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124642 VO BEd 04.2: Cultural Theories and Popular Culture (2021W)

African American perspectives

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik


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


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 11.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 18.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 25.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 08.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 15.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 22.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 29.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 06.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 13.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 10.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 17.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 24.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture course will introduce students to key ideas and approaches in African American studies through the lens of popular and visual cultures. Students will learn how key concepts in cultural studies – such as ideology, discourse, (anti-)essentialism, or representation – can be applied to better understand the music, film, and other (pop)cultural texts produced by African Americans and the Black diaspora. We will also discuss the specificity of African American cultural studies in a historical perspective, and students will be introduced to concepts in Black and postcolonial studies such as (post)colonialism, Eurocentrism, diaspora, hybridity, African retentions, the Black Atlantic, double consciousness, cultural nationalism, Pan-Africanism, intersectionality, and Black feminism. To see how all these operate in the realm of popular imagination and mass culture, we will be looking closely and analytically at African American cultural production from 19th century until today, including music (spirituals, blues, jazz, soul, hip-hop), visual arts (painting, photography, sculpture), film and TV (including music videos), and mass media (popular magazines, commercials, and social media).

Assessment and permitted materials

Written MC exam (60 min.) - personal attendance, Date and place tba.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The benchmark for passing the written exam is at 60%.Marks in %:1 (very good): 90-100%2 (good): 80-89.99%3 (satisfactory): 70-79.99%4 (pass): 60-69.99%5 (fail): 0-59.99%

Examination topics

Content of lecture plus obligatory readings.

Reading list

Available via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BEd 046 / 407
Code/Modul: BEd 04.2
Lehrinhalt: 12-4642

Last modified: Tu 22.02.2022 14:09