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5.3.2020 at 09:00 - 25.3.2020 at 23:59



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)

Instructions for examinations

  • Faculty examinations re held in Porthania.
  • Faculty examinations begin at 9.00. Students must arrive by 9.30 and may leave no earlier than 9.30.
  • Students may take only writing utensils with them to their seats (no bags etc.). No programmable calculators or dictionaries are allowed.
  • Mobile phones must be switched off.
  • Examination answers must be returned to the invigilator in the examination envelope.
  • Students must provide proof of identity when submitting their answers.

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.