Komplementär-Profil Nordamerikastudien

Modulzuordnung im KomplementärstudiumTitel und Beschreibung der Veranstaltungen

Modul 1:

Medialitätsorientierte Zugänge zu inter- und transdisziplinären Wissenschaften

Introducing North American Studies. Englisch B2.1-C1 (FSL-SZ)

PD Dr. Maria Moss (im SoSe)

The survey course introduces students to three aspects of North American Studies: first, NAS as an academic subject influenced by academic as well as non-academic discourses (such as politics, religion, and the justice system); second, NAS encompassing a vast range of topics, such as minority voices and aspects of “Otherness”; and third, NAS as a showcase for cultural production reflected in literature, art, and film.

Modul 2:

Methodenorientierte Zugänge zu den Geisteswissenschaften

Writing With Style: Developing Your Academic Voice Through Film. Englisch B2.1-C1 (FSL-SZ)

Dr. Sabrina Völz (WiSe)

This seminar will take a closer look at academic register, style, voice, and the creative use of language. After a brief introduction to film, we will read, learn to appreciate, and analyze North American films. Using films chosen by students, seminar participants will learn about content-based and process-oriented approaches to academic writing while experiencing different aspects of American culture.

Modul 2 (alternativ):

Medialitätsorientierte Zugänge zu den Sozialwissenschaften

U.S.-Canadian Relations: An Uneasy Balance. Englisch B2.2-C2 (FSL-SZ)

PD Dr. Maria Moss (WiSe)

This seminar will focus on the relationship between Canada and the United States and illuminate important contrasts such as the following: revolution in the U.S. vs. intensified relations with England in Canada; the U.S. as a Puritan society vs. Canada as a trapper and trader society; the U.S. as a superpower and world police vs. Canada as a member of the commonwealth.

Modul 3:

Praxisorientierte Zugänge zu den Geisteswissenschaften

Confronting Contemporary Culture. Englisch B2.2-C2 (FSL-SZ)

Wechselnde Dozenten*innen und Themen (SoSe)

This project entails all stages of creating a final product in English (e.g. blog, anthology, twitter fiction, volume of poetry). Students will work in teams in conjunction with their instructor/s on various aspects of the project and will become familiar with genre-related practices and contemporary discourses in North America. This seminar combines theoretical foundations with practical applications.

Modul 3 (alternativ):

Praxisorientierte Zugänge zu den Sozialwissenschaften

Confronting Contemporary Society – Excursion. Englisch B2.2-C2 (FSL-SZ)

PD Dr. Maria Moss / Dr. Sabrina Völz (SoSe)

In this project seminar, we will put together a meaningful study trip to a culturally rich destination in North America. Students will plan, coordinate, and carry out the stages of the study trip in conjunction with their instructors and reflect on the project upon return. Participants will become familiar with contemporary social conflicts and discourses in the region. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to perfect their language skills with native speakers in formal and informal settings and for a variety of purposes (e.g. combining their study trip with an internship).

Modul 3 (alternativ):

Medialitätsorientierte Zugänge zu den Sozialwissenschaften

La otra América: La cultura chicana en Estados Unidos. Spanisch B2.1-C1 (FSL-SZ)

María del Carmen Suñén Bernal (SoSe)

Los Estados Unidos vienen sufriendo un cambio demográfico importante. Las previsiones señalan que en 2050 habrá más inmigrantes en California que hablen español que inglés. En este seminario tras la lectura y análisis de distintos textos literarios se discutirá en qué medida los inmigrantes mexicanos "chicanos/-as" influyen con su lengua y cultura en la política y la sociedad de los EEUU. Además se estudiará la cultura mexicana y se reflexionará sobre la experiencia inmigratoria en los EEUU.

Modul 4:

Medialitätsorientierte Zugänge zu den Geisteswissenschaften

Reversing the Gaze: Exploring Culture and Diversity Across Genres. Englisch B2.2-C2 (FSL-SZ)

Maryann Henck (WiSe)

In this seminar, we will explore various aspects of culture and diversity by critically discussing authentic cultural texts which focus on reversing the gaze, i.e. shifting the perspective to the Other’s perception of the dominant culture. Participants will have the opportunity to select from literary and cinematic texts that address contemporary issues, such as ageism, the immigrant’s tightrope act between adaptation and assimilation, and the queer gaze.

Modul 4:

Medialitätsorientierte Zugänge zu den Geisteswissenschaften

The Wild, the Weird, and the Furry: Lore and Legend in North America. Englisch B2.2-C2 (FSL-SZ)

Lynette Kirschner (WiSe)

Legends of creatures, such as vampires and werewolves, have become increasingly popular in the realm of literature, film, and fan fiction. Whenever lore, myths, or legends of various cultures are transported into a new genre or time period, intertextuality comes into play. After taking a look at the origins of lore and legend, students will then explore adaptation theory and representation in contemporary texts.

Modul 4: (alternativ)

Medialitätsorientierte Zugänge zu den Geisteswissenschaften

La Francophonie d’Amérique du nord: Langue et identité au Québec. Französisch B2.1-C1 (FSL-SZ)

Christophe Hohwald (WiSe)

L’aventure coloniale française en Amérique du Nord s’est terminée il y a de cela 250 ans. Les colons établis dans l’ancienne « Nouvelle-France » ont cependant continué à exister en tant que groupe francophone, notamment au sein du Canada. Qu’est-ce qui a permis à la communauté franco-canadienne de maintenir aussi longtemps sa langue et sa culture dans une Amérique du nord majoritairement anglophone? A travers quels éléments définit-elle son identité? Nous essayerons de répondre à ces questions à travers l'analyse de documents authentiques et nous porterons la discussion sur une définition plus générale de l’identité et de l'appartenance à une communauté nationale/ ethnique.