Courses Summer 2011

Below please find our new course catalog. We will update these pages throughout the break and the semester.
Registration Guidelines:

If the BA American Studies is your Major (Kernfach), please refer to our Program Overview (pdf) to identify your recommended modules for your year of study. Please keep checking the American Studies homepage for updates on parallel courses.
• For enrollment in your American Studies modules, you need to sign up at the secretariat on March 21st or 22nd. Preferences for parallel classes will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Beginning with the level-II modules, you can choose American Studies Leipzig KF modules to count for your Wahlbereich as well. In this case, you need to apply for these modules through the tool as well.
• For your Wahlbereich/SQM, please refer to the university’s course listings and select via the tool.

If you would like to take American Studies Leipzig BA modules for your Wahlbereich, you can apply for the following modules: Society, History, and Politics I and III, Literature & Culture II and III, The Anglo-American World in a Global Context, Introduction to Linguistics, and Language & Society - Language in Transition. You will need to apply for admission to these modules online via the tool.

Society, History, and Politics I (04-001-1002)

Module Coordinator: Crister Garrett

This module is meant to provide students with an interdisciplinary and integrated introduction to key developments and themes in the history, politics, and society of the United States from the colonial period to the conclusion of the Civil War. Beyond becoming acquainted with important aspects of American life, the module is meant to provide students with repeated exercises and practice in analytical thinking and expression, both in written and oral form.


Introduction to Linguistics (04-001-1003)

Module Coordinator: Dr. Sylvia Reuter (Institut für Anglistik)

Das Modul bietet den Studierenden einen ersten Überblick über Analysemethoden und zentrale, grundlegende Fragestellungen in der synchronen amerikanistischen Linguistik sowie das Erlernen des geschriebenen akademischen Diskurses darüber. Die Vorlesung “Einführung in die synchrone Linguistik” führt ein in die Grundlagen der modernen englischen Sprachwissenschaft und gibt einen Überblick über die wesentlichen Teilgebiete der Disziplin. Das Seminar “Systemlinguistik” vertieft das in der Vorlesung “Einführung in die synchrone Linguistik” vermittelte Wissen aus den Bereichen Morphologie, Phonetik/Phonologie, Semantik und Syntax mit spezifischer Relevanz für das moderne amerikanische Englisch. Eine Übung “Sprachpraxis für Amerikanisten” ergänzt das Modul.

Literature & Culture II (04-001-1007)

Module Coordinator: Anne Koenen

The module builds on and advances the knowledge and skills students acquired in the introductory module “Literature & Culture 1.” It acquaints students with major issues, concepts, and theories involved in the study of literature and (popular) culture. The module explores the canon debate and its implications for the study of U.S.-American literature and culture. In addition, it introduces students to exemplary modes and genres of literature and culture, and to their reflection in scholarship.


The Anglo-American World in a Global Context (04-001-1008)

Module Coordinator: Crister Garrett

This module is meant to provide students with a deeper understanding of how the United States and Great Britain/Ireland relate to each other and other countries that together make up what is often referred to as the “Anglo-Saxon tradition”. Especially in the wake of contemporary globalization—but certainly during earlier periods of mobility, exchange, and discovery—the concept of an Anglo-American world held great sway in many corners of the globe. Indeed, for much of continental Europe today, “the Anglo-American world” provides a basic compass for understanding fundamental developments in politics, economics, and culture. This module is meant to provide students with a more sophisticated understanding of how the United States and Great Britain have perceived and influenced each other historically and currently, and also to provide a deeper understanding of what the “Anglo-American world” means during our current period of global change.

Module Requirements:

Successful completion of Modules 04-001-1001 (American Studies, SHP I) and 04-001-1002 (American Studies, LC I) or Module 004-002-1102 (Anglistik)

You must attend the lecture by Dr. Jürgen Ronthaler and Prof. Elmar Schenkel and two seminars (choose one seminar offered by Anglistik and one offered by Amerikanistik).


Praktikum and Service Learning Module (04-001-1013)

Module Coordinator: Crister Garrett

The goal of this module is to give BA students the practical chance to realize social projects in their community as part of their professional skills education. The concept of Service Learning comes from the United States where notions of civic commitment have enjoyed a long tradition. Service Learning has been introduced recently at several German universities. At the University of Leipzig, however, this module is the first of its kind. Students can earn 5 ECTS points (5 LP) by attending the Service Learning Project Seminar and Tutorial and by conducting a project in cooperation with a social institution of their choice.


Society, History, and Politics III (04-001-1010)

Module Coordinator: Crister Garrett

This module is meant to provide students with the opportunity to engage diverse societal, historical, and political themes that have shaped and continue to shape the United States. Issues will be explored in terms of basic questions relating to American identity, the nature of power in American society, the negotiation of forms of consensus, and how American dynamics influence the country’s exercise of power and transcultural undertakings in the international arena, especially in a transatlantic context.


Literature & Culture III (04-001-1011)

Module Coordinator: Anne Koenen

The module aims to deepen students’ knowledge of U.S. literature and culture, and of the methods and theories involved in their study. Two seminars allow students to explore exemplary themes and discourses in literary and cultural studies. A tutorial assists students in advancing their academic writing skills so as to master the module’s advanced writing assignments.


Language and Society – Language in Transition (04-001-1012)

Module Coordinator: Dr. Sylvia Reuter (Anglistik)

Das Modul vermittelt detaillierte Kenntnisse über die spezifische Entwicklung des US-Englischen vom Altenglischen bis heute sowie über diskurslinguistische Konzeptionen oder über spezifische US-Varietäten wie z. B. Gullah, African American Vernacular English (AAVE) oder regionale Dialekte. Das Seminar “Geschichte des US-Englisch” dient einem Gesamtüberblick über die Geschichte des Englischen vom Altenglischen bis zum Frühneuenglischen sowie die Herausbildung und Entwicklung des US-Englischen.

Ein weiteres Seminar (je nach Angebot aus Varietäten oder Diskursanalyse) und eine Übung “Geschriebener Akademischer Diskurs I” ergänzen das Modul.


Picador Seminar: Creative Writing and Literary Publishing

Tuesday, 1-3 pm, GWZ 2.516
Shannon Cain
[lehrbox coming soon]

This class in creative writing uses literary publishing as a lens through which to learn the craft of fiction and creative nonfiction. Students will edit and produce an international pop-culture anthology. We will solicit submissions, make editorial selections, work with authors to edit their pieces, and collaborate with designers and printers. Each student will also write a short story or essay, develop this piece privately with the professor, and may submit it to be considered for publication in the magazine. 

This seminar will start on April 26th.


GWZ (Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum), Beethovenstr. 15
NSG (Neues Seminargebäude), Universitätsstr. 5
HSG (Hörsaalgebäude), Universitätsstr. 7
Commerzbank (Interim), Dittrichring 5 - 7