By Amaraizu Genius
Amazing academic year
Like I mentioned in the Part 1 of My One Year in Sweden, the keyword remains – ‘amazing’. I defied the pandemic to have an amazing past year. You remember my programme of study, right? I’m a Masters student in Media, Communication and Cultural Analysis. It’s obviously a 3-in-1 program: we explore the world of media and communication and put it into perspective to understand its relationship with culture. That is the long and short of it. Amazingly, our discourse focuses on experiences, consciousness and meaning derived in our daily interaction with media. You have to undertake a lot of reading and research while exploring your unique perspective to things around you to make the most out of the programme.
The academic year began with an introduction into the entirety of the program, and then followed by the first course – “Canonical Text in Media.” It started in-person, but with new legislations on social distancing, we migrated online. The rest of the academic year was online. My grades were quite good, so I have no complains about online study. It went well. Lol. Okay, the truth is that sometimes, you just wanted the faces on zoom to disappear. I was tired of online, and it was building an unhealthy living for me since I mostly remained in my room all school days. At some point, I changed my strategy, and started having my classes in coffee shops. I knew I needed to be going out as much as possible while being conscious of the pandemic.
In the first semester, I had many interesting courses, but I especially enjoyed these two courses, “Media and Everyday Life” and “Media and Cultural Industries”. While the former explored media experiences, the latter introduced key concepts and contemporary debates within the political economy tradition of media and communication studies. The second semester was even more interesting, and my favourite goes to the course, “Digital Media Technologies.” This course was 15 credits and spanned longer with about three professors delivering the modules. The first part of the course, Archive and Algorithm, provided students with in-depth perspectives on contemporary issues related to the technologies of production, storage, and circulation of media content. The second part, Critical Media Literacy, introduces media literacy and critical media and information literacy as concepts and practices in relation to different traditions, contexts and stakeholders.
Let me not bore you with my courses and rather talk about parties. Are you ready?