Universität Wien FIND

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to courses and exams may be necessary at short notice (e.g. cancellation of on-site teaching and conversion to online exams). Register for courses/exams via u:space, find out about the current status on u:find and on the moodle learning platform.

Further information about on-site teaching can be found at https://studieren.univie.ac.at/en/info.

120691 PS Proseminar Cultural and Media Studies (2019W)

The American Presidency

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

Registration/Deregistration

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 10.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 17.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 24.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 31.10. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 07.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 14.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 21.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 28.11. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 05.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 12.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 09.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 16.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 23.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19
Thursday 30.01. 10:00 - 12:00 Raum 4 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-19

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

In this course, we will shed a light on the historical and cultural significance of the U.S. presidency with a specific emphasis on the last three administrations. We will look at the presidency in relation to American civil religion, from a celebrity studies perspective, and as a cultural construction. Apart from studying the office of the president itself, we will briefly familiarize ourselves with the political system of the United States and the origins of the presidential office. Moreover, by taking a closer look at examples such as the role of the first lady and the first family, the presidential seal, the White House and other relevant aspects, we will try to obtain a better understanding of the individual features that constitute the presidency and which ultimately influence its cultural impact. This will be further underlined by studying fictional or fictionalized presidents or presidential candidates in a variety of cultural texts such as movies like Long Shot (2019)), TV shows such as Designated Survivor (2016-2019) or Commander in Chief (2005-2006), comedic performances (e.g. Saturday Night Live) or meme culture.

At the end of this course, students will be able to critically analyze the U.S. presidency and its components as well as fictional cultural texts via methods such as visual and discourse analysis and close reading. Students will also have gained theoretical understanding of the U.S. presidency in its cultural and historical context though secondary readings from the fields of American studies, celebrity studies, and media studies.

Assessment and permitted materials

The assessment will be based on in-class and online participation, an expert group session, a research proposal and a proseminar paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In-class and online participation: 15%
Expert group session: 20%
Research proposal (700 words) and bibliography: 15%
Proseminar paper (3500 words): 50%

Overall Score of 100%, pass-mark 60%

Scale:
1: 100-90%
2: 89-80%
3: 79-70%
4: 69-60%
5: 59-0%
In order to pass, you need to fulfill each individual requirement. You can miss two classes.

Examination topics

There will be no written exam.

Reading list

TV Shows:
You will have to watch selected episodes of TV shows, e.g. West Wing (1999-2006), Commander in Chief (2005-2006), Scandal (2012-2018), or Designated Survivor (2016-2019). You will not have to watch more than two episodes per show.

Movies:
Long Shot (2019)

Books:
You will have to read excerpts of books (all of which will be provided on Moodle), for example Michelle Obama – Becoming (2018), Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager – Sisters First (2017)

Secondary readings will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:20