Media, Culture and Society

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LJX009P05
Vaknaam Media, Culture and Society
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Media, Culture and Society
Leerdoelen After completion of the course unit the student is able:

- To explain how the concepts ‘media’, ‘culture’, and ‘society’ interrelate in media studies based on the assigned literature and lectures (1A; 1B; 1E);
- To outline, at a general level, the established traditions that explain the place and role of media in society and the differences between them based on the assigned literature and lectures (1E; 2C);
- To illustrate the impact of media through the analysis of ‘real world’ examples (2B; 2C; 3B);
- To demonstrate understanding of the weekly readings and lectures in the form of a written assignment and in a final exam. (1B; 2B; 2C; 4A).
Omschrijving Media Studies is a composite discipline, related to literary studies, sociology, anthropology, communication studies, cultural analysis and other disciplines. What holds this composite together is the idea that media help shape and impact cultures and societies. With this fundamental assumption in mind, this course introduces students to important themes, issues and questions related to this assumption about media’s significance. How have political campaigns been transformed by television and new media? How are conflicts represented by the news? How do digital technologies contribute to transforming experiences of collective memory as part of culture and society?

Where Media Industries and Platforms I and II take media themselves as a starting point, this course introduces media in terms of their sociocultural impact. Accordingly, it begins by asking how the three central notions – media, culture, and society –relate to one another and how we can understand the effects and impact of media in society. From there, the course makes these three notions more concrete by exploring different domains in which the impact and influence of media are tangible. We examine the role media in relation to sociocultural aspects and domains, including topics such as technology, politics, and nationality. By anchoring our general introductory discussion of media with more in-depth topical treatments of its influences in different domains, this course provides students with an applied understanding of how media relates to different aspects of society. The course uses case studies to help students relate the theoretical discussion of media’s impact to concrete examples. Students will further explore these themes and case studies in a short written assignment and the final exam. The short written assignment is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the weekly readings and to practise for the final exam.
Uren per week 2
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, zelfstudie
(1 x 2 uur hoorcollege)
Toetsvorm schriftelijke opdracht(en), tentamen
(2 uur digitaal tentamen)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator B. Ganesh, PhD.
Docent(en) S. Banjac, PhD. , R. Dijkstra, MA. , B. Ganesh, PhD. , to be announced
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Media, Culture and Society (second edition, 2016) Paul Hodkinson 9781473902367 ca. €  30,00
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the bachelor’s degree programme of Media Studies. This course is not open for other students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 1 semester I a keuze
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Datafication and Digital Literacy) - semester I a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Media Creation and Innovation) - semester I a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  ( Major) 1 semester I a verplicht
Ba Media Studies  (Pre-master Social Media and Society) - semester I a verplicht
Facultaire Minor Mediastudies 3 semester I a verplicht