Institut für Medienwissenschaft

Englischsprachiges Kursangebot am Institut für Medienwissenschaft

Digital Online-Teaching for International Students

During the upcoming winter term (November 2020—February 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).

Wintersemester 2020/2021

Digital Media & Society
Dr. Giuliana Sorce
8 ECTS
Thursdays 9.30 – 10.30 am

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.

Lecturer

Dr. Giuliana Sorce

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

This course will be held via Microsoft Teams.

Critical/Cultural Media Theory
Sara Sorce
8 ECTS
 Tuesdays 5 – 6 pm

Course Summary

This media theory course will introduce students to the subfield of Cultural Studies as it relates to media. We will trace the development of the field and learn about 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.

Lecturer

Sara Sorce holds degrees 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 has 10+ years’ experience in commercial radio, both as on-air talent and program director.

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

This seminar will be held online.

Analyzing Visual Culture and Hybridity: From Synthespians and VFX to Augmented Reality and Deepfakes
Dr. Erwin Feyersinger
8 ECTS
Mondays 12.30 – 1.30 pm

Course Summary

The aim of this media analysis course is to familiarize students with methods of analyzing and contextualizing various forms of hybrid images found in contemporary culture. Specific phenomena that we will look at are Augmented Reality applications and games, visual effects in films, virtual actors and avatars, deepfakes and images manipulation, and mixed media and hybrid art.

Lecturer

Dr. Erwin Feyersinger

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

This seminar will be held online.

Analyzing Transmedial Characters
Dr. Lukas Wilde
8 ECTS
 Wednesdays 3.30 – 4.30 pm

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 fictionality, the roles and functions of authorship and canonicity management, (contradictions in) character narratives, and different levels of analysis such as production discourses vs. media texts vs. reception discourses.

Lecturer

Dr. Lukas R. Wilde

Additional Information

International students can earn 8 ECTS on completing this course.

This seminar will be held online.

Introduction to Screenwriting
Niles Maxwell
6 ECTS
 Mondays 6.30 – 7.30 pm

Course Summary

This writing-intensive course introduces students to the fundamentals of screenwriting, including format, genre, exposition, characterization, dialog, theme and plot. We will screen and examine scenes from films and television, read and exchange views on screenplays and above all write, review and discuss your screenwriting. Peer feedback will be a regular part of the class. We will emphasize practice over theory. Students are expected to write a feature-length English language screenplay by the end of the semester. We will also cover industry-related topics, such as the business of screenwriting. 

Lecturer

Niles Maxwell is a professional American screenwriter/director with over 10 years of hands-on experience working in the film industry.

Additional Information

International students can earn 6 ECTS on completing this course.

This seminar will be held mostly on site with the possibility to participate online.


Die Studiengänge am Institut für Medienwissenschaft sind generell deutschsprachig. Dennoch bietet das Institut regelmäßig englischsprachige Kurse an. Damit wollen wir zum einen elementare Sprachkompetenzen unserer Studierenden fördern, zum anderen aber auch unseren internationalen Studierenden ein attraktives Angebot bereitstellen. Die Erfahrung zeigt, dass durch diese Angebote nicht nur die Integration der Internationalen Studierenden in Tübingen erleichtert, sondern allen unseren Studierende einen besonderen Raum für interkulturellen Austausch bietet. Die englischsprachigen Kurse stehen allen unseren Studierenden offen.

In jedem Semester finden mindestens vier englischsprachige Lehrveranstaltungen statt: Drei der Seminare stammen aus dem Bereich Medientheorie/Medienanalyse. Diese Kurse haben oft aktuelle Forschungsthemen der Lehrenden zum Inhalt, deswegen variieren die Themen von Semester zu Semester. Ein viertes Seminar stammt aus dem Bereich der Medienpraxis und behandelt beispielsweise die Radio-, Fernseh- oder Social-Media-Produktion. Darüber hinaus bietet das Institut für Medienwissenschaft in unregelmäßigen Abständen auch englischsprachige Methodenseminare an.

Unsere Internationalen Austausch-Studierenden haben die Möglichkeit, mit diesen Kursen insgesamt 30 ECTS durch englischsprachige Kurse zu erwerben. Für unsere Heim-Studierenden gelten die ECTS-Angaben des jeweiligen Modulhandbuchs.

Wintersemester / Sommersemester
Medienanalyse/Medientheorie A 8 ECTS
Medienanalyse/Medientheorie B 8 ECTS
Medienanalyse/Medientheorie C 8 ECTS
Medienpraxis 6 ECTS
  30 ECTS