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The role of the media in society


Media, Culture and Society 1

7.5 credits

Autumn / Spring



This course provides theoretical and analytical perspectives for studying the role of the media in society, as well as media texts, media audiences, and media development.

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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
Evaluate and analyse the relationship between the media, society and culture On this course, you will discuss and reflect on the relationship between the media, society and culture, including the political, economic and cultural framework surrounding the media, and upon the media’s significance in societal and cultural life. You will learn to evaluate different models of analysis for the study of media production, media texts and media audiences, and to describe, orally and in writing, basic theoretical perspectives and research traditions in the field of media and communication studies. Course design Teaching on the course is based on lectures and seminars, and the course is assessed through obligatory and active participation in the seminars and a written take-home exam.
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.