Courses

Department of Media Studies education

Film Experience: theories and approaches, Second level, 7.5hp, Autumn 2020

This course explores film experience from a chosen theoretical perspective (e.g. phenomenological, cultural studies, new materialist, cognitive). It offers enhanced insights into film theoretical traditions and schools, emphasizing the methodological question of applying the chosen approach to a particular genre, period, style or a thematic area. The course draws from topical or on-going research projects, and its special focus varies from term to term. On completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate: - an enhanced knowledge of a chosen film theoretical question - an advanced familiarity with a film theoretical tradition and its methodological consequences - an ability to critically formulate and evaluate research problems within this particular domain of cinema studies.

Images of Sweden - Approaches to Swedish Film and Media Culture, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2020

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.

Journalistic Writing, First level, 7.5hp, Autumn 2020

The course is an introduction to journalistic writing with a focus on science journalism. The student learns source search, interviewing techniques and source criticism, journalistic writing and strategies for communicating research results in journalistic form aimed at a broad audience. The course highlights ethical issues and problematizes the respective roles of scientific knowledge and journalism. The practical part of the course consists of writing exercises and the collection of your own material as well as external monitoring in journalistic publications. Under supervision, you will write texts based on your own area of expertise.

Media and Politics in a Globalizing World, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2020

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 2020

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 Studies: Keywords for the Present, Second level, 7.5hp, Autumn 2020

This course provides analytical tools for critically investigating contemporary media culture. By emphasizing “keywords", i.e. concepts, theories and methodological perspectives, the course provides an overview of key debates within contemporary media studies and is highly pertinent for students planning or already writing their MA-thesis. Focusing on both traditional media (e.g. TV, press, film, radio) and forms of digital culture the course offers critical perspectives on the transformations of media technologies, production and reception practices, aesthetic and representational strategies and the changing cultural and social meanings of media. Topics discussed include media convergence vs. media specificity, intermediality/transmedial narration, novel forms of media uses, changing screen cultures, notions of “trash" and media affects.

Media, Justice and Human Rights, Second level, 7.5hp, Spring 2020

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).

Mediatized Intersections: class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, Second level, 7.5hp, Autumn 2020

The course discusses different theoretical methods and empirical studies of how media represent different aspects of social identities such as class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The concept of intersectionality is used as a departure point to describe and explain the degree and variations of the way media representations construct identities as well as the power structures these representations are grounded in.

Moving Images and Gender, First level, 15.0hp, Spring 2020

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 2020

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.

Politics and Popular Culture, Second level, 7.5hp, Autumn 2020

The course is about narratives of politics in a globalized world, and more specifically depictions of contemporary world politics in science fiction and fantasy (SF). Several key concepts to be explored are central to theoretical debates in both the humanities and social sciences, but tend to be used in very different ways by political scientists and media scholars -- concepts such as realism, representation, identity, myth and power. The course is structured around two theoretical traditions: the study of international relations, and narrative theory. No previous knowledge of either field is required, nor are students supposed to become experts in these traditions by the end of the course. Instead, students will be expected to make scholarship out of the banal, by relating these theories to the sorts of popular culture texts encountered in everyday life, and in particular novels and films from the science fiction and fantasy genre.

Post-Colonial Perspectives on Audiovisual Media, First level, 15.0hp, Spring 2020

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 2020

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.

Swedish Film and Television Culture, First level, 15.0hp, Autumn 2020

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.

Courses taught in English

 

We offer a wide range of courses (and programmes) taught in English. If you are an Exchange student, free mover or just plainly interested you may find what you search for here.

Many of the courses taught in English are second cycle/advanced level courses - often part of Master's programme - that requiers previuos knowledge and even Bachelor degrees or equivalent, but some on basic level are open for most students.

 

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Fashion Studies - Course Information Spring 2020

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Cinema Studies - Course Information Spring 2020

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Journalistic Writing, 7.5 credits

Proficiency course in journalism, ideal for students looking for complementary studies within a Master's Programme and to turn an academic text into a work of Science Journalism.

Images of Sweden - Approaches to Swedish Film and Media Culture, 7.5 ECTS, VT 2020

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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...

Media Archaeology, 7.5 credits

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.

Period 1, Daytime, 50 %, On campus 

Master's level

English

New Media Studies - Beyond Screen Representation, 7.5 ECTS VT20

New Media Studies - Beyond Screen Representation, 7.5 ECTS

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....

Media, Justice and Human Rights, 7.5 credits

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).

Period 1, Daytime, 50 %, On campus

Master's level

English

Courses taught in English - basic level

Courses on basic level taught in English are not very common at Stockholm University however at Department of Media Studies/Section for Cinema Studies you may find 15 ECTS credit courses that even give you a chance to get a full semester of 30 ECTS credits should you take the courses back to back.

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Fall and Spring admittance

Exchange student and interested in this course? Ask your SU coordinator to contact our coordinator to see if the course can be included in your study.

The course provides an overview of the role of the moving image in Swedish culture and society during the last one hundred 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. 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.

 

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Moving Images and Gender 15 credits

Spring admittance

Exchange student and interested in this course? Ask your SU coordinator to contact our coordinator to see if the course can be included in your study.

Moving Images and Gender addresses these and many other questions concerning gender, sexuality and body issues in audiovisual imageries of the present and the past. Focusing on feminist film and media theories, the course offers tools to unravel hierarchies behind the seemingly self-evident gender settings in the media, but it also explores how gendered and sexual conventions could be challenged in moving images and in our ways of looking at them. In particular, questions of gendered viewing pleasure and politics are at the core of the course: what draws us towards some images and pushes us away from others, and how encounters with moving images affect our ways of looking at and valuing ourselves and others.

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Postcolonial Perspectives 15 credits

Spring admittance

Exchange student and interested in this course? Ask your SU coordinator to contact our coordinator to see if the course can be included in your study.

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.

More about this course and application
 

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Cinema Studies - Course Information Fall 2019

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Fashion Studies - Course Information Fall 2019

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Journalism- Course Information Fall 2019

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Media and Communication Studies - Course Information Fall 2019

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