Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
DozentIn: Jens Bonk-Wiltfang, M.A.
Zeiten: Mo. 16:00 - 18:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: This course is designed to introduce first semester students to the basics of literary and cultural studies and analysis, including research skills and reading strategies, as well as writing skills. Students will perform a variety of assignments and engage with a broad spectrum of texts in order to comprehend what it means to “do” literary and cultural studies. In order to successfully complete this course, you will need to actively participate, attend the tutorial, and write a final, formal academic paper. Our specific aims include:
to gather a portable toolbox of ideas that we can bring to texts (literary, visual, etc.)
to identify how formal qualities influence our understanding and interpretation of texts
to utilize the library system and its online resources/databases
to continually engage with the writing and researching process, and to master the basic framework that goes into the structure of a formal academic paper (incl. citations and bibliographic referencing according to the MLA Handbook guidelines)
Readings will be made available online on Stud.IP or be distributed in class. Check Stud.IP for updates, announcements, and changes!
Please sign up for the mandatory one-hour tutorial that accompanies this Study Skills course. Here you will get acquainted with research methods, reading strategies, and all the formal requirements concerning term papers. Registration via Stud.IP. The tutorial for this course will be held bi-weekly on Monday from 8-10 am. The first session will be held on the 30th of October in room 41/E08.
This is an American Studies course and shares requirements and guidelines with all other American Studies courses taught at IfAA. The "American Studies Tool Kit" in the Stud.IP Documents section outlines these requirements and guidelines. Please see the “Guidelines for Seminar Papers” for information on the formal requirements for the final paper and “How to Write a Draft Introduction” for the specific requirements for the draft introduction. The “Abbreviations Key” and “Grading Rubric” are used in the grading and feedback process and will enable you to better judge your own paper even before handing it in. Finally, the "Syllabus" is your guide to the semester and should contain all essential information about the course specifically. If in doubt, please ask your instructor about specific requirements for each course.