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Syllabus Racism Antisemitism and Xenophobia on the Web - 54608
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Last update 18-10-2018
HU Credits: 2

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. Victoria Kumar

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Dr. Victoria Kumar

Course/Module description:
Over the past two decades the impact of social media in daily life has grown dramatically. In parallel, social media platforms have become essential tools to spread hate speech or disinformation. The rapid and multiple distribution of hate content across social media, blogs, messaging apps, discussion forums but also on the online commentary sections of quality media makes antisemitism, racism and xenophobia generally more acceptable in the mainstream discourse and leads to normalisation of discriminatory comments. Antisemitism remains one of the most common forms of online hate speech, a fact that led to the implementation of the term ôAntisemitism 2.0ö. A major objective of this course is to describe and analyse the phenomenon ôAntisemitism 2.0ö considering its different manifestations and persistent patterns. Discussed should be also the increasing antimuslim hate speech and other forms of online racism and discrimination.

Course/Module aims:

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
The course provides students with recent developments in the increasing phenomenon antisemitism, racism and xenophobia on the web. In order to illustrate the different manifestations of hate speech a variety of examples including Facebook and Twitter postings, YouTube videos and contributions to discussion forums on various web sites will be presented and analysed in detail.

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Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: Lecture, screening of online content and class discussion

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Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 20 %
Participation in Tutorials 20 %
Project work 60 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %

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