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Cursus: ME3V19001
Mec-Green Media and Civic Engagement
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Studiepunten (EC)7,5
After completing this course, students will have:
•        developed a critical understanding of how (green) media - in the broadest sense, including digital media, transmedia, theatre, film and television - construct (playful forms of) civic engagement;
•        developed a critical understanding of how (green) media  can influence the public's awareness of societal (environmental) challenges by building alternative storyworlds, suggesting interpretations and positioning its users in medium-specific ways.
After completing this course, students will be able to:
•          recognize the environmental impact of today's (green) media practices;
•          conduct a (comparative) analysis of contemporary green media phenomena;
•          articulate and operationalize valid research questions about green media practices;
•          write academically on this subject on an advanced level;
•          use their methodological skills to conduct a textual and discourse analysis.
Priority rules apply to this course. Make sure you register for this course before June 14, 12.00 noon to be considered for enrollment.
The following students are guaranteed a place:
  • BA Media en cultuur/Media and Culture;
  • BA TCS or LAS;
  • students who are registered for the minor Comparative Media Studies or Game Studies;
  • pre-master’s students.
Other students will be placed by means of random selection. 

Contemporary media are increasingly used not only to entertain, but also to persuade people, raising their awareness and changing or reinforcing their attitudes and behavior for the good of society. 'Green media' seek to contribute to ecological thought and to make people become ecological citizens. This course introduces students to key environmental issues as these are ariculated in computer games (ecogames, eco-modding), VR, social media, data visualizations, transmedia, film (art, Hollywood, science fiction, video essays), documentaries, television series and theatre. The underlying questions are: how can media address today’s environmental challenges? How do we conceptualize impact of (green) media from a media-comparative perspective? How can green media facilitate social change on a micro, meso and macro level? How do green media construct (playful forms of) civic engagement by positioning its users in medium-specific ways? What is the environmental impact of media production, distrubution and reception? Examining the ways in which green media can influence the public’s awareness of environmental issues, this course is a critical starting point for students researching and studying the growing field of green media studies as a subdiscipline within the environmental humanities.
This course is the first one of the advanced trajectories "New Media and Digital Culture" and "Participatory Cultures: Civic Engagement in Media and Performance" and the minor Game Studies. It builds on knowledge and skills introduced and trained in the basic trajectories 1 and 2 of Media and Culture. In these advanced trajectories students deepen their historical and theoretical knowledge of (new) media and (digital) culture and train academic skills that are specific to the field, such as research methods and professional skills.
LAS and TCS students who follow this course as part of the core curriculum of their major need to complete a compulsory preparation course/assignment. See for more information.
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