The course materials will be made available at:
The course is compulsory for students of the Study Track in Media and Communication.
Basic studies in politics, media and communication
Digital Media and Society, Global Media and Journalism
After completing the course, students will be familiar with media as a social and cultural phenomenon. They will be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various approaches in media and communication studies. They will be able to analyse media activities from the perspectives of production, presentation and reception. They will be able to describe various identities, states of belonging and differences related to class, ethnic background and gender, as well as related struggles for meaning.
Third period of the second year of studies
The course examines central theoretical concepts of media and communication studies, particularly those of cultural studies, media sociology and media anthropology, including representation, discourse, ritual, identity and ideology. Various cases will be used to practise the use of theoretical concepts.
- Couldry, N. (2012) Media, Society, World. Social Theory and Digital Media Practice. Polity
- Deuze, M. (2007) Media Work. Polity
- Hodkinson, P. (2011) Media, Culture and Society. An Introduction. Sage
- Sumiala, J. (2013) Media and Ritual. Death, Community and Everyday Life. Routledge
- Webb, J. (2009) Understanding Representation. Sage
Students completing the course with a book examination (only students of other degree programmes) must read three books:
Compulsory: Hodkinson, P. (2011) Media, Culture and Society. An Introduction. Sage, and two optional works from the list above (selection must be stated at the time of registration).
Graded on a scale of 0 to 5 (0=fail, 1=pass, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)
Language of instruction: Finnish, Swedish, English
For students of the Degree Programme in Politics, Media and Communication, contact teaching including lectures, assignments and a book examination or an essay. Depending on available student places, students of other degree programmes can attend contact teaching or complete the course with online teaching or a book examination. The completion methods will be specified in the teaching programme.