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Explore the capacities and constraints of digital media technologies

Course

Digital Media Technologies: Production and Literacy

15 credits

SS2020

100%

Campus

This Master’s level course combines knowledge and skills in the production conditions of digital media technologies with in-depth knowledge and perspectives on media literacy. It emphasises conditions for the production and storage of searchable information and media content, and provides deeper understanding of the role of computational media.

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A broad range of knowledge for a broad range of workplaces Media and Communication Studies gives you an education suitable for numerous professions. The subject is so broad that it opens up a wide-ranging and rapidly changing labour market. You can work in professions that are directly related to the media and communications industry, such as communications and PR, media production, advertising and marketing, or media and external analysis. At the same time, Media and Communication Studies provides beneficial knowledge for other professions, as the media plays a great role in contemporary society. Professions that are more indirectly linked to the subject are those in education and opinion-making, culture and publishing, graphic design or journalism. After studying Media and Communication Studies you will have developed the ability to critically analyse and formulate problems, but also trained the ability to be a critical and aware user of the media. The scientific format of your studies provides the ability to use source criticism to compile and convey information, as well as experience of working independently. You will also be able to utilise different communication techniques and navigate the digital media landscape based on strategic considerations. Read about research in this subject
Theory and practice relating to current developments in digital media technologies Do you have a theoretical and critical interest in current developments in digital media technologies? This 15-credit course not only offers theoretical insights, but also hands-on exploration of the capacities and constraints of digital media technologies. It is built upon the latest research into archives, algorithms, civic media and media literacy and is closely related to ongoing research projects at the department. There are two modules: Archives and Algorithms, and Critical Media and Information Literacy. The first focuses on digital production, storage and data processing in online media contexts. Some of its core questions concern how content, users, and production are organised as digital media archives, clouds and big data and how this can be linked to collaborative production and participatory social media. Examples are taken from the commercial media sector and public bodies, as well the digital commons and alternative media. This module offers theoretical perspectives on archives and algorithms, as well as hands-on or analytical exercises. The second module discusses the media literacy traditions in relation to theories of media critique and media and citizenship. The focus is on NGO-based critical media literacy movements and alternative media, rather than formal school-based media education. Different perspectives on critical media and information literacy are provided through both theoretical reflection and practical exercises. Course design Teaching is built up around lectures, seminars and practical exercises, as well as project work that is conducted both individually and in groups. The course modules are examined through written exams, media production, oral presentations and participation in seminars.
Learn to examine the media and its role in society Media and Communication Studies is a broad subject that provides knowledge of communication through the media. You study the media’s role in modern society and culture from different perspectives – both contemporary and historical, traditional and social media, and individually or at a societal level. The foundation of Media and Communication Studies is that societies arise and develop through communication, and it therefore revolves around a central issue: how has mediatised communication changed – and is changing – society? The subject has contemporary relevance and is in constant development, so discussions are always up to date. For example, you look in detail at fake news, populism, fact resistance and opinion making, and see the role played by the media. Media and Communication Studies provides valuable skills in a range of professional roles, as it is increasingly important to know about and understand contemporary media use. You learn to understand society through communication in the media, while being prepared for work in the media or with media-related issues. The subject offers a broad perspective, including areas such as issues of integrity, the media and power, children’s media use, various target groups and media independence. You will also discuss how the media shapes society, and also reflect on how various groups are reflected on the media. At Södertörn University, Media and Communication Studies has a humanist application – historical perspectives and current scientific research allows you to study the role of the media from varied perspectives and to gain a broad understanding of the subject.