About the course
This course provides analytical tools for critically investigating contemporary media culture. By emphasizing “keywords", i.e. concepts, theories and methodological perspectives, the course provides an overview of key debates within contemporary media studies and is highly pertinent for students planning or already writing their MA-thesis. Focusing on both traditional media (e.g. TV, press, film, radio) and forms of digital culture the course offers critical perspectives on the transformations of media technologies, production and reception practices, aesthetic and representational strategies and the changing cultural and social meanings of media. Topics discussed include media convergence vs. media specificity, intermediality/transmedial narration, novel forms of media uses, changing screen cultures, notions of “trash" and media affects.