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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - bologna.lab - Neue Lehre. Neues Lernen

Berlin Audiences

Taught by Judith Vöhringer

Thursday, 10:00 - 12:00, Hausvogteiplatz 5-7, Room 0323-26

Language requirements: min. English B1, German A2



Course Description

The public or rather audiences of culture as a concept in cultural theory and as an object for empirical study is not only of interest to researchers but likewise gaining importance for institutions and facilities in the cultural field. In this reading course we will examine first of all the diversity of cultural production in Berlin and its respective audiences. It aims at deepening our understanding of the wide range of phenomena in this field by applying concepts of cultural theory ´s classics as well as current approaches in audience research. Based on the examination of selected case-studies, we will discuss the aims and results of actual research on Berlin audiences and identify issues for further research.
The course is especially designed for undergraduates, giving them the oportunitiy to exchange knowledge and ideas about a well defined issue while at the same time imparting basic techniques of scientific work, particularly reading of complex factual texts in a foreign language (German) and the preparation and presentation of papers.

Course requirements

  • Regular Attendance and Active Participation
    • You are not supposed to skip more than 20% of the classes (which means 3 times). After the second unexcused absence, you fail the course regardless of the contributions you have made until that point. Arriving late counts as absence. “s.t. (sin tempore)” means that the class begins on schedule/on the full hour. In any case, even in case of illness or other unpredictable reasons, you have to give notice in advance via e-mail.
    • You are expected to participate actively in class, not only in discussions but also during the periods of group work. In order to be able to do so, you have to draft “reading protocols” on the texts you will be asked to read for class. These written assignments are part of the compulsory requirements and you have to submit at least 75% of them.
  • The most important texts, that must be read in full by every participant of the seminar, will be at your disposal in German and/or English (if available) on Moodle in advance of the first session. Additional texts may be uploaded during the semester.
  • Individual performance record:
    • Short presentation (5 minutes) in German on a cultural facility or institution in Berlin. Preparation in group in the seminar.
    • “Kick-off presentation” in German or English (15-20 minutes) as a starting point for discussing one of the theoretical texts or a case-study. Written summary of the text ´s/ study ´s main thesis and results (Essay 5-8 pages).
    • or
    • minutes of one session (which means to recap in writing the presentation ´s contents as well as the development of arguments in the course of the discussion afterwards) and presentation of the discussion ´s results in German at the beginning of the following session.
  • Language policy: The aim of this course is to encourage you to apply and improve your German language skills. You should be able to understand the main ideas when reading German texts and to follow a lecture held in German, you will be ask to prepare at least one short presentation in German, but you may nevertheless use English for discussions and the kick-off presentation if necessary. You are invited to submit your written assignments in German, but texts in English, French or Spanish will be accepted as well.
  • Plagiarism Policy: The presentation of another person ´s words, thoughts, ideas, judgments, images or data as though they where your own, whether intentionally or unintentionally, constitutes an act of plagiarism. The penalty for this is failure of the course.