Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Einführung in die Landeskunde und Kulturwissenschaft / Introduction to area and cultural studies

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION What exactly is culture? What do cultural studies actually deal with? This study-unit is designed to introduce basic questions, methods and concepts of cultural studies as well as topics related to German culture. For this purpose it is important that texts of cultural theory will be read, for instance “What is culture?” by Terry Eagleton. Furthermore, students will be familiarised with important and relevant aspects of the Federal Republic of Germany, Austria and Switzerland (e.g. geography, history, state
structure, constitution and legal system, society, education and science, cultural life). The study-unit aims to, as far as possible, create an objective and non-stereotyped image of the three countries and to allow a comparison with the students’ own personal experience.

Einführung in die Landeskunde und Kulturwissenschaft
Was ist eigentlich Kultur? Womit beschäftigt sich die Kulturwissenschaft? Dieser Kurs soll in grundlegende Fragestellungen, Methoden und Konzepte der Kulturwissenschaft sowie Themen der deutschen Landeskunde einführen. Dabei sollen wichtige Texte der Kulturtheorie, wie zum Beispiel von Terry Eagleton „Was ist Kultur?“, gelesen werden. Zudem sollen die Studenten mit wichtigen und für sie relevanten Aspekten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Österreichs und der Schweiz. (z.B. Geographie, Geschichte,staatlicher Aufbau, Verfassung und Rechtsordnung, gesellschaftliches Leben, Bildung und Wissenschaft, kulturelles Leben) vertraut gemacht werden. Dabei geht es darum, ein möglichst objektives, klischeefreies Bild der drei Länder zu vermitteln und den kritischen Vergleich mit der eigenen Erfahrungswelt zu ermöglichen.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to:

- introduce students to basic theories of cultural studies;
- familiarize students with important and relevant aspects of German, Austrian and Suisse culture;
- create awareness of cultural diversities.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- demonstrate knowledge of basic theories of cultural studies;
- identify and recognise important and relevant aspects of German, Austrian and Suisse culture;
- discuss about cultural diversities and stereotypes.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply his/her knowledge on cultural theory to the approach to the own and other cultures;
- participate at conversations about German culture;
- relate their knowledge about German culture to other areas of study, such as literature and literary history.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Assmann, Aleida: Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft: Grundbegriffe, Themen, Fragestellungen. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag 2011.
Metzler-Lexikon Literatur- und Kulturtheorie. Ansätze, Personen, Grundbegriffe. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler 2004.
Wirth, Uwe (Hrsg.): Kulturwissenschaft. Eine Auswahl grundlegender Texte. Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp 2008.
Luscher, Renate: Landeskunde Deutschland. Verlag für Deutsch 2010.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation SEM1 Yes 25%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Elisabeth Birk

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