IO2 FAKE NEWS & HATE SPEECH: REPRESENTATION OF VULNERABLE GROUPS IN THE MEDIA

The focus in this module is on the responsibility of media in the coverage of vulnerable groups, which are often presented in negative contexts because of stereotypes, hate speech and fake news. It is difficult for the audience to apply quality content criteria in a situation of information overload. Therefore, the course aims to present criteria for recognizing fake news and stopping hate speech with the help of knowledge about the media world.

The module aims the following topics:

  • The concept of media: a historical perspective on media as the fourth estate
  • How modern traditional, online and social media work:
  • Media language: stereotypes, fake news, hate speech
  • Ethical standards in the media

During the course, partners will trace the historical development of media and their role for shaping public opinion. A handbook on good media practices will be provided. The authors will analyze local and global cases regarding the media coverage of vulnerable

groups. The module will take on media-specific, sociological and philosophical perspectives. The module leader and participants are committed to design a module of approximately 42 teaching hours, to pilot this course as an elective to currently enrolled master students, and to ensure effective evaluation in coherence with the final common master curriculum.