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The Media and Communication Society in Perspective , 15 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Fristående kurs
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Media and Communication Studies - MKA
  COURSE CODE   738G24
On completion of the course, the student should be able to
- account for characterising features of the history of mass media and the contemporary (Swedish) media landscape
- account for theories and research that concern communication, particularly theories of news values and influence/effects
- critically review the knowledge field of media studies,
- account for how own values and positions influence assessments of media issues.
The course contains general perspectives on and theories of media and communication. Covered here are both basic media history concerning traditional mass media (press, radio, television) and perspectives on the modern media society (digital television, online magazines, etcetera). The final part of the course places specific focus on news distribution and journalism in various media. Legislation and practice concerning freedom of speech, ethics, freedom of press and the principle of public access to official documents in (the journalistic) Sweden are also covered. Organisational and marketing communication are also covered. On completion of this module, the students should have gained an overview of the field of media and communication studies, with a specialisation in theories that cover human and mediated communication.
The teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars and group discussions. The students prepare individually and in groups for the lectures and seminars through studies of literature, group discussions and work with specific seminar assignments.
The course is examined continuously through compulsory seminars and written take-home examinations.

Students failing an exam covering either the entire course or part of the course two times are entitled to have a new examiner appointed for the reexamination.

Students who have passed an examination may not retake it in order to improve their grades.

A grade of Pass with Credit, Pass or Fail is given for the course
Course certificate is issued by the Faculty Board on request. The Department provides a special form which should be submitted to the Student Affairs Division.
The course literature is decided upon by the department in question.
Planning and implementation of a course must take its starting point in the wording of the syllabus. The course evaluation included in each course must therefore take up the question how well the course agrees with the syllabus.

The course is carried out in such a way that both men´s and women´s experience and knowledge is made visible and developed.
The Media and Communication Society in Perspective
Perspektiv på medie- och kommunikationssamhället
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
ISAK - Department of Studies of Social Change and Culture
Registrar No: LiU-2008/00111   Course Code: 738G24      
    Exam codes: see Local Computer System      
Subject/Subject Area : Media and Communication Studies - MKA          
Level   Education level     Subject Area Code   Field of Education  
G1X   Basic level     MKA   SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2008-12-10