Institut für Medienwissenschaft

Englischsprachiges Kursangebot am Institut für Medienwissenschaft

Sommersemester 2020

Qualitative Methods (Dr. Giuliana Sorce, 8 ECTS)

Thursdays, 8 to 10 am, Room 127

Course summary

This seminar will introduce you to the methodologies and specific methods of qualitative media research. Upon an introduction to non-standardized methodologies (ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, case study, narrative/discourse analysis), you will gain practical skills in various data-gathering techniques (participant observation, interviewing, focus groups, textual analysis). We will decide on a specific research area to explore and spend the semester working in small groups. You will learn about data analysis strategies (e.g., transcription rules) and explore qualitative data analysis software. This course will be conducted in English.

Lecturer

Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Analyzing Animation (Dr. Erwin Feyersinger, 8 ECTS)

Mondays, 12 to 2 pm, Room 121

Course summary

Animated images are omnipresent, not only in form of animated films and TV series but also as computer games, 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 what is significant about animated images and how they are used. After an introduction into the specifics of various analogue and digital techniques, we will get to know approaches to analyze several types of animation. 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

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

Radio Broadcasting (Sara Sorce, 6 ECTS)

Mondays, 4 to 6 pm, Room 121

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.

Analyzing Transmedial Characters - An Introduction (Dr. Lukas Wilde, 8 ECTS)

Wednesdays, 10 to 12 am, Room 127

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, Jon Snow, or Lara Croft. This introductory class to the analysis of transmedia characters first develops some foundations from character theories within literature and their adaptions to other media (such as films, video games or comic books). It then traces recent approaches to a transmedia character theory. Topics covered will include the question whether characters must always be conceived of as “fictional” (or whether we can understand “Donald Trump”, for instance, as a “nonfictional character”); the roles and functions of authorship and canonicity management; the problem of different versions or iterations of a character that seems to sustain multiple, partly contradictory narratives; whether characters must always be based on narrative media to begin with – and how we can approach mascot characters without any stories to speak of; and, finally, different levels of analysis such as production discourses vs. media texts vs. reception discourses; students will conduct their own research and present analytical presentations about a character of their own choosing.

Lecturer

Dr. Lukas Wilde

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

The Datafied Society (Dr. Stefania Milan, 8 ECTS)
Dates:
  • Friday, 17 April, 2 to 6 pm
  • Saturday, 18 April, 10 am to 6 pm
  • Friday, 24 April, 2 to 6 pm
  • Saturday, 25 April, 10 am to 6 pm

Room 206

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.

Regulating Global Digital Media Platforms (Shao Chengyuan, 8 ECTS)

Wednesdays, 10 to 12 am, Room 121

Course summary

This course is designed to expose students to the regulatory issues on global digital media platforms. Special focus will be given to the delicate balance that exists between freedom and control of internet platforms regarding issues of content moderation, information privacy, digital surveillance, and internet governance. Students will engage in readings and discussions about the role of global digital platforms in contemporary life from a global perspective. 

This seminar is held in English. Each student is a seminar participant expected to share his or her knowledge, opinions, and questions regarding the subject matter of the class. Readings are scholarly articles and book chapters on the legal and ethical issues of global media platforms. In this course, each student will do a case study that focuses on a specific issue related to the power and harm of platforms. Students will also participate in conducting a class research project. 

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 such research; and 5) provide students with experience in conducting research and writing on an issue of their interests.

Lecturer

Shao Chengyuan

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

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