4608688: CF_Mapping modern media

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Semester:WS 18/19
Scheduled in semester:1-6
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:28.0 L / 21.0 h
Self-directed study time:69.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Entrepreneurship and Management (01.09.2018)


Everybody is talking about the media. The word is that traditional mass media are dying out while new digital media are about to revolutionize modern society. But what are "the media"? Instead of reviewing what media scholars wrote on this question, we will try to give answers by inquiring into our everyday life: What do you personally regard as a media experience? Who or what plays a role in this course of action? How are these human and non-human actors connected with each other? To which demand is the media experience responding? And what might an alternative response be? By closely describing and mapping events in their daily lives, the students will not only get to know main concepts of actor-network theory, but also develop creative skills along the lines of critical cartography.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exploration of mapping and cartography
  • Introduction into the sociology of actor-network theory
  • Encouragement of critical thinking
  • Experiments with graphical representations


Lectures Method

  • Close reading
  • Teamwork
  • Presentations
  • Individual projects


Gilles Deleuze: What is a dispositif? [French 1989], in: Michel Foucault Philosopher, ed. and trans. Timothy J. Armstrong, New York: Routledge 1992, pp. 159-168.
Kim, Annette Miae: Critical Cartography Primer, in: Sidewalk City. Remapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City, Chicago: University Press 2015, pp. 112-145.
Latour, Bruno: Reassembling the Social. An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory, Oxford: University Press 2005.
Presner, Todd et al.: HyperCities. Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities, Cambridge: Harvard University Press 2014.

Exam Modalities

Attendance and participation (25%)
Reading and debating in groups (25%)
Presentations of individual projects (25%)
Final project in the form of a blog (25%)

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


Passed / Failed

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.


Cross-faculty elective subject:
Notice the special Multi-stage allocation process.


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