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Syllabus The Media in Germany- Historical and Contemporary Perspectives - 54835

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Last update 28-06-2018
HU Credits: 4

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: Cont. German Studies:politics, Soc.&Cult

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Gisela Dachs

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: Wednesday, 13.00-14.00 or by prior arrangement

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Gisela Dachs

Course/Module description:
The course teaches the development and impact of the media in Germany since 1945 with a special focus on contemporary society and its relations with Israel. Furthermore, it examines the shifting media landscape of the 21st century with an emphasis on news and current affairs.

Course/Module aims:
The course aims to transmit a comprehensive view of the media landscape in Germany. This includes the acquirement of knowledge about ongoing current affairs and debates as well as media ethics, the influence of ownership and journalistic standards.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To orient themselves within the German media landscape and assess the role of major as well as minor media outlets from a historical and contemporary point of view.

To read, analyze and discuss media content relating to current affairs.

To evaluate news content and its impact on various audiences and the political landscape.

To gain insights into the journalistic process of producing and distributing media content within a national and transnational context.

To have a reflective view on German society through the critical discussion of the media.

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: The teaching combines theoretical and practical approaches. Each unit focuses on a thematically arranged overview focusing on chronological developments since 1945 as well as on current affairs. Each topic will be discussed by referring to its historical and sociological context. The students introduce key media players to the class and present a weekly media revue summarizing the main news and current affairs debated in Germany. Furthermore, guest lecturers from the field will be invited to give insights into their own journalistic work.

Course/Module Content:
-Introductory Class. Historical Development of Media in Germany after 1945 until today.

-German Media and National Identity: Scandals and Events that shaped the Modern Republic.

-Ownership and Control: Media Giants and Public Broadcasting

-Gatekeeping and Gatekeepers: Media Standards, Media Ethics and Media Credibility

-The Impact of Digital Media: Old Media versus a growing Counter-Public

-Jews in/and the Media in Post-Holocaust Germany.

-Israelis in Berlin: A New Transnational Media Community and Bridge Between Two States

-Media in the GDR and Contemporary Former East Germany: From Class Struggle and Censorship to Free Market Society and Western Views

Germany and the World Constructing a Self-Image and a Perspective on Others

-Beyond the News: TV Entertainment mirroring German society

-Concluding session: Where is the media heading to? Outlook

Required Reading:
full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the semester

Additional Reading Material:
See above

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 40 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 60 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

Additional information:
Two oral presentations: (1) introducing a key player of the German media, (2) summarizing and contextualizing the news of the week.

One written final assignment based on one or more of the subjects of the course. Or research proposal can be written instead.

Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
For further information, please visit the site of the Dean of Students Office.