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Analyse how environmental issues are portrayed in the media


Media and the Environment

7.5 credits




This course analyses how environmental issues are framed in the mediated public sphere, how stakeholders communicate in this sphere, and the relationships between these stakeholders. It also examines the role of the media in different media systems and uses theories relating to the public sphere, media systems, news sociology and risk society.

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Arbeta med media eller medierelaterade frågor i flera branscher 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
The media and its role in communicating environmental issues On this Master’s level course, you will describe, compare and assess the major traditions of media and communications theory, and methods relevant to environmental issues, analysing the role of the media as a central societal institution, a stakeholder and a form of representation that is relevant to environmental studies. You will also assess theoretical approaches and case studies, making connections between the media and their social and cultural settings, as well as learning to apply an advanced theoretical framework to a given set of data or observations on issues related to media and the environment. The oral and written presentation of reports and literature reviews is included on the course, along with the evaluation of the political impact of mediated communication in relation to democratisation and sustainable development. Course design This course primarily builds on lectures that are combined with weekly compulsory seminars. These are designed to assist you with studying the course literature, which includes research articles. Grades are awarded through a written home examination and oral contributions in seminars.
Study how the links between humans and nature affect the environment 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.