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Study Program SoSe 2021

Integrierte Europa-Studien, B.A.

2. Fachsemester

IES-M5c: Einführung in die Theorien und Methoden der Kulturwissenschaft

Wahlpflicht, 1 Vorlesung und 1 Seminar, 12CP
Course numberTitle of eventLecturer
08-31-2-M5c-1What is Culture and How do we Study it? (in English)
ONLINE

Lecture (Teaching)
ECTS: 6

Dates:
weekly (starts in week: 1) Wed. 12:00 - 14:00

This series of interconnected lectures serves as an introduction to social theory and cultural criticism. Themes include: definitions of culture, theories of identity; modernity and postmodernity; language, semiotics and (post)structuralism; cultural memory; psychoanalysis; race, ethnicity and imperial legacies; Marxist critiques; culture and gender; and study of culture in the age of globalization.

This is an interdisciplinary course bridging various fields of inquiry including anthropology, sociology, history, literary studies and linguistics. It is open to students from all departments and is intended to be useful for a wide range of potential academic paths.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- apply a range of theories and methods of analysis to works of literature, film, art, and other cultural phenomena;
- engage in informed discussions on the foundations of cultural theory, including ideas first voiced by Raymond Williams, Antonio Gramsci, Roland Barthes, Sigmund Freud, Linda Hutcheon, Arjun Appadurai and others;
- critically discuss the concept(s) of culture as applied to terms such as “mass” culture, “high” culture”, “popular” culture and “national” cultures.

Course Language: Lectures will be given mainly in English; questions and student contributions are very welcome in German. Accompanying texts can be in German or English. Final assessment (Klausur / Written Examination) may be completed in German or English.

N.B. Second semester IES students opting for Module M5c should choose two units: the lecture and either of the two seminars listed under the module.

Prof. Dr. Simon Lewis
08-31-2-M5c-2Introduction to Cultural Studies: Identity, Society, Narrative (in English)
ONLINE

Seminar (Teaching)
ECTS: 6

Dates:
weekly (starts in week: 1) Fri. 10:00 - 12:00 External location: Zoom

This seminar series explores foundational themes in cultural studies through constructive discussion of selected case studies. Emphasis is placed on contemporary European identities, modern nationhood, gender, and memory. The guiding question throughout the semester is: in what ways do products of culture (de)construct narratives of identity and belonging? Participants will become familiarized with key theories of social identity and literary criticism, as well as applying those theories to diverse branches of culture, from canonical literature to European cinema to contemporary music videos.

By the end of the course, students should be able to:
- perform in-depth critical analysis of literary texts, films, visual artworks, etc., studying them as cultural artefacts embedded in national, European and global societies;
- engage in theoretically informed discussions about the differences between artforms (poetry, prose, film, etc.) as products of (European) culture;
- demonstrate knowledge of key theories of culture, including literary theory, nationalism theory, postcolonial theory, etc.

Course Language: Instructor will use mainly English, oral participation in German by students is allowed and welcome. Primary study materials can be in German or English; for material originally in another language, translation/subtitles in English or German will be provided. Final assessment (Hausarbeit/Essay) may be written in English or German.

N.B. Second semester IES students opting for Module M5c should choose two units: the lecture and either of the two seminars listed under the module.

Prof. Dr. Simon Lewis