Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies A: Introduction to Media and Communication Studies

Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap A: Introduktion till medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV160
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Media and Communication Studies G1N

    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:

    First cycle

    • 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

    Second cycle

    • 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: 2016-11-24
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-10-25
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2019
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Decisions and guidelines

This course is part of the Bachelor program in Media and Communication and Journalism.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • give an account of past and present views on the concept of communication and different communication models/theories of communication,
  • describe the social and cultural theoretical framework for the study of communication presented in the course,
  • give a general description of the subject media and communication science emergence, range/width and relations to other subjects in the social sciences and humanities,

Competence and skills

  • use library and digital resources to support the production of knowledge within the field of media and communication studies,
  • conduct a small literature-based study in media and communication studies,
  • use scientific language at a basic level,
  • actively participate in group work and contribute to the group's assignments and continuously contribute to the organisation of the group's work and its objectives,

Judgement and approach

  • discuss how various theories of communication contributes to different views on how communication works in society and between people.


The course provides an introduction to the practices, challenges, theories and methods in media and communication studies and the three fields of media studies, communication studies and journalism studies in a social and cultural theoretical context.

Communication, as a concept and practice, is the focus of the course. What is communication and how do people communicate? The subject media and communication studies - its history, scope and relationship to related subjects - is further studied. The course also offers a social science and cultural science outlook for the study of communication. Current changes and challenges associated with communication is presented and discussed during the course.

The course also provides an introduction to academic studies in social sciences and humanities as well as giving grounds in scientific thinking, writing and research. The course ends with a research project.


Lectures, seminars and workshops are combined with individual and group work activities and assignments. Seminars and workshops are always compulsory.


The course is examined through active participation in compulsory activities, in individual and group-work assignments, and in (oral and/or written) examinations.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Medielandskap & mediekultur : en introduktion till medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap Bolin, Göran; Bengtsson, Stina; Forsman, Michael; Jakobsson, Peter; Johansson, Sofia; Ståhlberg, Per

    Liber, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Griffin, Emory A.; Ledbetter, Andrew; Sparks, Glenn A first look at communication theory

    Tenth edition.: New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education, [2019]

    Find in the library


  • Hyvönen, Mats; Snickars, Pelle; Vesterlund, Per Massmedieproblem : mediestudiets formering [Elektronisk resurs]

    Lund: Mediehistoria, Lunds universitet, 2016-04-01T00:00:00+02:00

    Find in the library


  • Jansson, André Kommunikation

    1. uppl.: Malmö: Liber, 2009

    Find in the library


  • Sohlberg, Peter; Sohlberg, Britt-Marie Kunskapens former : vetenskapsteori, forskningsmetod och forskningsetik

    Fjärde upplagan: Stockholm: Liber, [2019]

    Find in the library


  • Strömquist, Siv Konsten att tala och skriva

    Sjätte upplagan: Malmö: Gleerups, [2018]

    Find in the library


  • Karlsson, Ola Svenska skrivregler

    Fjärde upplagan: Stockholm: Liber, 2017

    Find in the library


  • Thurén, Torsten; Werner, Jack Källkritik

    Fjärde upplagan: Stockholm: Liber, [2019]

    Find in the library


  • Alexanderson, Kristina Källkritik på Internet [Elektronisk resurs]

    2. uppl.: Stockholm: Internetstiftelsen i Sverige (IIS, 2016

    Find in the library

  • Bergman, Marina; Israelsson, Britt-Marie Att studera på högskolan : studieteknik och motivation på vägen

    Andra upplagan: Lund: Studentlitteratur, [2018]

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions