Mit dem Begriff Energiewende werden umfangreiche Transformationsprozesse zusammengefasst, die nicht nur Individuen, sondern Wirtschaft, Wissenschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft als Gesamtsysteme verändern werden. Verschiedene Regionen Deutschlands sind, abhängig von den jeweiligen regionalen Strukturen und Besonderheiten, von diesen Veränderungen in unterschiedlichen Arten und Weisen betroffen, sodass man auch von vielen regionalen bzw. lokalen Energiewenden sprechen kann. Da derartige Veränderungsprozesse nur gelingen können, wenn alle Akteure und Betroffenen an einem Strang ziehen, kommt den (lokalen) Medien als Informationsquelle über die anstehenden Veränderungen in der Region eine besondere Rolle zu.

In diesem Forschungsseminar untersuchen wir die lokale bzw. regionale Berichterstattung über die Energiewende und vergleichen unterschiedliche Regionen Deutschlands mit Blick auf:

  • Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten der regionalen Ausgangssituationen
  • Themenschwerpunkte innerhalb der Energiewende-Berichterstattung
  • Differenzierung der Berichterstattung anhand der Dimensionen Umwelt, Wirtschaft, Politik, Technik und Soziales
  • Probleme, Lösungen und Chancen
  • Relevante Akteure und deren Darstellung

Hierzu werden wir gemeinsam eine quantitative Inhaltsanalyse von Zeitungsartikeln durchführen. Die Ergebnisse werden am Ende präsentiert und in einem schriftlichen Forschungsbericht dokumentiert.

Dieser Kurs findet wöchentlich statt und wird (voraussichtlich) als Onlineseminar via WebEx durchgeführt.

Beginn: 14.10.2021, 9:00 Uhr

Bitte schreiben Sie sich selbst in den Moodle-Kurs ein (Selbsteinschreibung).

This moodle-room is for the MCS-course "Qualitative and Quantitative Methods". The moodle-room is for both - lecture and seminars.  

In this course, you will learn about the fundamentals of research in social sciences. The lecture comprises theoretical introductions  to qualitative and quantitative research approaches. In the seminars, you will apply your theoretical knowledge by conducting an empirical research project with qualitative (interview) and quantitative (survey) methods. 

This is the moodle-room for specialization module "Specialization in media content, media usage, and media effects" in winter semester 2021/2022. In this winter term, the topic of this specialization module will be "Dialogue". 

In this class, you will learn the basic principles of "Dialogue" as method for policial and/or ethnical conflict transformation. We therefore understand dialogue as a medium and consider its effects on societal conflict solving.

What is dialogue?

Dialogue enables people in deep-rooted political or ethnical conflicts to actively listen to each other and to reach mutual understanding. Unlike a debate or discussion, dialogue is not about convincing the other person of one's own rightness. Mutual understanding enables people to build sustainable relationships with each other which forms a basis for sustainable solution processes. The basic idea is that ultimately those who are part of a problem or have contributed to it can take responsibility for it and work out solutions themselves (solution ownership). Dialogue can lead to making deadlocked situations manageable again and improves relationships within a society. 

Dialogue worldwide and in Ilmenau

Dialogue is used by the Nansen Dialogue Network centers to resolve ethnic as well as political conflicts worldwide. Dr. Steinar Bryn, head of the Nansen Dialogue Network, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize several times for his successes with the Dialogue method.

The Ilmenau Dialogue Center (IDC) was founded in 2020. All members of IDC were trained in dialogue facilitation by Christiane Seehausen, senior advisor of the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Norway. From IDC, Christina Schumann will be your teacher for this specialization module.

What to expect in this class?

The specialization module is structured as a block course with two three-day trainings. In the first training, you will be introduced to dialogue with help of theoretical input as well as practical excercises. In the second training, you will practice the role of a dialogue facilitator. Finally, you will have to plan and faciliate a dialogue by yourself. Due to the close cooperation with IDC, there might be options to participate in IDC-activities during the semester.

Please consider that this class does not follow a "classical" format with literature work and subsequent discussion and reflection of theories and empirical research findings. Instead, it has a high share of practical excercises (e.g. on active listening) with the aim to practice "dialogue". Additionally, you should be open to self-reflections (e.g. on individual stereotypes or your own concepts of tolerance).


This specialization module will be taught in blocks as follows:

  • 15th of December 2021 till 17th of December 2021 from 09.30 - 15.30
  • 5th of January 2022 till 7th of January 2022 from 09.30 - 15.30
The room for both blocks is: EAZ 1337/1338

If the pandemic-situation allows it, these classes will be held exculsively on-site (no hybrid class). Online-participation is not possible. If the pandemic-situation will require classes in online-only format, the course will be held online.
Additionally, you might be asked to particpate in IDC-activities (not mandatory).

Who can take this class?
Students studying the new curriculum (WS 21/22 = first semester) and students studying the old curriculum (WS21/22 = second semester and higher) can both enroll in that course. First semester MA-students, who need 5 ECTS will get a little lower workload and second semester MA-students and higher, who need 6 ECTS, will get a little higher workload.

Hier finden Sie die Materialien zur Vorlesung "Qualitative Methoden" im Wintersemester 2021/2022

To slow down climate change, a massive reduction of CO2 emissions is necessary. For this, the consumption of fossil fuels (coal, oil, gas) must be significantly reduced in a short time. However, since most people wish to maintain their current way of life as far as possible, the question arises as to where the energy required for this is to come from. If one wants to achieve both goals - CO2 reduction and preservation of a modern lifestyle - then the use of renewable energies is indispensable. This transition is known as the energy transition.

To be successful, the energy transition must take place everywhere in the world and it must be driven by politics and supported by citizens. For such popular support to emerge, the way the issue is reported in the mass media and discussed in social media is of great importance. In the research module, we will examine this coverage and the public discourse on the energy transition in an international comparative perspective and investigate reasons for the differences between the media coverage in the countries.