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GERM2003 Media Perspectives on Post-68 Germany

Module Overview

The course investigates the relationship between media and society in post-68 Germany. Specifically the aim is to explore the ways in which Germany and British media, especially television have represented and are continuing to represent post-1968 Germany.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aims of this module are to explore the interrelation between our understanding and commemoration of historical events and the mass media. Specifically the aim is to explore the ways in which German and British media, especially television have represented and are continuing to represent post-1968 Germany, and to develop a critical appreciation of such representations.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the social and political changes in Germany from the late 60s onwards through their representations in the media;
  • the ways in which the representations of social and political events change and continue to change in relation to the time, place and context of when they are being constructed;
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the role of the media’s role in constructing historical memory’ in general;
  • perform textual (multimodal) analysis of different media genres;
  • work effectively as part of a team;
  • engage in preliminary independent research of media material;
  • deliver arguments and data in short presentations.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the role of the media in constructing post-68 German history;
  • analyse television and other media texts in detail;

Syllabus

The module investigates the relationship between media and society in post-68 Germany. We will study a series of key events between 1967/1968 and the present day by emphasising the relationship between 'mass' media, especially television, and these events both at the time of their taking place and with hindsight. We will therefore explore the media from the double perspective of reflecting and constructing, and in some instances of creating social reality.

Special Features

The module will give you the opportunity to view and discuss a range of mainly video-taped material which include ‘synchronous’ reporting of events as they unfold, and several subsequent reassessments by the media. This contrast between the ‘now’ and ‘later’ will help to shape your reflexive understanding of how we comprehend historical events partly through the selection of media we use. Television programmes which include those made as part of the Reviews of the 20th century in different European countries will provide a comparative angle. Rather than simply absorbing information in lectures, you will be given the opportunity to develop your own independent analytical skills.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • directed discussion • lectures • class viewing Learning activities include • independent viewing • discussion • team work • organising presentations in bullet points as teams • presenting brief discussion papers with OHP slides and media data Innovative or special features of this module (eg study visits, online support) ? Engagement with audiovisual material which is already representing alternative views on the same event ? Encouragement to research material from the students’ own cultural background, where applicable ? Team work in presenting discussion for the class as a whole

TypeHours
Independent Study126
Teaching24
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Ulrike H. Meinhof The New Germany on the Screen. Conflicting Discourses on German Television. ,0 , pp. 0.

John Theobald Disgraceland GDR: Locating the admirable among the Abject. ,0 , pp. 0.

German Politics 1945-1995. 

Karin Becker (1995). Media and the ritual process. Media, Culture and Society. ,17 , pp. 629-646.

Relocating Germany. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 70%
Practical assessment 30%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 70%
Group presentation 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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