180.561 (18W) De-Westernizing Media and Cultural Studies

Wintersemester 2018/19

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08.11.2018 12:00 - 18:00 , N.1.42
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LV-Titel englisch
De-Westernizing Media and Cultural Studies
Kurs (prüfungsimmanente LV )
13 (30 max.)
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This course is an advanced introduction to debates on culture, media and society in various national, international and transnational contexts. It will promote a deeper understanding of specific patterns of cultural production and reception in countries and societies beyond the “relatively unrepresentative nations as Britain and the US” (Downing, 1996) which can no longer serve as the only valid pattern and model for analyzing cultural and media history and currents (Curran & Park, 2000). We shall follow the key critical debates in cultural theory with a particular attention to the development and impact of the British cultural studies tradition (Birmingham 1964-2002) in order to rethink their conceptual apparatus while testing its suitability for the analysis of cultural production, distribution and reception in a variety of non-western socio-political contexts. The course will make references to examples from two specific areas of cultural industries, i.e. film and book publishing, to achieve broader understanding of how various cultural formats work away from the traditional West vs rest dichotomy. This focus will require a fresh focus on concepts such as censorship, exile, propaganda, resistance, underground, dissent, identity and repression, as well as theoretical and analytical engagement with new modes of cultural production, policy and their transformation (e-book, piracy, media archeology, etc).


All relevant reading and audio-visual materials will be provided during the course.



Participation in class discussion will constitute 30% of your final grade.

Group presentation (15 – 20 mins) which will address a selected topic of the course content will constitute further 30% of the final grade. Format and content of the presentation will be discussed during the first meeting of the course.

Final essay of 10 pages (doubled-spaced, typed, 12-point font) on a selected topic is worth 40% of your grade. The list of topics, and formal characteristics of the essay will be discussed during the first meeting of the course. The essay must be submitted by email to jirina.smejkalova@gmail.com.

There will be no midterm or final exam.


Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Bachelorstudium Angewandte Kulturwissenschaft (SKZ: 642, Version: 09W.3)
    • Fach: Gebundene Wahlfächer (Wahlfach)
      • Modul: Wahlfachmodul Cultural Studies
        • Wahlfachmodul Cultural Studies ( 6.0h XX / 12.0 ECTS)
          • 180.561 De-Westernizing Media and Cultural Studies (2.0h KS / 6.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Medien, Kommunikation und Kultur (SKZ: 841, Version: 09W.1)
    • Fach: Cultural Studies und Medien (Wahlfach)
      • Kurs ( 2.0h KU / 6.0 ECTS)
        • 180.561 De-Westernizing Media and Cultural Studies (2.0h KS / 6.0 ECTS)

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