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124265 KO Critical Media Analysis (2022S)

"The Sea Around Us": Critical Perspectives on the Ocean in Cultural Studies

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

Registration/Deregistration

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

Please note that there will be two blocked sessions (!)
Thu March 24 & May 12, 11:30-14:45
Students signing up for this course should attend both blocked sessions.
(NO CLASS on Thu March 31 & June 30)

Thursday 10.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 17.03. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 24.03. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 07.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 28.04. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 05.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 12.05. 11:30 - 14:45 Seminarraum 14 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Thursday 19.05. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 02.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 09.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21
Thursday 23.06. 12:15 - 13:45 Helene-Richter-Saal UniCampus Hof 8 3G-EG-21

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The ocean has been the origin of all life, yet it still remains largely unknown. The sea has always been around us and subject to much imagination. This course takes its title from American marine biologist and writer Rachel Carson’s book "The Sea Around Us" (1951), which offers a poetical approach to oceanography. Following Carson’s evocation of the ocean as “the ever-flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end” (330), we will explore both imaginations, representations and materialities linked to the ocean by looking at a variety of cultural texts and media – film, music, poetry and contemporary art. This course will introduce key terms and questions in the field of the blue humanities and critical ocean studies, ones that encourage students to think critically and creatively about human and non-human relationships and attune their sensibilities to the oceans. Approaching the sea from a cultural studies perspective, our concerns range from ecocritical, ecofeminist to decolonial, Black diasporic and Indigenous debates.

At the end of this class, students will have developed a critical understanding of the ocean in cultural studies through a variety of critical theory and media.
They will be able to contextualize the material covered in class and set it in relation to their historical background and the wider cultural and political discourses in which they are embedded.
Students will be equipped with a number of analytical skills to analyze different cultural media and texts concerned with the ocean.

In this class, we will approach the studies of the ocean from both an academic as well as creative angle. There will be a guest lecture with a workshop by the artist and curator Bryony Gillard, which offers students the opportunity to expand and put into practice their (theoretical) knowledge on the ocean. Students signing up for this class have to attend this workshop. The workshop will take place as a blocked session on May 12.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance (two sessions [3 hours] may be missed), in-class and preparatory participation, expert group session, portfolio (i.e. academic essay, critical reflections, keyword journal)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

In-class and preparatory participation: 20%
Expert group tasks (presentation + written assignment): 40%
Logbook: 40%

Overall Score of 100%, pass-mark 60% Scale:
1: 100-90%
2: 89-80%
3: 79-70%
4: 69-60%
5: 59-0%

In order to pass, you need to fulfill each individual requirement and complete tasks on time.
Not showing up for your expert group session or not handing in your portfolio equals dropping out of the course and being assessed with a negative grade.

Examination topics

Everything covered throughout the semester (primary, secondary texts and media). For some tasks, you are required to do additional research.

Reading list

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Secondary readings as well as a selection of primary texts and media will be made available on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

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

Last modified: Th 03.03.2022 14:08