Media Spaces and Practices

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LJX016P05
Vaknaam Media Spaces and Practices
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Media Spaces and Practices
Leerdoelen Upon completion of this course unit, students are able:
- to lead a critical discussion of academic literature in the chair group reflection assignment
- to describe and critically reflect on major issues and debates with regard to spaces and practices of media production and/or consumption based on the assigned literature, lectures and seminars;
- synthesize, explore and apply important theoretical approaches to media spaces and practices, including how to apply a conceptual framework to a media site (case study)
- to describe and critically reflect on several key sites of media production and consumption central in the course, demonstrating conceptual thinking about media spaces
- to craft a coherent text that critically reflects on media spaces central in the course and relating practices of media production or consumption based on assigned and additional (academic) literature, lectures and seminars.
Omschrijving The course Media Spaces and Practices introduces students to important media spaces, their practices and cultures, in which media are produced, consumed and contextualized. Each week centres on an important ‘site’ of media production and/or consumption, as well as how each of these sites brings in to view actors and practices essential to our experience of these media spaces and media cultures. The course also focuses on the theoretical and conceptual issues that attend each space: the cultural formations, professional ideologies and new (digital or virtual) modes of production and consumption associated with sites such as Skype, television, the media home, online and digital media platforms such as YouTube, and the data centre. Upon completion, students should be able to distinguish sets of actors, spaces, places and practices relevant to such different spaces of media production and consumption, as well as identify the key questions and theories media researchers bring to bear on them from different perspectives (economical, technological, socio-cultural, ethnographical…). On a theoretical level, students are familiarized with what a conceptual framework is. By means of the lectures, seminars and readings, students develop their conceptual thinking about media spaces, and learn how to apply a theoretical or conceptual framework to a case study (a key site of media production and consumption). To further develop their conceptual thinking, students also imagine these sites of media production and consumption in a visual or non-textual format. This is trained and tested by means of creative assignments in the seminars (developing thinking skills through making) and the visual exhibition group assignment. As a result, the course as a whole prepares students for their own investigations of these (virtual) environments. The course unit builds on the theoretical approaches introduced to students in Introduction to Media Studies I and II, as well as an understanding of media production acquired in Media Platforms and Industries I and II. The course expands on this background by focusing more specifically on production and consumption practices and how these relate to specific media sites. Furthermore, close reading skills as acquired in Introduction to Media Studies I and II are further developed by applying conceptual This course is part of the theoretical learning pathway.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege, zelfstudie
(This course unit consists of weekly two-hour lectures, weekly two-hour seminars, written assignments, a presentation, exam preparation and self-study.)
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en), tentamen
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. B. Hagedoorn
Docent(en) dr. C. Apprich , diverse docenten ,dr. B. Hagedoorn ,dr. J. Lin, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Digital readings materials (via SmartCat) see syllabus
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 intr
Ba Media Studies  ( Major) 1 semester II b verplicht