Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Media and Communication Studies A1N
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
The Department Board
The Department Board
A Bachelor's degree equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including at least 90 credits in the social sciences or a comparable field. Proof of skills in English to a level corresponding to English B in the Swedish secondary school.
After completing the course, students are expected to:
Knowledge and understanding
demonstrate in-depth and critical knowledge of the key issues, debates, principles, concepts and theories in the field of digital media and communication studies,
demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of the relevance of digital media, and their use in contemporary societies and cultures,
be knowledgeable of the current research in the field of digital media and communication studies,
Skills and abilities
critically and creatively reason on the relevance of digital media, and their use in contemporary societies and cultures,
systematically reflect on, and assimilate the course literature, as well as independently search and identify additional literature relevant for the course,
collect empirical material and use theories discussed in the course to analyse this material,
independently and critically present and analyse, in oral and text-based forms, theoretically driven accounts on key issues and debates in the field of digital media and communication studies,
Judgement and approach
adopt an independent and critical approach to information and research in the field of digital media and communication studies,
demonstrate a critical awareness of the ethical aspects of digital media use and research in the field of digital media and communication studies.
The course focuses on theories and perspectives for analysing the role of digital media in contemporary societies. Key concepts and schools of thought on digital society, community and identity, social media, and digital information technologies, are introduced and attended to in-depth in the course. The course discusses the key political, economic, cultural and ethical implications of the emerging digital media and communication landscape, for societies. A special emphasis is placed upon issues of digital citizenship, power and activism, as well as on the interconnectedness between media and culture. The course provides a solid basis for a critical understanding and analysis of the relevance of digital media and it develops the students' abilities to reflect upon the contemporary world and the socio-cultural changes within it.
Lectures, seminars and workshops are combined with individual and group work activities and assignments.
The course is examined through active participation in compulsory activities, in individual and group-work assignments, and in (oral and/or written) examinations.