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30.4.2020 at 09:00 - 20.5.2020 at 23:59



The course can be completed as part of either the bachelor’s or master’s programme, or the 25/35 cr module. Restrictions on participation will be announced in the annual teaching programme.

After completing the course, students will have an overview of how media and publicity are an essential part of democracy and politics, as well as what their role has been in political change. They will be familiar with the primary characteristics of media history and the central viewpoints of publicity studies from the perspective of political history. Students will be able to put viewpoints related to today’s media and democracy, often considered revolutionary, into a historical perspective. They will also have an overview on the development of Finnish public life and media.

The course provides a historical viewpoint on how media and publicity are a central part of democracy and politics, as well as conflicts related to them. The course examines the formation and determination of publicity, and how new media technologies have changed it. The course also examines the impact media and related propaganda and censorship have had on politics, and how media and publicity are linked with modernisation, globalisation and nationalism. The course also offers alternative viewpoints on how to interpret media-led democracy and publicity.

Literature required for the literature examination

- Jukka Kortti: Mediahistoria. Viestinnän merkityksiä ja muodonmuutoksia puheesta bitteihin

- Stephen Coleman & Karen Ross: The Media and the Public: "Them" and "Us" in Media Discourse

- Liam Kennedy & Patric Caitlin: The Violence of the Image. Photography and International Conflict

- Hannu Nieminen: Kansa seisoi loitompana. Kansallisen julkisuuden rakentuminen Suomessa 1809–1917

Literature required for supervised independent written assignments (four books must be selected)

In addition to the books above:

- Peter Burke: Eyewitnessing: The Use of Images as Historical Evidence

- Pål Kolstø (ed.): Media Discourse and the Yugoslav Conflicts: Representations of Self and Other

- Pierre Rosanvallon: Vastademokratia

- Janne Seppänen & Esa Väliverronen: Mediayhteiskunta

- Jane L. Chapman: Gender, Citizenship and Newspapers: Historical and Transnational Perspectives

On a scale of 0 to 5. All completed studies will be taken into consideration, while self-assessment is promoted.

Instructions for examinations

  • Faculty examinations are held in Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3).
  • 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.

a) Course implemented as contact and/or online teaching, including literature and assignments

b) Supervised independent written assignments

c) Literature examination

-Completion methods will be annually specified in the teaching programme.