ATS3108 - Introduction to the study of media culture from a German studies perspective - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

German Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Axel Fliethmann


Associate Professor Axel Fliethmann

Not offered in 2019


ATS2095 or ATS3095


Since the invention of the printing press in the 15th century, the reproduction of knowledge and social practice has become increasingly reliant and dependent on mass media. The general relation between culture, media and society on one hand and how it shows up in the design of media products will be the topic of this introductory unit. The unit will provide insights into advanced media theory and put historical media phenomena into perspective.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. insight into advanced German media theory and would have put historical media phenomena into perspective
  2. acquired detailed knowledge of the main features of German media theory and German visual culture from late 19th century to today
  3. a good grasp of key texts reflecting the historical developments of media at different times
  4. capable of informed discussion of the relevant theoretical concepts in relation to media
  5. able to present the results of their own research in form of a class paper and a written essay.


Within semester assessment: 80% + Exam: 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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