Media and Communication Studies A: Key Concepts in Media, Communication and Journalism

15 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2IV161

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Media and Communication Studies G1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 8 December 2022
Responsible department
Department of Informatics and Media

Entry requirements

General entry requirements

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • describe central concepts and theoretical perspectives within the fields of Media Studies, Communication Studies and Journalism Studies respectively,
  • describe the constitutive role of communication in organisations, and the role of media and journalism in contemporary societies,
  • describe the historical development of the media, journalism and organisational communication,
  • describe and reflect on the roles and working conditions within different types of professions in the areas of media, communication and journalism,
  • describe and reflect on existing laws and ethical frameworks relevant to media and communications.

Competence and skills

  • analyse and discuss current problems and debates in the areas of Communication, Media and Journalism Studies,
  • plan, conduct and communicate minor investigations in the fields of Media, Communication and Journalism Studies, through collecting, compiling and analysing relevant information.

Judgement and approach

  • account for and discuss the main social implications of organisational communication, media and journalism,
  • reflect on ethical problems and challenges in the areas of media, communication and journalism practices.


The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of key concepts and theories in the three sub-fields of Media and Communication Studies; Media Studies, Communication Studies and Journalism Studies. The course is an introduction to research and theoretical paradigms within media and communication studies and presents students with both contemporary research and the historical background to the central concepts and theories within media and communication studies. The course also provides a brief glimpse of professional roles and working conditions within media, communication and journalism.


Lectures, seminars and assignments.


The course is examined through seminars, assignments, and in a final examination.

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.