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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

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):
Reinhild Kreis
Beschreibung:
Thinking in Context: Great Ideas about Culture and Society, 1780 to the Present
This lecture 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, Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Rachel Carson, and others. The lecture ends with a look at more recent authors such as Edward Said, Ulrich Beck, 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 as our world shaped by historical, cultural, and religious traditions?

Reading list will be provided at the beginning of the term

Requirements: Reading, Final Exam (100 % of grade)

Two tutorials will be offered to analyze texts on the reading list and practice essay writing.
IDV 402 Tutorial for the ICS Lecture (IDV 401) (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):
Florian Dorner
IDV 402 Tutorial for the ICS Lecture (IDV 401) (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):
Florian Dorner

Philosophie

20th Century Political Philosophy: Rawls and Nozick (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
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:
- John Rawls: A Theory of Justice. Original Edition. Cambridge (Mass.):
Harvard University Press (1971).

- Robert Nozick: Anarchy, State, and Utopia. New York: Basic Books (1974).
Lektor(en):
Marc Andree Weber
Beschreibung:
What should an ideal society look like? According to utilitarianism, the total amount of wellbeing should be maximized. According to egalitarianism, inequalities between different groups of people should be minimized. According to libertarianism, the affirmation and protection of individual rights and liberties is of primary importance. Needless to say, societies governed by the respective principles would turn out to be completely different in many regards.
In the seminar, we will focus on the two most important works in the political philosophy of the second half of the 20th century: John Rawls’s A Theory of Justice and Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia. Together, these books equip us with powerful arguments for and against all of the theories mentioned above. On the basis of these arguments, we will discuss how justice is to be understood, whether and, if yes, to what extent social as well as natural inequalities should be mitigated by the state, and what kind of society is to be preferred from a moral point of view.
Plato's Meno and Republic - Blockseminar mit Prof. Dominic Scott (Block­veranstaltung, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Block­veranstaltung
ECTS:
8.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
Registrierungs­informationen:
Anmeldung:
Die Anmeldung zu diesem Hauptseminar ist über das Portal2 möglich (bis zum 16. Juli) oder per email an Helge Rückert (rueckert@rumms.uni-mannheim.de).

Registration:
It is possible to register for this course either via Portal2 (until 16 July) or by sending an email to Helge Rückert (rueckert@rumms.uni-mannheim.de).
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:

Course description

In this course, we shall examine Plato's Meno and Republic. Of the two dialogues, the Meno is much the shorter, and is considered to have been written earlier. It provides an ideal introduction to Plato’s philosophy, in part because it covers so many of the topics to be found in his later works, especially the Republic. Prompted by the question whether virtue can be taught, the Meno delves into such topics as the nature of virtue, definition, universals (or ‘forms’), innate knowledge and the theory of education. It is also the first work to elucidate the distinction between knowledge and true belief. We shall focus on the Meno in the first four sessions of the course.
We then turn to the Republic, often considered Plato’s greatest master­piece. Like the Meno, it encompasses a wide range of topics, but discusses them at considerably more length. The main questions that drive the discussion concern the nature and value of justice: what is justice, and why is it in an individual agent’s interest to be just? As well as discussing justice in the individual, the work discusses the nature of the just city, and constructs an ‘ideal state’, which is described in considerable detail. The work is therefore not only a seminal contribution to the ethics of the individual, but also to political philosophy. But the scope of the discussion extends still further. Plato has a great deal to say about education (because he is deeply concerned about the education of the rulers of his ideal state). This leads him to discuss very different aspects of education: sometimes he focuses on the role of the arts in education (hence the work is also concerned with aesthetics); and in the central books (V-VII) his interests extend more deeply into the theory of knowledge. In the course, we shall give equal weight to all these different topics, as well as discuss how this highly complex work fits together as a coherent unity.
There is considerable overlap between the two dialogues, and throughout my discussion of the Republic I shall make references and comparisons to the Meno.

The translations I shall use are:

G. M. A. Grube, Plato: The Meno. Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis, 1980.
G. M. A. Grube, Plato: The Republic, revised by C. D. C. Reeve. Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis, 1992.
(Both are reprinted in J. M. Cooper, ed. Plato, Complete Works. Hackett Publishing, Indianapolis, 1997.)
As general introductions to the two dialogues, I shall be referring to my own book on the Meno (D. Scott, Plato’s Meno, Cambridge University Press, 2006), and to J. Annas, An Introduction to Plato’s Republic, Oxford University Press, 1981.

I shall give out a more extensive reading list during the course.

Romanistik

Es wurden keine Veranstaltungen gefunden.

Medien- und Kommunikations­wissenschaften

MKW 432: Introduction to Media Neuroscience for Social Scientists (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:
All recommended readings and materials will be posted on the workshop’s webpage (location: https://ucsb.box.com/v/medianeuroscience). Recommended readings include:
  • Cacioppo et al., (2003). Just because you’re imaging the brain doesn’t mean you can stop using your head: A primer and set of first principles. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(4), 650–661.
  • Cacioppo, J.T., & Cacioppo, S. (2013). Social neuroscience. Psychological Science, 8(5), 667-669.
  • Cappella, J. (1996). Why biological explanation? Journal of Communication, 46, 4-7.
  • Grossman, A.R., & Neary, D. (2005). Neuroanatomy. New York: Elsevier. 
  • Huettel, S.A., Song, A.W., * McCarthy, G. (2014). Functional magnetic resonance imaging. Sunderland, MA: Sinauer.
  • Weber, R. (2015). Brain, mind, and media: Neuroscience meets media psychology. Journal of Media Psychology (Editorial), 27(3), 89-92.
  •  
  • Weber, R., Eden, A., Huskey, R., Mangus, J. M., & Falk, E. (2015). Bridging media psychology and cognitive neuroscience: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Media Psychology, 27(3), 146-156.
  • Weber, R., Mangus, J. M., & Huskey, R. (2015). Brain imaging in communication research: A practical guide to understanding and evaluating fMRI studies. Communication Methods and Measures, 9(1-2), 5-29.
  • Weber, R., Sherry, J., & Mathiak, K. (2008). The neurophysiological perspective in mass communication research. Theoretical rationale, methods, and applications. In M. J. Beatty, J. C. McCroskey & K. Floyd (Eds.), Biological dimensions of communication: Perspectives, methods, and research (pp. 41-71). Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.
Html Resources:
  • Does Size Matter - For Brains?https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-size-matter-for-brains/
  • Fantastic Video Series on fMRI! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aRKAXD4dAg
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Dozent: Prof. Dr. A. Weber

This workshop provides an introduction to media neuroscience research (including sub-areas such as neuro marketing, neuropolitics, neurocinematics) for social scientists. A special focus will lie on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). The workshop intertwines research on the uses and effects of mass communication with research in the cognitive neurosciences and provides examples of state-of-the-art media neuroscience studies. The workshop does not require prior knowledge in the field of cognitive neuroscience. After the workshop, attendees will be able to (1) identify interesting (and possible) research questions in fMRI based media neuroscience research, (2) understand the basics of fMRI methodology, and (3) critically evaluate fMRI research with confidence.
MKW 345: Development and Structure of Online Media (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:
  •  Kueng, L., Newman, N., Picard, R.G. (2016). Online news. In J. M. Bauer & M. Latzer (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of the Internet (pp. 443-458). Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  •  Nielsen, R.K. (2016). The business of news. In T. Witschge, C. W. Anderson, D. Domingo & A. Hermida (eds.), The SAGE handbook of digital journalism (pp. 51-67). Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
  •  von Rimscha, B.; Studer, S.; Puppis, M. (Eds.) (2016). Methodische Zugänge zur Erforschung von Medienstrukturen, Medien­organisationen und Medien­strategien. Baden-Baden: Nomos.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Dozentin: Patricia Hadler

Online media have become an essential part of the media system. They are influenced by and influence economic, political, legal, social and cultural structures. The goal of the seminar is to analyze both their internal organization and how they are integrated into the media system. Online media content can be produced and distributed by large organizations or individuals; likewise, audiences are not as restricted to national borders.
In introductory sessions, we will define and categorize online media, players in online content production, formats, and organizational structures. The remaining seminar will cover two main areas. First, we will analyze the implications of novel online media business structures, such as crowdfunding, blogging and entrepreneurial journalism on the (formerly) strict distinction between editorial and sales and even editorial and readership. Thereafter, we will look at internet-exclusive media, such as search engines and social networks, whose structures are highly adapted to a digital environment. Using contrasting case studies from post-industrial and Arab countries, we will examine how online media contribute to political communication in different parts of the world.
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):
Reinhild Kreis
Beschreibung:
Thinking in Context: Great Ideas about Culture and Society, 1780 to the Present
This lecture 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, Max Weber, Antonio Gramsci, Simone de Beauvoir, Frantz Fanon, Rachel Carson, and others. The lecture ends with a look at more recent authors such as Edward Said, Ulrich Beck, 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 as our world shaped by historical, cultural, and religious traditions?

Reading list will be provided at the beginning of the term

Requirements: Reading, Final Exam (100 % of grade)

Two tutorials will be offered to analyze texts on the reading list and practice essay writing.
IDV 402 Intercultural Communication (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):
Florian Dorner
Beschreibung:
This course is designed to form and develop the students’ comprehensive competence in communication across cultures and languages, which is a combination of knowledge, skills, abilities and initiatives of the individual, necessary to establish the interpersonal contact with a person speaking another language in social, cultural and professional spheres of human activity. With this course you learn based on the theoretical approach how:
  1. to introduce social and cultural norms of speech behavior in the areas of oral and written communication;
  2. to show the linguistic and cultural specificity of multilingual and multicultural communication;
  3. to form the necessary linguistic and socio-cultural knowledge in the field of communicative competence;
  4. to develop the ability to use optimal strategies and tactics of speech behavior in various forms and types of communication.

Lecturer: Dr. Alexander Shovgenin (State University Volgograd)
IDV 402 The Human Epoch: International Perspectives on the Anthropocene (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:
Literatur:
Erle C. Ellis. Anthropocene – A Very Short Introduction. Oxford UP, 2018.
Lektor(en):
Alica Katharina Buck
Beschreibung:
Humanity has left its mark on earth. From pollution to mass extinctions, the human epoch is concerned with these causes and their effects on nature, the environment, and the very planet we call. Years of human domination over nature, the idea of civilization over wilderness, the early environmental movements, are all part of this new geological time period – the Anthropocene. But how do we define this ecological epoch? What is there to be done to “save” our planet? How do these visible changes in nature affect our cultural understanding of it? What does that have to do with me as an individual?
These are questions we need to ask ourselves as individuals, societies, and cultural communities when facing the future of our planet. Sociologists, Anthropologists, and Natural Scientists alike are dealing with these and similar questions about our environment, the changes we see in it and the human impact that is acknowledged as one of the main reasons.
This class sets out to uncover some of the theories out there, the correspondence between researchers, and the illustrations of what has been called the Anthropocene. We will also look at the term itself, what it stands for, in what ways it has been criticized recently, and what kind of alternatives are offered.
The main goal is to educate ourselves to be part of this ongoing discussion of theoretical concepts describing visible changes in the environment that lead to political and societal changes across the globe.

Requirements:
  1. READ THE TEXTS!!! The texts you will have to read for this class are highly controversial, so take part in this conversation, be invested in the ideas presented and make informed decisions for yourselves on this topic.
  2. Transcript: In groups of 4 or 5 pick one session and write a transcript. This means that you should note down important points made in class, questions raised, arguments discussed, and examples presented. These transcripts will be uploaded to Ilias and function as your final exam prep. For more info see “Guidelines for Transcripts” in the general info folder on Ilias.
  3. Comment: Pick one of the sessions and write a comment on what we have read and talked about in class as well as your own take on the readings. You are encouraged to include outside information, so if you find a scientific/peer-reviewed article you see fit to your ideas, include it in your argument. Comments should be roughly between 1-2 pages (1.5 spacing, Arial 11). For more info see “Guidelines for Comments” in the general info folder on Ilias.
  4. Final Exam: The exam will include 3 sections: 1) Multiple-Choice; 2) Short-Answers; 3) Comment.
We will talk about this in more detail in class towards the end of the semester.
IDV 402 Cultural Violence, the Arts, and Global Health (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:
Literatur:
  • Boydell, K., Gladstone, B., Volpe, T., Allemang, B., & Stasiulis, E. (2012). The Production and Dissemination of Knowledge: A Scoping Review of Arts-Based Health Research. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(1). URL: doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-13.1.1711
  • Galtung, J. (1990). Cultural Violence. Journal of Peace Research, 27(3), 291-305. URL: https://www.galtung-institut.de/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Cultural-Violence-Galtung.pdf
  • Rylko-Bauer, B. & Farmer, P. (2016). Structural violence, poverty, and social suffering. In D. Brady and L. M. Burton (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Poverty (47-74). Oxford: Oxford University Press. URL: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199914050.001.0001/oxfordhb-9780199914050-e-4
Lektor(en):
Florian Dorner
Beschreibung:
Seeing health as our own responsibility feels normal: If we eat right, we will not get sick. If we exercise, we will stay healthy. But this is only a small part of the picture. Societies create, sustain, and destroy a person’s physiological and mental wellbeing, often simultaneously. The underlying power structures that determine health are less apparent than a virus.

We will discuss why it is important to challenge the everyday practices that soften seem trivial. Why is art an important part of how we can do challenge hegemonies.
  1. The first sessions will serve to create a shared toolbox. This will help us to identify cultures of violence and to situate them within their historical, political, and socio-economic context.
  2. Students will present works of art that help us perceive and analyse cultural violence. Examples can come from all around the globe and from different times. I will be happy to help you find something appropriate if you are unable to.
This seminar combines insights from political science, public health, and the humanities.Books like Charles Dickens’ Bleak House (1853) or Ousmane Sembène’s Black Girl (1966) help us understand
  • the power structures we enco­unter every day;
  • how the arts challenge cultural boundaries or perpetuate them;
  • and ultimately, how our own health depends on these structures.
IDV 402 The Star Wars Franchise in Cultural Perspective (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):
Florian Dorner
Beschreibung:
Enroll … or enroll not. There is no try!
From the release of Star Wars (later subtitled Episode IV: A New Hope) in 1977 the ever-expanding Star Wars franchise has captivated the minds and hearts of generations of viewer, readers, and gamers around the globe. With quotable phrases like “I am your father” and its particular mix of SciFi, fairy tale, and fantasy elements, action, and Eastern mysticism, the Star Wars universe has also provided a goldmine for those who own its intellectual property rights.
In this course we will begin by discussing the films in the original trilogy from different critical perspectives, before turning our gaze to Star Wars as a franchise that has branched out over time into countless media and ancillary products. The goal is to not only examine the films in the Star Wars universe on their own, but to place them in their larger context as part of a franchise that reveals a lot about the transformation of the American entertainment industry as well as its audience in the last four decades. In this evaluation a range of aspects will play a role, from changing economic, media, and industry structures to fan participation and the transformation of audiences.
IDV 402 Explaining Attitudes towards Immigrants (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):
Florian Dorner
Beschreibung:
Due to the increasing diversification of the population, politics and society are faced with new challenges: Whether the integration of immigrants, the equality of homosexual couples, or the overcoming of gender gap - in all these subjects, major changes can been observed over the last 50 years accompanied by discussions of citizens, politicians and journalists on their consequences.
Using the example of migration and immigrants, the course will show the historic development of migration in Germany such as the recruitment agreements in the 1960s, the EU enlargement and the impact of the financial and euro crisis.
Against this background, models for explaining attitudes towards migrants, migrant groups and migration will be presented. Selected relevant surveys and their results will be discussed as well as problems in the collection of sensitive data and methodological innovations in survey research.
Topics: Theories of international migration; Migration to Germany; Migration from Africa to Europe; Environmental and climate refugees; Women and Migration; Attitudes towards immigrants: Economic explanations, Non-economic explanations, Political elites, media and contact, Methods (Surveys, Implicit Attitude Test, List experiments / Morphing experiments)
IDV 402 Acquisition of languages in polyglot societies (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:
Literatur:
  • Ayoun, D. (2015). The acquisition of the present. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Chomsky, N. (1995). The minimalist program. Current studies in linguistics series: Vol. 28. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
  • Ellis, R. (1990). Instructed Second Language Acquisition. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Montrul, S. (2004a). The acquisition of Spanish. Morphosyntactic development in monolingual and bilingual L1 acquisition and in adult L2 acquisition. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Salaberry, M. R., & Ayoun, D. (2005). Tense and aspect in Romance Languages: theoretical and applied perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • VanPatten, B., & Williams, J. (Eds.). (2014). Theories in second language acquisition: An introduction. Routledge.
  • White, L. (2003). Second language acquisition and Universal Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Lektor(en):
Florian Dorner
Beschreibung:
In modern society, plurilingualism is rather the norm than the exception. Precisely for that reason, however, there is a great variety of constellations that can be distinguished: simultaneous bilingualism, successive acquisition of foreign languages and heritage languages are just a few examples to be named.
In this seminar, we will have a look at the acquisition of languages from a psycholinguistic perspective focussing both on first and second languages. We will discuss different approaches to the field in order to adopt a critical view onto competing theories. An essential topic will comprise questions of empirical field work from a methodological point of view including its theoretical perspectives. The implications for teaching of foreign languages will also play a major role.
As the class corresponds to the Romance seminar, Romance languages will often serve as examples. Other languages, especially as part of combinations of languages with rather distinct grammars, will enter the focus as well. However, passive or active knowledge of any Romance languages is not a requirement for attending this class.
IDV 402 Tutorial for the ICS Lecture (IDV 401) (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):
Florian Dorner
IDV 402 Tutorial for the ICS Lecture (IDV 401) (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):
Florian Dorner

Anglistik

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):
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 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
Literatur:
Course participants should acquire the following book:

Thematischer Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz Englisch. Stuttgart: Klett Verlag, 2002.

A course booklet will be made available by the instructor.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
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):
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 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 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
Lektor(en):
Rebecca Anne Henschel
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:
Students will learn 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
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 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
Lernziel:
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, and 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
  • Discover one’s own strengths and weaknesses as a writer, especially in the area of grammar and structure
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:
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 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):
Rebecca Anne Henschel
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.
Literatur:
The following text is recommended:
Richard Humphrey, Grundkurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch, Klett, 1998.
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 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:
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
Lektor(en):
Stephen Krug
ANG 334 Intermediate Translation German-English, Course F (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 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
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.
Literatur:
The following text is recommended:
Richard Humphrey, Grundkurs Übersetzen: Deutsch-Englisch, Klett, 1998.
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
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 to 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 preparing for final exams
  • or 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 to various translation exercises, each weekly session will tackle the mastery of certain interference problems in translation caused by the differences between the grammars of the two languages.
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 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
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:
Various short texts for the weekly sessions will be 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 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
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
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 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
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final 90min written exam. Small homework assignment (Linguistic File).
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
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final 90min written exam. Small homework assignment (Linguistic File).
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
Prüfungs­leistung:
Final 90min written exam. Small homework assignment (Linguistic File).
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 Linguistics (Lisa Seidel) (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 Linguistics (Miriam Gröning) (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 Linguistics (Christine Göpfrich) (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 Linguistics (Lisa Töws) (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 Linguistics (Lara Wörner) (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 (Alessa Bürkle) (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 (Dora Hinderer) (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 (Chiara Fragassi) (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 Language and Gender (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:
At the end of the semester
* You have a chance to know
o how the research field of language and gender developed.
o central features of the deficit, dominance, difference and doing gender approaches
o how male and female speech really differ on all linguistic levels (phonology, morphology, …)
* You will have gained experience in analyzing data.
* You will have gained experience in working with research literature and using it for your own research.
* You have a chance to improve your presentation skills through group presentations.
* You have a chance to develop your writing skills by writing a term paper.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
will be announced shortly
most of it will be available on Ilias
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
Beschreibung:
Do you also have a hunch that men and women are very different and that they talk in very different ways? There is a number of popular books which deal with the topic of language and gender claiming that men and women speaking so differently as if they came from different planets. However, many of these statements are problematical – to say the least. In this course, we will take a thorough look at linguistic literature and try to find answers to the following questions:
* How did the research field of language and gender develop?
* What theoretical approaches can be identified in the field?
* Are there any solid linguistic findings whether and if so how men and women talk differently and how they are talked about?
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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.
ANG 303 The Mental Lexicon (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:
Aitchison, J. (2012). Words in the mind: An introduction to the mental lexicon. John Wiley & Sons.

Altmann, G. T. (1998). The ascent of Babel: An exploration of language, mind, and understanding. OUP Oxford.

The Mental Lexicon journal - http://www.jbe-platform.com/content/journals/18711375/7/1
Lektor(en):
Agnieszka Ewa Krautz
Beschreibung:
During this course we will focus on the mental lexicon, which metaphorically can be understood as a dictionary or a database of all words stored in the mind of the language user (Dijkstra, 2005). We will explore the way in which we activate and access the information in the lexicon by considering different models of word recognition. Also, we will address the nature of the information stored in the lexicon as well as the organization of lexico-semantic structures in monolingual as well as bilingual speakers. Next, we will discuss how children acquire words, how the lexical information is represented in atypical populations such as dyslexics or patients suffering from aphasia, and what happens with the mental lexicon as we age.
ANG 307 Diachronic Linguistics for CELLS (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 bi emailed to them before the start of the semester. For further information please contact: incoming@phil.uni-mannheim.de.
Lernziel:
  • Apply basic knowledge of linguistic levels of description to diachronic linguistics
  • Develop a basic understanding of the dynamics of language change
  • Learn to apply appropriate terminology and theories to describe the phenomenon of language change
  • Learn to understand how diachronic texts are constructed linguistically
  • Enhance your skills in critical reflection and academic reading, presenting, writing and analyzing
  • Enhance your skills in orally expressing your own opinion
Literatur:
Brinton, Laurel. 2017. English Historical Linguistics. Approaches and Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

online resources:

http://www.oed.com/
https://sites.google.com/site/dfgbasics/output/resources
http://terrano.philosophie.uni-stuttgart.de/BASICStoolkit/

Additional reading materials will be made available on the online platform Ilias.
Lektor(en):
Carola Trips
Beschreibung:
English is spoken by around 350 million people worldwide, and as a second language by over a billion more. So one could think that English is pretty easy and simple. In fact, English is super weird and complex and this is due to its stormy history. We know that the British Isles have been very attractive for many different peoples and with each new wave of invasion came a new language and mingled with whatever people were speaking before. So if we want to understand the nature of Present-Day English and how it developed into the powerhouse language it is today, we need to take a look back in time and see what it was like when it was more Germanic (Old English) and how it became more and more different from other Germanic languages, for example under the influence of French and Latin (Middle English).

Changes can be quickly identified if we compare a Present-Day English sentence with an Old English sentence like

(1)    The cruel man cut a page from the book.
         Se sliþene mann slat an tramet fram thære bec.


We see right away that most of the Old English grammatical system has withered away. Further, many many words and structures of Romance origin came to English instigated by the Norman Conquest in 1066. So for example, people in Middle English times had new French verbs available they could use if they wanted to express that they like something:

(2)    The flour pleses/appleses/delites/payes/apayes/agrees/emplesses me.
         'I like the flower'.


This course provides an introduction to diachronic linguistics, which will also include an overview of the history of the English language. The course will be primarily concerned with language change on all levels of linguistic survey, and it will put key concepts which are familiar from the „Introduction to Linguistics“ into a diachronic perspective. Accordingly, we will discuss changes on all levels of language, but a focus will be on grammatical change and contact-induced change. All phenomena will be illustrated by examples taken from the English language history which spans almost sixteen centuries: Old English (450-1100), Middle English (1100-1500), Early Modern English (1500-1750) and Modern English (from 1750 onwards).
ANG 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’.
Lektor(en):
Regina Schober
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 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:
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):
Christine Schwanecke
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 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):
Regina Schober
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 312 Shakespeare's Comedies (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:
Texts:
William Shakespeare. A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sukanta Chaudhuri (ed.). Arden Shakespeare, 3rd edition.

William Shakespeare. Love’s Labour’s Lost. H.R. Woudhuysen (ed.). Arden Shakespeare, 3rd edition.

William Shakespeare. A You Like It. Juliet Dusinberre (ed.). Arden Shakespeare, 3rd edition.

William Shakespeare. The Tempest. Virginia Mason Vaughan & Alden T. Vaughan (eds.). Arden Shakespeare, 3rd edition.

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:
Course Description:
Watching the recent productions of Shakespeare’s comedies produced at the New Globe Theatre in London (some of them available on DVD in our Mediathek), we get at inkling of what it may have been like to be part of the audience back in Elizabethan England. Watching, rather than reading, the plays first and foremost makes us aware of the fact that they were written for the theatre and that they work extremely well on stage, especially when performed by versatile actors who know how best to bring out the humour. Yet Shakespeare wouldn’t be Shakespeare if a good laugh were all that there is to these plays (and this is where the importance of a close reading comes in). Along with all the fun, the plays address topics worthy of careful consideration, some of which do not, on the face of it, seem to be compatible with what we take to be a typical comedy framework (such as power structures in A Midsummer Night’s Dream or colonialism in The Tempest). It is these aspects that we will mainly focus on in our readings of the comedies, and we will do so by including discussions of secondary texts, which will have the added advantage of providing an insight into the sheer variety of perspectives from which the comedies have been interpreted. We will discuss the plays chronologically in the order given above.
ANG 312 Reading Kamila Shamsie (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
Lektor(en):
Lisa Schwander
Beschreibung:

British Pakistani author Kamila Shamsie is one of the rising stars of the British literary scene. Not only does she appear on a list featuring the ‘Best British and Irish novelists today’ published by the Times Literary Supplement, but she has also just been awarded the ‘Women’s prize for fiction’ for her latest novel. Born in Karachi and based primarily in London, Shamsie is the author of seven novels to date, as well as a frequent commentator of political events. Both her fictional and her non-fictional work foregrounds challenges of a globalised world. (Neo-)imperial power constellations, ethnic and religious conflicts serve as the backdrop for her protagonists’ personal stories and their efforts to carve out an identity and a place for themselves. At the centre of her work is an interest in gender relations in a global context, intertwined with an interrogation of contemporary representations of Muslim identities. Throughout, Shamsie challenges a division of people along geographic, ‘ethnic’, or national lines and she constantly works towards taking her readers beyond the dichotomies of ‘East’ and ‘West’. In this seminar, we will focus on three of her novels – Kartography (2002), Burnt Shadows (2009) and A God in Every Stone (2014) – to explore how she addresses these themes through her work. We will also consider her fiction against the background of a contemporary hype around ‘postcolonial’ or ‘minority’ literatures, looking at the problems caused by such classifications and the distinct expectations surrounding them, and analysing how Shamsie comments on and subverts such expectations through her work.  

ANG 312 Romantic Poetry (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 seminar students will:
  • be introduced to the most important authors of the Romantic period
  • be introduced to (canonical) texts from the early 19th century
  • learn to distinguish defining features and genre motifs
  • familiarise themselves with basic concepts and important approaches necessary for the analysis of Romantic poetry and fiction
  • be introduced to important terms and concepts dealing with the analysis and interpretation of secondary texts
  • practice/apply theoretical concepts to literary texts
  • learn how to read, structure and evaluate relevant secondary texts
  • get instructions on how to develop a research question/thesis for future term papers
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
  • Lynch, Deidre. The Norton Anthology of English Literature. The Romantic Period. New York: Norton & Company, 2018 [Tenth Edition].
  • Poems will be uploaded to ILIAS
Lektor(en):
Annika Gonnermann
Beschreibung:
What is Romantic poetry? Which authors are considered important? And what is it about poetry anyway? In the seminar “Romantic Poetry” we will try to find answers for these questions, by delving into a period that has defined poetry like no other and continues to influence contemporary writing. We will analyse the poems by the Romantic “Big 5/6” and have a look at the most important novel of that time in order to understand their relevance – even for our modern world.
ANG 312 The Condition of England (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:
Having attended the seminar, students are able to ...
... name and test the characteristics of the Condition of England genre.
... contextualise literary texts within historical and literary periods and genres.
... analyse and interpret literary texts by means of text-based (i.e. close reading) and context-based approaches as well as theoretical concepts (mainly from Marxist theory).
... reproduce, explain and discuss scholarly theses.
... develop, articulate and justify individual academic theses (orally and in written form).
Literatur:
Please purchase the following three novels (please buy the editions below):
- Dickens, Charles. Hard Times. For These Times. Edited with an Introduction and Notes by Katie Flint, Penguin Books, 2003.
- Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South. Edited with an Introduction by Patricia Ingham, Penguin Books, 1995.
- Lanchester, John. Capital. Faber and Faber, 2013.
All other texts will be provided on Ilias.
Lektor(en):
Sina Nathalie Schuhmaier
Beschreibung:
In all its variants, the Condition of England genre asks questions about England’s social condition (its class system, economy, and politics). As such, it not only illustrates the close interplay between literature and society; it also becomes topical every time this condition is particularly precarious or contested. The genre emerged at a time in the early Victorian era when the ‘industrial revolution’ was proved a euphemism by the reality of horrid working conditions and mass poverty. A growing interest in the lot of the working classes spawned the industrial novel, which pictures an increasingly urbanised England divided into what Benjamin Disraeli termed “two nations,” rich and poor, as well as exploring the site of the factory, where the nation’s industrialisation is staged. In this seminar, we will read two major works of the genre that will help us to identify its characteristic narrative techniques, motifs, and concerns, Charles Dickens’ Hard Times (1854) and Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South (1855).
These will allow us to assess the shift the Condition of England genre has undergone in the 21st century. Of the wide array of writings it has produced in recent years, we will read John Lanchester’s Capital (2012). The novel is set in a London affected by sharply rising property prices and the financial crisis, topics which may account for the renewed popularity of the genre. It is also today that the genre fully proves its versatility: to conclude our survey of the Condition of England, we will discuss rapper Kano’s “This is England” (2016), which challenges the medium of the novel as well as the dominance of narratives of a white working class as essential ingredients of the genre.
ANG 312 Dystopian Novels (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:
Texts
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale. London: Vintage, 2010.
Eggers, Dave. The Circle. New York: Penguin Books, 2014.
Orwell, George. Nineteen Eighty-Four. London: Penguin Books, 2000.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
Course Description
Whilst the term “dystopia” is less well-known than its co­unterpart “utopia”, everybody knows examples or at least quotes related to the genre: be it the 21st century hype in young adult fiction with the The Hunger Games trilogy (2008–2010), the famous phrase “Big Brother is watching you” (Orwell, 1984, 1949) or very recent TV series such as Black Mirror (Channel 4/Netflix, 2011–present). But what does the genre actually comprise, and why is it so popular if it’s all bleak and pessimistic? And if parallels are drawn between real-life politics and this kind of fictional works, as it was the case with Kellyanne Conway’s use of the term “alternative facts” and 1984 or China’s upcoming Social Credit System and the Black Mirror episode “Nosedive” (3.1), then how close do they really hit to home?

In order to find answers to these questions, we will examine three novelistic examples of the genre in their chronological order. We will move from Orwell’s canonical work 1984 (1949), a political novel focusing on totalitarianism, to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), an exploration of religious fundamentalism and patriarchy. As a 21st century example we will have a closer look at Dave Eggers’s The Circle (2013), which deals with a company that aligns the genre-typical focus on technology with the Information Age and social media. In addition, we will have a session on a Black Mirror episode, which will be selected by the course. Our readings and analyses will be supplemented by secondary texts (provided on Ilias). Besides important tools of literary studies, we will draw on the discourses of philosophy, cultural studies, and linguistics, such as theories by Thomas Hobbes, Edward Sapir, and Michel Foucault.
ANG 313 (Neo-)Slave Narratives: Contexts, Aesthetics, Function (Proseminar, englisch)
Vorlesungs­typ:
Proseminar
ECTS:
6.0
Kurs geeignet für:
Kurssprache:
englisch
SWS:
2
Lernziel:

In this seminar, students will hone their skills in interpreting and critiquing literary texts, and acquire tools with which to approach theoretical texts. In particular, they will familiarize themselves with the functionalist approach to literary criticism, as well as with theoretical concepts from Critical Race Theory, Trauma Studies, and Memory Studies. Students will deepen their understanding of the role slavery and ‛race’ have played and continue to play in American history, society and culture. At the end of the term, students will be able to reflect critically on the implications of this enigma at the heart of U.S. history: How could a nation whose self-conception proclaims the equality of all people hold Africans in bondage for centuries?

Literatur:

Please purchase the following paperback editions: Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Modern Library Classics, 2004, with an introduction by Kwame Anthony Appiah; this volume also contains Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl); Toni Morrison, Beloved (Vintage, 2016); and Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Penguin Random House, 2018). These editions are available at the Bücher Bender campus shop, Mensa.    

Lektor(en):
Katharina Marie Motyl
ANG 313 The American Laborer (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

Lektor(en):
Juliane Strätz
Beschreibung:
This seminar provides an introduction to the literary depiction of the American laborer. To do so, we will read literature by and/or about the working class. In doing so, we will examine how literary texts respond to common generalizations and stereotypes as well as to the realities of the working individual in the US. Further, we will identify recurring themes and analyze how they relate to and interact with issues like family, gender, and politics. Also, we will discover how they change over time.

Please note that this is a reading class!
Among the text which we will read are Bellamy's „Looking Backward: 2000-1887,“ Gold's „Jews without Money“ and Kelly's „Sandhogs.“
ANG 313 Asian-American Literature (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

Literatur:

Amy Tan. The Hundred Secret Senses.

Joy Kogawa. Obasan.

Chang-Rae Lee. Native Speaker.

Frank Chin. Donald Duk.

Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:

Since the late nineteenth century writers of Asian ancestry have formed a multi-faceted and vibrating force in American literature, dealing with complex cultural and social experiences, such as immigration, alienation, assimilation, memory and the construction of identity. This course will examine a wide range of Asian American literature and focus on writers of Chinese, Japanese and Korean descent.

ANG 313 Abnormality and Monstrosity in American Culture (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

Lernziel:
-In this class, students will strengthen their skills in literary interpretation, analysis, and critique.

-In this class, students will develop skills and strategies for reading academic criticism.

-At the end of the semester, students should be able to reflect critically on the cultural, aesthetic, and historical implications connecting conceptualizations of humanity with the policing of abnormality, monstrosity, and deviancy.
Literatur:
Primary texts:
Poe, Edgar Allan. “The Black Cat” (1843)
Crane, Stephen. “The Monster.” (1899)
Lovecraft, H.P. The Shadow Over Innsmouth.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper.” (1892)
American Psycho (film)
They Live (film)
Halloween (film)
South Park S11E07, “Night of the Living Homeless” (2007).
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:

Throughout literary and cultural history, book pages, television sets, and big screens have been invaded by what could be broadly categorized as monsters, whether those are murderers and serial killers, the supernatural forces sometimes found in Edgar Allan Poe stories, grotesque and deformed individuals, the shuffling zombies of George A. Romero, the quirky vampires found in True Blood, or extraterrestial and alien life forms. What all of them have in common is their function as representatives of the “abnormal” or “other”, against which norms and standards can be defined and onto whom unwanted values, characteristics and behaviour can be projected. In this seminar we will analyze examples from canonical literature (e.g. Poe, Crane, Lovecraft) as well as contemporary film and fiction to try and answer the question of what drives the continuous fascination of audiences with the monstrous other, how normality is defined, and why monsters play such an important part in the definition of what it means to be human.

ANG 313 Creative Non-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

Lernziel:
This seminar will
  • give you an overview over the genre of creative nonfiction
  • allow you to read, analyze, and discuss creative nonfiction 
  • allow you to reflect on the techniques and generic conventions of nonfiction pieces
  • provide you with relevant theoretical and methodological tools to discuss creative nonfiction from different critical perspectives
  • help you develop strategies for brainstorming, drafting, critiquing and revising your own nonfiction
  • give you insight into the composition of literary texts using the example of creative nonfiction
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Lektor(en):
Dominik Matthias Steinhilber
Beschreibung:

Creative nonfiction, by some considered to be the ‘fourth genre’, is a genre of literary writing comparatively under-defined and under-researched. As a preliminary definition of the genre, literary critic Barbara Lounsberry suggests four characteristics of creative nonfiction

  • “Documentable subject matter chosen from the real world as opposed to 'invented' from the writer's mind”
  • “Exhaustive research” which allows writers „novel perspectives on their subjects“ and „also permits them to establish the credibility of their narratives through verifiable references in their texts“
  • An emphasis on “scene” as opposed to the typical journalistic style of objective reportage

 

And

 

  • “Fine writing: a literary prose style”

In this class, we will explore a variety of creative nonfictions as both scholars and writers by reading and discussing works written by acclaimed writers of nonfiction and by composing our own texts. In the scholarly section of this seminar, we will examine a selection of creative nonfictions and discuss their topics and social and historical contexts from a number of perspectives and attempt a definition of this elusive ‘fourth genre’.

The course will alternate between (scholarly) class discussion and workshop sessions in which we will approach our readings with a writer’s eye, discussing them from a craft perspective, and practicing some of the techniques we discover. In doing so, we will also practice some fiction-writing techniques helpful in writing non-fiction. During workshop sessions, you will be sharing and critiquing drafts of your writing. Since a creative environment lives from trust, anti-social behavior such as ridicule and non-participation will not be accepted.

To complete this course, you will have to write a creative nonfiction piece we will draft, revise and critique throughout the seminar and either take an oral exam or write a short, scholarly paper.

ANG 313 Digital Methods in Literary Studies (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

Literatur:

Please buy and read Edith Wharton’s novel The House of Mirth (Norton Critical Edition, you can buy this edition at the Bücher Bender campus shop, Mensa). Secondary texts and additional material will be made available on ILIAS or can be found in the library.

 

Please bring a laptop to class every week!

Lektor(en):
Regina Schober
Beschreibung:
In this seminar we will explore and discuss some basic digital analysis and visualization tools that have emerged in the Digital Humanities and are particularly applicable to literary studies. These tools include frequent word analysis, text annotation, topic modeling as well as story maps. We will apply these methods to Edith Wharton’s novel The House of Mirth (1905) and discuss them alongside more traditional approaches to literary analysis. In the second half of this course, students will work on their own projects that will be presented at the end of the seminar. No prior skills in computer programing are required!
ANG 331 Introductory Translation German-English (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 Heritage Languages (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:
After this course students will:
  • be able to find and understand academic literature on language testing
  • have a basic understanding of important terminology within the field of language testing, including validity, reliability, constructs, test specifications, etc.
  • approach language testing research in a methodological and systematic manner
  • be able to go through the iterative process of developing language tests
Literatur:
Fulcher, G. & Davidson, F. (2007). Language testing and assessment: an advanced resource book. London: Routledge.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Everyone: Oral presentations in groups of 2/3 students
For 7 ECTS: oral exam (between 6 and 11 December 2018)
For 8 ECTS: term paper in the form of an empirical validation study for your language test items (due on 11 December 2018 - no extensions possible!)
Lektor(en):
Rosemarie Tracy
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 ITELS to be admitted to an English-speaking university abroad. In recent years we have seen an increasing amount of standardized language testing geared towards different target groups including job applicants, university 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 programs or jobs.

The objective of this course is to provide you, as future test-takers, testers, and/or decision makers with a modern framework for thinking through the develpment 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 & additional readings, do exercises on theoretical issues and practice the development of test items. In addition, regular homework exercises allow you to prepare for individual session.
ANG 404 Digital media in the foreign language classroom (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:
After this course students will:
  • be able to find and understand academic literature on language testing
  • have a basic understanding of important terminology within the field of language testing, including validity, reliability, constructs, test specifications, etc.
  • approach language testing research in a methodological and systematic manner
  • be able to go through the iterative process of developing language tests
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Fulcher, G. & Davidson, F. (2007). Language testing and assessment: an advanced resource book. London: Routledge.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Everyone: Oral presentations in groups of 2/3 students
For 7 ECTS: oral exam (between 6 and 11 December 2018)
For 8 ECTS: term paper in the form of an empirical validation study for your language test items (due on 11 December 2018 - no extensions possible!)
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
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 ITELS to be admitted to an English-speaking university abroad. In recent years we have seen an increasing amount of standardized language testing geared towards different target groups including job applicants, university 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 programs or jobs.

The objective of this course is to provide you, as future test-takers, testers, and/or decision makers with a modern framework for thinking through the develpment 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 & additional readings, do exercises on theoretical issues and practice the development of test items. In addition, regular homework exercises allow you to prepare for individual session.
ANG 404 Linguistic Typology (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:
After this course students will:
  • be able to find and understand academic literature on language testing
  • have a basic understanding of important terminology within the field of language testing, including validity, reliability, constructs, test specifications, etc.
  • approach language testing research in a methodological and systematic manner
  • be able to go through the iterative process of developing language tests
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Fulcher, G. & Davidson, F. (2007). Language testing and assessment: an advanced resource book. London: Routledge.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Everyone: Oral presentations in groups of 2/3 students
For 7 ECTS: oral exam (between 6 and 11 December 2018)
For 8 ECTS: term paper in the form of an empirical validation study for your language test items (due on 11 December 2018 - no extensions possible!)
Lektor(en):
Mareike Keller
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 ITELS to be admitted to an English-speaking university abroad. In recent years we have seen an increasing amount of standardized language testing geared towards different target groups including job applicants, university 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 programs or jobs.

The objective of this course is to provide you, as future test-takers, testers, and/or decision makers with a modern framework for thinking through the develpment 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 & additional readings, do exercises on theoretical issues and practice the development of test items. In addition, regular homework exercises allow you to prepare for individual session.
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:
After this course students will:
  • be able to find and understand academic literature on language testing
  • have a basic understanding of important terminology within the field of language testing, including validity, reliability, constructs, test specifications, etc.
  • approach language testing research in a methodological and systematic manner
  • be able to go through the iterative process of developing language tests
Literatur:
Fulcher, G. & Davidson, F. (2007). Language testing and assessment: an advanced resource book. London: Routledge.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Everyone: Oral presentations in groups of 2/3 students
For 7 ECTS: oral exam (between 6 and 11 December 2018)
For 8 ECTS: term paper in the form of an empirical validation study for your language test items (due on 11 December 2018 - no extensions possible!)
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 ITELS to be admitted to an English-speaking university abroad. In recent years we have seen an increasing amount of standardized language testing geared towards different target groups including job applicants, university 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 programs or jobs.

The objective of this course is to provide you, as future test-takers, testers, and/or decision makers with a modern framework for thinking through the develpment 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 & additional readings, do exercises on theoretical issues and practice the development of test items. In addition, regular homework exercises allow you to prepare for individual session.
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:
Textbook:
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

An additional 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 VL Syntax in three dimensions (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 descriptive and theoretical expertise acquired in previous linguistics classes (e.g. Introduction to English linguistics, Introduction to diachronic linguistics, Language change, etc.)
  • improve their understanding of English grammar and syntax, especially in contrast to German
  • learn more about syntactic theory (especially generative theory) and how we can benefit from it
  • enhance their analytical skills in dealing with linguistic data, both synchronic and diachronic
Literatur:
Trips, Carola. 2015.  English syntax in three dimensions: history-synchrony-diachrony. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Link to my textbook

http://www.anglistik.uni-mannheim.de/anglistik_iv/mitarbeiter/trips/website_of_my_textbook_syntax_in_three_dimensions/index.html
Lektor(en):
Carola Trips
Beschreibung:
Have you ever wondered why in Shakespeare’s time, you could say something like “Knowest thou not the beauty of the lake?” while today you would have to use constructions like “Don’t you know the beauty of the lake?” Or have you always been intrigued by English-German contrasts manifesting themselves in main sentences like “Dr. Who, I like him” and “Dr. Who finde ich klasse”? If so, you’ll definitely be profiting from attending this lecture!
In this lecture we will deal with the syntax of English in three dimensions: history of grammatical theory, synchrony and diachrony of English. We will focus on the synchronic and diachronic perspective, i.e. we will define a number of intriguing syntactic phenomena of Present-Day English (which are compared with German) and then go back in time and take a look at how they developed over time. We will discuss data from the main stages of English, Old English, Middle English, and Early Modern English and you will learn how to analyse historical data. In addition you will learn a bit about the history of grammatical theory (structuralism, the rise of generativism) and to explain syntactic changes by evaluating different theories.

Preparation for the lecture: I highly recommend for you to reactivate your diachronic knowledge from the Introduction to diachronic linguistics class and your syntactic knowledge from the Introduction to English linguistics. Basic grammatical knowledge will be taken for granted.

The lecture is based on my textbook English syntax in three dimensions: history-synchrony-diachrony that is available in the UB (also as an e-book). On my website there is some more info about the book as well as a glossary and some model answers for the assignments. In addition, you will find a Seminarapparat with many more literature and recommendations as to what to read depending on your study course.
ANG 414 Writing India: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives on the British Empire (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:
Texts:
Please purchase any edition of the following novels:

Forster, E.M. A Passage to India (1924)
Desai, Kiran. The Inheritance of Loss (2006)
Shamsie, Kamila. A God in Every Stone (2014)

Selected stories by Rudyard Kipling will be made available by the start of term.
Lektor(en):
Caroline Lusin
Beschreibung:
The British Empire as a political entity may be long gone, but its repercussions still influence the lives of people around the world, and its heritage is an indelible part of British identity. As Jeremy Paxman insists in Empire: What Ruling the World Did to the British (2011): “Without understanding how we looked at the rest of the world, we cannot really understand ourselves.” (3) India, the infamous ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of Queen Victoria, plays an especially important role in this context. The short stories of Rudyard Kipling, the so-called ‘Bard of Empire’, as well as a range of novels dealing with the British Empire in India, such as E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (1924), Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss (2006) and Kamila Shamsie’s A God in Every Stone (2014), engage with Britain’s imperial heritage in various ways. If Kipling already adopts an ambivalent attitude towards imperialism in his later works, Forster harshly criticises colonial rule, and Desai as well as Shamsie explore the Empire from contemporary, postcolonial points of view. In this course, we will consider the historical and cultural background of the texts and investigate into their specific perspectives on the British Empire in India then and now.
ANG 414 World War II in British, Irish, and Canadian Fiction (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:
Texts:
Please purchase any edition of the following novels:
  • Penelope Lively, Moon Tiger (1987)
  • Ian McEwan, Atonement (2001)
  • A.L. Kennedy’s Day (2007)
  • Michael Ondaatje, Warlight (2018)
Lektor(en):
Caroline Lusin
Beschreibung:
For Generation Z, the calamitous conflict of World War II may appear a thing of the past. But is it really? As acclaimed WWII-historian Keith Lowe assures us in The Fear and the Freedom: How the Second World War Changed Us (2017), the impact of this cataclysmic event is still acutely felt in our public and private lives. The media still abound in representations of World War II – think only of the recently released films Dunkirk (2017), Churchill (2017), and Darkest Hour (2018) –, and narrative fiction has con­tributed its fair share to this discourse, too.

In this seminar, we will read four novels that have World War II as their subject: Penelope Lively’s Moon Tiger (1987), Ian McEwan’s Atonement (2001), A.L. Kennedy’s Day (2007), and Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight (2018). Where Moon Tiger interweaves the fictional autobiography of its 77-year-old protagonist with her war time experiences, Atonement features a long section on ‘Operation Dynamo’, the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, Day focuses on the infamous Battle of Britain, and Warlight centres on the London Blitz, the offensive of German air raids against London in 1940 and 1941. What aspects of the war do these novels highlight? How do they connect individual and collective identity as well as memory? And finally, to what extent can these texts be considered representative of their time in terms of literary technique?
ANG 414 Unreliable Narration (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, as a participant of this seminar, will
  1. deepen your knowledge of literary theory become familiar with a seminal narratological category, namely, ‘unreliable narration’;
  2.  get to know and discuss seminal framings of the concepts ‘unreliable narration’ and unreliable narrators’;
  3.  do close readings of exemplary British novels that can be regarded as unreliable narratives;
  4. get acquainted with andistinguish different examples or ‘kinds’ of unreliability;
  5.  make use of and refine your skills in the analysis, interpretation, and discussion of contemporary novels; as well as
  6. work with material from a recent period in British literary and cultural history and gain in-depth insight into this very period.
Literatur:
Primary Literature
In the first session, you will be able to select novels out of these: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day (1989); Kate Atkinson, Behind the Scenes at the Museum (1995); Ian McEwan, Enduring Love (1997); A. L. Kennedy, Paradise (2004); Zoë Heller, Notes on a Scandal (2003)

Secondary Literature
Nünning, Ansgar. 2013. Unreliable Narration: Studien zur Theorie und Praxis unglaubwürdigen Erzählens in der englischsprachigen Erzählliteratur. Trier: WVT.
Nünning Vera. 2015. “Conceptualising (Un)reliable Narration and (Un)trustworthiness.” Id. (ed). Unreliable Narration and Trustworthiness: Intermedial and Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Berlin: De Gruyter. 1-28.
Olson, Greta. 2003. “Reconsidering Unreliability: Fallible and Untrustworthy Narrators.” Narrative 11.1: 93-109
Riggan, William. 1981. Picaros, Madmen, Naifs, and Clowns: The Unreliable First-Person Narrator. Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press.
Lektor(en):
Christine Schwanecke
Beschreibung:

Fact, fiction, co­unter-fact, alternative fact, lies, mendacity, double entendre,… – with terms like these people have lately described and evaluated utterances in recent political and cultural debate. Literature has dealt with the problem of ‘unreliability’ for ages – not just thematically but also structurally. Yet, since the 1990s, there has been a notable rise in what narratology terms ‘unreliable narratives’. This is why the present seminar is dedicated to recent texts like these: we will analyse, interpret, and discuss canonic contemporary British novels that can be considered ‘unreliable’.

ANG 414 Late Victorian Fiction (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:
Texts:
Robert Louis Stevenson. Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde. Katherine Linehan (ed.). Norton Critical Edition.

Thomas Hardy. Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Tim Dolin (ed.). Penguin Classics.

Bram Stoker. Dracula . Maurice Hindle (ed.). Penguin Classics.

H.G. Wells. The Island of Doctor Moreau. Patrick Parrinder & Steve McLean. Penguin Classics.

Secondary Literature: please take a look at the wide range of companions/handbooks published by Cambridge UP and Blackwell, which are available in print and as downloads via the UB.
Lektor(en):
Stefan Glomb
Beschreibung:
Course Description:
Late Victorian culture is a time of both endings and beginnings. On the one hand, it is the time of the fin de siècle, which was marked by ennui, decadence, and ‘degeneration’, by Endzeitstimmung, as well as a calling into question of Victorian values and orthodoxies. On the other hand, “[i]n confronting the end of the century, and arguably the end of the narratives which had been engendered in the mid-nineteenth century period, a creative energy is unleashed which, in its vitality and multiplicity, becomes the most effective statement against our understanding of this period as the end of anything” (Gail Marshall). In this context, the ‘new woman’, the ‘new drama’, the ‘new journalism’, the birth of psychology, and altered attitudes towards sexuality mark the beginning of a new era, pointing forward to the 20th century and modernism. The texts for this seminar were selected with a view to illustrating some of the most important features and developments of the period. Among them are the fantastic tales Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) and Dracula (1897), known by many as thrilling horror stories; on close inspection, however, they reflect new insights into the human psyche and sexuality, as well as fears that were dominant at the time. H.G. Wells’ ‘scientific romance’ The Island of Dr Moreau (1896) picks up the motif of the mad scientist, thus addressing themes such as Darwinism, the responsibility of the scientist, and the rise of science as an increasingly dominant paradigm of knowledge and power. Thomas Hardy’s ‘tragic’ novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) shows the protagonist to be entangled in a proto-modernist, almost Kafkaesque predicament, which highlights gender-related problems but also a loss of belief in some kind of higher order and meaning. We will read the texts in chronological order.
ANG 415 American Romanticism (Veranstaltung findet nicht statt) (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:
Please buy and read:
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlett Letter (preferably the Oxford World's Classics Edition)

You can buy this novel at the Bücher Bender Campus Shop, Mensa.
Lektor(en):
Regina Schober
Beschreibung:
In this seminar, we will explore the literature and culture of American Romanticism (1812 to 1865). Sometimes also referred to as The American Renaissance, this period in American history has been considered the cultural awakening of America, marked by a striving for cultural independence and self-definition. Among the key motifs for Romantic writers and thinkers were individualism, communalism, social reform, and artistic experiment. At the same time, American Transcendentalism exerted a strong influence on Romanticist writing, envisioning not only cultural but also spiritual renewal. At a time of rapid expansion and industrial progress, America also pushed the limits of its literary frontier, shaping American experience by negotiating notions of freedom, democracy, and national identity. In this seminar we will read key texts of American Romanticism by authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frederick Douglass, Herman Melville, and Edgar Allan Poe. Selected works of secondary literature will complement our readings to stimulate class discussion.
ANG 415 Southern Literature: Faulkner, Mc Cullers, O'Connor (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 one of the most important US-American fiction writers, learn about the American South and its history, discuss the challenges of racism and the legacy of slavery, and learn how to interpret fictional texts in detail. Also you will present in a controlled environment.
Literatur:
William Faulkner:
  • Light in August (Vintage International)
  • “The Bear” (in Go Down, Moses – Vintage International)
Lektor(en):
Ulfried Reichardt , Regina Schober
Beschreibung:
In this seminar we will read one major novel (Light in August) and a major long story “The Bear” (in Go Down Moses) by William Faulkner, arguably the most important American modernist fiction writer. Both texts deal with racism and the burden of Southern history, the legacy of slavery and the end of the wilderness. They are experimental in form and regional in content. Faulkner’s novels contain some of the most complex treatments of time in fiction, and they present ways to come to terms with a traumatic past that cannot be articulated (yet). In addition, we will read two of Faulkner’s short stories (“A Rose for Emily,” “Dry September”) and discuss two of the most significant American films of the earlier twentieth century, Birth of a Nation (1915) and Gone with the Wind (1939) both of which are set during the Civil War in the South and thus also attempt to come to terms with the past.
ANG 415 Writing Pop: Journalistic Approaches to Popular Culture (On condition of application, also for Master students) (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.
The seminar will begin with an introductory session on September 4th and some more sessions on Tuesdays. The dates of weekend Blockseminars (Saturday and Sunday) will be announced in the first session for your planning.The reviews have to be written in English. Oral exams (to get the credits) can be arranged, if necessary.
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:
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, two two days weekend Blockseminars, 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 envisaged dates of the Blockseminars are on September 15+16 and on November 10+11 2018.
ANG 415 Drugs and Substance Dependence in U.S. Culture from the Civil War to the War on Drugs (taught by Katharina Motyl) (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, students will further enhance their skills in interpreting and critiquing literary texts and visual culture. Moreover, they will learn how to lead an outcome-oriented group discussion and how to debate effectively. Students will familiarize themselves with approaches from Critical Legal Studies, the Medical Humanities, and Actor-Network Theory. At the end of the term, students will be able to recognize such designations as addict or criminal as results of social and cultural power negotiations, but simultaneously understand intellectually the fascinating pull drugs and ‛the underworld’ have exerted on the creative class. Moreover, students will be able to reflect critically on historical processes in which ascriptions of pathology and deviancy have served to keep the socially marginalized in a marginalized position.

Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:

Please purchase the following paperback editions: Eugene O’Neill, Long Day’s Journey into Night (Reclam, 1989); and William S. Burroughs, Junky: The Definitive Text of Junk (Penguin Classics, 2008). These editions are available at the Bücher Bender campus shop, Mensa.    

Lektor(en):
Katharina Marie Motyl
Beschreibung:
Before the Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914, drug use and dependence were not uncommon among the American middle and upper classes. After illegalization, drugs simultaneously became a token of the avant-garde (e.g. the Beat poets) and the basis for a regime aimed at disciplining social minorities (e.g. “War on Drugs”). Discussing literature, visual culture, laws, and other sources, we will study the sociocultural history of drug use and substance dependence in the U.S. since the Civil War. We will focus on (the representation of) dependence and social minorities, which will bring connections between addiction and structural violence to light. Moreover, we will analyze the emergence of the concept addiction in light of the ‘crisis of modernity’ that Americans experienced around the turn of the twentieth century, and theorize the individual ‘under the influence’ from the vantage point of Actor-Network-Theory.
ANG 415 Network Narratives (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:

Please buy Tropic of Orange and Transatlantic before the start of the semester (you can buy the two novels at the Bücher Bender campus shop, Mensa). Secondary texts and additional material will be made available on ILIAS or can be found in the library.

Lektor(en):
Regina Schober
Beschreibung:
An emerging mode of story telling in the 20th and 21st century, the ‘network narrative’ reflects a growing awareness for interconnectedness in a complex world, while exploring the role of contingency in the lives of the individual. Defined by film scholar David Bordwell as narratives that deploy multiple and interwoven plotlines in non-linear temporal order, network narratives depict what he calls “converging-fates plots” (98) to suggest coherence and resolution through chains of cause and effect. Or, as Wesley Beal puts it, the network narrative “mediates the dialectic of totalization and fragmentation with linking mechanisms that draw atomized nodal formations into a constellar system (5).” In this seminar we will examine four network narratives in American literature and film: Karen T. Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange (1997), Paul Haggis’s film L. A. Crash (2004), Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film Babel (2006), and Colum McCann’s novel TransAtlantic (2013). In our discussions of these narratives, we will focus on the following questions:
1) What are the constitutive features and functions of the network narrative in relation to conventional story telling?
2) In which ways do network narratives reflect alternative models of social organization, individual agency, and socio-historical entanglements as a way to deal with an increasing awareness for complexity?
3) To what extent do these network narratives shape images of the United States as loosely connected formations in a transnational context?
ANG 416 American Literature and Culture: Civil War to the Present (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:
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.
Lektor(en):
Ulfried Reichardt
Beschreibung:
This lecture course will present a survey of American literary and cultural history from the last third of the 19th century to the present. It will focus on three main aesthetic and cultural periods– 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. One important area of inquiry will be the representation of different forms of subjectivity in American texts. A reader will be available on ILIAS at the beginning of the semester.
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.
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)
Course requirements will be discussed in class. A reader will be supplied in the first week of term.
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.

Course requirements will be discussed in class.
ANG 422 In God We Trust: Religion in America (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:
--You will gain insight into the role of religion in American life both historically from the foundation of the country to the present.
-- You will receive an overview of the variety of religions in the USA.
-- You will develop your discussion and presentation skills in English.
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Literatur:
Religion in America: A Very Short Introduction, Timothy Beal. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
While the USA has official separation of church and state, religion and politics have always interacted in the nation, as the motto of the US currency seems to demonstrate. This course will survey the great variety and significance of religious practices in the nation from its historical beginnings to the present and address the question of why the USA continues to be unique among the industrialized developed countries with its high level of religious identification and participation.
ANG 422 Crime & Punishment - American Style (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:
  • to attain a basic knowledge of the American criminal justice system from its origins up until today (components, how it works, vocabulary such as - Miranda Rights, D.A., panoptikum, habeus corpus, parole, etc.)
  • to use approaches from cultural and media studies to analyze prison systems and media coverage of crime and criminals (crime videos on YouTube, TV shows, etc.)
  • to use approaches from cultural and media studies to analyze examples from US entertainment media and news coverage
  • to apply this historical information and different approaches to current events / situations affecting the US today (such as the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter debates or Guantanamo)
  • to develop an understanding about what is particularly American about the US justice system and
  • to ascertain its strengths, weaknesses and possible future outcomes
Lektor(en):
Susan Montoya
Beschreibung:
American newspapers, films and television are full of courtroom drama, police investigations, dangerous and high-profile criminals and executions. This course is designed to give an overview about the US justice system and its implementation throughout history and up until today. We will be looking at specific crimes and notorious criminals, those on death row, as well as the police force that put them there. Famous prisons from Ryker's Island, Alcatraz, Leavenworth all the way up to Guantanamo and the modern-day corporate prison will be examined in order to determine whether the constitutional rights to a speedy and fair trial as well as a punishment that is not 'cruel and unusual' are being upheld. By following current news reports about crime hotspots (Chiraq) and racial tension between communities and the police force, we will attempt to understand why US prisons are predominately filled with black and hispanic males. Modern forms of media such as new TV shows (Orange is the New Black, How to Get Away With Murder, American Crime Story) and films that glamorize criminals and the criminal justice system alike will be discussed in order to evaluate crime and punishment - American style.
ANG 422 #pussyhats & #pussybows: American Women after Feminism (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:
• you will learn basic terms involved with / describing the evolution of the concept of feminism and feminist theory
• you will be able to identify and analyze key media images and relate them to their broader cultural contexts
• you will learn to apply theory to cultural events and media in order to gain a deeper understanding of the topic
• you will practice research and presentation skills by selecting a weekly topic and acting as the discussion leader(s)
Literatur:
Weekly readings and a syllabus will be provided on ILIAS.
Lektor(en):
Susan Montoya
Beschreibung:
In her book from 2008, The Aftermath of Feminism, feminist theorist Angela McRobbie questions how far women have come after the waves of feminist theory (1970s-90s) have supposedly changed the cultural landscape. She portends that some feminist principles have been seemingly incorporated / subsumed into popular culture - think of words like ‘empowerment’ and ‘choice’ (p.1) almost with the tacit agreement that women will not form political movements. In other words, it seems as if young women today have made a new form of sexual contract “concretised in education and employment and through participation in consumer culture and civil society” (p.1), in which they are afforded more opportunities, although they are still in subordinate positions and experience inequality. Is the trade off worth it? Movements like #MeToo point out systemic and structural subjugation by a predominately white and privileged class of white men. What does it mean to be a women in times when thousands are donning pink pussy hats to protest the macho populist culture of politicians like Donald Trump on the one hand, and more pervasively focussing on perfecting their appearances through online make-up tutorials and buying products recommended by celebrities on the other? What does it mean to have a FLOTUS who wears pussy bows? This course will attempt to assess the current cultural situation of American women today through examining media such as TV shows (The Handmaid’s Tale, Orange is the New Black), films (A Wrinkle in Time, The Hunger Games, 30 Shades), fan blogs and magazines (from Vogue to Bust). We will also follow the mid-term elections to see where feminist agendas are posited. By looking at celebrity culture, we can examine new role models and discuss whether Cardi B., Beyonce or Reese Witherspoon are leading the way or returning women to old notions of femininity. Finally, we will discuss the concept of privilege in order to discover whether the aftermath of feminism has opened the doors for all genders, all classes and all colors.
ANG 422 Myths and Realities of the American South (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:
--You will gain insight into the role of the American South in American life generally both historically from the foundation of the country to the present.
-- You will develop your discussion and presentation skills in English.
Literatur:
Various readings for the individual sessions will be made available on Ilias shortly before the semester begins.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
This course traces the history of what is perhaps the most distinctive region in the USA from its colonization to the present. Topics to be covered include the initial problematic enco­unters between Europeans and Native Americans, black-white race relations from slavery onward, and the many cultural contributions of the region from literature to music.
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
o learn about and practice the tasked based approach to foreign language  teaching
o learn about recent research finding  and prominent concepts in didactics
o practice planning and designing a lesson combining literary, linguistic and cultural aspects
o simulate a task and get feedback on this simulation
o learn how to use digital media in the foreign language class room
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Prüfungs­leistung:
Course credits will be awarded for:
* regular and active participation
* small course assignments during the semester
* concise and informative précis
* the independent design and simulation of an English lesson + précis + handout
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 text as a basis, for which we will step-by-step plan a unit that is then ready to use in class. Important aspects we are going to address is the combination of theoretical knowledge, challenging aspects of language teaching and your practical experience during your internship to create useful practical tasks.
ANG 428 Fach­didaktik II (LAG nach Praxissemester, MSc.Wipäd) (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
o learn about and practice the tasked based approach to foreign language  teaching
o learn about recent research finding  and prominent concepts in didactics
o practice planning and designing a lesson combining literary, linguistic and cultural aspects
o simulate a task and get feedback on this simulation
o learn how to use digital media in the foreign language class room
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen:
Prüfungs­leistung:
Course credits will be awarded for:
* regular and active participation
* small course assignments during the semester
* concise and informative précis
* the independent design and simulation of an English lesson + précis + handout
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
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 text as a basis, for which we will step-by-step plan a unit that is then ready to use in class. Important aspects we are going to address is the combination of theoretical knowledge, challenging aspects of language teaching and your practical experience during your internship to create useful practical tasks.
IDV 504 Techniken des wissenschaft­lichen Arbeitens (ANG 541 => IDV 504) (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 difference between qualitative vs. quantitative research
  • understand the importance of empirical research for gaining scientific knowledge
  • understand the purpose and challenges of different data collection techniques, select and apply them appropriately to address your research questions
  • make active use of methods of data coding and analysis and apply them to your own research
  • document your research in research reports and abstracts in appropriate ways
  • transfer the methodological knowledge and skills acquired in this course to other and future areas of study and work
Literatur:
  • Albert, R. & Marx, N. (2016). Empirisches Arbeiten in Linguistik und Sprachlehr­forschung: Anleitung zu quantitativen Studien von der Planungs­phase bis zum Forschungs­bericht. Tübingen: Narr Studien­bücher.
  • Rothstein, B. (2011). Wissenschaft­liches Arbeiten für Linguisten. Tübingen: Narr Studien­bücher.
  • Rasinger, S. (2013). Quantitative research in linguistics: An introduction (second edition). London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Lektor(en):
Helen Engemann
Beschreibung:
This seminar provides students with essential knowledge and skills they need to understand and produce empirical research in linguistics.
The course consists of four major parts that reflect different steps in the process of successfully conducting a research project:
  1. First, you get familiarized with the essentials of the planning phase: finding and formulating research questions and generating hypotheses; meeting scientific standards (reliability, objectivity, validity); finding the appropriate method, design and data for your research question; variables and operationalization.
  2. Second, we turn to different data collection techniques, such as observation, working with corpora, surveys, and intervention and experimental studies.
  3. Third, we learn how to prepare, code and analyze empirical data.
  4. Finally, we consider essentials of reporting your research results in various formats, e.g., abstracts and research proposals.
ANG 601 Literacy (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 you have a chance to know
o the state of the art in the field of literacy
o about the role of linguistic units in writing
o about the interrelation of literacy and lg acquisition
* You will have gained experience in analyzing children’s writing.
* You gain more experience in working with research literature and using if for your own research.
* You have a chance to improve
o your presentation skills through group presentations and feedback and
* your writing skills through writing a term paper.
Literatur:
most literature will be available on Ilias
Lektor(en):
Ira Gawlitzek
Beschreibung:
Not only are about 4 mio people in Germany illiterate (similar rates apply to GB and the US). Recent educational studies also show alarming result with respect to children’s dwindling literacy skills. In this course, we investigate the process of becoming literate, which implies more than knowledge of letters. What are factors that support successful functional literacy? What might have a hindering effect? We will look at the linguistic foundations of writing systems and discuss potential effects of different writing systems on becoming literate.
While reading about recent research we learn about adequate reseach methods and the state of the art in the field.
ANG 601 Corpus Linguistics (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
Literatur:
Gries, Stefan Th. 2010. Corpus linguistics and theoretical linguistics: a love-hate relations­hip? Not necessarily... International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 15(3). 327-343.

Hoffmann, Sebastian et al. 2008. Corpus Linguistics with BNCweb - a Practical Guide, 6. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Lemnitzer, Lothar and Heike Zinsmeister. 2006. Korpuslinguistik. Eine Einführung. Tübingen: Narr.

McEnery, Tony; Richard Xiao and Yukio Tono. 2006. Corpus-based language studies. An advanced resource book. London: Routledge.

Plag, Ingo. 2003. Word-Formation in English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Prüfungs­leistung:
Writing a term paper
Lektor(en):
Tabea Harris
Beschreibung:
This seminar is a methods course which brings together the two notions of corpora and linguistics. A corpus is a large collection of 'texts', which is searchable for several linguistic phenomena via a number of tools. With the methodology of corpus linguistics we study language based on examples of authentic language use.
Recent and ongoing advances in computer technology have led to an increased interest in language studies which make use of large text corpora, including samples of both written and spoken language, to investigate linguistic phenomena in a comprehensive and representative way.
The course will introduce the notion of corpora, which types there are and what they can be used for. You will then be able to get hands-on experience in working with a small number of recent and large English corpora, thereby developing an idea of what the merits and pitfalls of working with corpora are. Based on the knowledge acquired in this course, you will then be able to write up your term paper with a focus on one (or two, in comparison-based studies) of the corpora we have worked with in the course of this seminar.

Please note: The attendance of the first session of this course is compulsory.

Please register at the BYU platform to be able to use the corpora (by Sept, 3rd): https://corpus.byu.edu/profile_new.asp
ANG 601 Language and Organization (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:
A bibliography will be available at the first class meeting.
Please note: Participants will be required to read a few texts before the first class meeting.
Prüfungs­leistung:
ECTS requirements: Participation in all meetings, term paper and presentation during block sessions
Lektor(en):
Rosemarie Tracy
Beschreibung:

Veranstaltungs­beschreibung:
Language plays a crucial role in the ways in which we define and negotiate reality. Whenever a speaker pronounces a couple husband and wife, baptizes babies, or finds someone guilty and sentences him or her to time in prison, it is the speech act itself which – given the legitimacy of the speaker – creates a new reality in the first place. That is, by the very speech act “I hereby pronounce you ….”, or by uttering “You are fired!”, a speaker in power to do so “changes the world via words” for the addressee (cf. Yule 1996: 53), sometimes quite dramatically. Events such as these presuppose institutions like marriage, laws, and organizations with jobs, and the rules and rituals encoded by language are crucial in the historical development and functioning of these institutions.
The interdisciplinary seminar “Language and Organizations” deals with language use in organizational contexts. We will take our departure from the “linguistic turn” in organization studies, i.e. the realization by scholars in organization theory that language not only describes reality but defines and constructs it in the first place (as in the cases mentioned above). But language use may also just create the illusion that something has or has not happened -- lying would be a case in point --, or that some “reform” is on its way, while in reality nothing happens.
During the introductory phase of our class, participants will familiarize themselves with the conceptual tools offered by various linguistic approaches to communicative behavior, especially pragmatic theories (discourse analysis, common ground theory, speech act theory, the cooperative principle and conversational maxims, framing theory, etc.), and we will then turn to specific concerns and research topics relevant for organizational contexts.
We will, for instance, consider how organizational change is influenced by communicative styles and discuss the role of communication in social science-based “neo-institutional” approaches to management and in the rise of specific ideologies and heroic myths of entrepreneurship and leadership. Language also plays a crucial role in what has been called the “rigor-relevance gap”: Management research and publications are often not comprehensible for practitioners due to the different logic and arguments employed in management science and management practice.
The seminar will be taught in English and is specifically designed for participants with a strong interest in the interface between business studies and linguistics. There will be a first introductory meeting at the end of September. The largest part of the seminar will then take place in form of a two-day block meeting at the end of November. This way participants will have sufficient time to engage in team work and to present preliminary results of their own research during the block session. Time for a final discussion (in late January or early February) will be decided at the first meeting. Terms papers have to be handed in late January. Final grades will be awarded on the basis of both the in-class presentation and the term paper.

The following summarizes the overall structure of class meetings:
  1. Friday, September 28th, 15-18, room to be announced: Kick-off meeting: general introduction to linguistics and organization theory, discussion of details and terms of agreement, distribution of topics for presentations and term papers; discussion of texs send out after acceptance into the class.
  2. November 23rd-24th, two-day block session: presentation of preliminary results of investigations and discussion
  3. January 25th 2019: handing-in of term papers
  4. Final discussion, date to be fixed at the first class meeting.
ANG 602 Time and Temporality in American Literature and Culture (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:
Students will get to know theoretical approaches to time (literature, music and other arts, history, psychology, physics, cosmology, etc.) and read a major novel in which time figures centrally, but in which history as an element consciousness, racism and the legacy of slavery are negotiated as well. Moreover, they will learn how to relate fiction and theory.
The seminar depends on the active participation of the students. Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! should have been read by the beginning of the semester.
Literatur:
William Faulkner, Absalom, Absalom! (Vintage International)
Lektor(en):
Ulfried Reichardt
Beschreibung:
In this seminar we will read and discuss literary as well as theoretical and scientific texts related to the topic of time. William Faulkner’s master­piece Absalom, Absalom! will be in the center, and we will analyze and discuss it in detail. We will also read extracts from novels by Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann, Richard Powers and others. A further significant novel is Alan Lightman’s Einstein’s Dreams, written by a physicist and containing different form of time in thirty eight chapters. We will also discuss the treatment of time in the arts (William Kentridge) and in music (John Cage; Jonathan Kramer). And in culture in general (Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space).
ANG 602 Plant Studies (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:
Nathanial Hawthorne, „Rappaccini's Daughter“, science fiction by Ursula LeGuin (The Word for World is Forest and “Direction of the Road”), a short story by Annie Proulx (“The Sagebrush Kid”), the canonical horror novel about plants, Wyndham Lewis's The Day of the Triffids, as well as the most recent novel by Richard Powers The Overstory.
Lektor(en):
Beschreibung:
“Plant studies“ is a very recent branch of critical inquiry in literary and cultural studies which entered public discourse in 2013 with Michael Pollan’s article “The Intelligent Plant” in The New Yorker. Pollan is one among several critics who deplore our “plant-blindness.” They argue that plants make up ninety-nine percent of the biomass on earth and are the source of all life. Interestingly, plants have only played a minor role in Western literature and art, serving mostly as symbols or decoration. Plants, however, are not only “a what but also a who” (Michael Marder) whose ontology is radically different from that of humans or animals. They, too, have senses, communicate among each other, can remember, make choices – but in amazingly strange ways. In this seminar we will explore various approaches to plants in Western (mostly American) literature and ask how a revised understanding of plants may contribute to a new conception of our place in the natural environment. We will investigate literature that depicts plants beyond their symbolic function from American Transcendentalism to postmodernism: plants as intrinsic parts of the cycle of life, so-called “killer plants” in science fiction, or plants as alien, but agentic organisms. We will read and discuss the following texts: Nathanial Hawthorne, „Rappaccini's Daughter“, science fiction by Ursula LeGuin (The Word for World is Forest and “Direction of the Road”), a short story by Annie Proulx (“The Sagebrush Kid”), the canonical horror novel about plants, Wyndham Lewis's The Day of the Triffids, as well as the most recent novel by Richard Powers The Overstory.

Attention: This seminar will be partly a block seminar as the final session will already be on November 8th. We will have two or three blocks on Fridays the exact dates of which will have to be determined.
ANG 602 Art and the Artist in the British, Irish, and Anglophone Novel (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:
Texts:
Please purchase any edition of the following novels:
  • J.M. Coetzee, The Master of Petersburg (1994)
  • David Lodge, Author, Author (2004)
  • Colm Tóibín, The Master (2004)
  • Julian Barnes, The Noise of Time (2016)
Lektor(en):
Caroline Lusin
Beschreibung:
From the early days of narrative fiction, authors have reflected on the vocation of art in their writing. In fact, some of the great classics of world literature explore the condition of the artist: think, for instance, of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship (1795), Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice (1912) and Doctor Faustus (1947), Marcel Proust’s monumental In Search of Lost Time (1913-1927), or James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916). Drawing on the conventions of the Bildungs­roman, these authors typically use the foil of an artist to investigate into their own artistic impulses.

More recently, the British, Irish, and Anglophone novel has seen a striking fashion for fictional (auto-)biographies focussed on the lives of artists. In this class, we will read four novels by some of the most acclaimed contemporary writers: J.M. Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburg (1994), David Lodge’s Author, Author (2004), Colm Tóibín’s The Master (2004), and Julian Barnes’ The Noise of Time (2016). While Author, Author and The Master both centre on the life and work of American novelist Henry James, The Master of Petersburg and The Noise of Time are set in a Russian context, dealing with the 19th-century novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky and the 20th-century composer Dmitry Shostakovich respectively. All of these texts offer rich ground for exploring some of the key issues related to art, such as the relations­hip of art and life, art and politics, and the artist and society.
ANG 620 Gettin' the Blues: Understanding the Genres of American Popular Music (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
Lernziel:
--You will gain insight into the role of the major genres of American popular music in American life both historically from the foundation of the country to the present.
-- You will develop your discussion and presentation skills in English.
Literatur:
Readings for the various sessions will be made available on Ilias shortly before the semester begins.
Lektor(en):
John Miller Jones
Beschreibung:
This course will survey the history of American popular music with most of the focus on the major styles that have evolved since the beginning of the 20th century: blues, jazz, country, rock, soul, hip hop, etc., along with their cultural/social significance.