Network ‘Australian Studies Online’
In 2015 Prof. Dany Adone and Prof. Beate Neumeier of the English Department at the University of Cologne launched a Germany-wide network initiative to formalise a collaboration between German universities for the promotion and implementation of an Australian Studies online programme. They organised two preparatory meetings at the University of Cologne in 2015 and 2016 with participants from neighbour universities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, namely Bonn, Düsseldorf and Duisburg-Essen, as well as the universities of Mainz, Potsdam, Stuttgart, Trier and Heidelberg.
We are planning to launch the first joint online course, an “Introduction to Australian Studies” from the perspective of a variety of different disciplines including literary and cultural studies, linguistics, history, geography, anthropology, biology, economics and law, in the winter semester of 2017-2018. This online-lecture will be based on the currently ongoing lecture-series at the University of Cologne. Also, a first online-seminar with a linguistic focus on Australia is scheduled for the summer semester of 2018.
Winter Semester 2017/2018: eLearning Lecture, “Introduction to Australian Studies: Transdisciplinary Perspectives”
This lecture course provides an Introduction to Australian Studies, encouraging a dialogue between different disciplinary perspectives ranging from Linguistics and Literary/Media Studies, to History, Geography, Anthropology, and Biology.
Participating contributors include Prof. Dany Adone, Dr. Katrin Althans, Prof. Heinz Antor, Dr. Amelie Bernzen, Dr. Eva Bischoff, Prof. Boris Braun, Melanie Brück, Prof. Norbert Finzsch, Dr. Anke Frank, Victoria Herche, Christina Ringel, Geoff Rodoreda, Prof. Barbara Schmidt-Haberkamp, Dr. Carsten Wergin.
The course is designed as an asynchronous teaching format to provide flexibility regarding location and hours for students. A variety of e-learning formats, including streamed lectures, discussion forums, and quizzes will be used.
This course will work with ILIAS, the University of Cologne’s e-learning platform. Please register for the seminar’s ILIAS course as soon as possible. All assigned readings and information will be accessible via ILIAS.
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Summer Semester 2018: eLearning Seminar, “An Introduction to the Languages of Australia”
This online seminar will offer students a broad introduction to Australia from the perspective of Linguistics, focusing mainly on Indigenous Languages in Australia. It will introduce students to the linguistic situation in Australia and cover further fields such as Traditional Languages, Contact Languages, Varieties of English in Australia, as well as Language Endangerment. Beyond linguistic analysis, this seminar also intends to introduce students to the cultural significance of language for Aboriginal people, touching upon the traditional triangulation of land, language and people/culture. As an eLearning seminar, this format will rely less on screened or recorded lectures but much rather incorporates interactive elements so that students are asked to participate actively in the course. Details concerning course requirements and how to obtain credits will be announced soon.