Institute of Media Studies

Media Studies classes for exchange students

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Media Studies classes in English language

Digital Online-Teaching for International Students

During the upcoming summer term (April 2021—July 2021), all English-language courses in the Institute of Media Studies will be offered in a way that studends can participate online. Upon your course selection, your instructors will contact you regarding the details for each course (platform, times, modality).

Summer Term 2021

Media Theory: The Datafied Society
Dr. Stefania Milan
8 ECTS
Dates

Block seminar, will take place on the following days:

May 14
May 15
May 21
May 22

Course summary

Today notions like big data, smart city and artificial intelligence (AI) are frequently evoked in the narratives of the industry and policymakers alike. They yield the promise of efficiency, empowerment, and a better life. Yet, they are not free from risks for privacy and citizen agency.

"The Datafied Society” explores the theoretical frameworks that allow us to capture and interpret the technological changes at the core of contemporary society and their societal consequences.

The course has four components: i) Theorizing the datafied society, defining the interdisciplinary theoretical toolbox to study society at the age of AI; ii) Political agency in the datafied society, where we will analyze, e.g., the evolution of contemporary social movements; iii) Decolonizing data studies, investigating non-Western approaches to the study of the datafied society, and iv) Methods for algorithmic accountability, where we will look at innovative methods to study the datafied society and the theory implications of this type of research.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to understand the datafied society and critically evaluate its consequences on political agency, describe the opportunities and challenges for citizens on the basis of theory and concrete examples, deconstruct mainstream theoretical approaches, and reflect on the methodological challenges of studying algorithmic-mediated phenomena.

This course will be taught in English and engaged participation is expected. Readings will be made available through ILIAS.

Lecturer

Stefania Milan is associate professor at the University of Amsterdam where she focuses on data activism and critical algorithm studies. She is author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (2013, Palgrave MacMillan) and has published in outlets such as Information, Communication & Society, Social Media+Society, and Policy & Internet. Stefania also leads the research network DATACTIVE: The Politics of Data According to Civil Society, funded by the European Research Council.

Additional Information

Students will give a group presentation, write two blog posts and a final paper. International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Preparatory Reading

D’Ignazio, C., & Klein, L. (2020). Data feminism. MIT Press. Read at https://bookbook.pubpub.org/data-feminism

van Es, K., & Schäfer, M. T. (2017). The Datafied Society. Studying Culture through Data. Amsterdam University Press. Download at https://oapen.org/search?identifier=624771.

Zuboff, S. (2019). The Age of Surveillance Capitalism. Profile Books.

Media Analysis: Analyzing Music Videos
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger
8 ECTS
Dates

tba.

Course summary

In this course, students will learn how to closely analyze music videos. We will get to know different types of music videos and their most common stylistic devices and structures. Some of the topics that will be addressed are the relations between music, lyrics, and imagery; visual symbolism and metaphors; production techniques; specific economic, artistic, and image-building aspects of the videos; fandom and interactivity; as well as the influence of MTV and YouTube. We will furthermore explore the history of music videos, their predecessors, and related audiovisual phenomena.

Lecturer

Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Media Analysis: When Bill Gates Murdered JFK on the Moon: Conspiracy and Paranoia in Film and Audiovisual Media
Melanie Mika
 8 ECTS

Dates

tba.

Course Summary

From Corona protests to QAnon, from George Soros to Bill Gates – conspiracy theories have risen sharply in public awareness recently. However, conspiracies and conspiracy theories have been around for a long time and they are equally a staple in films and television drama. This course aims at giving an introduction to film analysis and takes (mostly fictional) conspiracy narratives as its object of study. Our close readings in this seminar will include Hollywood’s paranoia thrillers that feature political conspiracies (e.g. All the President’s men, The Manchurian Candidate), television narratives of alien invasions, terrorist plots or cyber crime (The X-Files, Homeland, Mr. Robot) and some non-fictional examples trying to prove or debunk certain conspiracy theories.

In the first part of the seminar we will explore concepts and approaches to film analysis with focus on genre, characters and film history. In the second part of the seminar we will more closely examine particular films and series in order to discuss narrative and aesthetic strategies film makers use to convince us that “things are not as they seem”.

International students are expected to write a final paper (or equivalent) to earn 8 ECTS.

Lecturer

Melanie Mika studied musicology, media and film studies in Tübingen, Montréal, Amsterdam and Frankfurt where she graduated from an international Master program. Before focusing on academic research she also gained professional experience in the media, working as an audio engineer and video editor at the public broadcasting station SWR in Stuttgart for 12 years. Since 2018 she is a doctorate student at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Her dissertation project examines the representation of mental illness in American television series. Her further research interests include film theory, theories of characters, television drama, aesthetics of secrecy and conspiracy.

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Media Practice: Radio Broadcasting
Sara Sorce
6 ECTS

Dates

tba.

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.

Media Practice: Digital Content Development: Changing Narratives of Diversity, Migration, and Displacement
Naima Alam
6 ECTS

Dates

tba.

Course summary

In this course, we will explore different digital media content about migration and displacement. Students will compare how influencers and development organization tackle the topics of refugee displacement and migration on social media. Digital contents to be analysed will include static images, memes, GIFs, videos, and animation. Social media platforms to be studied will include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok. 

The course will help students understand the importance of research, critical analysis, creative brainstorming, and concept development. For the final project students will develop their own social media content to address the topic of migration and/or displacement. The focus of this project is understanding the audience and creating a clear thematic message.

Assignments & requirements: Regular and active participation, leading a discussion, developing digital media content.

Lecturer

Naima Alam is a digital creator focusing mainly on cartoon illustrations and explainer animation. She is working as a Media Researcher at the Centre for Media Competence (ZFM) at the University of Tübingen, as part of an Occupational Health Management (OHM) project titled BGM vital, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). She is currently writing her doctoral thesis at the Media Studies Department of the University of Tübingen with the working title “Explainer Animations: A Critical Analysis of Their Utility in Education, Marketing, and Political Activities”.

Additional Information

International students can earn 6 ECTS on completing this course.

Winter Term 2021/2022

Media Theory
 Digital Media Theory
 Dr. Giuliana Sorce
 8 ECTS

Course Summary

This media theory course will introduce students to the major theoretical approaches to digital media with a focus on its role in society. Contents will include information/network society, social media, online/mobile cultures, cyber communities, digital activism, connective action, hashtag campaigns, digital communication platforms, algorithms and datafication, and platform economies.

Instructor

Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Media Theory
Critical/Cultural Media Theory
Sara Sorce
 8 ECTS

Course Summary

This media theory course will introduce students to the subfields of Cultural Media Studies and Critical Media Studies. We will trace the developments of the fields (Marxism, Frankfurt School, Birmingham School) and learn about its major theoretical approaches. This course will discuss concepts that enable a critical look at media messages, products, and industries; including ideology and hegemony, culture industry, political economy, audience studies, and issues of media representation.

Instructor

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.

Media Analysis
 Transmedia Character Studies
Dr. Lukas Wilde
8 ECTS

Course Summary

Cutting across the boundaries of different media such as films, television shows, novels, comic books, or video games, contemporary international media culture is saturated with fictional characters such as Batman, Spider-Man, Rick Grimes, Daenerys Targaryen, or Lara Croft. This introductory class to the analysis of transmedia characters develops foundational vocabulary from character theories within literature studies, film studies, game studies, and comic studies. Students will conduct their own research and are encouraged to create presentations about characters and media texts of their own interest. 

Instructor

Dr. Lukas Wilde

Media Analysis
Emerging Media
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger
 8 ECTS

Course Summary

The ongoing digital revolution and emergence of novel media technologies radically influence and alter many aspects of contemporary society. In this course, students will learn how to critically access potentials of emerging media, such as new ways of communicating, educating, and creating art, as well as their problems and consequences, such as questions of control and power, commodification, discrimination, exploitation, and environmental hazards. The phenomena we will study range from new media and their perception in the 19th century to deep learning, computer vision, current screen technologies, and mixed reality environments in the 21st century.  We will discuss various analytical and theoretical approaches, including ideas from media archaeology, new media studies, science and technology studies, and futurology.

Instructor

Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

Media Practice
Filmmaking: Special Effects/Visual Effects
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger
6 ECTS

Course Summary

Throughout the history of cinema (and now on video platforms such as YouTube and TikTok), filmmakers have experimented with creative ways to produce spectacular, surprising, amusing, emotionally gripping, or seemingly impossible images. In this course, students will also experiment and explore how to create illusions in front of the camera, in the camera, and in post-production. We will look at various analog and digital special and visual effects techniques, discuss famous examples, and then try to recreate some of them and maybe even invent new ones. Some of the effects we will cover are stop tricks, matte paintings, forced perspectives, multiple exposures, front/rear projections, CG, composting, and LED walls.

Instructor

Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

Media Practice
Radio Aesthetics
Dr. Kiron Patka
 6 ECTS

Course Summary

The seminar serves to explore and adopt aesthetic techniques for the design of radio pieces, radio shows and podcasts. You will get to know the basic building blocks of auditory production—voice, music, noise, ambiance, and silence—and explore the creative diversity of these building blocks and what functions they can take on in auditory communication. 

A large part of the seminar is made up by online learning materials consisting of video, audio and written guidance. At the end of each unit you will produce a small audio piece, and at the end of the seminar you will finally sum up what you have learned in a 3-minute pieces in which you develop your own sonic ideas. In our regular meetings we will do hands-on training with recording devices as well as listen to and discuss your sound pieces. While the seminar focuses on the aesthetics of German radio culture, we might be able to draw a comparison to radio and podcast formats from different cultures.

Instructor

Dr. Kiron Patka

Research Project
Moving Pictures, Touching Sounds: Sound & Music in Cinema
Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall
 12 ECTS
 advanced level

Course Summary

Moving Pictures – Touching Sounds: Music in Cinema is the fourth part of a lecture series that will continue every winter term with a special topic. Every part of Moving Pictures – Touching Sounds can be attended individually. We always start with a general introduction into the discipline and methods of cinema studies. After the introduction, we will focus on the aspect of sound and music. The teaching and training research project combines one theoretical seminar with two training courses for film practice. One concentrates on the creation and production of live-action short films, one on animation and sound.

The seminar deals with several aspects of the special topic. Looking back into the history of cinema the story of sound and music offers lots of subtopics such as the sounds of silent cinema, the beginning of sound cinema, sound and animation, various genres such as musicals and biopics about famous musicians, the differences between movie cultures when using sound and music, the artwork of film composers and sound designers or – finally – the development of cinema sound technologies during the 120 years of film history. Furthermore, we will explore the aesthetics and history of music videos and their distribution through different media systems (television) and devices (tablets, mobile phones). Overall, questions of acoustic perception will accompany every part of the music semester.

This is a graduate-level course. Upper-level BA exchange students can be admitted with prior authorization.

Teaching hours and course choices

This research project course consists of 3 classes with an overall of 6 hours of teaching each week. The 3 classes are connected to each other and it makes sense to chose them all. However, it is also possible for international students to chose just one or two of them.

  • Class 1 | Theory: Sound and Music in cinema studies | 2 hours of teaching each week | 6 ECTS
  • Class 2 | Training: Creation and production of live-action short films | 2 hours of teaching each week | 3 ECTS
  • Class 3 | Training: Animation and Sound | 2 hours of teaching each week | 3 ECTS
Instructor

Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall

Summer Term 2022

Media Theory
Film Theory
 Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall
 8 ECTS

Summary

t.b.a.

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Susanne Marschall

Media Theory
 Animation Theories
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger
 8 ECTS

Summary

Animated images are omnipresent, not only in form of animated films and TV series but also as visual effects, motion graphics, interface elements, projection mappings, or data visualizations. Thus, it can be argued that our media culture has become to a large degree a culture of animation. In this course, we will try to gain a better understanding of why animation is used so pervasively and what consequences this entails. After an introduction into the specifics of various analogue and digital techniques, we will discuss various theories and concepts. Some of the topics discussed in the course are animation and narration, animation as experimental form, the relation of animation and live-action as well as their hybridization, documentary animation, animation in art contexts, as well as animation as a tool of communication.

Lecturer

Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

Media Analysis
Gender Media Studies
 Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas
8 ECTS

Summary

This course explores the intersecting roles played by gender and sexuality in our media, by using examples from magazines, film, television, and digital culture. After introducing students to key approaches to studying gender and mediated communication, the course will cover a range of topics, such as diversity in media industries; mediated (mis)representations of gender, sexuality, and intersectionality; gendered audiences and fan cultures; and Gender, power, and identity in a digital era of communication. We will explore these topics through literature from sociology, communication and media studies, cultural studies, feminist theory, and internet/new media studies. 

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Tanja Thomas

Media Analysis
New Media, Politics & Campaigns
Dr. Giuliana Sorce
 8 ECTS

Summary

This media analysis course will investigate the role of new media in political communication with a focus on campaigns. Over the past year, we have all witnessed important campaigns: the COVID-19 immunization campaign, the climate suit agains the German government, 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 theroretical background that helps you grasp the complexity of contemporary politics alongside the centrality of media, including (digital) media reporting, social media communication, and the formation of digital publics. We will focus on campaigs -- electoral campaigns, grassroots/organizational activist campaigns, public information campaigns, etc.--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.

Lecturer

Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Media Analysis
Space, Place and Media
Dr. Helena Atteneder
8 ECTS

Summary

Geomedia: the mutual influence between space, place and media.

In this media analysis seminar, we will look at approaches of space, place and media that have recently formed the overarching concept of "geomedia". Geomedia have a double spatial reference: they refer to a specific space via a geo-reference (e.g. fixed coordinate) and enable personal situatedness in hybrid communication spaces. The increasing importance of geodata for the smooth running of products and services on the one hand and the use of mobile networked media technologies on the other hand lead to a socio-technological (re-)configuration between spaces, places, people and things. Through mechanisms of datafication and algorithmisation, geomedia lead to processes of constant redistribution of human actions and non-human operations, altering media practices and identities in relation to space and place. In this course we will critically reflect on the consequences of these socio-technological phenomena and work through current concepts such as geoprivacy, geosurveillance and potentially increasing inequalities. 

Lecturer

Dr. Helena Atteneder

Media Practice
Radio Broadcasting
Sara Sorce
 6 ECTS

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.


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 prevention@mewi.uni-tuebingen.de for approval before registering.

To register, please fill out 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 https://www.learning-agreement.eu/. If so, please fill in as „Receiving Responsible Person“:

  • First Name(s): Kiron
  • Last Name(s): Patka
  • Position: Departmental Exchange Coordinator
  • Email: international@mewi.uni-tuebingen.de (This is important for us to receive notifications on your LA!)

„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 prevention@mewi.uni-tuebingen.de