The course is open for the Media and Democracy -track students of the GPC programme (they
have priority), Swedish School of Social Science's Journalistik och kommunikation and statskunskap med förvaltining -track students in the Magisterprogrammet i samhällsvetenskaper -programme and other GPC students. If there are places left, the course is also open for other master's level students and exchange students.
Upon completion of this course you will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the history and different strands of media democratization and digital rights movements. You will understand the distinction, and intersections, between media reform and media activism. 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.
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.
Online lectures, discussions, and assignments, literature review, research project (theoretical or applied), final essay (either written or video).
- Freedman, Obar, Martens, McChesney (eds. 2016). Strategies for Media Reform. International Perspectives. New York: Fordham University Press.
- Hind A (2012). The Return of the Public. Democracy, Power, and the Case for Media Reform. Verso Books.
- Napoli & Aslama (2011). Communications Research in Action. Fordham University Press.
- Berry, D. (2014). Critical Theory and the Digital. New York: Bloomsbury.
- Scott, M. (2014). Media Development. London: Zen Books.
- 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
Grading scale 0-5 (0=fail, 1=passable, 2=satisfactory, 3=good, 4=very good, 5=excellent)
The first introductory lecture (15.3.,10-12hrs) as well as the two last sessions (29.4. and 2.5., 16-18hrs) will take place in-person. The first lecture will also be simulcasted and recorded. The online sessions will be available every Friday to be accessed at any time thereafter, and the related assignment will be due the following Friday night.