Syllabus for American Mass Media II
Amerikanska massmedier II
A revised version of the syllabus is available.
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 5EN725
- Education cycle: First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Explanation of codes
The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:
- G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
- G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
- G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
- GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
- A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
- A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
- AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified
- Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
- Established: 2010-12-08
- Established by: The Board of the Department of English
- Revised: 2011-09-01
- Revised by: The Board of the Department of English
- Applies from: Autumn 2011
Completed course American Mass Media 7.5 credits or within the humanities and social sciences disciplinary research domain.
- Responsible department: Department of English
Decisions and guidelines
The course is a self-contained course.
Upon completing the component students will be able to
- give an account of the main features of several central media theories in relation to the September 11, 2001 events in the US, concerning news assessments, cultural memory, visual culture, popular culture, political communication, and the Internet
- carry on a critical discussion about the many different roles of the US media during and following 9/11, on the basis of the main concepts introduced in the component.
The component discusses problems and issues regarding modern US mass media. We use the events of September 11, 2001, in the US to introduce students to a number of media theories and perspectives that illuminate the various roles and significance of the media in US culture.
Group instruction, self-study. Teaching, class discussions, and examination are in English
Examination is both oral and in writing. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.
Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.
Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, to have another examiner appointed.
Course level in relation to degree requirements
The course cannot be included as a main field of study in a Bachelor of Arts degree.
For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.
If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on two occasions during the following semester. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.
The course may not be included in a degree if equivalent parts have been read within another course included in the degree.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Spring 2016)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2015)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Spring 2015)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2011, version 2)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2011, version 1)
Applies from: Spring 2012
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Bennett, W. Lance;
Lawrence, Regina G.;
When the press fails : political power and the news media from Iraq to Katrina
Chicago, IL: University of Chicago press, 2007
Jones, Alex S.
Losing the news : the future of the news that feeds democracy
New York: Oxford University Press, 2009
Feldman, Charles S.
No time to think : the menace of media speed and the 24-hour news cycle
London: Continuum, 2009
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Spring 2012)
- Previous reading list (applies from Spring 2011)