Course Schedule

Veranstaltungen von MA, MA TEFL Paul Lauer


Debating Cultures: Bridging Societal Divides (FSL) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Paul Lauer

wöchentlich | Montag | 10:15 - 11:45 | 16.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 12.001 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Debating can take many different forms. This project-based course is about how we might bridge the societal divides between people with opposing beliefs about the most visceral issues of the day, whether racism, women’s rights, immigration, climate change, eating animals or sexual orientation. In the first part of this course we will decide how to best shape a debating culture, or space, so that we can critically examine those beliefs we hold “nearest and dearest.” As part of this endeavour we will look at debating as a competitive practice in the United States, as an art in coffeehouses in England of the 17th and 18th centuries, at the salons created by women in France during the Enlightenment as well as other historical and contemporary examples. In small groups, you will then decide on and prepare one issue and conduct a debate/discussion/conversation. In the second part, to help surmount an “empathy wall” you will write a “deep story” (Hochschild), a metaphor stripped of facts and judgements about how life is felt, both for those on the other side of the divide and for yourself. Next, using the technique of “deep listening” (Kasriel), each student will engage in a conversation with someone holding opposing views on your issue of choice in an attempt to bridge a societal divide. The platform “My Country Talks” facilitates such encounters. Assessment is based on a term paper reflecting on each part of the course: shaping a culture of debate cultures, your self-reflective debate, your deep stories and use of the deep listening technique in your bridging divides conversation.

Travel as intercultural dialogue? A qualitative investigation (FSL) (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Michael Dellwing, Paul Lauer

wöchentlich | Mittwoch | 18:15 - 19:45 | 18.10.2023 - 02.02.2024 | C 12.006 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Travelling, we assume, broadens the mind. It means learning about other cultures. But does it? In this seminar we will investigate when and how travelling can facilitate a meaningful dialogue between cultures. We will be taking a qualitative approach that begins by exploring our own and others' stories of travel before moving on to consider reflections by travel writers (and influencers), the voices of those we visit, and finally the practices of those offering "cultural tours". Theory from such topics as everyday life sociology, multiculturality, reflexivity, and the "tourist gaze" will underpin your gathering and interpreting of empirical material as, in very small groups of three, you develop your own concept of culturally meaningful travel and decide how to best communicate it to a broader public beyond academia.