• This course will be taught completely online
  • This course will simultaneously using Moodle, Webex, Miro-board as well as virtual reality (VR) class room to realize highly interactive formats. When taking this class, you should bring along the willingness to try, test and interact within online learning environment.
  • The course will introduce you to several important aspects, which shaped the German media system such as: (1) the German history, (2) cultural dimensions, (3) political system and political culture as well as (4) public broadcast system, professionalism of journalists and media use in Germany

In the seminar we will deal with attitudes towards migration, xenophobia and racism. We will analyze and differentiate the phenomena and deal with the causes and consequences. In the seminar we will answer several questions
How do xenophobia and racism show up in media and interpresonal communication?  
Which communication contents lead to xenophobia and racism?
What communicative strategies and measures can be used to combat xenophobia and racism?

Since the TU Ilmenau has set itself the goal to stand up for diversity at the university and to oppose any form of xenophobia and racism, we will examine the reality of the TU Ilmenau and try to change it positively through communicative actions.
Do students and staff experience overt, covert or structural racism? What is being done against it? What can be done against it? Which communicative strategies and measures are used to address the problem? What other or alternative options are available?

In this course, we will work on current approaches in media reception and effects research. In particular, we will tackle the following topics:

  • Permanently Online/ Permanently Connected (Digital Stress)
  • Algorithms as new actors in communication sciences: Filter Bubbles, Echo Chambers and Personalization
  • Climate Change Communication
  • Fake News and Misinformation
  • Hostile Media
We will spend two lessons on each topic:
  • Description of lesson 1: In perparation, each participant will have to read a text (provided on moodle) and will have to answer questions and/or propose topics for in-class-discussions (submission on moodle). In class, we will vote for one or more proposals (= discussion of the week) and prepare in class statements that will form the base of the discussion.
  • Description of lesson 2: Teams of students (will be determined in the introductory meeting) will design a meeting on their own. This comprises of two tasks: First, a "traditional" scientific presentation for deepening the respective topic. Second, an "interactive format", that helps to transfer the scientific/theoretical knowledge in a practical context. Didactical elements can be quizzes, roleplays, simulation of press conferences, brainstorming for campaign ideas etc. 

In summer semster 2022 the course will be taught completely online. One additional learning objective will be practicing to realize highly interactive formats (lessons 2) in an online environment (how to best realize roleplays, quizzes, brainstormings etc. online). When taking this class, you should bring along the willingness to face this challenge and try, test, elaborate (and maybe fail) with that interactive online elements.

  • Active participation in class
  • Text-reading and timely submission of written homework (moodle)
  • Literature review and presentation in class (online)
  • Creation and conduction of one lesson with interactive online elments
  • Written term paper (format: literature review; or other upon consultation, submission on moodle)

Das Modul Rezeptionsforschung wird im Sommersemester 2022 in der Kalenderwoche 14 beginnen.

Bitte schreiben Sie sich bis zum 04.04 hier in Moodle ein (Selbsteinschreibung).

The module "media reception and effects" starts in calendar week 14.

Please enrol yourself till 04.04.here (self enrolment).