Course: How the West Was Won: American History through Literature and Film

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Course title How the West Was Won: American History through Literature and Film
Course code KAJ/AMH
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Koy Christopher Erwin, PhDr. M.A., Ph.D.
Course content
1. The Divided States: Introduction to Contemporary America 2. Columbus' India: The "Founding" of America 3. Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Beginning of Democracy 4. From Jefferson to Jackson: Conquering the Wild 5. "Damn the Torpedoes": Slavery, Total War, and Reconstruction 6. World at War: Globalization and the Unexpected Superpower 7. The Rise and Fall: Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression 8. World War Two: The Culture of Defeat 9. The Nuclear Age: Korea, Cold War, and the Beatniks 10. Sex in the Sixties: Vietnam, Kennedy, and the Countercultural Revolution 11. Scandal, Depression, Christianity, and the New Cold War: America in the 70s and 80s 12. The "Victory" of Democracy: War, Boom, and Bust in the 1990s 13. The War Against Terror: Religion, Drugs, and Domestic Politics 14. An Empire in Decline: Problems Facing the United States

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Activating (simulations, games, drama)
Learning outcomes
This course seeks to provide an understanding of American history through literature, film, and television. Historical analysis will be used to contextualize assignments and reconstruct the narratives underlying contemporary American society. The source material was chosen to reflect certain historical viewpoints that still define American cultural and intellectual perceptions. The seminar will emphasize analytic thinking, synthetic analysis, and group discussion.
Competence in literary analysis.
Prerequisites
language level B2-C1 according to the CEFR

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance assessment, Analysis of student's language skills

All examinations and consultations are held in English. attendance, active participation, seminar paper
Recommended literature
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway.
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safron Foer.
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk.
  • Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
  • Norton Anthology of American Literature.
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac.
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.


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Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Teacher training in English language (3) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in English language (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: -