552.330 (19S) Issues in Literature: Raking the Muck – Stories that Changed America

Sommersemester 2019

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11.03.2019 12:00 - 14:00 , N.0.45
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LV-Titel englisch
Issues in Literature: Raking the Muck – Stories that Changed America
LV-Art
Seminar (prüfungsimmanente LV )
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
6.0
Anmeldungen
9 (25 max.)
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
11.03.2019
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

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Inhalt/e

The title for this course was inspired by Carl Jensen’s book “Stories That Changed America – Muckrakers of the 20th Century”, an anthology of “individuals, journalists and other social reformers, whose words helped to change the course of history and improve life for others” (Jensen 2000, 20). Ever since the late 19th century, such writers have exposed social and political ills in an effort to effect social reform in the face of obstacles and while taking great personal and financial risks. This course focuses on representative works from this category including Upton Sinclair’s “The Jungle” (1906) as a representative work of the original group of early 20th century muckrakers, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” (1962), which is deemed to have initiated the environmental movement during the 1960s, and  Frances Moore Lappè’s “Diet for a Small Planet” (1971), that changed attitudes towards food and democracy. Contemporary examples of “investigative journalism” include Laura Poitras’s documentary “Citizenfour” (2011) on Edward Snowden and Will Potter’s “Green is the new Red” (2011) on the repression faced by environmental and animal rights activists and threats to post 9/11 civil liberties.

Literatur

will be announced in the course and available on Moodle

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsmethode/n

student participation as requirement, test, written assignments, seminar paper (the specifics will be announced at the beginning of the course)

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Literatur- und kulturwissenschaftlich ausgerichtetes Wahlfach (Wahlfach)
      • Issues in Literature ( 0.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
        • 552.330 Issues in Literature: Raking the Muck – Stories that Changed America (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 4., 5. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Freie Kombination (Wahlfach)
      • Freie Kombination ( 0.0h SE / 12.0 ECTS)
        • 552.330 Issues in Literature: Raking the Muck – Stories that Changed America (2.0h SE / 6.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Anglistik und Amerikanistik (SKZ: 612, Version: 10W.3)
    • Fach: Literature (Wahlfach)
      • Issues in Literature ( 2.0h SE / 7.0 ECTS)
        • 552.330 Issues in Literature: Raking the Muck – Stories that Changed America (2.0h SE / 7.0 ECTS)

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