Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies: Global Perspectives on Social Change and Digital Media
Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Globala perspektiv på social förändring och digitala medier
- 7.5 credits
- Course code: 2IV141
- Education cycle: Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level:
Media and Communication Studies A1N
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: 2014-10-16
- Established by:
- Revised: 2018-10-25
- Revised by: The Department Board
- Applies from: Spring 2019
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university, including at least 90 credits in the social sciences or a comparable field and an independent project of at least 15 credits. Proficiency in English equivalent to the general entry requirements for first-cycle (Bachelor's level) studies.
- Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media
Decisions and guidelines
The course is offered in English.
Upon completion of the module students will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
- demonstrate a substantial in-depth knowledge of contemporary research on digital media and societal change from a global perspective, and with a special focus on developing contexts,
- critically discuss the relationship between contemporary digital technologies and social change and how this relation differs between different contexts and cultures,
- demonstrate in-depth insight into current research and development in the field ICT4D,
Skills and abilities
- critically evaluate central themes, theories and issues within the study of digital media and social change,
- critically, creatively and systematically integrate new knowledge,
- departing from the above mentioned understanding, be able to analyse and assess existing development cooperation within the field of ICT for development,
- analyse and reflect on the themes of the course both individually and within a group work,
- plan, manage and write independent reflective research reviews,
Judgment and approach
- demonstrate an ability to present completed written work in spoken form, and provide constructive critical feedback on the work of others,
- adopt a globally anchored critical approach to information and research in the field of ICT, development and development cooperation,
- demonstrate the ability to identify needs for further knowledge and to take responsibility for one's own knowledge development,
- demonstrate understanding into the possibilities and limitations of science, its role in society and people's responsibility for how it is used,
The course introduces students to theories and global perspectives for analysing the role that digital media and information technology play in developing contexts. The course introduces and studies in depth concepts such as development, ICT for Development (ICT4) and development corporation. A particular focus is placed on the role of digital media in development corporations and how these can be evaluated.
Lectures and seminars.
The course is examined by an examination and active participation in seminars.
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.
- Latest syllabus (applies from Spring 2019)
- Previous syllabus (applies from Autumn 2015)
A revised version of the reading list is available.
Applies from: Spring 2019
Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.
Technology and human development
London: Routledge, 2015
Communication and social change : a citizen perspective
London: Polity Press, 2017
Wilkins, Karin Gwinn;
The handbook of development communication and social change
Chicester: John Wiley & Sons, 2014
Additional readings at course start.
Reading list revisions
- Latest reading list (applies from Spring 2023)
- Previous reading list (applies from Spring 2019)