Course Catalog Winter Semester 2021/22

Below please find our course catalog. We will update these pages throughout the break and the semester. Unless stated otherwise, classes start in the week of October 11, 2021.
Students are responsible for keeping track of updates on actual course dates (some are alternating). Please note that classes take place in person (unless noted otherwise) and that specific safety protocols are in place for everybody to be able to participate (see our news item).

 
 

Literature and Culture I (04-001-1001)

Overall module responsibility: Prof. Dr. Katja Kanzler
Module organization & coordination: Dr. Stefan Schubert

This module acquaints students with the basic issues and techniques of American literary studies. It provides a survey of United States literary history as well as an introduction to the methods and theories employed in literary and cultural analysis.

 

iTASK (international, interdisciplinary, integrated: Technical, Academic, Soft, and Career Skills) (04-001-1004)

Overall module responsibility: Prof. Dr. Olaf Stieglitz
Module organization & coordination​: Heather Pruessing

The goal of the module is to help students develop key skills to thrive in their studies and in their subsequent career choices. Reports from Germany and the United States show that a leading reason why students experience frustration and set-backs in their studies and career pursuits is because of a relative lack of preparation in how to integrate personal and professional goals into a comprehensive plan for continuous individual development. For the generation of students beginning university, your learning and working life is expected to last at least a half-century. This module is meant to help you prepare for that voyage. This module is thus meant to prepare you for the TASK ahead.

 

Society, History, and Politics II (04-001-1006)

Overall module responsibility: Prof. Dr. Olaf Stieglitz
Module organization & coordination​: Tobias Schlobach

This module is meant to provide students with an interdisciplinary, international, and integrated introduction to key developments and themes in the history, politics, and society of the United States from the Reconstruction period to the present.

 

Project Module (04-001-1009)

Overall module responsibility: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez
Module organization & coordination​: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez

The module is designed to facilitate the acquisition of skills that prepare students to write a BA thesis in the near future. It will assist them in taking the necessary steps for developing a research project. This includes adequate ways of identifying the subject matter of a research project; researching relevant scholarship; formulating a research question; delimiting the body of material to be analyzed, determining appropriate research methods, and thus finding the topic for a scholarly project. Students will be required to design a research project; this includes submitting a short annotated bibliography during the course of the semester and a poster presentation as well as a term paper at the end of the term.

 

Ethnicity and Diversity in US Culture (04-001-1018)

Overall module responsibility: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez
Module organization & coordination​: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez

The goal of this module is to enable students to understand the United States as a multiethnic and multicultural space and  to discuss on an academic level the cultural productions of various ethnic groups in the contexts of their specific historical and cultural development.