Institut für Medienwissenschaft

Englischsprachiges Kursangebot am Institut für Medienwissenschaft

Wintersemester 2019/20

Global Media Theory (Dr. Giuliana Sorce, 8 ECTS)
Date

On Thursdays, 10 to 12.

Course summary

Global Media Theory explores the theoretical frameworks that seek to capture the complexity of media and culture in globalizing contexts. This includes perspectives from political, economic, and cultural media studies. In this media theory course, you will become familiar with different approaches to studying international media and global information flows, while learning about the cultural impacts of globalization on global/local media industries. Among others, theories will include cultural (media) imperialism, global political economy, information flows, modernization, dependency, globalization, glocalization, cultural hybridity, and digitalization. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to understand global media theorizing; describe the global media landscape using concrete theories and examples; critically evaluate global media phenomena; and assess the globalizing industry as a future media professional. Engaged participation is expected. This course will be conducted in English.

Course assessments will include one midterm, one group presentation, and one final paper.

Lecturer

Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Course details

Regulating Global Digital Media Platforms (Shao Chengyuan, 9 ECTS, 4 SWS)
Date

On Wendesdays, 10am to 2pm.

Course summary

This course is designed to expose students to major legal and regulatory issues in communications on the digital media platforms of our time. Special focus will be given to the delicate balance that exists between freedom and control of global digital media platforms regarding issues of information privacy and digital surveillance. In this course, students will engage in readings and discussions about the role of twenty-first-century global media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram and the moral and professional responsibilities of these platforms both to end users and to the general public.

The objectives of the course are to 1) provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the legal and regulatory principals concerning digital media platforms in the global context; 2) expose students to an array of research on issues of information privacy and digital surveillance in the English-speaking academia; 3) familiarize students with theories and methods employed in such research; 4) teach students to read critically and to analyze and synthesize such research; and 5) provide students with experience in conducting research and writing on an issue of their interests.

The readings for this course are commonly-cited English scholarly works that attempt to build or apply legal and social theories in analyzing the responsibilities of digital media platforms in the twenty-first century. Readings are drawn largely from academic journals in the communication field that take either qualitative or quantitative social scientific approaches. Many of the readings fall within the area of communication law and ethics; some touch on critical studies of communication technologies, such as power and control in digital surveillance.

This course will be part seminar, part lecture class. Some days the instructor will lecture on a specific topic, other times class will engage in seminar discussions about assigned readings. Each student is a seminar participant, expected to contribute to the discussion by sharing their knowledge, opinions, and questions regarding the subject matter of the class. In this course, students are expected to participate in conducting a group research project and produce either a thought piece or research proposal as their final product.

Lecturer

Shao Chengyuan is a guest researcher based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research interest lies at the intersections of surveillance technology and information privacy, with a special focus on theories of freedom of expression and privacy.

Additional Information

International students can earn 9 ECTS on completing this course.

This a “4 SWS” course which means that classes will take 180 minutes per week.

Course details

From Caligari to Dexter: Theorizing Cinematic Psychopaths (Melanie Mika, 8 ECTS)
Date

On Mondays, 10 to 12.

Course summary

This seminar aims at providing an introduction to film theory. By reading and disccusing pertinent texts we will identify relevant traditions in film studies and consider current debates of this field: We will start by contrasting constructivist theory with concepts of realism, which have often been understood as the fundamentally opposing schools of thought in film theory. We will then explore the diverse field of psychoanalysis in film studies. Building on our understanding of psychoanalytical film theory we will discuss feminist film theory as well as film philosophers who rejected psychoanalysis as Foucault and Deleuze.

In order to illustrate the above mentioned concepts and schools of thought we will also set a thematic focus in this seminar: the cinematic psychopath. By taking examples from different eras (e.g. Dr. Caligari, The Silence of the Lambs, Psycho, Dexter) we will practice how to design theory-based research questions in film studies.

Lecturer

Melanie Mika is a PhD candidate of the Goethe University Frankfurt and associate lecturer at the Institute of Media Studies in Tübingen. She studied musicology, media and film studies in Tübingen, Montréal, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. She graduated from an international Master programme in film and audiovisual media. Her dissertation project examines the representation of mental illness in American television series.

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Course details

Radio Broadcasting (Sara Sorce, 6 ECTS)

Date

On Thursdays, 4 to 6.

Course summary

This course introduces students to radio broadcast journalism and production. Participants will develop and enhance their communicative and journalistic skills, while engaging in a variety of interactive broadcast projects. These skills include interviewing and storytelling techniques as well as commercial radio announcing. As part of this course, students will produce audio newscasts and features with consideration of audience, target demographics, current events, technological trends, and journalistic integrity. Students will also learn the basics of audio production and editing, as well as the handling of production equipment and its practical uses. This course will be conducted in English.

Students are expected to complete a standalone audio piece for their portfolio as well as engaged participation in practical workshops.

Lecturer

Sara Sorce earned her B.A. and M.A. in media and communication from Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has taught at both Purdue Fort Wayne and Penn State University. Her research interests include Critical Media Studies and Media Production. She hes 10+ years experience in commercial radio, both as on-air talent and program director.

Additional Information

International students can earn 6 ECTS on completing this course.

Course details

Theories of Data Visualization (Dr. Erwin Feyersinger, 8 ECTS)

Date

On Tuesdays, 2 to 4.

Course Summary

The aim of this course is to familiarize students with theories of various forms of static, animated, and interactive data visualizations and of their uses in science, documentary film, and journalism. We will take a close look at the mechanics of visual meaning-making and, specifically, at the many ways of effectively translating data into images. We will discuss advantages and disadvantages of visualizations in comparison with other means of communication. In class, we will apply theories of visualization to a broad range of historical and contemporary examples.

Lecturer

Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Course Details

CANCELLED: Animated storytelling for explainer videos (Naima Alam, 6 ECTS)

Dates

2 to 5.30 on the following Fridays: Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 22, Dec 6, Dec 13, Jan 10, Jan 24, Feb 7

Course summary

This course is an introductory course to explainer animations for both commercial and educational purposes. Students will learn about industry standard processes of creating these videos in the form of a final project. The course will include lectures, screenings, critiques, and demonstrations of motion design techniques in after effects. The course helps students understand the importance on research, critical analysis, creative brainstorming, and concept development. The course will cover important topics like script-writing, voice-over, storyboarding, artwork creation, and animation. 

This course is for beginners and will provide basic principles and techniques for everyone. The course is divided into two parts­. The first part of the course consists of classroom work which will be preparing all the materials for the animation, including one day drawing with iPad pros. The 50% of the course will be in the avidpool where the animation work will be completed. Finally each student group should be able to make a full-fledged explainer video on a topic of their choice.

Students will be graded on script, storyboard, voice-over and sound effects, design aesthetics of motion elements, final video. Most of work including animation and drawing will have to be completed outside the class time. Class time will be used for lectures, screening, and tutorials. 

Lecturer

Naima Alam

Additional information

International students can earn 6 ECTS on completing this course.

Course details

Sommersemester 2020

Critical/Cultural Media Theory (Dr. Giuliana Sorce, 8 ECTS)
Course summary

Critical/Cultural Media Theory surveys the major theoretical perspectives of cultural approaches to media studies from the mid-1800s to the present. Upon an introduction to the theoretical assumptions of the paradigm based in Marxian thinking, the course follows the development of these ideas through various schools and illustrates how the field has grown more nuanced and diverse over time. In answering the overarching question “what is cultural studies and how does it inform media studies?” we will survey the central thinkers (Williams, Hoggart, Hall, Johnson, Thompson, Spivak) and discuss their theoretical contributions with attention to the implications for media studies. Course concepts will include ideology, hegemony, culture industry, political economy, commodity audience, media reception, and media representation. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to understand critical approaches to media content, economics, technology, and reception; understand theoretical concepts relevant to media and culture; know the major perspectives in cultural media studies; and be able to critically evaluate cultural media products and structures. Engaged participation is expected. This course will be conducted in English.

Course assessments will include one midterm, one group presentation, and one final paper.

Lecturer

Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Theories of Animation (Dr. Erwin Feyersinger, 8 ECTS)
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Lecturer

Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

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Course summary

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Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Radio Broadcasting (Sara Sorce, 6 ECTS)

Course summary

This course introduces students to radio broadcast journalism and production. Participants will develop and enhance their communicative and journalistic skills, while engaging in a variety of interactive broadcast projects. These skills include interviewing and storytelling techniques as well as commercial radio announcing. As part of this course, students will produce audio newscasts and features with consideration of audience, target demographics, current events, technological trends, and journalistic integrity. Students will also learn the basics of audio production and editing, as well as the handling of production equipment and its practical uses. This course will be conducted in English.

Students are expected to complete a standalone audio piece for their portfolio as well as engaged participation in practical workshops.

Lecturer

Sara Sorce earned her B.A. and M.A. in media and communication from Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has taught at both Purdue Fort Wayne and Penn State University. Her research interests include Critical Media Studies and Media Production. She hes 10+ years experience in commercial radio, both as on-air talent and program director.

Additional Information

International students can earn 6 ECTS on completing this course.

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