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

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

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Media History: Archeology and Archives

Course 7.5 credits

The course focuses on classic and more recent theories of historic perspectives on media and communication studies. Rather than describing the conventional linear development of the mass media, the media’s status is described as an archive, as well as their participation in contemporary processes of historisation, breaks in the “recording system” through which societies and cultures have historically stored and conveyed historic information, and the dialectics between old and new media.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: spring semester 2015

Course design

Teaching is carried out through seminars and independent study. Literature is chosen in consultation with the course coordinator.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student has:

  • demonstrated in-depth understanding of the formation of theories and concepts around historical perspectives on the media
  • autonomously and critically discussed theoretical and methodological issues regarding the status of the media as a historical archive, and their capacity to actualise the past in the present
  • displayed the capacity for nuanced and critical thinking around historical changes to the ways that institutions and technologies organise, store, interpret and convey information
  • presented and discussed scholarly issues in an autonomous, reflexive and critical manner, with an awareness of how media history can be discussed from different viewpoints and understood from different angles.


The course is examined via:

  • written take-home examination
  • oral presentation
  • seminar participation

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from spring semester 2015

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