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

Winter Term 2022/23

All courses start in the second week of the semester (24.10. – 28.10.), unless specified otherwise.

Media Theory
Global Media Theory
Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Global Media Theory explores the theoretical frameworks that seek to capture the complexity of media and culture in globalizing contexts. This includes theoretical 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 the global media industry. Among others, theoretical perspectives will include: Ideology, hegemony, cultural (media) imperialism, global political economy, information flows, modernization, orientalism, 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. This course will be taught as a block seminar starting in January 2023: Wednesday (on-site, room 121) 8 a.m.–12 p.m on 11.01., 18.01., 25.01., 01.02., 08.02.

Media Theory
Theories of Data Visualization
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

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. Friday 12 p.m.–2 p.m. (on-site, room 127)

Media Analysis
The Emergence of New Media
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

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. The course is connected to Naima Alam’s course "Creating Explainer Animations on Emerging Media.“ Friday 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (on-site, room 127)

Media Analysis
Digital Media and Society
Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Digital Media and Society is designed to survey the major theoretical approaches to digital media with a focus on its role in society, allowing you to conceptualize methods to study the relationship surrounding our digital society. Upon an introduction to digitalization in public spheres, we will discuss the affordances of digital media communication, including prominent social media platforms and mobile communication technologies. We will then critically examine the role of digitalization, algorithms, platforms, and datafication on democracy, citizenship, surveillance, privacy, and commodification. Alongside these critiques, we will also pay attention to prosocial and participatory potentials of digital media, including digital activism, connective action, and networked empowerment campaigns. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to understand digital media theorizing; describe digital media affordances using concrete theories and examples; critically evaluate digital media technologies and uses; and learn how to analyze digital media communication. This course will be taught as a block seminar starting in January 2023: Monday & Friday (online) 10 a.m.–12 p.m. on 09.01., 13.01., 16.01., 20.01., 23.01., 27.01., 03.02., 10.02.

Media Analysis
Media live - media love. Swiping. Matching. Chatting. Dating. Usage, appropriation, and evaluation of Dating Platforms in Platform Capitalism
Dr. Helena Atteneder

Mark Deuze has very aptly described our media reality as living not "with" but "in" media. The ubiquitous interweaving of all areas of life with media and media technologies particularly affects close social relationships, the area of dating, and the social organisation of our love lives. In this media analysis course, we will take a closer look at various dating apps, such as Tinder, Grindr, Bumble, Badoo, Hinge, etc… We will cover the technical basics, the underlying business models as well as aspects of data protection and data security. Based on this, an analysis of individual usage practices resp. an analysis of the general attitudes of users towards such platforms will take place. Building on this basic understanding, students will review the state of research on their topic, find a research gap and design and (exemplarily) conduct their own small research project. The focus of the research projects can be around analysing different usage practices (selection, appropriation, etc…) or in analysing the overall evaluation of different platforms (regarding a change of attitudes, behaviour, knowledge, values, etc..). Students expand their knowledge of the methodological spectrum of media and communication studies and learn to adapt different analytical approaches to the respective theoretical foundation and corresponding research question. Wednesday 8.30 a.m.–10 a.m. (on-site, room 206)


Media Practice
Visual Scicomm in Medicine
Michael Pelzer, Dr. Markus Löffler, Naima Alam

Technologies based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are an increasingly relevant area of research and quickly becoming a very useful part of medical practice. Among other applications, Machine Learning can be employed to efficiently analyze medical images and other data, support the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and help in the development of new drugs. In this practical seminar, we want to approach the uses of Machine Learning in Medicine from a visual point of view, creating animations and short explanatory videos that provide insights into how (and in which contexts) these new technologies can be applied. As part of the “Visual Science Communication in Medicine” seminar series, the course offers an introduction to core aspects of visual science communication combined with an interdisciplinary communication project, bringing together students of rhetoric, media studies, medicine, and life sciences. The participants will have the opportunity to independently approach a highly relevant topic in hands-on project work and distinguish themselves in the field of visual science communication. Moreover, there will be ample opportunities to network and connect with experts in the field of Machine Learning who will accompany the course with their insights. Due to the highly international background of the related research as well as the experts involved, the entire course and the resulting videos will be in English.
The introduction to required skills and tools and the conceptualization of the animations will be advanced in seven workshop meetings before the winter break. After that, the students will finalize their animations and videos in independent work - accompanied by feedback in additional, short group coaching sessions. All workshop and coaching sessions will take place on Tuesdays in the time slot between 16:30h and 19:30h – with longer and shorter sessions as required. Please make sure to reserve these times throughout the semester. Roughly half of the workshop sessions are planned as in-person meetings (Auf der Morgenstelle 15, Room 1.033), the rest will be online. More information on everything related to the course will be provided in our Kick-off session on October 25, 2022 (in person).

Media Practice
Creating Explainer Animations on Emerging Media
Naima Alam

This course is an introductory course where students will develop short explainer videos on the complex topic of emerging media. The goal is to create videos that highlight the social changes brought about by the emergence of new media phenomena such as AI, AR, and VR. Students will learn industry practices and standards. The course will include lectures, screenings, critiques, and practical lessons. The course will cover important topics like script-writing, voice-over, storyboarding, artwork creation, and animation.  Students will be graded on script, storyboard, voice-over and sound effects, and aesthetics of the final video. Students will need to bring their own laptops. The course is connected to Dr. Erwin Feyersinger’s course „The Emergence of New Media“. We recommend enrolling in both courses. This course will be taught as a biweekly seminar: Fridays 2 p.m.–5 p.m. (on-site) on 4.11., 18.11., 02.12., 16.12., 13.01., 27.01., 10.02.

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