HENKE1908U English - Free topic 8: Hail to the Chief and Good Morning Prime Minister!
This course contains two interconnected parts. The first part looks at the development of the “American Presidency” within the American political system from inception to the present, but with emphasis on the Twentieth Century. In exploring how the presidency came to dominate federal politics in the US, the module relies on insights from political science and history. The second part considers British political, social and cultural history from the vantage points of the people in power and the public at large during the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries. Materials from social, cultural and political history will be used in both parts.
The Postcolonial Middle Ages
Preliminary primary reading: Geoffrey of Monmouth, History of the Kings of Britain, Gerald of Wales, History and Topogaphy of Ireland; Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Man of Law’s Tale;” John Gower, “The Tale of Constance.” Critical reading: Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, ed. The Postcolonial Middle Ages.
The Postcolonial Present: Border-Crossings and the Figure of the Migrant
Preliminary reading list: Monkey Bridge by Lan Cao, Americanah by Chimimanda Ngozi Adiche, In the Falling Snow by Caryl Phillips. Final reading list will be included in the course plan on Absalon.
Both parts of the course will run two hours a week weekly for fourteen weeks. Class learning elements include mini-lectures, discussions, workshops, and student presentations. This course expects active participation, meaning that you have read the required readings for the week concerned, reflected over them, and come to class primed to discuss them individually and collectively.
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Portfolio, A joint portfolio uploaded in digital exam: Deadline January 8th 2020You are required to give two eight-minute presentation during the course (one for each part) and to send electronically you presentation PowerPoint, two (one for each part) five page essays/reports on your presentation topic including up to two pages of post-presentation reflection. Attendance, the presentations, and the summaries together will meet the pedagogical goals and the active participation requirements of this course. A week-long final assignment of 10 pages competes the course.
Criteria for exam assesment
- Class Instruction