Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies: Digital Media, Democracy and the Welfare State

Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Digitala medier, demokrati och välfärdsstaten

Syllabus

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV179
  • 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:

    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: 2021-01-21
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    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

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the relationship between media, democracy and the welfare state,
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge about, and critically discuss the historical and contemporary changes to the welfare model and the role of various media in relation to the welfare state. 

Skills and abilities

  • Critically assess central themes and strands of research within the area of media, democracy and the welfare state,
  • Critically reflect on future developments in the area of media, democracy and the welfare state,
  • Plan, manage and write independent reflective essays on media, democracy and the welfare state. 

Judgment and approach

  • Demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of science when applied to the course content and the role of academic research in society.
  • Demonstrate insight into the normative foundations of media, democracy and the welfare state.

Content

The course introduces students to theories and research on media, democracy and the welfare state. The course presents contemporary, comparative and historical perspectives on media systems and the role of media in sustaining democracy. A particular focus is placed on the Nordic and the Swedish welfare states and their media systems, which have been argued to have been particularly successful from a democratic point of view.

Instruction

Lectures and seminars.

Assessment

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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Castles, Francis Geoffrey The Oxford handbook of the welfare state

    Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • The media manifesto Fenton, Natalie; Freedman, Des; Schlosberg, Justin; Dencik, Lina

    Cambridge: Polity Press, 2021

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • Persily, Nathaniel; Tucker, Joshua A. Social media and democracy : the state of the field, prospects for reform

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

  • The media welfare state : Nordic media in the digital era Syvertsen, Trine; Enli, Gunn; Mjøs, Ole J.; Moe, Hallvard

    Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2014

    Find in the library

    Mandatory

Articles and book chapters will be added at the start of the course.

Reading list revisions