Course Schedule


Englisch/ FSZ: German Americans (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Sabrina Völz

wöchentlich | Montag | 08:15 - 09:45 | 06.10.2008 - 23.01.2009 | C 12.111 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Roughly 23 percent of Americans claim some degree of German ancestry or ethnic origin. This seminar will not only explore German-American history and immigration, but also the American perception of “Germanness” and the over 300 years of German-American influence on the religious, social, and cultural life in America.

Englisch/FSZ: Native Cultures of North America (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Maria Moss

wöchentlich | Freitag | 14:15 - 15:45 | 06.10.2008 - 23.01.2009 | C 14.103 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Making significant contributions to contemporary American literature are a number of native authors whose works have their roots in the storytelling tradition of their respective tribes (Sherman Alexie, Thomas King, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich). Studying Native American literature requires an openness to experiences and events that have historically been pushed to the periphery of our cultural awareness. If successful, the seminar will be a contribution to the dialogue that has been challenging the literary canon in the United States and Canada for the past decades.

Language, Society and Culture: Evaluation in English text and discourse (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Anita Fetzer

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 16:15 - 17:45 | 06.10.2008 - 23.01.2009 | C 14.001 Seminarraum

Inhalt: In its common-sense meaning, evaluation refers to a decision about how significant or valuable something is, based on a careful study of its good and bad features. In discourse analysis, evaluation is a constitutive part of every act of communication, where it can be expressed both explicitly and implicitly. While the former is based on the use of particular adjectives, nouns, verbs or adverbs, the latter is anchored to stance adverbials. The goal of this seminar it to examine how evaluation is expressed in English text and discourse, focussing on written discourse (academic discourse, media discourse), spoken discourse (monologue, dialogue) and internet discourse.

Text and Discourse: Critical Discourse Analysis (Seminar)

Dozent/in: Anita Fetzer

wöchentlich | Dienstag | 18:15 - 19:45 | 06.10.2008 - 23.01.2009 | C 12.013 Seminarraum

Inhalt: Critical discourse analysis (CDA) is a contemporary approach to the study of language and discourses in social institutions. Drawing on poststructuralist discourse theory and critical linguistics, it focuses on how social relations, identity, knowledge and power are constructed through written and spoken texts in communities, schools and classrooms. The goal of this seminar is to introduce the tools, key terms assumptions and methodology used in CDA, and to apply it to diverse contexts (media discourse, educational discourse and other kinds of institutional discourse).