Media and Cultural Theory
Lecture with texts, video and sound examples

Monday, 1:30 p.m.
Room: HT 214
Lecturer: Mathias Fuchs, additional teaching by Tapio Mäkelä (Finland) , Juan Hiriart (Chile), David Hancock (UK)

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The module will
- introduce into key texts of the sociology and philosophy of new media;
- enable students to investigate, categorize and value types of new media;
- allow students to critically analyse new media and computer games in a cultural context;
- encourage students to develop innovative ideas for future new media;
- provide the students with an opportunity to undertake an extended piece of research in direct relation to their area of interest in the field;
- enable students to avoid cliché and stereotypes or use them consciously and creatively;
- enable students to develop an individual viewpoint, a politically conscious concept and intellectual and artistic skills to implement questions in regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and other socially relevant issues, and judge the ethical implications of their own work in terms of gender-related, ethnic, and political aspects...

Fig.: From left to right: Foucault, Adorno, McLuhan, McRobbie, Latour

The students will write an essay on a chosen medium in the light of Cultural Theory and will work on aspects of a project that will be presented at Transmediale festival in Berlin in 2011. The contribution to this project will be assessed in regard to its creativity, background research, and cooperative practice in the development of the project.