American Mass Media II

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 5EN725

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
English G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Board of the Department of English, 1 September 2011
Responsible department
Department of English

General provisions

The course is a self-contained course.

Entry requirements

Completed course American Mass Media 7.5 credits or within the humanities and social sciences disciplinary research domain.

Learning outcomes

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.

Other directives

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.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.