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The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2020-01-01 to 2020-03-22)
  • 4 (2020-03-23 to 2020-07-31)


Extension studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Total number of ECTS

10 cr

Competency aims

Coherently with John Dewey ideas on democratic education and participation, the main goal of this course is to enable students to make a critical and creative use of media. On professional grounds, the goal is to equip future media professional with advanced theoretical and conceptual tools in support of critical analytical and creative skills. On pedagogical grounds, the course is inspired by the works of Paulo Freire, Bertrand Russell and others on education. The aim here is to form independent thinkers, able to challenge authoritarian tendencies in society through the professional use of media.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn to use critical thinking in both its analytical and creative dimensions. The technical and commercial dimensions of media work will not be addressed in this course. Here the focus will be exclusively on the cultural dimension and more precisely:
a) on the interpretative traditions that constitutes the canons of in some influential forms of media usage and
b) on the possibilities of experimental usage of available media in our society.

Course contents

The title of the project run at CML for this year is "Utopia as Method: The imaginary reconstitution of society in the digital age". In this project students will engage with the problem of social change to produce a narrative visualization of relevant social problems and their ideal solutions.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

The course Critical Media Laboratory is a follow up of Critical Media Analysis and the competences acquired in the latter are necessary for effective participation to the former.
The course is in English and a good control of this language is also required.

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Additional information

More information about the course can be obtained by Matteo Stochetti.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 35 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 100 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student will have to
a) attend the lectures
b) actively participate to tutorials
c) produce an original media text about topic of choice accompanied by a written argumentation about the relevance of the topic, the nature of the conventions associated to it and the way in which the original media text challenges these conventions.

The original media text and its argumentation will account for 50% of the final grade. The quantity and quality of attendance for the remaining 50%


Stocchetti Matteo


Stocchetti Matteo

Group size

No limit (5 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Please see Room Reservations in ARBS

Course enrolment period

2019-12-10 to 2020-01-14

Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2020-01-16 10:00 - 11:15 A311 Critical Media Laboratory Stocchetti Matteo
2020-02-05 13:00 - 14:00 B326 Critical Media Laboratory Stocchetti Matteo
2020-02-13 10:00 - 11:00 B328 Critical Media Laboratory Stocchetti Matteo
2020-03-12 09:00 - 12:00 B328 Critical Media Laboratory Stocchetti Matteo
2020-03-19 09:00 - 12:00 B328 Critical Media Laboratory Stocchetti Matteo
2020-04-02 09:00 - 12:00 B328 Critical Media Laboratory Stocchetti Matteo

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