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Entry requirements: Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Media and Communication Studies as the main field of study, and English B or equivalent.

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

  • Closed... AS17 week 35-39, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-42190
  • 15/03/2018 AS18 week 36-40, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-42321

Canonical Texts in Media Theory

Course 7,5 credits

This course introduces the most influential historical traditions within media studies (the Columbia School, the Frankfurt School, the Chicago School, the Toronto School, and Cultural Studies), through a series of canonical texts and contemporary commentaries on them.

The seminars are led by a tutor, but are designed to stimulate advanced reviews, comparisons, assessments, critical analyses or modulations of the literature by students.

The course is a part of the Master's programme in Media Communication and Cultural Analysis, but may also be studied independently.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2017

Course design

Instruction takes place in the form of seminars.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student is able to:

  • provide a detailed description of the central traditions of 20th century media theory, based on the reading of canonical texts and overviews of/discussions about these traditions
  • autonomously summarise, analyse and evaluate advanced academic texts, and to communicate this orally (in academic seminars) and in writing
  • describe the possibilities and limitations of the traditions and strategies of media studies.


The course is examined via: written take-home exam, active participation in seminars. Attendance is compulsory at the introduction and at all seminars.
Oral presentations

Absence from individual seminars can be compensated by written assignments as instructed by the course coordinator.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2017

The above information and syllabus are based on the most recently validated decision. Any previous versions are available here.


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