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Media and Convergence Management: The perfect blend for a unique degree programme

Media and technology are transforming our lives. The blurring of boundaries in the TIMES sector (Technology, Information, Media, Entertainment and Security) requires sound cross-sector expertise. The English-language Master’s degree programme in Media and Convergence Management provides students with knowledge in the fields of cultural studies, media studies, economics and technical sciences and thus provides the best possible preparation for their future careers. Rebecca Scheiber opted for this unique Master’s programme and tells us about her experience of studying and about tackling change in a responsible and creative way.

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Studying English and American Studies: “I feel like I am part of a huge university family!

Tamara Urach from Wolfsberg is about to complete her teacher education programme in English and History. She is so enthusiastic about the English language and culture that she decided to do an additional Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies. In this interview, she tells us what she likes about the University of Klagenfurt and why freshers should dare to do something.

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German Studies: The power of words

Luka Plevnik was Carinthian champion in freeskiing (winter season 16/17) and lives by the motto: Why boring when it can be exciting? The German Studies student comes from Josipdol, a small village near Maribor. He fell in love with Klagenfurt during a semester abroad and decided to stay. Since then, he has been studying the master’s programme German Studies and uses the cities location not only to pursue his favourite winter sports, but also to go hiking or travel through the Alps-Adriatic region. In this interview, he tells us why he finds the German language so exciting and why he has had to laugh out loud several times in the library at night.

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Skills acquisition is the focus of the study programme, not cramming.

At school he was already familiar with the subject, yet Julius Wolff never thought that he would one day decide to study Psychology. Today, the extraordinarily committed Munich native is already in his sixth semester and is doing his best for other students alongside his studies. Why he has never regretted his decision to come to Klagenfurt, he tells us in an interview.

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Studying coincidence in literature and films

A position as post-doctoral researcher at the Department of English and American Studies brought Matthias Klestil to Klagenfurt from Bayreuth. His research currently focuses on material from literature and films, which addresses versionality and coincidence. In our interview with Matthias Klestil, he tells us about the paths that led him to Klagenfurt, and he reveals what he finds fascinating about the USA.

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Can novels make us care about others? A study based on ethnic American literatures

When President Donald Trump addresses the nation, he often resorts to discriminatory stereotypes when referring to African American, Mexican American and Muslim American communities. The narrative that suggests that these groups represent a threat to the American nation is shaping a number of current debates, but there are also important counternarratives. Within the scope of a project funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), scholars from the field of American Studies are investigating how ethnic American literary texts are inviting readers to imaginatively step into the shoes of a character who is different from themselves and to see the world through that character’s eyes.

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A new program supports the mental health of children in Southeast Europe

Nearly half of all psychological disorders can be traced back to the early years of the affected individuals, i.e. to the time before they reached the age of 14. In adulthood, this frequently leads to chronic illnesses, which may in turn exert negative effects on the individuals’ social lives, economic productivity and quality of life. A new project supported by H2020 (European Union) aims to prevent the occurrence of these illnesses during the childhood years. The project’s geographical focus lies on Southeast Europe.

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Pharmaceutical advertising can empower patients

Autumn is flu season and that means it is high season for pharmacies selling over-the-counter cold and flu remedies. Those who aren’t reminded by their own running noses, are sure to be alerted to these types of pharmaceutical drugs by advertisements and posters. A team of researchers has recently studied the extent to which pharmaceutical advertising supports the so-called self-empowerment of patients. The investigation focused on Brazil, the fastest-growing pharmaceutical drug market in the world.

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“The Game is the Mode of our Time“

Irrespective of whichever part of the world we are currently regarding, everything appears to be becoming more playful in the estimation of literary scholar and games researcher Felix Schniz, who is working as a PreDoc Scientist at the Department of English and American Studies while pursuing his doctoral degree. In his studies, he explores the experiences that are gained while playing video games.

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Neue Lernplattform für das Schreiben in einer Fremdsprache

Geht es darum, in einer Fremdsprache eine Bewerbung, ein Reklamationsschreiben oder einen Leserbrief zu verfassen, kommt bei vielen Unbehagen auf. Eine neu entwickelte Lernplattform mit dem Titel „Wrilab2“ soll dem nun mit speziell entwickelten Übungsprogrammen für das Schreiben in den Fremdsprachen Tschechisch, Deutsch, Italienisch und Slowenisch Abhilfe schaffen. Unterstützt wurde das Projekt von der Europäischen Kommission (Lifelong Learning Programme).

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