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The Language and Contents of Media , 15 ECTS Credits
COURSE CATEGORY   Fristående kurs
MAIN FIELD OF STUDY   Media and Communication Studies - MKA
  COURSE CODE   738G25
On completion of the course, the student should be able to
- account for and use the most common analytical methods to study the language and contents of media
- critically review the knowledge field of media studies,
- account for how own values and positions influence the assessment of media issues.
The course is focused on understanding communicative processes in the mass media, and the differences and similarities between different genres of spoken and written communication. More specifically, the course contains an overview of some of the most common analytical methods of examining and interpreting the language and contents of the media. The module covers quantitative contents analysis, text and discourse analysis, image analysis, conversation analysis, narrative analysis and rhetorical analysis. The emphasis is on application of the methods. The students' own written production and their critical reviews of their own and others' texts are fundamental. The course is identical to module 2 in Media and Communication Studies 1-2, and the teaching is coordinated with this course.
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 Language and Contents of Media
Mediernas språk och innehåll
Department responsible
for the course or equivalent:
ISAK - Department of Studies of Social Change and Culture
Registrar No: LiU-2008/00111   Course Code: 738G25      
    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       SA  
The syllabus was approved by the Board of Faculty of Arts and Science 2008-12-10