Universität Wien FIND

124267 AR Cultural/Media Studies 1/2 (AR) (2020W)

Covid Cultures: Epidemies Past and Present

5.00 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. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Due to the ongoing public health situation, this course will be taught online.

NB: There will be no class on 19th November.

Thursday 08.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 14:15 - 15:45 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The corona pandemic has shaken the world to its core. When the virus hit, it came with restrictions of movement, the closure of public spaces, and the revision of established social practices. As scientists and the media tried to disentangle the complex nexus of factors responsible for the disease and its rapid spread, anxiety, panic, and misinformation spread with similar speed. Neologisms like "social distancing", "covidiot", or "infodemic" suggest that we are dealing with an entirely new phenomenon. However, while Covid-19 has forced modern societies worldwide to learn new patterns of behaviour, this is not the first time we are facing an epidemic of such magnitude. Unnoticed by most of us, infectious diseases regularly wreak havoc in poorer parts of the earth. And not long ago, disease outbreaks still occurred regularly in many parts the Western world. While many of us seem to have forgotten about this invisible threat, our ideas about disease and contagion can often be traced back to centuries past.

In this AR, students will develop advanced research skills and acquaint themselves with critical methods to examine the concepts and cultural practices that have evolved around infectious diseases. Together, we will discuss theoretical-critical texts and develop relevant research questions further explored in groups. The findings of our group research tasks will be compiled in a joint (group) project at the end of the term.

This is a digital learning course with synchronous and asynchronous elements. Methods include group discussions, group and independent (research) work, presentations and a joint practical project.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance; regular preparation of assigned reading material; active participation in class; active as specialist/in specialist team for one lesson per term (expert session); group work and group presentation; one background task; 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.

Active participation: 10%
Group presentation: 20 %
Group research task: 40%
Group specialist task: 30%

You need to complete all requirements to complete the course.

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%.

Examination topics

There will be no written exam.

Reading list

The specific reading/viewing material will be announced in the first session. Texts will be provided on Moodle.

Association in the course directory

Studium: MA 844; MA 844(2); UF MA 046/507
Code/Modul: MA6, MA7; MA 844(2) 3.1, 3.2; UF MA 4A
Lehrinhalt: 12-4262

Last modified: Th 23.03.2023 00:18