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070271 SE Seminar on History (Master) - The Political Culture of the United States of America (2020W)

8.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work

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Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The seminar takes place in hybrid format, a Mix of presence and online-teaching at the times and dates stated. A detailed syllabus will be sent to all enrolled students by Email and made available for download via Moodle. Personal attendance at the first session on October 7 2020 is requested. If health policy (Covid-19) conditions require it, the seminar will be continued online on the dates specified.

Wednesday 07.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 14.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 21.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 28.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 04.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 11.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 18.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 25.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 02.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 09.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 16.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 13.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 20.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10
Wednesday 27.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum Geschichte 1 Hauptgebäude, 1.Stock, Stiege 10

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Goals: The central issue of the seminar is the relationship of continuity and change in the central political convictions constitutive of American political culture throughout the long history of the USA – first among them the claim first stated in the Declaration of Independence, that all humans are born free and equal – and the (inadequate) realisation of these beliefs. Students have the chance in this seminar to read and discuss central texts in the history of American political culture from the 18th century to the present in the original, and to discuss the historical context of their creation. students take on with colleagues the responsibility for leading a discussion session and learn to develop theses about the content, meaning and significance of the relevant source texts, as well as to lead the discussion of these texts. At the end of the seminar students have the opportunity to research and write a seminar paper considering the current state of research on as well as the meaning and significane and/or the reception of one of the source texts discussed in the seminar.
Content: Fundamental source texts for the history of American political culture - including, among others, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, selections from the "Federalist" papers, speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt, the "I have a dream" speech by Martin Luther King (1963), and the inaugural addresses of Barack Obama (2009) and Donald Trump (2017) -, as well as selection texts from the relevant secondary literature.
Method: Presentations, discussion, group work (developing theses about selected texts and leading a weekly discussion).

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in discussion of the source texts [hybrid presence and online discussion fora via Moodle, with occaisional Breakout-Sessions if possible and desired]; (possible written answers to questions about the weekly text assignments); leading discussion in one of the weekly sessions, together with colleagues, on the basis of theses about or questions related to the relevant primary source text, including a handout; development of a research question for the seminar paper (exposé); seminar paper ca. 50.000 signs (20 pp.).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Mimimal standards:
- Attendance required. One excused absence allowed from the in- person sessions to which students may be assigned (exclusive of Covid-19-related absences). Attendance required at online sessions.

Examination topics

Reading list

• Source texts and secondary literature as listed in the syllabus

• for orientation: Jill Lepore, These Truths: A History of the United States. New York 2018.

Association in the course directory

SP Neuzeit, Zeitgeschichte, Globalgeschichte

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