ECONOMY IN THE CONTEMPORARY GERMAN-SPEAKING LITERATURE

Course Information
TitleΗ ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΙΑ ΣΕ ΣΥΓΧΡΟΝΑ ΓΕΡΜΑΝΟΦΩΝΑ ΚΕΙΜΕΝΑ / ECONOMY IN THE CONTEMPORARY GERMAN-SPEAKING LITERATURE
Title in GermanKulturwissenschaft: Ökonomie in der Gegenwartsliteratur
CodeΛΠ_003
FacultyPhilosophy
SchoolGerman Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CommonYes
StatusActive
Course ID600003394

Programme of Study: Language and Culture in the German-speaking Area (2012-today)

Registered students: 4
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Literature-CultureMandatory Elective CoursesWinter/Spring-9

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
600031789
Type of the Course
  • Scientific Area
Course Category
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Erasmus
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction)
  • German (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Cultural sociologists like Richard Sennett, Ulrich Beck and Zygmunt Baumann subdivide the 20th century into a ‘first’ and a ‘second Modernity’. ‘Second Modernity’ expands in the second half of the 20th century and is characterized as ‘reflexive modernity’, ‘risk society’ or ‘liquid modernity’. It is ruled by quite a lot of crisis-phenomena; that includes global financial crises, so it is no wonder that economy appears more and more as a topic both in films and in contemporary literature. In this seminar, we are going to analyze and interpret the following literary texts and subject them to a reading with economic reflections. The following questions are going to be clarified: What do these texts reveal in their poetic reflection of economy about the ‘second modernity’? How are the economic circumstances presented poetically? To what extent do these texts function as ‘poetic counter-discourses’? How far does their social criticism go? With the dispute of rationality of the financial system, is it also the coherence of the narrated world that is at stake? Primärliteratur: Rainald Goetz Johann Holtrop (2012), Elfriede Jelinek Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns (2009), Jonas Lüscher Frühling der Barbaren (2013), Kathrin Röggla wir schlafen nicht (2004), Martin Suter Business Class. Geschichten aus der Welt des Managements (2000), Uwe Timm Kopfjäger (1991). Students learn (1) how to cooperate and participate regularly and actively, (2) how to present a literary subject orally and (3) how to write a paper. This way they become acquainted with (1) multiple methods of text analysis and interpretation, (2) the scientific handling of bibliography/ secondary literature and (3) their own production of scientific texts. The language of the course is german, which additionally helps the students improve their language competence.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Cultural sociologists like Richard Sennett, Ulrich Beck and Zygmunt Baumann subdivide the 20th century into a ‘first’ and a ‘second Modernity’. ‘Second Modernity’ expands in the second half of the 20th century and is characterized as ‘reflexive modernity’, ‘risk society’ or ‘liquid modernity’. It is ruled by quite a lot of crisis-phenomena; that includes global financial crises, so it is no wonder that economy appears more and more as a topic both in films and in contemporary literature. In this seminar, we are going to analyze and interpret the following literary texts and subject them to a reading with economic reflections. The following questions are going to be clarified: What do these texts reveal in their poetic reflection of economy about the ‘second modernity’? How are the economic circumstances presented poetically? To what extent do these texts function as ‘poetic counter-discourses’? How far does their social criticism go? With the dispute of rationality of the financial system, is it also the coherence of the narrated world that is at stake? Primärliteratur: Rainald Goetz Johann Holtrop (2012), Elfriede Jelinek Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns (2009), Jonas Lüscher Frühling der Barbaren (2013), Kathrin Röggla wir schlafen nicht (2004), Martin Suter Business Class. Geschichten aus der Welt des Managements (2000), Uwe Timm Kopfjäger (1991).
Keywords
Economy in Literature, contemporary German-speaking Literature
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Audio
  • Multimedia
  • Book
  • Power-Point
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
ActivitiesWorkloadECTSIndividualTeamworkErasmus
Lectures783.1
Reading Assigment471.9
Written assigments1004
Total2259
Student Assessment
Description
Regular and active cooperation and participation, oral presentation of a literary subject and a paper.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Bibliography
Additional bibliography for study
Primärliteratur: Rainald Goetz Johann Holtrop (2012), Elfriede Jelinek Die Kontrakte des Kaufmanns (2009), Jonas Lüscher Frühling der Barbaren (2013), Kathrin Röggla wir schlafen nicht (2004), Martin Suter Business Class. Geschichten aus der Welt des Managements (2000), Uwe Timm Kopfjäger (1991). Sekundärliteratur: Zygmunt Baumann (2003): Flüchtige Moderne, Frankfurt a.M.; Ulrich Beck (1986): Risikogesellschaft: auf dem Weg in eine andere Moderne, Frankfurt a.M.; Erik Brynjolfsson/Andrew McAfee (2012): Race Against the Machine. Wie die digitale Revolution dem Fortschritt Beine macht; Erik Brynjolfsson/Andrew McAfee (2014): The Second Machine Age. Wie die nächste digitale Revolution unser Leben verändern wird; Martin Felix (2014): Geld, die wahre Geschichte. Über den blinden Fleck des Kapitalismus, München; Karl Diehl/Paul Mombert (Hrsg.) (1979): Ausgewählte Lesestücke zum Studium der politischen Ökonomie. Kapital und Kapitalismus, Frankfurt a.M.; Franziska Schößler (2006): Literaturwissenschaft als Kulturwissenschaft, Tübingen, Basel; Georg Mein/Franziska Schößler (Hrsg.) (2005): Tauschprozesse. Kulturwissenschaftliche Verhandlungen des Ökonomischen, Bielefeld; Richard Sennett (2005): Die Kultur des neuen Kapitalismus. Berlin; Gerhard Willke (2006): Kapitalismus. Frankfurt a.M.; Joseph Vogl (2010): Das Gespenst des Kapitals. Zürich.
Last Update
11-07-2017