[English] Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture


General information

Course name Introduction to the Study of British and American Culture
Course type Lecture + Tutorial
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Course coordinator

Dennis Büscher-Ulbrich

Faculty Arts and Humanities
Examination office GPA Arts and Humanities
Short summary What is culture, and what is its function? What is the role of media in culture? And what of humans? And why should you study culture? The lecture course introduces central topics, terms and objects of cultural studies as well as theories and ideas central to English Studies as a whole. We will focus on different concepts of culture and its relation to mass media, cultural memory and questions of representation and identity. Various examples from British and American cultures will be provided to illustrate these terms and concepts. The second part of the course presents core historical developments within British and American cultures.
The tutorials accompanying the lecture course offer the chance to discuss the contents of the course in a smaller group. There will be a 60-minute final exam.

Information about study level

Study level Bachelor (Year 1)
Also possible for Bachelor and Master

Information about credit points, evaluation and frequency

Evaluation Exam
Frequency winter term

Information about teaching language

Teaching language English
Minimum language requirement B1
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Information about requirements

Recommended requirements The lecture is aimed at beginners of cultural studies. Interest in cultural studies is required.

Information about course content, reading list and additional information

Course Content What is culture? Why culture? What is culture’s relation to media? And why study culture? This lecture introduces the central topics and terminology of cultural studies and thus provides a methodological and theoretical framework for studying Anglistik/Nordamerikanistik. It emphasizes different approaches to the term ‘culture’ as well as related terms such as ‘representation’, ‘mass media’ and ‘identity’. The lecture provides illustrative examples for the application of these concepts. It also traces central developments in American and British Cultural History.
Reading list  
Additional information Additional Lecture Tutorial