Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Media, Activism and Social Change 5 Cr Lecture Course 15.3.2021 - 7.5.2021
Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Media, Activism and Social Change 5 Cr Course 13.3.2020 - 29.4.2020
Media, Activism and Social Change 5 Cr Course 15.3.2019 - 2.5.2019

Target group

The course is primarily targeted for MD track students of the GPC programme, and after them, available to other GPC students, students of the Politics, Media and Communication (POLVI), European and Nordic Studies (ENS), Global Governance Law (GGL) programmes, and Journalism and Communication and Politics and Administration track students of the Master's Programme in Social Science in Swedish (MSV). If there are places left, the course is also open to students of other master's programmes and master's level exchange students.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion this course you will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the history of mediated and digital media activism. The specific focus will be on activism and advocacy related to media democratization and digital rights movements. You will be able to apply communication and democracy theories as well as scholarly work on social movements to cases of media activism and discuss the most important media reform and Internet rights issues and cases. You can also assess the policy strategies as well as outreach tactics of selected movements or organizations.


Period 4


Ranging from local and virtual community activism to national and international advocacy organizations, more and more individuals and groups are fighting for a more diverse and egalitarian media landscape. This course examines national, regional, international, and global challenges in media ecosystems - and battles over the future of quality journalism, media ownership, digital rights and internet privacy, among other issues. We will study cases of media democratization both from theoretical as well as practical perspectives and assess strategies and tactics of movement building.

Study materials

  • Custodio, Leo (2017). Favela Media Activism. Lexington Books.
  • Freedman, Obar, Martens, McChesney (eds. 2016). Strategies for Media Reform. International Perspectives. New York: Fordham University Press.
  • Napoli & Aslama (2011). Communications Research in Action. Fordham University Press.
  • Pickard, V. & Yang G. (eds. 2017) Media Activism in the Digital Age.
  • Tufekci, Z. (2017). Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. Yale University Press.
  • Ziccardi, G. (2013). Resistance, Liberation Technology and Human Rights in the Digital Age. Heidelberg, New York, London: Springer.

A selection of scholarly articles will be distributed in the course

Assessment practices and criteria

Grading scale 0-5 (0=fail, 1=passable, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)

Additional information

Language of instruction: English

Completion methods

Online lectures, discussions, and assignments, literature review, research project (theoretical or applied), final essay (options for different formats).