English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Celebrity Cultures, 7.5 credits

(Celebritetskulturer, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1126MV
Subject area Media and Communication Studies
Main field of study Media and Communication Studies
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Disciplary domain Humanities 50%
Social sciences 50%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
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 or equivalent, and English B or equivalent.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is able to:

  • demonstrate advanced knowledge of celebrity cultures as current and historical phenomena, as well as in relation to media developments
  • account for a range of media and communication theories around celebrity, and reflect on how these can be understood from different perspectives
  • independently and critically discuss central theoretical and methodological questions in relation to research in the field
  • demonstrate heightened ability for nuanced and critical thinking, contextualization and historicization in relation to social and cultural processes around celebrity cultures
  • present and discuss scholarly questions concerning celebrity cultures, in an independent and critical way

Course content, modules and examinations

The course examines a body of media and communication theory around celebrity cultures. As part of the course, students will contextualize and historicize different scholarly perspectives within this field of research. The course focuses on supporting the students’ ability to independently and critically take part of advanced scholarly knowledge within the field, to present this in seminars, and to develop own analyses.

1001, Celebrity Cultures, 7.5 credits

(Celebritetskulturer, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Course design

The course is largely structured by self-studies and seminars. The literature is chosen in collaboration with the course leader.

Examination format

The course is examined through:

  • written essay
  • oral presentation
  • active seminar participation

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 1105MV, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1774-2.1.1-2018).