MEVIT4703 – Screen Politics
In Screen Politics we will focus on the political dimensions of our relations and interactions with screens. Screen relations are often intimate, private and appear to be far removed from broader social and political concerns. However, as we will learn, it is in the very intimacy afforded by our screens that they unfold their political powers. Screens both provide and prohibit access to our global realities and affect all aspects of everyday life. They do so by making these provisions and prohibitions seem natural, making that which becomes afforded real and that which drops from sight non-existent. They shape our behaviours and set frames for our expectations.
For example, television series such as Netflix’s Bodyguard (2018) address us as people for whom an omnipresent danger of terrorism has become the norm. As another example, even a mundane gesture, such as Tinder’s ‘swipe’, which turns dating into an efficiently binary selection process, has political implications in the way that it teaches us something about how to ‘deal with’ other people. It is such processes that we will analyse by shedding light on: (a) theories of human nature, (b) the nature of the political, the social and the economic, (c) our hybrid media system and (d) how all of these aspects are tied together.
Screen Politics students will acquire a critical understanding of:
- Theories of subjectivity and the self, as well as their political dimensions.
- Theories of and approaches to screen media and their political implications.
- Theories of politics and political communication and how they intertwine with the above.
Screen Politics students will further learn:
- How to independently analyze and interpret media texts and cultural artifacts pertaining to the political dimensions of screens and the individual as well as institutional practices and cultures surrounding them, including user and audience responses, production processes, regulations, laws etc.
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This course is not available for single course students.
This course is only available for MA-students accepted on the Screen Cultures program.
Coursework will consist of lectures conjoined with seminar discussions. We will run 9–10 consecutive three-hour meetings. Each meeting will consist of lecture parts followed by seminar discussions and applications. The three-hour time frame per session will allow for an active and lively exchange between the students and the course convener, as well as a cooperative and in-depth work process.
The lecture parts will highlight important principles, arguments, and other relevant aspects of the curriculum; the accompanying seminar parts will focus on discussions and additional perspectives on the texts, in part as developed and presented by the students.
Students are expected to read and make careful notes during and between sessions on the curriculum and other relevant texts. Such notes will then be useful resources for both in-class discussion and presentations, as well as for the term paper.
Obligatory qualifying assignments:
This course has an obligatory qualifying assignment. Students are required to give an in-class presentation of one of the texts on the curriculum; this presentation will be scheduled at the beginning of the course. This presentation is mandatory, and must be passed in order to submit the term paper/exam at the end of the semester.
Examination support material
The exam consists of a term paper of up to 10 pages.The obligatory qualifying assignments must be passed in order to submit the term paper/exam.
Language of examination
The examination language is English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
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