Courses Summer 2020

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 April 6, 2020.
Students are responsible for keeping track of updates on actual course dates (some are alternating).



Political Cultures in a Transatlantic Context (04-038-2005)

Module Coordinator: Prof. Katja Kanzler

This module is meant to provide students with a deeper understanding of the concept of political culture in a transatlantic context. Political culture is generally defined as the traditions, practices, institutions, material considerations and norms that shape how a society pursues politics and constructs priorities in its political process, for example, in the case of governing. Political culture involves the fields of cultural history, literature, cultural studies, political science, sociology, anthropology, and economics. It is a key concept for understanding the nature of politics and society in the United States, in Europe, and in any comparison between two regions involving comparative, international, transnational, transcultural, and global approaches to the study of history, politics, and society.


Media and Society (04-038-2006)

Module Coordinator: Prof. Katja Kanzler

Media and its different forms lays at the heart of constructing and disseminating images, ideas, information, and identities that have shaped the very notion of “America” and how it has been received, integrated, adapted in every corner of the world, and especially in Europe. Conversely, European traditions in such mediums - whether journalism in all its forms (print, radio, tv, internet) or film, music, literature, - have had and have strong influences on many aspects of American society. This module is meant to deepen student knowledge about how media and society have evolved in the United States, Europe, and in a transatlantic context.


Difference and Literature (04-038-2007)

Module Coordinator: Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez

The module addresses the negotiation of socio-cultural difference in U.S.-American literature. It aims to deepen students’ understanding of ‘difference’ in its key manifestations ‘race,’ class, and gender with a focus on their articulation and contestation in literary texts. The seminars explore specific forms of difference in their historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic contexts. They will embed selected readings in ‘difference and literature’ within discussions of U.S. literary history and reflections on literary theory.


Interamerican Spaces and Latino/a Cultures (04-038-2016)

Module Coordinator: Prof. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez

This module helps students to develop an understanding of the historical and cultural interrelationships between the United States and other regions in the hemisphere as well as of the histories and cultures of U.S. Latinos/as in the context of current debates about migration, national identity and multiculturalism.