Course Catalog Winter Semester 2020/21

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 26, 2020.
Students are responsible for keeping track of updates on actual course dates (some are alternating). Please note that all instruction will take place in online formats, and see our COVID-19 news item for more information.


Methods and Theories in American Studies (04-038-2001)

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

This module provides students with an overview of key methods and theories employed in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies. It is meant to prepare students for the program’s advanced modules.


Graduate Colloquium in American Studies (04-038-2002)

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

This module acquaints students with current issues and debates in American studies. Two exemplary seminars represent different academic traditions within this interdisciplinary field of inquiry, giving students an impression of their respective scholarly interests and approaches.


iCAN: international, interdisciplinary and integrated Career and Academic Knowledge (04-038-2003)

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

The two seminars complement each other to introduce and embed for students how American Studies relates to major trends in international career development. What skills, knowledge, and experience are employers in such diverse professional sectors as education, media, international organizations, business, government branches, cultural exchange, and journalism looking for? How do these trends impact how one pursues graduate studies, and how one begins now to prepare for the period after graduate school? Repeated international studies confirm that students should be defining and designing their graduate school objectives and strategy from the outset of their graduate program. This goal is the purpose of requiring all students in the MA American Studies program at Leipzig to enroll in iCAN.


Consumption, Culture and Identity (04-038-2011)

Overall module responsibility: Prof. Kanzler
Module organization & coordination​: Prof. Kanzler

This module focuses on the study of consumer and popular culture. The two seminars approach consumer culture from different academic perspectives, aiming to acquaint students with the respective research interests and methodologies they contribute to the exploration of consumption, culture, and identity.


Immigration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship (04-038-2012)

Overall module responsibility: PD Dr. Stieglitz
Module organization & coordination​: PD Dr. Stieglitz

The United States is a country of immigration; Germany is not. Thus the standard line to contrast a basic difference between the two countries in terms of mobility and citizenship. Reality is of course considerably more complex for both countries. Human mobility and ethnic diversity stand at the center of how the United States has perceived itself from its earliest moments. The concept of citizenship, of the formal political and social contract involving rights and obligations for those born into citizenship, or granted citizenship, lies at the heart of how a country perceives its basic values, norms, institutions – in short, that for which it stands. The American story cannot be understood without a strong appreciation of how immigration and ethnicity and their importance for defining citizenship have infused the country’s construction, and struggle with itself. In the debates about state, society, and citizenship, the United States and Europe have played a fundamental role in influencing each other’s evolving models with which to regulate mobility, diversity, and belonging.


Transatlantic Space (04-038-2010)

Overall module responsibility: PD Dr. Stieglitz
Module organization & coordination​: PD Dr. Stieglitz