English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Canonical Texts in Media Theory, 7.5 credits

(Medieteorins klassiker, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1125MV
Subject area Media and Communication Studies
Main field of study Media and Communication Studies
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Disciplary domain Humanities 50%
Social sciences 50%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2018


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Culture and Education  at Södertörn University on 2018-04-24 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

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

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student is able to:

  • provide a detailed description of the central traditions of 20th century media theory, based on the reading of canonical texts and overviews of/discussions about these traditions
  • autonomously summarise, analyse and evaluate advanced academic texts, and to communicate this orally (in academic seminars) and in writing
  • describe the possibilities and limitations of the traditions and strategies of media studies.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course introduces the most influential historical traditions in media studies through reading a series of canonical texts and contemporary commentaries on them.

1001, Canonical Texts in Media Theory, 7.5 credits

(Medieteorins klassiker, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

Instruction takes place in the form of seminars.

Examination format

The course is examined via: written take-home exam, active participation in seminars. Attendance is compulsory at the introduction and at all seminars.Oral presentations

Absence from individual seminars can be compensated by written assignments as instructed by the course coordinator.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1110MV, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1774-2.1.1-2018).