General studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to look at the development of social media from a historical perspective, viewing them as the outcome of previous innovations.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to 1. explain the history of media; 2. analyse the nature of a medium; 3. display this analysis in the form of a tetrad; 4. present this analysis and tetrad by creating an explanatory pecha kucha.

Course contents

1. Introduction to Marshall McLuhan and ideas concerning media ecology; 2. History of media, from the beginning of the electric age; 3. Overview of narrative forms in electric media; 4. Social media as narrative; 5. Tetrads as a tool for analysing media. 6. Pecha kucha as a way of narrating such an analysis.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Recommended or required reading

The literature around social media changes at such a rapid rate, that a list of online articles will be placed in Its Learning before week 1 of the course.

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

To pass the course the student should pass the following examinations: Examination 1 presentation of tetrad (30%) Examination 2 presentation of pecha kucha (70%) (examinations include written examination tests, demonstrations and presentations, reports and produktions, essays, and also presence at specified occasions) The examinations contribute to the final grade as follows: ...


Kelly Owen


Kelly Owen

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Assessment methods

Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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