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128110 VO Popular and Media Cultures VO / Cultural Studies - MA M01 (2021W)

American Mythologies: Critical Perspectives

5.00 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

Tue 8:00-9:30 online
pre-recorded digital lecture with weekly synchronous tutorial (Adam Baltner, BA) and discussion fora on Moodle

Tuesday 05.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 08:00 - 09:30 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture course offers students in the MA program insight into a variety of cultural theories and how they can be used to analyze texts of various genres and media in American history, from the Puritans to the 21st century. It focuses on the critical discussion of the most popular and foundational US-American myths (e.g. the myth of "discovery," of the promised land, of the self-made man, of the melting pot, etc.) and their recurrent manifestations in American culture (including transatlantic aspects). It famliarizes students with various theories of myth criticism (e.g. semiotic theories/Roland Barthes; or the Myth and Symbol School) as a cultural studies approach. The lecture course offers:- a broad overview regarding the theoretical and practical analysis of various cultural texts and media, with a thematic focus on US-American culture;- an in-depth introduction to core theories of American Studies- in-depth practice of your analytical competence (each session will allow for practice elements)Aims: In the course of this lecture, students…- develop their knowledge of appropriate methods, concepts, and vocabulary for analyzing various forms and media of representation (written, images, audiovisual texts, digital media …)- deepen their understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of aesthetic products (transcultural competence) - are prepared to pursue advanced research/studies in American Studies, such as the SE in cultural studies or an MA thesis project in that realm Methods: lecture with discussion and analytical practice elements

Assessment and permitted materials

100%=Written exam (90 min.), in person if the pandemic allows
no auxiliaries allowed
4 sittings (1st=last session)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The exam consists of 2 parts (with 50 points each) which both need to be positive.
Part 1: multiple choice
Part 2: well-structured coherent essay (about 800 words)

60% min. pass requirement

Examination topics

- lectures
- mandatory course readings

Reading list

Text excerpts from primary and secondary literature for each session (details and all texts in .pdf format available on Moodle platform).

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 812 (2); MA 844; MA 844(2); UF MA 046
Code: MA (2) M3; MA 844 M01; MA 844(2) 1.2; UF MA 1B; 4A
Lehrinhalt: 12-5260

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