The course takes place in period

  • 3 (2022-01-01 to 2022-03-13)
  • 4 (2022-03-14 to 2022-07-31)


Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aims of the course are: Knowledge and understanding After completing the course, students should: - be able to account for central perspectives in media history, - be able to account for the Western media historical development - be able to to reflect on how the media shaped by the history and the importance of these media had for man Skills and Abilities After completing the course, students should: - be able to produce an independent essay on the subject matter - be able to verbally discuss and problematize media history literature with others Evaluation ability and approach After completing the course, students should: - be able to apply a critical approach to their environment,- relate the media historical knowledge to socially relevant and universal social problem areas.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to understand how media and communication has helped to shape our communities through the period of late modernity.

Course contents

The course gives a first overview of Media and Communication as fields of study and presents selected concepts, theories, traditions and central sources in the literature. It follows the development of the social, technological, economic and political events through history. Some basic media theoretical concepts are introduced to each lesson for after qualifying courses allow the student to creating a critical perspective on media and communication world works today. Special focus is on the mass media, film history, the Internet development and social media functionality and interaction society. The subject is vast and the course aims to a basic plan to create an understanding of the role of media in the modern communities. In addition, treated the social impact of new forms of communication and information dissemination is, from invention of the printing press to the global communication networks and mobile applications of social media we have today. Woven into the course are a solid background literature that serves as the gateway for those who want to learn more about the subject. The course is therefore a natural introduction to the academic thinking and writing. In addition, every two weeks of course, be a film screening as parallel connects theories with important contemporary works in film history. To the content should not be a list of dates and events intertwine the historical development of media in a discussion about how development of media affects the man as an individual and members of society. The sociological reasoning describes Thus, the impact and relevance of the media history development that has resulted in the mediatised society we have today. The examination consists of an essay in which students discuss two of the traditions that are represented in the course, their relevance; the ways in which they have developed; how they have been applied, and how they can evaluated in terms of the contemporary media environment (technically, organizational, textually, analytically). The essay is written individually in scope 10-15 pages and will discuss rather but to summarize the main points of the arguments. Disposition weekly The course runs over two periods. Every other week, it lecture based and every week we see a movie relates to the theory. Each theory lesson based on short extracts (10- 20 s) from the classic media texts which the student has two weeks to read. The goal is that we can have a good discussion on the subject in lesson.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Additional information

The course uses a "Flipped Classroom" didactic.

Recommended or required reading

Baudrillard J (1995) Simulacra and Simulation. University of Michigan Press. Benjamin W (2010) The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Bourdieu P (1999) On Television. New York: New Press, The. Briggs A and Burke P (2010) A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet. 3 edition. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA: Polity. Bronner SE (2011) Critical Theory: A Very Short Introduction. 1st edition. New York, N.Y: Oxford University Press. Curran J, Fenton N and Freedman D (2016) Misunderstanding the Internet. 2 edition. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge. Fiske J (2010) The John Fiske Collection: Introduction to Communication Studies. 3 edition. London ; New York: Routledge. Fuchs C (2013) Social Media: A Critical Introduction. Los Angeles: SAGE Publications Ltd. Gripsrud J (2011) Mediekultur och mediesamhälle. 3 edition. Göteborg: Bokförlaget Daidalos. Hjarvard S (2008) The Mediatization of Society. Nordicom Review 29(2): 105?134. Juhani W (2014) Den finska televisionens milstolpar : program och programproduktion under fem årtionden. Göteborg : Helsingfors: Nordicom. McLuhan M and Gordon WT (2003) Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man : Critical Edition. Critical edition. Corte Madera, CA: Gingko Press. Nord L, Strömbäck J, Allern S, et al. (2012) Medierna och demokratin. 2 edition. Lund: Studentlitteratur AB. Roberts JM (2014) New Media and Public Activism: Neoliberalism, the State and Radical Protest in the Public Sphere. Policy Press. Stocchetti M and Kukkonen K (2010) Critical Media Analysis: An Introduction for Media Professionals. Peter Lang Pub Incorporated. Thompson JB (2002) Medierna och moderniteten. Göteborg: Bokförlaget Daidalos.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 30 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 30 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 20 hours
  • - 25 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
  • Learning diary and group assignments.

Assessment requirements

To pass the course, the student must participate in class, pass the 10 part examinations and pass the learning diary requirements.


  • Grönvall John
  • Lindfors Kauko
  • Löv Monica


Grönvall John

Home page of the course

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Hej, välkommen med! Kursen inleds med en filmvisning ("The Truman Show") i stora Auditoriet F143 den 26.8.2020 l 13-15. Filmen kan ni gärna se på egen hand, den finns på Netflix och att hyra på iTunes (TV) Därefter följer den första lektionen den 27.8. Kl 13:15-16.00. Den liksom alla hålls via Zoom. På distans. mvh Pluti

Course enrolment period

2021-12-17 to 2022-01-14

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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