Course Catalog Summer Semester 2022

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 4, 2022.
Students are responsible for keeping track of updates on actual course dates (some are alternating). 


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

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

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 for American Studies (04-001-1003)

Overall module responsibility: Dr. Antje Quick
Module organization & coordination: Dr. Antje Quick

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. Die Übung “Geschriebener Akademischer Diskurs” macht mit Form, Funktion, Entwicklung, Struktur und Stil englischer Textelemente als Basis des akademischen Essays vertraut.


Literature & Culture II (04-001-1007)

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

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.


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

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

This module is meant to provide students with the opportunity to engage in-depth selected societal, historical, and political themes that have shaped and 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.


Literature & Culture III (04-001-1011)

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

The module aims to deepen students’ knowledge of US 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.


Ethnicity and Diversity in US Culture II:  Multicultural and Multilingual America (04-001-1012)

Overall module responsibility: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez, Prof. Dr. Ole Schützler
Module organization & coordination: Prof. Dr. Gabriele Pisarz-Ramírez, Prof. Dr. Ole Schützler

The objective of this module is to deepen students‘ knowledge of the ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity of the United States and of the theories and tools to analyze this diversity. Two seminars - one focusing on the study of ethnic minorities and one on the US as a multilingual nation - will enable students to develop their skills in discussing specific historical and cultural developments related to the multiethnic United States on an acadermic level.