Universität Wien FIND

124267 AR Cultural/Media Studies 1/2 (AR) (2020W)

Covid Cultures: Epidemies Past and Present

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Due to the ongoing public health situation, this course will be taught online.

NB: There will be no class on 19th November.

Donnerstag 08.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 15.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 22.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 29.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 05.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 12.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 26.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 03.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 10.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 17.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 07.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 14.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 21.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Donnerstag 28.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The corona pandemic has shaken the world to its core. When the virus hit, it came with restrictions of movement, the closure of public spaces, and the revision of established social practices. As scientists and the media tried to disentangle the complex nexus of factors responsible for the disease and its rapid spread, anxiety, panic, and misinformation spread with similar speed. Neologisms like "social distancing", "covidiot", or "infodemic" suggest that we are dealing with an entirely new phenomenon. However, while Covid-19 has forced modern societies worldwide to learn new patterns of behaviour, this is not the first time we are facing an epidemic of such magnitude. Unnoticed by most of us, infectious diseases regularly wreak havoc in poorer parts of the earth. And not long ago, disease outbreaks still occurred regularly in many parts the Western world. While many of us seem to have forgotten about this invisible threat, our ideas about disease and contagion can often be traced back to centuries past.

In this AR, students will develop advanced research skills and acquaint themselves with critical methods to examine the concepts and cultural practices that have evolved around infectious diseases. Together, we will discuss theoretical-critical texts and develop relevant research questions further explored in groups. The findings of our group research tasks will be compiled in a joint (group) project at the end of the term.

This is a digital learning course with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Methods include group discussions, group and independent (research) work, presentations and a joint practical project.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active as specialist/in specialist team for one lesson per term (expert session); group work and group presentation; one background task; final paper.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

No more than two lessons may be missed without certified medical reason. If a doctor's note is produced, a third lesson may be missed, but is to be compensated for at the teacher's discretion. If more than three lessons are missed, this results in failing the course.

Active participation: 10%
Group presentation: 20 %
Group research task: 40%
Group specialist task: 30%

You need to complete all requirements to complete the course.

Marks in %:
1 (very good): 90-100%
2 (good): 80-89%
3 (satisfactory): 70-79%
4 (pass): 60-69%
5 (fail): 0-59%

Points must be collected in all of these areas to pass. The benchmark for passing this course is at 60%.


There will be no written exam.


The specific reading/viewing material will be announced in the first session. Texts will be provided on Moodle.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Studium: MA 844; MA 844(2); UF MA 046/507
Code/Modul: MA6, MA7; MA 844(2) 3.1, 3.2; UF MA 4A
Lehrinhalt: 12-4262

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:16