Department of Sociology

Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies: Digital Media and Organisations

Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Digitala medier och organisationer


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV140
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Media and Communication Studies A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2014-10-16
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 36, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 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.
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Decisions and guidelines

The course is offered in English.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • independently identify and evaluate how changes in media and society influence contemporary organisations and their practices,
  • independently and critically examine how organisations, through their communication strategies, relate to and handle the risks and uncertainties that arise from these changes,
  • account for the current research in the area of organisational communication in relation to digital media.
Skills and abilities
  • critically and creatively discuss how mediatisation and digitalisation influence organisations,
  • discuss and critically reflect on how contemporary socio-cultural processes influence the structures and abilities of organisations to communicate their activities with their internal, as well as external, stakeholders,
  • use the acquired knowledge about digital media and organisations to understand and plan communication in relation to processes of change,
  • collect empirical material and use theories discussed in the course to analyse them.
Judgment and approach
  • demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of science when applied to the course content, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used,
  • demonstrate an awareness of the ethical aspects of research within these subject areas.


The main learning outcome of the course is a deep understanding and critical review of the impact that digital media and socio-cultural changes have on contemporary organisations. The course focuses on examining the diversity of communicative activities through which organisations seek to handle and relate to their environments. A specific focus is placed on processes of change such as mediatisation and digitalisation and their consequences for contemporary organisations. Methodological awareness and skills on how to study and evaluate these processes are also part of the learning outcomes


Lectures and seminars.


The course is examined by active participation in seminars and a written exam.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 28, 2017

  • Altheide, David L. Media edge : media logic and social reality

    New York: Peter Lang, 2014

    Find in the library


  • Coombs, W. Timothy Ongoing crisis communication : planning, managing, and responding

    Fourth edition.: Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE, 2014

    Find in the library


  • Couldry, Nick; Hepp, Andreas The mediated construction of reality : society, culture, mediatization

    Cambridge, UK: Polity Press, 2016

    Find in the library


  • Mumby, Dennis K. Organizational communication : a critical approach

    Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE, 2012

    Find in the library


  • Schillermans, Thomas Mediatization of public services : how organizations adapt to news media

    Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2012

    Find in the library


Journal articles or book chapters (approx. 200 pages)

Recommended books

  • Ampuja, Marko Theorizing globalization : a critique of the mediatization of social theory

    Chicago, Illinois: Haymarket Books, 2013

    Or later edition.

    Find in the library

  • Cooren, François Organizational discourse : communication and constitution

    Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015

    Find in the library

  • Eriksen, Thomas Hylland. Globalization : the key concepts

    Second edition.:

    Find in the library

  • Hepp, Andreas. Cultures of mediatization

    Cambridge: Polity, 2012

    Find in the library

  • Hepp, Andreas; Krotz, Friedrich Mediatized worlds : culture and society in a media age

    Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014

    Find in the library

  • Hjarvard, Stig. The mediatization of culture and society

    London: Routledge, 2013

    Find in the library

  • Lundby, Knut Mediatization : concept, changes, consequences

    New York: Lang, cop. 2009

    Find in the library

  • Lundby, Knut Mediatization of communication

    Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2014

    Find in the library

  • Putnam, Linda L.; Mumby, Dennis K. The Sage handbook of organizational communication : advances in theory, research, and methods

    3. ed.: Los Angeles, Calif.: SAGE, cop. 2014

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions