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


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
central sources in the literature. It
follows the development of the
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

The subject is vast and the course aims
to a
basic plan to create an understanding of
the role of media in the
communities. In addition, treated the
social impact of new
forms of communication and information
dissemination is, from
invention of the printing press to the
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 a continuously updated
learning diary which students discuss their
subjective thoughts and views 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
organizational, textually,

The course runs over two periods. Every
other week, is lecture based and every week we see
a movie related to the theory. Each theory
lesson based on short excerpts (10-20 pages)
from classic media texts, which
the student has two weeks to read. The goal is
that we can have a good discussion on the
subject during the related lessons.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Previous course names


Additional information

The course uses a "Flipped Classroom" didactics and
it is planned in tandem with the Ethcis course that
runs parallel during period 3. The course has a lot
of reading and viewing material and is therefore
planned for the whole of spring (running over both
periods 3 and 4)

Recommended or required reading

Baudrillard J (1995) Simulacra and Simulation.
University of Michigan
Benjamin W (2010) The Work of Art in the Age of
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:
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
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 groupwork examinations and pass
the learning diary


  • Grönvall John
  • Lindfors Kauko
  • Löv Monica


Grönvall John

Group size

No limit (56 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

Hej, välkommen med! Kursen inleds med en film
("The Truman
Show") som du tittar på på egen hand.
Filmen finns på Netflix och att hyra på iTunes
Därefter följer den första lektionen, den
liksom alla lektioner hålls via Zoom. På distans.

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
Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2022-01-12 14:45 - 16:45 Mediehistoria - Film Se filmen Truman Show Diskussion om filmen på den första lektionen 13.1 Grönvall John
Löv Monica
2022-01-13 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-01-24 16:00 - 18:45 Mediehistoria - Film Se filmen "Matrix" på egen hand. Filmen diskuteras på lektion 25.01 Grönvall John
Löv Monica
2022-01-25 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-02-09 14:15 - 16:45 Mediehistoria - Film Se filmen "The imitation game", filmen diskuteras på lektion 10.2 Grönvall John
2022-02-10 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-02-23 14:15 - 16:45 Mediehistoria - Film Se filmen "Oh Brother Where Art Thou", filmen diskuteras på lektion 24.2 Grönvall John
2022-02-24 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-02-28 16:00 - 18:45 Mediehistoria - Film Se filmen "Beltracchi the art of forgery", filmen diskuteras på lektion 3.3 Grönvall John
2022-03-03 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-03-10 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-03-25 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-04-04 13:15 - 16:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-04-21 13:15 - 16:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-04-22 13:15 - 16:00 A312 Mediehistoria Kauko Lindfors is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Mediahistoria/ Varjoja paratiisissa Time: Apr 22, 2022 13:15 Helsinki Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 691 6894 2315 Join by SIP 69168942315@ 69168942315@ Join by H.323 Meeting ID: 691 6894 2315 Lindfors Kauko
2022-04-29 13:15 - 16:00 A312 Mediehistoria Kauko Lindfors is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Mediahistoria/ Du levande Time: Apr 29, 2022 13:15 Helsinki Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 631 4054 3459 Join by SIP 63140543459@ 63140543459@ Join by H.323 Meeting ID: 631 4054 3459 Lindfors Kauko
2022-05-04 10:15 - 13:00 Mediehistoria Grönvall John
2022-05-06 13:15 - 16:00 F249 Mediehistoria Lindfors Kauko

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