Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies
DozentIn: Jatin Wagle, M.A.
Zeiten: Do. 14:00 - 16:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: This course is designed to introduce first semester students to the basics of literary and cultural studies, including research and analytical strategies and reading as well as writing skills. Students are expected to engage with a wide array of texts in order to comprehend what it means to “do” literary and cultural studies. The pass/fail semester grade is based on your participation, your attendance of a tutorial, the written assignments, and a formal, academic paper. Our specific aims include:
to gather a portable toolbox of ideas with which we can analyze 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 process of writing and research, and to master the basic framework 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 will be distributed in class.
1. A mandatory one-hour tutorial will accompany this course to acquaint students with research methods, reading strategies, and all the formal requirements concerning seminar papers.
2. Mandatory library tours (Please look up Stud.IP for dates and times of both the general tour and the tour for English and American Studies).
3. Active participation, i.e. classroom discussions, group-work, written assignments, and a short academic paper at the end of the semester.
Come prepared for active participation in the classroom discussions. Please check Stud.IP course pages regularly for updates, announcements, and changes.