Institute of Media Studies

Media Studies classes for exchange students

For exchange students, this is the place to browse and register for classes offered by the Institute of Media Studies. You will find info on

  • Media Studies classes in English language
  • Media Studies classes in German language
  • registration process
  • Learning Agreements (ERASMUS and CIVIS)

Media Studies classes in English language

Registration for media studies courses is open between February 12, 2024 and March 8, 2024. Please, use the form below to register. We will inform you about your course placement by March 15, 2024.

Summer Term 2024

Media Theory
 Media Theory through Greta Gerwig’s Barbie
Melanie Mika

The Barbie movie directed by Greta Gerwig broke records in 2023: It is one of the highest grossing films of all time and the commercially most successful film by a female director. Furthermore, it is part of the 'Barbenheimer' phenomenon. In this seminar, we use the film as a model to explain and illustrate various theories of media culture studies. Based on Barbie and media theory, we discuss, among other things, the following questions: When is a film art or a commodity? When is a film feminist? Is it important whether you watch a film in the movie theatre? How active or passive is the audience? How do we understand audiovisual media - according to psychoanalytic or cognitive film theory?

The objective of this seminar is to give you an overview of relevant theoretical approaches in media and film studies. We're not aiming for a flawless interpretation of a single movie. Instead, we'll explore how examining one film through the lens of media theory can broaden our understanding of media culture in general. I assume that you have seen the film before the start of the seminar and are ready to spend 14 more weeks analyzing this (and some other) films. Tuesdays, 6 – 8 p.m. (room 127)

Media Theory
Basics of Media Theory and Reception Research
Marcel Lemmes

This seminar will explore general media theories and basic theoretical concepts of media reception research. In doing so, we will create a common basis of understanding by comparing contemporary (TikTok, fake news, AI images, ...) and historical/traditionally well-researched phenomena (image, film/series, comics, journalism). In this sense, students are encouraged to actively contribute with experiences from their own everyday media life! As part of their coursework, students will give short group presentations on the topics of the sessions. The seminar will be concluded with an examination performance in the form of a term paper. Mondays, 12 – 2 p.m. (room 206)

Media Analysis
 AI and Communication
Dr. Simone Natale

The course interrogates the social, cultural, and ethical implications of AI technologies programmed to enter into communication with users. Students will be stimulated to explore how theoretical and methodological tools developed within communication and media studies, which have traditionally been employed to study mediated communication between humans, can be applied to better understand emerging forms of communication between humans and machines. Concrete examples of communicative AI, i.e. AI technologies that enter in communication with users, will be taken into account and experimented with. As part of the requirement for the course, students will be asked to critically analyze a specific tool or software, e.g. ChatGPT and other Large Language Models, voice assistants, and companion chatbots. Block Seminar: July 5th, July 12th, July 19th ( 1 – 6 p.m.) and July 20th (10 a.m. – 4. p.m.) (room 127)

Media Analysis
New Media, Politics and Campaigns
Dr. Giuliana Sorce

This media analysis course will investigate the role of new media in political communication with a focus on campaigns. Over the past years, we have all witnessed important campaigns: the COVID-19 immunization campaign, the Global Climate Strikes, the #BlackLivesMatter movement. These efforts affect our understanding of political power, government action, democracy, and cultural issues, to name a few. In this course, you will gain a theoretical background that helps you grasp the complexity of contemporary politics alongside the centrality of media, including the role of legacy media, the use of social media communication, and the formation of digital publics. We will focus on campaigns — electoral campaigns, disinformation campaigns, grassroots campaigns, organizational campaigns, public information campaigns, and health campaigns — from across the political spectrum and across geographical contexts, enabling you to study a campaign of your choosing in order to explore how new media and (digital) communication play into the political. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 12. p.m. (room 127)

Media Practice
From Algorithms to Headlines - Exploring AI (in) Journalism
Marcel Lemmes

The goal of this practical seminar (Lehrredaktion) is to tackle the emerging opportunities, dangers, and intricacies of tools and technologies powered by artificial intelligence in journalism - whether it is their utilization for content curation or in the writing process. In exploring the current technological possibilities, ethical considerations will be a crucial aspect of our discussions, addressing issues such as bias in algorithms, accountability, and the potential impact on journalistic integrity. The seminar will be concluded with a project that showcases the distinct role and ongoing need of the journalist and their skills, expertise, as well as ethics. Mondays, 8 – 10 a.m. (room 206)

Media Practice
Detecting Fake News, Cheapfakes, Deepfakes and Other AI-Content: Fact Checking and OSINT
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

In this course, we will develop a basic understanding of fact checking and of how open-source intelligence (OSINT), i.e., gathering and analyzing publicly available information, can be used in journalism. We will learn various techniques of image, audio, video, and text verification, with a special focus on AI-generated content including deepfakes. We will also address potential risks of OSINT, such as doxing, stalking, or misinformation. After an introduction into the background, theories, and basic techniques, the students will work with a variety of methods and open-source tools, such as geopositioning, reverse image searches, photo forensic, and the Wayback Machine. The second half of the semester is dedicated to an OSINT project. For this course, you will need a keen eye, patience, logical thinking, and detective skills. Fridays, 10 a.m. – 12. p.m. (room 127)

Media Studies classes in German language

Depending on your language abilities, you can also choose from German-language Media Studies classes. You can find all specific classes offered in the course catalogue “Alma”. However, the course catalog will be updated every semester at rather short notice.

Course Catalogue “Alma”

Besides that you might want to have a look at the Media Studies programmes and module handbooks to get a detailed idea on what classes are offered generally:

BA Media Studies MA Media Studies

Registration Process

Exchange students who have been succesfully enrolled at the Unversity of Tübingen can register for Media Studies classes. This does also apply to exchange students who are enrolled in a different subject but are interested in taking one or more classes in the field of Media Studies.

ERASMUS and CIVIS students: Please send your Learning Agreement to internationalspam or via OLA for approval before registering.

To register for Media Studies Classes, please fill in the registration form:

Registration form for Media Studies Classes

Please keep in mind that international exchange students can also take classes across different subjects and faculties as well as language courses. However, we do not process the registration for classes other than Media Studies classes. More info: course options for international exchange students

Learning Agreement (ERASMUS & CIVIS students)

ERASMUS and CIVIS students will have to send us their Learning Agreements.

Online Learning Agreement OLA

If your home university supports OLA you’re welcome to fill in and submit your Learning Agreement via the official portal If so, please fill in the following info:

Subject code: Audio-visual techniques and media production (0211) or Journalism and information (032) – the one that fits best for your personal study preferences.

Receiving Responsible Person:

„Receiving Administrative Contact Person“ can be left blank.

Classic Learning Agreement

Alternatively, you can submit your ‘classic’ Learning Agreement via email. If possible, send us your Learning Agreement as word file (doc, docx).

Mail to: internationalspam