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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - German

Undergraduate Course: Germany and Islam (ELCG09009)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis option looks into the perceptions and self-perceptions of Muslims in contemporary Germany. Germany has only recently come to view itself as a country of immigration. This is rather surprising , considering that Germany's largest migrant group, Turks, have been in the country for over fifty years. We will discuss questions of migration and integration as well as those of nationality and other cultural concerns by analysing a variety of texts (essays, novels, films, plays). We will pay particular attention to the role of Islam, something which has spurred numerous discussions in German political, public, and cultural life. The course begins with an overview of post-war migration to Germany and an exploration of key concepts such as multiculturalism. Although we will approach the texts from different angles ((im)migration, nationality, transnationality, gender, ethnicity, exoticism, religion, language, multiculturalism), we will see that there are a number of thematic overlaps.
Course description session 1: Introductory Session: Muslims in Germany
session 2: Navid Kermani, Wer ist wir? and Zafer Senocak, Das Land hinter den Buchstaben: Muslim Intellectuals' Views on Islam and/in Germany
session 3: Travel Writing: Orientalist Views on Islam?
session 4: Feridun Zaimoglu, Leyla I: Turkey and Migration
session 5: Feridun Zaimoglu, Leyla II: Future Gastarbeiterinnen
session 6: Angelina Maccarone, Fremde Haut I: Nationality and Gender
session 7: Emine Sevgi Özdamar, MutterZunge: Language and Identity
session 8: Feridun Zaimoglu, Schwarze Jungfrauen: Religion and Sexuality
session 9: Samadi Ahadi, Salami Aleikum: Happy Multiculturalism?
session 10: Closing Session: Where are we now?
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs books
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information