Introduction to Media Studies I

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LJX008P05
Vaknaam Introduction to Media Studies I
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Introduction to Media Studies I
Leerdoelen On completion of this course unit, the student is able:
- to explain and contrast the dominant intellectual traditions and paradigms in media studies concerning the content of media as ‘texts’ based on the assigned literature, lectures and seminars;
- to describe the conceptual strengths and weaknesses of the approaches that are discussed in the assigned literature;
- to describe and explain the impact and effect of political and economic systems and socio-cultural influences on media content based on the assigned literature, lectures and seminars;
- to illustrate theoretical concepts through ‘real world’ examples of media in class discussions.
- to compile, summarize and synthesize academic literature on a key issue, topic, and/or concept in the form of a theoretically-informed literature review with a clear research question in mind.
Omschrijving Together with its follow-up Introduction to Media Studies II, this course unit introduces students to some of the main analytic frameworks that have been developed over the years in the field of media studies. Three pillars of media research – content, production, and audiences – are the focus of most studies within the field. The course unit Introduction to Media Studies I + II moves from attention to texts, meanings and content to media and social contexts, to production, and finally, reception. Central is studying why particular ways of thinking developed in particular perspectives and questions. The course Introduction to Media Studies I places a specific emphasis on media content, and media and social contexts. Students will learn to consider media content in greater detail, beginning with using academic concepts to explore how media produce meaning and represent different aspects of society and culture. The course introduces broader notions such as ‘ideology’ and ‘discourse’ that help us understand how media content is shaped by (and helps shape) power relations in society. Finally, this relationship between media and power is further explored by introducing ‘postmodern’ approaches to media that ask whether the meanings they produce are stable. While lectures introduce students to these dominant theoretical approaches, the seminars provide the opportunity for students to delve deeper into theory, by reading key texts and apply the concepts through exercises analysing contemporary examples of media content. The seminars also allow students to apply skills learned in the course Academic Skills to the field of media studies through the writing of a literature review assignment. This course unit picks up on the main debates students were introduced to in Media Platforms and Industries I + II and Media, Culture and Society, and builds upon these frameworks so that students can understand the different theories that have developed to analyse media content, meanings and social contexts. It also builds upon the skills learned in Academic Skills (e.g. the Literature review draws from skills in synthesizing key ideas from literature and paraphrasing these, as learned in Academic Skills) and allows students to independently conduct literature reviews on key themes in media studies. This course unit is part of the theoretical learning pathway.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijke opdracht(en), tentamen
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. B. Hagedoorn
Docent(en) R. Dijkstra, MA. , N. Fridzema, MA. , B. Ganesh, PhD. ,dr. B. Hagedoorn , D.F.G. Leix Palumbo, MA. , I.M. Luchs, MA. , D. Mensonides , M. Miedema, MA.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Media Studies: Texts, Production, Context (3rd ed.) published in 2021 Paul Long, Beth Johnson, Shana MacDonald, Schem Rogerson Bader, Tim Wall 9781138914407 ca. €  60,00
Digital readings (in Perusall, see course syllabus)
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the bachelor’s degree programme of Media Studies. This course is not open for other students.
Opmerkingen The Handbook (NB: please note we use the 3rd edition, from 2021) is used in both the courses Introduction to Media Studies I & II, and the content is basic reference material for the three-year BA Media Studies programme.
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