledge of Native Americans, once erroneously called 'Indians,' has come to us through literature, film and other media produced by the white man for the white man, we need to let the Native Americans themselves come to word. Traditional ideas of cowboys and Indians, of need to be reanalyzed by confronting ourselves with our own history of genocide, betrayal, racism and cultural appropriation. In this way, we can start to appreciate a multi-faceted culture and come to know what is really at stake in a place like Standing Rock.
ANG 422 The African American Experience (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
A number of short readings will be made available on the Ilias site for the course shortly before the beginning of the semester.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
While the contemporary USA is a multicultural mosaic, African Americans have been more tightly interwoven in the fabric of America than most minorites since European contact and settlement in the early 17th century, surviving the era of slavery and creating cultural traditions now seen as uniquely American. This course traces that history up to the present, covering such topics as the system of slavery, the long fight for civil rights thereafter, and African-American-inspired musical cultures.
ANG 425 Science Fiction and Fantasy in Film (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Philip Griffiths
Beschreibung:
Fantasy and Science Fiction are typically ridiculed as escapist dreams produced for teenagers. Indeed, they are often seen as the ”lowbrow, popular, pulp, childish and lightweight poor relation of more highbrow, grownup and serious forms based on the realist (mimetic) arts.” (Jacqueline Furby and Claire Hines) In recent years, however, with the upsurge of interest in the fantasy film, a number of academic studies that deal with a wide range of issues rooted in the fantasy and science fiction genres have documented a shift in academic perception. In keeping with this shift, this course will offer an in-depth look at both genres, supplying theoretical and contextual approaches with the help of which the complex imagery of the science fiction and fantasy film can be decoded. We will then use these insights to analyse popular science fiction and fantasy films (Star Wars, The Dark Knight, the Harry Potter films, The Lord of the Rings trilogy), treating them not as entities devoid of social commentary (hence the title of the course, Other Worlds?) but as products of dominant values, beliefs and fears and thus as cultural products deeply rooted in our world.
ANG 428 Fach­didaktik II (LAG nach Praxissemester, MSc.Wipäd) (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
5.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
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
Literatur:
Will be announced shortly
Prüfungs­leistung:
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 + handout (50%)
IMPORTANT! Dates
This course is divided into 7 regular lessons and one compact phase. The compact phase is mandatory.
 
compact phase: Saturday, October 21st (8:00 am – 8:00 pm)
 
The regular lessons will therefore already end on Monday, October 23rd and there will be no lesson on Monday, October 2nd .
Lektor(en):
Frauke Fried
Beschreibung:
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 youth novel 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 541 Research Methods in Linguistics (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
4.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
By the end of the course you will be able to:
  • understand the importance of empirical research for gaining scientific knowledge
  • understand research designs and apply them to investigate your research questions
  • understand the purpose of statistics and make active use of it for your own research
  • document your research in term papers, abstracts and theses  in appropriate formal ways
  • find and understand academic literature in Linguistics
  • transfer the methodological knowledge and skills acquired in this course to other and future areas of study and work
Literatur:
Rasinger, S. (2013). Quantitative research in linguistics: An introduction (second edition). London: Bloomsbury Academic (textbook)
Lektor(en):
Helen Engemann
Beschreibung:
This seminar provides students with essential knowledge and skills they need to understand and produce (quantitative) research in linguistics. It consists of three major parts. First, you learn about the basics of the scientific method, research designs, data collection and coding. Second, we turn to analyzing empirical data by means of descriptive statistics and statistical hypothesis testing. Third, we consider essentials of creating and reporting research, e.g., in term papers, abstracts and theses. We address key issues such as reading and finding relevant literature, finding research questions, writing research proposals and papers, writing abstracts and working with references. All topics will be illustrated with authentic research (data) from psycho-, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics.
ANG 601 Multilingualism (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • At the end of the semester students will know about the difficulties of defining bi- and multilingualism and
  • about defining aspects of multilingual societies and the multilingual individual
  • Students will have organized and pursued their own (empirical) project on a recent research question.
  • Students have a chance to improve their presentation and academic writing skills. 
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
Beschreibung:
From a western European perspective being bi- or multilingual seems special; from a global perspective it is not. The world over more speakers are multilingual than “monolingual”. We start this course by looking at what makes a society or an individual multilingual. We look at bi- and multilingual first language acquisition, code-switching and what researchers know about the bi- and multilingual mind. Moving on to recent research findings there will be room for your own interests in the field.
ANG 601 Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Language Change (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  1. Acquiring expanded technical vocabulary necessary for a discussion of linguistic issues;
  2. Honing academic writing style;
  3. Learning how to write research proposals;
  4. Acquiring a thorough understanding about linguistic structure and the laws underlying its evolution;
  5. Honing your cognitive ability to see links between what seems to be unrelated phenomena at first sight (i.e. language acquisition, language contact, language change)
Literatur:
  1. Burridge, Kate and Alexander Bergs (2017) Understanding Language Change. London & New York: Routledge.
  2. Janson, Tore (2012) The History of Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
This course is a step-by-step introduction into the study of language change covering all central aspects of phonology, lexicon and grammar. In this course, we are going to explore the major ways in which world languages evolve over time, while discussing how and why these processes occur. Is linguistic change a result of first or second language acquisition? Is it a result of contact between languages? To what extent do speakers’ attitudes determine the way language changes over time? We will furthermore discuss the real-life applications (e.g. celebrity endorsement) of language change as well as the most influential theories about the subject.
Our study will begin with a brief overview of the languages spoken around the world. We will then focus on the history of the major languages of the Antiquity (Greek and Latin) as well as the most prominent European languages (Italian, French, Spanish and English). As a next step, we will walk through changes in sound and semantics, word and sentence structure, after which we will investigate how changes actually spread in language from one speaker community to the next. In so doing, we will consider the role played by interpersonal contact and mass media in the process of linguistic diffusion. Finally, we are going to explore the impact of language acquisition and language contact on the processes of linguistic evolution.
ANG 601 Idiomatic Language (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
  • Revise and deepen your knowledge of linguistic core concepts concerning the lexicon, syntax and semantics
  • Develop an understanding of idiomaticity as an all-pervasive element of human language
  • Learn to apply appropriate terminology and theories to describe and explore the phenomenon of idiomaticity in exercises, discussions and individual research projects
  • Practice critical thinking and academic reading and writing.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Fiedler, Sabine (2007). English Phraseology: A Coursebook. Tübingen: Narr. (Reihe: Narr Studien­bücher) - Please bring you own copy!

A reading list will be provided in class.
Lektor(en):
Mareike Keller
Beschreibung:
In this course we will examine recurrent word combinations like idioms (e.g. at the drop of a hat, to burn the midnight oil, a lame duck), collocations (e.g. to set the table, blissfully unaware, key issue) and set phrases (e.g. You are welcome, I see, Never mind). Such lexicalized multi-word items constitute a considerable part of any natural language and pose a particular challenge for the linguist as well as for the language learner. You will learn about phraseology as an independent field of linguistic inquiry and about basic questions and theoretical approaches to idioms and idiomaticity. Among topics to be discussed are questions of classification, pragmatic and stylistic aspects, and also psycholinguistic aspects of formulaic language.
 
Each week, we will discuss one chapter from the textbook and have a presentation of an original research paper in the relevant area.
ANG 602 Neo-Victorian Crime and Gothic (LAG-Rahmenthema) (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
  • Hughes, Andrew, The Convictions of John Delahunt (2014)
  • Macrae Burnet, Graeme, His Bloody Project (2016)
  • McGuire, Ian, The North Water (2016)
  • Perry, Sarah, The Essex Serpent (2016)
Lektor(en):
Caroline Lusin
Beschreibung:
In contemporary British literature, there has long been a particular interest in the Victorian era, with John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) being perhaps one of the earliest, and certainly one of the most famous, cases in point. In recent years, this interest seems to have increased even more. In 2016, the long list of the prestigious Booker Prize alone featured two examples of the genre, which characteristically uses the Victorian Age to implicitly reflect on contemporary issues. Just like there is hardly any Victorian novel that manages to do without a crime of some sort or another, many Neo-Victorian novels, too, incorporate crime, such as Julian Barnes’ fictional biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur & George (2005). Crime stories, it seems, are particularly suited to addressing key concerns and anxieties of both periods.

In this class, we will focus on four very recent neo-Victorian novels that are indebted to Victorian crime or Gothic fiction, Andrew Hughes’ The Convictions of John Delahunt (2014), Ian McGuire’s The North Water (2016), Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent (2016) and Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloody Project (2016). Distinctly reminiscent of several 19th-century British and American classics, these novels provide insights into the Victorian age that are highly revealing concerning some central preoccupations of our own time.
ANG 602 Classics of British Cinema (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
7.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Literatur:
The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)
Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
Kes (Ken Loach, 1969)
A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1972)
The Draughtsman’s Contract (Peter Greenaway, 1982)
My Beautiful Launderette (Stephen Frears, 1983)
Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1995)

Secondary Literature: information at the beginning of term
Lektor(en):
Stefan Glomb
Beschreibung:
This seminar is based on a selection of widely regarded and influential British films by some of the most famous filmmakers, from the 1940s to the 1990s. Whether the term ‘classic’ is really applicable in each case is equally open to debate as the selection itself, but there is no denying that these are all films of note, well worth watching attentively and discussing in detail. Our approach will be twofold, aesthetic and thematic, i.e. we will look at the specific filmic techniques employed in each case as well as the topics the films address, and both perspectives will be informed by an interest in the ways the films are embedded in their historical and cultural context. Concerning both the formal and the thematic aspect (the two are, of course, not really separable), the selection suggested here spans a wide range of phenomena: from the aesthetically daring approaches of A Clockwork Orange and Trainspotting to the more traditional formal design of My Beautiful Launderette; from the drab social realism of Kes to the impressive visuality of Lawrence of Arabia; from the modern depiction of life in Europe after World War II in The Third Man to the postmodern self-referentiality of The Draughtsman’s Contract. We will discuss the films in chronological order, and there will be a Semesterapparat in A3 where both the films and relevant literature will be made available.   
This seminar is based on a selection of widely regarded and influential British films by some of the most famous filmmakers, from the 1940s to the 1990s. Whether the term ‘classic’ is really applicable in each case is equally open to debate as the selection itself, but there is no denying that these are all films of note, well worth watching attentively and discussing in detail. Our approach will be twofold, aesthetic and thematic, i.e. we will look at the specific filmic techniques employed in each case as well as the topics the films address, and both perspectives will be informed by an interest in the ways the films are embedded in their historical and cultural context. Concerning both the formal and the thematic aspect (the two are, of course, not really separable), the selection suggested here spans a wide range of phenomena: from the aesthetically daring approaches of A Clockwork Orange and Trainspotting to the more traditional formal design of My Beautiful Launderette; from the drab social realism of Kes to the impressive visuality of Lawrence of Arabia; from the modern depiction of life in Europe after World War II in The Third Man to the postmodern self-referentiality of The Draughtsman’s Contract. We will discuss the films in chronological order, and there will be a Semesterapparat in A3 where both the films and relevant literature will be made available.
ANG 602 Critical Animal Studies (Seminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Seminar
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lernziel:
In this seminar we will read texts that imagine a new relations­hip between humans and nonhumans and raise fundamental questions about animal rights, agency and communication, about knowledge and subjectivity. Students will become acquainted with major issues of animal studies and discuss them in their interpretation of fictional and non-fictional texts about animals.
Literatur:
Students will be provided with most of the theoretical texts as well as the short story “Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight” by Ursula LeGuin and an excerpt from Charles Foster’s Being A Beast. Books to be bought: Zakes Mda, The Whale Caller (2005); T.C. Boyle, When the Killing’s Done (2011). A final, slightly revised selection of texts will be announced in class at the very beginning of the semester.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Animal Studies is a fairly recent field of literary and cultural studies which explores the ontological status of nonhuman animals and raises epistemological questions about nonhuman consciousness or mind. It challenges the western definition of humanity which still depends on the presence of the ‘not-human’, on ideas of a hierarchical relations­hip to others such as the uncivilized and the animal. But as research with primates and other animals has made clear, the strict separation between humans and animals has become untenable. Tool use, communication (language), social behavior, and mental events are not the exclusive properties of human beings. Animal studies are thus not only about the status of animals, they redefine the human self, the concept of nature, and the self-in-nature. After reading some influential theoretical approaches to the animal (Thomas Nagel, Donna Haraway, Peter Singer, Jacques Derrida) we will look at fictional and non-fictional texts that imagine an enco­unter between human and non-human animals. Charles Foster (England) slips into the role of a badger to experience the animal’s life in the wild (in Being a Beast); in South African writer Zakes Mda’s novel a man falls in love with a female whale; in Ursula LeGuin’s (USA) short story a girl survives a plane crash and is taken in by a coyote to meet the other animals; in The Lives of Animals J.M. Coetzee (South Africa) makes a moral argument against the cruelty to animals; and C.T. Boyle imagines a clash between animal rights activists and environmental protectionists whose goals are incompatible in When the Killing is Done.
ANG 620 America in the Sixties (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
This seminar will survey some of the important historical and cultural aspects of the decade of the sixties including the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and the creation of a youth co­unterculture, all of which were indicative of a moral crisis in the country and led to a transformation of values. Further, we will consider the legacy of this turbulent time.
ANG 620 Popular Music and Society (Übung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Übung
ECTS:
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Registrierungs­informationen:
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
Lektor(en):
Philip Griffiths
Beschreibung:
This course examines the reciprocal relations­hips between popular music and society as a whole. Our focus will be on the way popular music is mediated by a series of technological, cultural, historical, geographical and political factors; in this way, we can gain a better understanding of key subjects that shape our experience of music, including the production of music (musicians and the industry itself), musical narratives and audiences (fans and subcultures ), and the mediation of dominant ideologies (gender, sexuality and ethnicity). Every lesson will begin with a student presentation on an artist/ a band that has had an indelible impact on popular music culture; then, we will move on to a specific topic that will help illustrate key characteristics of popular music and its impact on society.