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Hilfskraft Jutta Biel (Jutta.Biel@Student.Uni-Magdeburg.de)
gerne behilflich sein.
Basic Issues in Intercultural Communication
Mo 15-17 h
a time when modern technology multiplies opportunities for encounters
among members of different cultures, and when a global marketplace
and the emergence of multicultural workplaces require communication
skills that differ from the ones Germans use in their own culture,
it becomes more important than ever to develop an awareness of the
cultural differences that guide human behavior. This class is designed
to introduce students to some basic concepts and principles that determine
the success of intercultural interaction in a variety of contexts.
Only students who are prepared to participate actively
and to commit themselves to a significant number of written assignments
should sign up for this class. Prospective participants are encouraged
to familiarize themselves in advance with the general aspects of
the subject. Study material will be made available by the beginning
"A Nation with the Soul of a Church":
Religion in American Politics and Culture
Di 11-13 h
after George W. Bush entered the White House, political observers
started to notice that religion began to play a more prominent role
in American politics and culture. From Bush's personal views on
life to the rhetoric of the Iraq War much of what happens at the
highest level of American government seems to be infused by religious
fervor. Despite religion's new visibility, the separation of church
and state is seen as a very important American doctrine. This class
will provide students with an opportunity to examine basic issues
of religion in the United States, to explore the seeming contradictions
arising from them, and to arrive at an enhanced understanding of
the role of religion in politics, government and public life.
wishing to participate in this class must be willing to devote significant
time and effort to preparatory reading. To obtain a “Schein”
for this class, students will be required to work on weekly written
assignments drawing on the full range of their academic skills.
Prospective students are advised to acquaint themselves with the
general aspects of the topic.
"To live deep and suck out
all the marrow of life" — Thoreau's Walden
Di 13-15 h
David Thoreau (1817-1862), today recognized as one of the greatest
writers in the United States, was passionate about leading a life
that would refuse compromise. He believed that it was most important
to live in the present moment, living "in each season as it
passes," fully attuned to the rhythms and phenomena of nature.
By inviting students to engage in an intensive reading of Thoreau's
Walden and of the responses the book has stimulated over time, this
course will attempt to illustrate why Thoreau has been variously
described as "a philosopher seeking wisdom as a daily counselor
and friend," as a "moral force speaking as a literary
naturalist," and as "one of the masters of English prose."
receive credit for this class, students are required to complete
weekly written assignments involving the full range of their academic
skills. To maximize the time available for analysis and discussion,
it is important for students to have read Walden by the beginning
of term. A reading quiz to check your familiarity
with the text will be given in the second session. Students who
fail this test cannot remain in this class.
text: Henry David Thoreau, Walden and Resistance to Civil Government,
HG. William Rossi, New York: W. W. Norton & Co., 2. Auflage
1992. ISBN: 0-393-95905-8.
your order for the book ahead of time so that you have it when classes
start in October. Make sure you get exactly this edition.
für das Bachelorstudium Anglistische Kulturstudien
Einführung: Introduction to Literary Studies
Mo 13-15 h
This course is intended to introduce students in the B.A. program
to the skills, practices and theories of literary study. It will
include a survey of the formal conventions of major literary genres
as well as an overview of concepts such as: relationships of literary
texts to histories and cultures, the formation of canons, literary
movements, and theoretical perspectives that inform literary analysis.
For a “Studiennachweis” and to complete the module,
you have to pass a final test comprising the three Introduction
courses, and attend one of the tutorials regularly.
participants must be prepared to participate actively and to commit
themselves to weekly reading and writing assignments. Study material
will be made available by the beginning of term.