Media Spaces and Practices

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode LJX016P05
Vaknaam Media Spaces and Practices
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Media Spaces and Practices
Leerdoelen Upon completion of this course unit, students are able:
- to lead and participate in a critical discussion of academic literature in the group presentation;
- to describe and critically reflect on major issues and debates with regard to the six key media spaces (the studio, the newsroom, the (mobile) home, the fan convention, the participatory platform, the googleplex)based on the assigned literature, lectures and seminars;
- to craft a coherent argument that synthesizes of three important theoretical approaches to media production and consumption based on assigned and additional academic literature, lectures and seminars;
- to craft a coherent text that critically reflects on one of the six spaces and relating practices of media production or consumption based on assigned and additional (academic) literature, lectures and seminars.
Omschrijving The course introduces students to important spaces, practices and cultures in which media are produced and contextualized. Each week centres on an important site of media production and/or consumption, as well as how each of these brings in to view actors and practices that are essential to our experience of media culture. Additionally, the focus is on the theoretical issues that attend each space: the studio and the elite cultural formations of Hollywood and the TV industry, the professional ideology of journalism and the newsroom, new modes of production associated with digital media, and so on. The question is how the specificity of each environment affects media production or consumption. How is the culture of Hollywood visible in the movies it produces? How do journalists and editors decide what counts as news, and how are their values maintained? What influence do fans and social media users have on the content they consume?

Where the first-year course Introduction to Media Studies II introduces students to how media production and audiences are generally theorized, this course deepens this knowledge by engaging with spaces that are routinely studied by media scholars. In this way, the course prepares students for their own investigations of these environments. Lectures will provide an introduction to each space, while weekly seminars will feature discussions and exercises organized and designed by students.
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 digitale toetsing, presentatie, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. S.I. Aasman
Docent(en) dr. S.I. Aasman , M. Esteve Del Valle, PhD. ,dr. B. Hagedoorn , A.S. Waysdorf, MA. , J.M. Wolthuis
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Reader (on sale via from August 15 2016 on) ca. €  30,00
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the bachelor’s degree programme of Media Studies. This course is not open for other students.
Opmerkingen Progress is open van 20 november tot en met 1 december 2017. De (eventuele) werkgroep intekening in Nestor is open van 11 december 07.00 uur t/m 26 januari (2018) 23.59 uur. De faculteit behoudt zich het recht voor wijzigingen aan te brengen in het vakaanbod, het aantal groepen en de roostering.
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 1 semester I a intr
Ba Media Studies  ( Major) 1 semester II b verplicht