This is part 2 of the course Media Literacy from this past winter semester – and open to all who wish to continue the journey as well as all those wish to join for the first time. It continues to be ... read more
This is part 2 of the course Media Literacy from this past winter semester – and open to all who wish to continue the journey as well as all those wish to join for the first time. It continues to be an explorative course which will be taught primarily in English. As we will be working with external partners some of the communication and research will take place in German.
We live in a time of rapid transformation within media and our entire communication system. Phenomena such as false information, fake news and propaganda can spread just as quickly and with equal reach as breaking news, scientific breakthroughs or the opinions of pundits. Social Media and search engines have become integral parts of everyday communication and information consumption. Thus two questions arise: What do journalists and media brands who follow an ethical compass need to do to be perceived as reliable and trustworthy sources? What competences and skills do consumers of news and information require to differentiate real from fake, news from opinion, fact from fiction?
Requirements: interest in hands on research, firm in both English and German as well as qualitative research methods, willingness to conduct field work outside of class and present research results in class as well as to external partners
Attendance & Grading: Please, be present for the first session and continue to participate regularly. Grading will take place via oral presentations as well as a written report or term paper