Critical Digital Media Studies (lead: Dr. Fırat Erdoğmuş, UDE; language: Turkish)

This course was developed by AiE fellow Dr. Fırat Erdoğmuş in collaboration with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tezcan Durna who is based in Turkey. 

The main aim of this course is to critically analyze the concept of “media” which people need today in order to make sense of the world they inhabit. Central to the conception of the course are the news media and the role different media environments play with regards to free access to information. As part of the endeavor to examine traditional and new media environments through a historical and comparative perspective, the cultural and ideological functions of the media will be discussed in reference to a set of conceptual tools, including the freedom of the press, ideology, representation, hegemony, identity, and class. Consequently, the media’s varied relationships with the social movements to which they contribute, as well as with the social structures from which they emerge, will be elaborated in dialogue with frameworks informed by political economy, sociology, and anthropology of media. 

Enrolled students will be able to participate in the class activities through the Moodle platform of the University of Duisburg-Essen and will have access to the video podcasts, presentations, self-assessment tools, and other digital content that have been created specifically for this course. 

All course videos (in Turkish) can be accessed here .

Course Modules:

1. The Function of Media – Media as the Fourth Estate/Force (1 week)
2. Media, the State, and Capital – Political Economy of Media (1 week)
3. Media, Ideology, Representation (1 week)
4. Popular Culture and Media (1 week)
5. Media and Populism (1 week)
6. The Violence of Media – The Media of Violence (1 week)
7. Non-Hegemonic Identities and Media: Women, LGBTI+, Ethno-religious Minorities (1 week)
8. Hegemonic Identities, Conservative Tastes and Media (1 week)
9. New Media and New Socialities (1 week)
10. New Media and Digital Journalism (1 week)
11. New Media, Fake News and Data Verification Methods (1 week)
12. New Communication Technologies and the Future of Media (1 week)