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080123 SE M110 Media, Discourse and Representation: On the End of the World (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work
REMOTE
Mo 24.01. 16:15-17:45 Digital

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wenn möglich werden die Termine im Jänner hybrid/in Präsenz abgehalten.

Monday 04.10. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Monday 04.10. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 06.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Monday 06.12. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 13.12. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Monday 13.12. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 10.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Monday 10.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 17.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Monday 17.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 24.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital
Monday 31.01. 16:15 - 17:45 Digital
Monday 31.01. 18:00 - 19:30 Digital

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Given the urgencies of climate change, in the midst of a pandemic, combined with the return of the Taliban it's understandable that one might wonder how this world will end. And yet, we are not the first to have such thoughts. In this course we will examine the social, cultural, political, and historical dimensions that lead people to theorize and imagine "the end of the world." Religious millenarianism is a belief in the transformation of worldly conditions into peace and abundance, which often entails imagining the end of time, and the coming of a saviour. Such beliefs exist throughout recorded human history in various dimensions and with differing sociopolitical implications. We will explore a selection of end-time narratives, theories of time, and practices of time-keeping throughout human history, with an emphasis on the last century in which apocalyptic imaginaries seem particularly fuelled by technological and industrial developments. We will read a variety of texts from historical anthropology, social theory and ethnographies of millenarian societies, to science fiction, and future planning scenarios commissioned by the military and private sector. We will discuss these texts in class and further develop arguments and theories about the social construction of time, futurity, and fate in written assignments.

Assessment and permitted materials

Die Lehrveranstaltung ist prüfungsimmanent; nur zweimaliges Fehlen ist erlaubt.
Die Punkte werden wie folgt vergeben:
Aktive Teilnahme (25 Punkte): Eine regelmäßige Teilnahme, die Vorbereitung auf die Sitzungen wie z.B. das Lesen der jeweiligen Pflichtlektüre bis zur entsprechenden Lehreinheit, sowie die aktive Mitarbeit bei partizipativen Lehrmethoden (z.B. Diskussion, Reading Notes, evtl. Peer Feedback) wird erwartet.

Reading Notes (25 Punkte): Fünf Reading Notes zu je 0-5 Punkten in denen diverse Inputs punktuell besprochen und reflektiert werden (~800 Wörter).

Seminararbeit (50 Punkte): Redaktion einer Seminararbeit von 15-20 Seiten.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Für den erfolgreichen Abschluss der LV sind zumindest 50 von 100 möglichen Punkten zu erreichen. Notenskala:>= 87,5 sehr gut (1)>= 75 gut (2)>= 62,5 befriedigend (3)>= 50 genügend (4)< 50 nicht genügend (5)

Examination topics

Reading list

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Last modified: Fr 01.10.2021 05:08