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124220 SE Cultural and Media Studies Seminar (2021S)

Going Viral: Online Theatre

11.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 18 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 8:15-9:45 online
Starts on: 11.03.2021

CMS SE Going Viral is a digital learning course with synchronous and asynchronous elements.

Thursday 11.03. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 08:15 - 09:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the arts sector. Due to its heightened financial dependence on audience participation, the cultural sector in the UK has been severely affected by the lockdown and the necessity of physical distancing. This moment of crisis, however, has also been approached as a platform for innovation, as a motor for creativity and heightened improvisation, most particularly since the theatre industry has had to reinvent itself in order to maintain an economically feasible position. Of course, such endeavours have been under way even in the pre-COVID-19 times.

In this seminar, students will become acquainted with exciting new developments in this area and will have a chance to watch and experience online theatre while also drawing on its more traditional forms; they will become familiar with central theoretical concepts and develop necessary methods to individually study (online) theatre. Please be aware that we will consider theatre as a complex cultural practice and not only as a written dramatic text.

Aimed at MA students and advanced BA students, the objective of this course is to develop students' theoretical and methodological competences in order to conduct independent academic work. Furthermore, the course is intended to develop the students' ability to present the results of their research in oral and written form.

CMS SE Going Viral is a digital learning course with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Methods include discussions, team and group work units, individual work, input sessions.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active as specialist/in specialist team, group and individual tasks; final paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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.

- Individual Tasks (30%)
- Group Tasks (30%)
- Term Paper/BA (40%)

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%.

The term paper/BA thesis will be marked according to the following categories: argumentation; use of primary and secondary sources; methodology; quality of thesis; language; form; style.

The term paper/BA thesis has to be 1) handed in as a hard copy (please do not use any plastic folders, just staple/bind!) and 2) uploaded on Moodle as a .doc file to be checked for plagiarism using Turnitin. Deadline: tba. If you need the grade early enough to subscribe for the courses of next semester, talk to the convenor at the beginning of the course.

The written work itself is: 6,500-8,000 words for a term paper; 8,500-10,000 words for a BA thesis. It has to be accompanied by a signed and dated anti-plagiarism statement.

Examination topics

There will be no written exam. - Participants are expected to study set materials and additional secondary/theoretical sources, take active part in the discussions, and hand in assignments on time.

Reading list

Study material will be announced in the first session, supportive material will be provided on the Moodle e-learning platform. You will be asked to acquire a couple of plays.

Association in the course directory

Studium: BA 612, MA 844; MA 844(2);
Code/Modul: BA 09.2; MA6, MA7; MA 844(2) 4.1, 4.2;
Lehrinhalt: 12-0405

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