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3.02.220 Seminar: S Screening Europe: Representations of Europe in US-American Film and TV - Details
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General information

Course number 3.02.220
Semester Wintersemester 2020/2021
Current number of participants 17
maximum number of participants 10
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
Next date Fri , 04.12.2020 00:00 - 00:00, Room: (Assignment (Worksheet 1))
Lehrsprache englisch
Miscellanea This course consists of scheduled online meetings as well as the completion of mandatory assigments. For active participation, students are required to complete 3 assignments in writing and to upload a RPO (research project outline) in preparation to their term paper. The RPOs will be discussed in scheduled online meetings (from 1 to 5 February) in groups of 3 to 4 students. For more information, see the syllabus on Stud.IP, which will be uploaded by the beginning of October.
ECTS points 6

Course location / Course dates

(Meetings on Stud.IP) Friday. 06.11.20 16:00 - 18:00
Friday. 18.12.20 16:00 - 20:00
(Wiki) Friday. 20.11.20 00:00
(Assignment (Worksheet 1)) Friday. 04.12.20 00:00
(Assignment (Worksheet 2)) Friday. 15.01.21 00:00
(Upload RPO) Friday. 29.01.21 00:00

Module assignments


“I may not know much but I do know that Europeans love Americans.” This is what Peter Parker’s sidekick Ned tells him as they set off on their school trip to Europe in the new "Spider-Man: Far from Home" movie (2019). This is just one example of a common trope in US-American film: the trip to Europe. Some US-American TV series also dedicate special “vacation episodes” to certain cities in Europe (e.g. "Friends," "Parks and Recreation," or "How I Met Your Mother"). In each of these cases, a certain notion of Europe, European cities, and Europeans is constructed. These notions often times include stereotypes, myths, and romantic ideas, e.g., sexual freedom, cheap alcohol, and old castles. No matter how different the films and TV series are, each of these representations reproduces but also constructs an idea of Europe, certain parts of Europe, and the people who live there.
In the seminar, we will have a look at different representations of Europe in film and TV. With a representation-critical approach and the methodological toolkit of film analysis, global perspectives of Europe or parts of Europe and what it means to be European will be examined and analyzed. Guiding questions will be inter alia:
- How is Europe represented?
- Which filmic devices are employed to construct or support a certain notion of Europe?
- What is represented/suggested/identified as (stereo)typical European?
- Which voices are heard, which are not? What is made visible and what remains invisible?

The course is primarily geared towards international exchange students participating in the "European Studies in Global Perspectives" program, but it is also open to University of Oldenburg students.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang622 Freies Modul Lit/Cult".
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  • It is allowed to enrol to max. 1 courses in this admission.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in these courses will be assigned at 25.09.2020, 08:00. Addional seats may be added to a wait list.
  • This setting is active from 21.09.2020 06:00 to 31.12.2020 23:59
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is Anglistik
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Subject is Englisch
  • The enrolment is possible from 21.09.2020, 06:00 to 31.12.2020, 23:59.
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