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124261 KO Critical Media Analysis (2020S)

Nonhuman Media: Animals, Environments, Machines and the Limits of the Human

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

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

Details

max. 30 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 10.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 17.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 24.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 31.03. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 21.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 28.04. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 05.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 12.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 19.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 26.05. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 09.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Tuesday 16.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Digital
Tuesday 30.06. 10:00 - 11:30 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Since at least the Renaissance, the "human" has been the organising concept of cultural, philosophical, scientific, political, economic, historical, literary and critical debates. However, in recent years, significant theoretical movements in nonhuman studies, (animal studies, ecocriticsm, ecofeminism, posthumanism, cyborg theory) have challenged the correctness and ethics of studying culture exclusively through 'the human’. By focusing rather on media representations of animals, landscapes, machines, networks, cyborgs, and AI in diverse historical contexts and cultural modes (films, TV, computer games, music, social media and all forms of popular culture), together we will explore the very notion of culture (what it excludes and why, its unspoken assumptions and exploitations) and consider how, in an increasingly mechanised and digitised cultural realm, the limits of the human are being redrawn once again in the present moment.

Assessment and permitted materials

50% Final Essay (2,500 words)
20% In-Class Presentation
10% Class participation / contribution to discussions
10% Abstract (300 words)
10% Moodle Quiz

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students must fulfill and pass each of the 5 course requirements (Essay, Presentation, discussion, abstract, Moodle Quiz)

Examination topics

The course reading and presentations

Reading list

Amber E. George and J.L. Schatz, "Screening the Nonhuman: Representations of Animal Others in the Media"
Jacques Derrida, "The Animal that Therefore I Am"
Val Plumwood, "Feminism and the Mastery of Nature"
Rob Boddice, "Anthropocentrism: Humans, Animals, Environments"

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344, BA 612, BEd 046/407
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.5-426, BA07.3; BEd 08a.2, BEd 08b.1
Lehrinhalt: 12-4260

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