Universität Wien FIND

170742 UE Powers of Pleasure (2021S)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


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


max. 30 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Dienstag 09.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 16.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 23.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 13.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 20.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 27.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 04.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 11.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 18.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 01.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 08.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 15.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 22.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Dienstag 29.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Debates surrounding the ideological function of pleasure in media consumption have played an enduring role in the field of Media Studies. Pleasure has been both indicted for its ideological complicity and lauded for its destabilizing affective and political force. As John Fiske puts it: "pleasure may be the bait on the hook of hegemony, but it is always more than this; it always involves an element that escapes the system of power."
With this claim in mind, we will draw upon a range of theoretical frameworks to: 1) evaluate key arguments in the field regarding pleasure’s complicity with dominant ideological frameworksparticularly with regard to normative views of gender, race, class, and sexuality; 2) consider ways in which the critique of pleasure itself may collude with patriarchal, racist, classist, and heteronormative systems of thought; and 3) explore the possibilities for pleasure to undermine established systems of power. We will also engage with relationships among the following concepts: pleasure; enjoyment; satisfaction; happiness; desire; and fun.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Assignments: Please note now the due dates of the assignments in the course schedule.

Presentation of article: 15%
Weekly Responses (250-500 words) 30%
Final Presentation 15%
Final Paper (2,500 words) 30%
Participation 10%

Late assignments will be penalized, (loss of 2 points per day late), except in dire, verifiable circumstances.


1. Weekly Responses:
Each week you will be asked to write a 250-500 word response to one of the readings assigned for that class, to be submitted to the MOODLE FORUM no later than 11:00am on the day of class. Please read each other’s responses before class and feel free to comment/discuss. Please also have a copy available during class and be prepared to share and discuss it.

Your brief response should take one of the following forms:
1) Pose a rich, but concise, discussion question raised by the reading and provide a brief exploration of how this question might be addressed, and what insights or difficulties it might point to, raise, or resolve.
2) Select a quote or very short passage that stood out (either resonates, challenges you, clarifies, provokes, etc.) and provide a brief commentary regarding your interest in the passage or its importance
3) Select a term or concept that is used by two or more writers. Briefly sketch the ways in which the term is understood or employed by the different scholars

2. Final Paper (2,500 words): You will be asked to make a sustained and rigorous intervention into a theoretical issue or topic from the course and asked to draw directly from the insights and arguments made in the readings/videos and discussions. You may focus your investigation on a media text, theoretical problem; or cultural phenomenon of your choice. You may select 1) something that we have not dealt with directly in class (or, if so, only peripherally) but bears centrally on issues from the course; or 2) something we have addressed in class, but is a rich enough topic to warrant further exploration. In this latter case, your paper will use our class discussions as a launching pad for new insights.
Your final paper can take either of two approaches:
a) You may apply theoretical/conceptual material from the course to a media text or cultural phenomenon
b) You may use a media text or cultural phenomenon as a lens through which to interrogate theoretical/conceptual material from the course
3. In-class Work and Participation: The course is designed as a seminar, which means there are high expectations for participation in our group discussions. Please prepare the readings in advance of each class meeting and review them before class so that they are fresh in your mind.


4. Short Presentation of a Reading: During the semester, you will be asked to prepare a brief presentation (roughly 5-7 minutes) for a particular reading. You may be asked to collaborate with a classmate. Your contribution should stimulate discussion/questions/new ideas. Please come prepared with a few brief remarks regarding:
1. The intervention the piece makes/its key claims
2. Connections the reading makes with other ideas from the class and, if relevant, with current events/life experiences
3. Something(s) you found that are interesting/striking/surprising/provocative and/or puzzling/frustrating/disappointing.
4. Whether the article prompted you to think in new ways or raised new questions. If so, please describe

5. Final Presentation: You will be asked to make a short in-class presentation about the work you are preparing for your final paper.


Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab


Attendance: Regular attendance is required. You are permitted one absence that should be reserved for a day that you are ill or for an emergency. If you miss any additional classes, then you need to present me with documentation of illness or emergency. Your grade will drop two points for each additional absence that you are unable to verify with documentation.

Anti-discrimination: The classroom should be an atmosphere of mutual respect in which you will be intellectually stimulated and challenged to grow as a scholar.

Academic integrity: Plagiarism, the presentation of another’s ideas as if they were your own or permitting another to present one’s own work without acknowledgement, will not be tolerated. To avoid plagiarism, make sure you properly credit authors’ ideas with appropriate citations. Please see me if you have any questions regarding the customary acknowledgement of sources.

Missed classes: If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get the notes and relevant information before meeting with me. I suggest that you exchange phone numbers and e-mail addresses with at least one classmate to facilitate this process.



Readings can be accessed through Moodle or, in some cases, through the internet addresses provided on the syllabus.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 23.03.2023 00:20