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120691 PS Proseminar Cultural and Media Studies (2017S)

The Prison Industrial Complex in American Culture

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

featuring a guest lecture by Dr. Katharina Gerund (FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg)

Registration/Deregistration

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

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

1st week (!!!March 6!!!): research literacy session!

Monday 20.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 27.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 03.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 24.04. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 24.04. 18:00 - 19:00 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Monday 08.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 15.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 22.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 29.05. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 12.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 19.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17
Monday 26.06. 16:00 - 18:00 Raum 5 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-O1-17

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This proseminar examines what sociologist Mike Davis has famously called the "prison industrial complex" in the U.S. that has emerged since the 1980s, as correctional facilities have been increasingly privatized into for-profit corporations. In this class, we will ask how cultural texts ranging from fiction to non-fiction and theory, TV, film, music, and art, have critically responded to this development since the 1990s. We will look at Native American, African American, and women's specific articulations of the prison experience in various media, from life writing and criticism to film, TV, and music, and the course will train you to use appropriate methodologies to analyze these texts.

Methods: single work, pair and group work, panel discussions, lecture elements, feedback

Assessment and permitted materials

active participation, including minor written assignments
oral presentation
final paper (proseminar paper) according to department standards

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

positive grade in each of the three areas (participation, presentation, final paper)

Examination topics

all topics covered in the seminar

Reading list

Please obtain (available at Facultas!):
1) Leonard Peltier, Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance
2) Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Guantánamo Diary
3) Mumia-Abu Jamal, Live from Death Row

Shorter and theoretical texts will be provided on the Moodle platform.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612;
Code/Modul: BA09.1;
Lehrinhalt: 12-4040

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