2nd degree (Master)
Cont. German Studies:politics, Soc.&Cult
Dr. Gisela Dachs
Coordinator Office Hours:
Wednesday, 13.00-14.00 or by prior arrangement
Dr. Gisela Dachs
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.
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.
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.
-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
full reading list will be provided at the beginning of the semester
Additional Reading Material:
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 %
• 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.