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124261 KO Critical Media Analysis (2020W)

The Apocalyptic Imaginary: Fantasies of Extinction Across Media

6.00 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 served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ONLINE (digital)
Owing to the pandemic, in the 2020 Winter Semester this will be an exclusively ONLINE (digital) course.

Tuesday 06.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 13.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

ONLINE (digital)
Pandemics, ecological crises, economic collapse, the end of history - the current historical moment appears to be uniquely marked by a sense of impending apocalypse. And yet, as we will see in this course, images and narratives of the 'end of days' have long been a standard of cultural representations and practices, used historically towards a wide range of ideological, affective, and political ends. In this course we will learn how to read these ideological currents in diverse cultural texts and practices as they relate to the intersecting categories of race, gender, sexuality, class: zombies, mutants, toxic avengers, meteorites, nuclear war, environmental catastrophe, divine retribution, everyday expressions of heartbreak. By focusing on media representations of the 'end of the world' in diverse historical contexts, cultural practices, and representational modes (film, TV, music, games, memes, visual, print and digital media), together we will consider how, in an increasingly mechanised and digitised cultural realm, the limits and meanings of history and the human are being redrawn and remade.

Assessment and permitted materials

50% Final Essay (2,500 words)
20% Online Presentation
10% Participation / regular contribution to Moodle forum discussions
10% Abstract (300 words)
10% Final 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

Supportive material (PPTs, texts, videos and video links) will be provided on Moodle.

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

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 10:09