Seminar: 3.02.140 S Australian Expedition Narratives - Details

Seminar: 3.02.140 S Australian Expedition Narratives - Details

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Course name Seminar: 3.02.140 S Australian Expedition Narratives
Course number 3.02.140
Semester SoSe2024
Current number of participants 26
maximum number of participants 40
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Thursday, 04.04.2024 14:00 - 16:00, Room: A04 5-516
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 6

Rooms and times

A04 5-516
Thursday: 14:00 - 16:00, weekly (13x)

Module assignments


Some of the earliest documentary films, such as In the Land of the Head Hunters (1914) and Nanook of the North (1922), explore the relationship between human beings and their natural environments. Both Head Hunters and Nanook are also (pseudo-)scientific films, (purported) ethnographic studies of "primitive" peoples. As such, they demonstrate the close interconnection between science and motion pictures--indeed, motion pictures became important tools of scientific observation and inquiry practically as soon as they were discovered.

In this seminar, we will explore ways in which documentary films frame (scientific) knowledge about nature, the environment, and humankind's varied relationships and entanglements with the natural world. In so doing, we will soon discover that films that seem to center on nature often say more about humans than the natural world they purport to represent.

Films likely to be discussed (selection):
Nanook of the North (1922)
The Living Desert (1953)
The Vanishing Prairie (1954)
Life on Earth (1979)
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009)
Life (2009)
Racing Extinction (2015)
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2017)

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ang612-615 Aufbau Lit/Cult".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 31.07.2024 23:59.
    At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Subject is Englisch
    • Degree is Erw.fach Gymnasium
    • Degree is Anpassungslehrgang
    • Subject is English Studies
    • Subject is Gender Studies
    • Subject is Anglistik
  • This setting is active from 11.03.2024 06:00 to 15.03.2024 08:10.
    Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 15.03.2024 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 11.03.2024, 06:00 to 31.07.2024, 23:59.
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