Lehrveranstaltungen im Sommersemester 2011

Media Literacy: Reading Between the Lines

Prof. Dr. Silvia Hansen-Schirra; Paul Curtis Hillery; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Menzel

Kurzname: 06.008.081
Kursnummer: 06.008.081

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Paul Hillery the instructor draws on his 29 years working for the United Nations Official Records Editing Section (in New York) as well as his study of fiction, film and journalism. He has a BA with honors and studied towards a MA at the City College of New York.


MEDIA LITERACY: Reading Between the Lines might seem like a deceptive title for this course. This is not about the high-tech media revolution, though some of it will be covered, but a non-authoritative course geared towards the translation student that attempts to explain aspects, primarily, of the American language and media so that one can get a better idea of the truth or intention behind words and feel more at ease with many of the nuances of this lingua franca: in other words, insights into critical thinking. In the first half of the course will cover The United Nations and its Culture of Languages; differences between British and American English; regional American usage; rural and urban vernacular; ethnic influences and American rhetorical styles; the emergence of the use of mass psychology in terms of propaganda and public relations. The second half concentrates on present applications of media; mass-media versus alternative; newspaper/television reportage vs. commentary; legal restrictions, political correctness and the pros and cons and background of the technological boom up to Wikileaks. Several media watchdog groups will be offered, collected and watched. We will discuss the sources the students use and how they do their research. There will be several homework assignments and two brief papers asked of the students, as well as discussions of their analyses of examples from text and media and a final exam. Numerous websites will be provided for them to follow up on this material. Classroom participation should factor into the final grade.

Empfohlene Literatur

Loosely structured along the guidelines of the Media Literacy Kit (THE CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY - http://www.medialit.org/ (go to site and download the pdf)
The course will extensively use internet sites and downloads, at least two documentary films, power-point presentations and progressively more classroom discussion. Some articles and essays are required reading, while several other pieces, films and books are highly recommended
Films to screen (hopefully outside of class):
Century of the Self - Adam Curtis
The Net - Lutz Dammbeck

DVD to go through in class:
How to Read a Film - James Monaco (an extensive, interactive version of the book) - A course in itself.

Useful books:
Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media - The Extensions of Man, (New York, NY, McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1964)
Michael Parenti, Inventing Reality (The Politics of the Mass Media),
Cornelia Brunner & William Rally, The New Media Literacy Handbook (An Educator's Guide to Bringing New Media into the Classroom), (New York, Anchor Books, Doubleday publishers, 1999)
Noam Chomsky & Edward S. Herman, Manufacturing Consent - The Political Economy of the Mass Media, (New York, Pantheon Books, 1988)
Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry, (London, Routledge, 1991)
Anthony Burgess, Language Made Plain, London, Flamingo, Fontana Paperbacks, 1984)
Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies - The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age, New York, Fawcett Columbine, 1994
Mark Crispin Miller, The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder Inventing Reality, (New York, W. W. Norton & Company; 2001)
Michael Parenti, The Politics of the Mass Media)

Sample useful sites:
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting - http://www.fair.org/index.php
American Translator's Association - https://www.atanet.org/
Reporters Without Borders: http://en.rsf.org/
Russian Journalism (The School of Russian & Asian Studies) 2007 site - http://www.sras.org/library_print_journalism
Russian Watchdog groups - Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations - http://www.cjes.ru/?lang=eng
- Frontline (included "Russia Insight" a 1:33 min video on Russia media) - http://www.frontlineclub.ru/
And, of course The CIA - https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html


Datum (Wochentag)UhrzeitOrt
02.05.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
09.05.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrA.236 Arbeitsraum
8511 - FAS Hauptgebäude
16.05.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
23.05.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
30.05.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
06.06.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
20.06.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
27.06.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
04.07.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
11.07.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude
18.07.2011 (Montag)14.40 - 16.10 UhrN.311 Hörsaal
8512 - FAS Hörsaalgebäude

Semester: SoSe 2011