Journalism and Public Relations (PR)

Media and Society

Seminar, 8.00 ECTS


Course content

Interdependencies of media and society; transformation of media vs. societal change; representation of individual and collective forms of communication; outline of selected questions in the context of media and communication; scientifically sound approaches to media criticism; fundamental ethical principles of communication and the media

Learning outcomes

The students deal with socially relevant issues, such as gender issues or intercultural issues. They acquire analytical skills in order to detect and interpret the interdependence of media, society and economy in a global information society. The theory focus helps them to critical-reflexive analysis.

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools

Prisching, Manfred: Verrückt.Verspielt.
Verschroben – Unsere spätmoderne Gesellschaft;
Schulze, Gerhard: Die Erlebnisgesellschaft;
Bude, Heinz: Gesellschaft der Angst.
Rommerskirchen, Jan: Soziologie & Kommunikation;
Brodnig, Ingrid: Der unsichtbare Mensch – Wie die Anonymität im Internet unsere Gesellschaft verändert;
Imhof, Kurt: Die Krise der Öffentlichkeit: Kommunikation und Medien als Faktoren des sozialen Wandels;
Wagner, Elke: Mediensoziologie;
Kemper, Peter: Wir nennen es Wirklichkeit – Denkanstöße zur Netzkultur;
Rushkoff, Douglas: Present Shock – Wenn alles jetzt passiert;
Pörksen, Bernhard: Der entfesselte Skandal;
Türcke, Christoph: Erregte Gesellschaft

Davies, N. (2011). Flat Earth news: an award-winning reporter exposes falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the global media. Random House.
Flew, T. (2007). Understanding global media. Palgrave Macmillan.
International Journal of Communication

Mode of delivery

Lecture and discussion;
Scientific project work;

Assessment methods and criteria

Presentation for a paper