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150117 SE Seminar (Politics, Economy, Law) (M7) (2021W)

Censorship in China's social media

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 15 - Ostasienwissenschaften
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. 25 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 04.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 11.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 18.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 25.10. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 08.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 15.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 22.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 29.11. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 06.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 13.12. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 10.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 17.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 24.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10
Monday 31.01. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum Sinologie 1 UniCampus Hof 2 2F-O1-10

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Censorship is a form of controlling information flows by making it difficult or impossible for citizens to access certain information. In China, it is used, among other things, to secure the rule of the Communist Party. Thus, the decision about what information to block is based on assumptions about what information might be harmful to the regime. In this course, we will look at the logic, as well as the process, of censorship in China's social media. In doing so, we will explore the following questions:
- is certain information systematically censored, and if so, what kind of information is it?
- do content, speed of dissemination, or both determine censorship?
- how does censorship work in social media, and who is responsible for censorship?
The basis of the proseminar is, on the one hand, the English- and Chinese-language research literature on the topic, and on the other hand, primary sources such as instructions from the propaganda department and posts in the social media.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance, short presentations, presentation, term paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Absence for no more than three sessions 10%, short presentations or other assignments 20%, paper/lecture 30%, research paper 40% of the grade

IMPORTANT: The rules of good scientific practice apply. According to the valid regulations of the University of Vienna, the submitted work can be subjected to a plagiarism check for control purposes (Turnitin). According to the Austrian University Act, "[e]plagiarism [...] exists in any case if text passages, theories, hypotheses, findings or data are taken over and passed off as one's own without acknowledging the source or the author" (§ 51 Abs 2 Z 31 UG 2002, see also link of the Studienpräses to the definition of plagiarism:
https://studienpraeses.univie.ac.at/infos-zum-studienrecht/wissenschaftliche-arbeiten/plagiat/).
It is therefore forbidden to include foreign content unchanged (copy-paste) in one's own seminar paper without marking the copied passage and indicating the source.

Examination topics

Independent literature research for the term paper, writing a term paper of 5,000 - 7,000 words.

Reading list

Will be provided during the seminar.

Association in the course directory

PR 310

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