Forms of education Department of Media Studies Spring 2021

Due to Covid-19 and in accordance with Stockholm University's guidelines and decisions, the spring of 2021 will look different from regular semesters. Distance learning will be the main form of teaching.

Courses in English by subject Spring 2021

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Free standing courses taught in English

Department of Media Studies (Intstitutionen för mediestudier - IMS) is home to four main subjects: Cinema Studies, Fashion Studies, Journalism and Media and Communication Studies.

The hallmark of the Department is the international profile in both research and education. We have a number of free standing independent courses on both first and second cycle level - taught by our staff, and in English of course.

This means that we can accomodate both long term international Master's students as well as a shorter stay like exchange students - both from our partner universities and from other universities with agreements with Stockholm University.

Take a look below what you may apply to coming semster. What would you like to study?


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Application rounds:

Spring Semesters: September 15 - October 15

Fall Semesters: March 15 - April 15

Department of Media Studies education - what we give in English

Images of Sweden - Approaches to Swedish Film and Media Culture, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2021

The course explores moving image media in Swedish cultural and social life from the breakthrough of the film until today's media usage. Particular attention is given to the Swedish film and television culture in relation to international development patterns in the media field, national films as concepts, reception both from a national and international perspectives as well as different viewing frameworks. The course is structured around case studies that highlight different research traditions and scientific approaches in Swedish movie research. The course consists of a series of lectures / seminars led by teachers at the Department of Film Studies in line with the interdisciplinary traditions of the subject and the special areas of the researchers.

Media and Politics in a Globalizing World, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2021

The course contains advanced studies of globalization and mediation processes that are important for the transformation of political and cultural identities. Case-study based lectures and seminars on specific media situations, such as global crisis reporting, distribution of amateur photos, blogging, and global television and radio, are connected to different theoretical perspectives and contribute to deepened and specialized knowledge of globalization and the media.

Media Archaeology, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2021

The course looks at the intricate temporal relations that exists in between new and old media technologies. The concept och "new media" is questioned and contemporary digital cultures are put in a historical perspective. During the course students will examine forgotten, overlooked, recycled, debunked and imagined media technologies as well as the myths, hopes and hesitations surrounding those. A strong focus will be on how media materiality, functionality and design could be seen as coordinating political, social and cultural practice.

Media, Justice and Human Rights, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2021

The close ties between the media, justice and human rights are established and used as a basis for further discussions on responsibility and solidarity, especially those linked to crisis situations, and how this affects media in its different forms: the media as witnesses, the media as an arena for other witnesses, media reporting on human rights and justice, media reporting as a way to uphold human rights and/or justice/injustice, and so on. The focus is on areas such as climate change, migration, war and minorities, and reflects on how we relate to the "other", for example by using perspectives from cosmopolitanism theories. The cases studied spans many geographic areas and reaches across many different forms of media and media platforms (eg analog, digital, news, video games).

Moving Images and Gender, First level, 15.0hp, Spring 2021

The course explores central approaches, concepts and contemporary discussions in studying gender in moving images and viewing practices. After the course, students are expected to be able to: - Understand and reflect introduced concepts and approaches in feminist film/media studies. - Apply them to analysis of gender in moving images. Various ways of scrutinizing gendered, sexual and class-related power structures and body norms in feminist film and media studies are addressed during the course. Along with media viewings that range across various audiovisual genres and forms, the course consists of lectures, discussions, small writing assignments and a home exam.

New Media Studies - Beyond Screen Representation, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2021

Cinema Studies is much more than the study of film and television. This course is for you who are interested in contemporary culture and technology and want to know more about present debates in media theory. Exploring a wide range of media forms from new perspectives, the course challenges the notion of what Cinema Studies really is. The course offers critical and analytical tools for moving motion picture in today’s changing media landscape. Whereas scholarship in the fields of film and television studies have developed during the past decades a wide array of approaches to representation, aesthetics, spectatorship and media industries, the contemporary mediascape poses new questions that demand new critical vocabularies and theoretical perspectives. During the course, we will survey ideas that emerged in recent years and that have proved crucial for adapting the field to the contemporary media age by way of posing inquires beyond the territory of screen representation. Among other issue, we will questions how do formats such as mp3 and PDF challenge established notions of medium specificity? How does theorizing software and hardware introduce new formulations of ideology and subjectivity? How do the infrastructures of fiber-optic networks operate and impact the environments? And how did the openness of today’s “network society” consolidate around the highly centralized platform economy? Finally, we will explore how contemporary works have broadened the scope of the subjects that concern media scholarship, by looking at select case studies such as feminist critique of airport security systems, the visual culture of post-9/11 drones and facial recognition systems, the future of smart cities, and the possibilities of rethinking of media in broader frames that go beyond artistic and communication technologies.

Post-Colonial Perspectives on Audiovisual Media, First level, 15.0hp, Spring 2021

The course introduces postcoloniality both as a theoretical framework and an audiovisual field which address issues of cultural, ethnic and racialized differences. After the course, students are expected to be able to: - Understand and reflect on introduced concepts and approaches in postcolonial film/media studies. - Apply them to analysis of audiovisual media. The main focus of the course is on questions of visibility and privilege, marginalization and tolerance which relate postcolonial (media) theory to feminist and queer studies. Along with media viewings, the course consists of lectures, discussions, small writing assignments and a home exam.

Swedish Film and Television Culture, First level, 15.0hp, Spring 2021

The course provides an overview of the role of the moving image in Swedish culture and society during the last 100 years, a period when moving image culture became increasingly more important. Swedish film and television culture is presented in relation to international trends and developments in the field. Various approaches are considered, including the analysis of formal concerns combined with different socio-cultural perspectives as well as entertainment genres and avant-garde experiment. Industrial practice and film analysis are discussed with a focus on individual artists. Attention is also paid to case studies dealing with questions of criticism and reception. Recommended for exchange students and international free movers.

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