193.081 Critical Theory of Media and Informatics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, UE, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: UE Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...   

…name core historical and current-day approaches to critical theory and applications thereof
…demonstrate sensitivity towards complex issues surrounding equity regarding gender, class, race, disability and colonialism 
…analyse and discuss the potential eff ects and impacts of technological design around diff erent notions of exclusion 
… formulate and argue for critical alternatives in technological design …critically reflect on technological developments and current trends   
…evaluate and communicate trade-off's in the design and development of technology

Subject of course

This course introduces strands of Critical Theories as they relate to Media Theory and Computer Science. It spans across positions from the Frankfurt School and early critique on mass media to examples of critique within today’s technological make-up. Within the course, students will engage with different axes of critique along surveillance, gender, race and disability, among others. Each session will consist of an introduction into the core ideas, a discussion of an associated text in a seminar style and hands-on exercises engaging with different forms of critique, criticism and critical theory on current technological trends. 

Teaching methods

Successful completion of the course counts for 6 ECTS, relating to 150 hours of work. These are expected to be allocated as follows: 30h In-class attendance 90h Individual and Group Work 30h Final Essay (or alternative)   Individual and Group Work includes preparatory reading for the seminar, reflective blogging and preparation of seminar presentations as well as continuous development of a personal reference booklet.  

Mode of examination




Course dates

Thu14:00 - 16:0004.03.2021 - 24.06.2021 (LIVE)Seminar
Critical Theory of Media and Informatics - Single appointments
Thu04.03.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu11.03.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu18.03.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu25.03.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu15.04.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu22.04.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu29.04.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu06.05.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu20.05.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu27.05.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu10.06.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu17.06.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar
Thu24.06.202114:00 - 16:00 Seminar

Examination modalities

Students can propose individualised forms of assessment or write an essay to pass the class.

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 935 Media and Human-Centered Computing


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