Universität Wien FIND

124070 VO Culture, Society and the Media (2019W)

The Anthropocene and the Environment in Cultural Theory and Media

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik

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Language: English

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 08.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 15.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 22.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 29.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 05.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 12.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 26.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 03.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 10.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 17.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 07.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 14.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03
Tuesday 21.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Hörsaal C1 UniCampus Hof 2 2G-O1-03

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Aims, contents and method of the course

This lecture focuses on cultural portrayals of nature and the environment in the age of the Anthropocene. The genres that it covers range from the environmental documentary to ecohorror and beyond to understand humanity’s changing attitudes to nature from the classic “mother” images to nature’s demonization. Zeroing in on such issues as colonization, resource extraction, ecological decline, and climate change, among many others, it examines the ways humanity causes environmental degradation, as well as investigates how this degradation influences our lives today. All these issues are studied according to their portrayals in various cultural media with a particular emphasis on film and TV, considering both fictional and nonfictional representations.

*In the course of the semester, students are expected to read selected texts (they will be made available via Moodle) as well as watch a number of films.

Assessment and permitted materials

The final exam (1 hour) is divided in 2 parts. The first part is a test that includes 20 multiple-choice questions and open-ended questions (60% of the final grade). The second part of the exam is a short essay: students will be given an image (or several images) to comment on (40% of the final grade). In order to pass the course, students must attain at least 60%.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To pass the course, students must attain at least 60%

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

Examination topics

A list of topics and films will be made available via Moodle.

Reading list

All texts will be made available via Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612, EC 125, EC 126; BEd 046
Code/Modul: BA07.1, EC Cultural and Regional Studies 1; BEd Modul 10
Lehrinhalt: 12-4070

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