Translation of the Swedish programme syllabus
Master's Programme in Media, Communication and Cultural Analysis, 120 credits
(Masterprogram i medier, kommunikation och kulturanalys, 120 högskolepoäng)
Programme code P4211
Academic school School of Culture and Education
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from HT 2014 (autumn semester)
Valid to VT 2018 (spring semester)

1. Validation

This programme syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board at Södertörn University on 2014-02-21 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

2. Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree including 90 credits in Media and Communication Studies as the main field of study, and English B or equivalent

3. Programme outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of the programme, the student is able to

  • demonstrate extensive insight into the central traditions of media theory, based on the reading of canonical texts; and demonstrate extensive knowledge of contemporary themes within Media and Communication Studies, based on familiarity with current research,

  • demonstrate extensive knowledge of the role of the media for social institutions, lived cultures and forms of representation,

  • review recent research about a chosen subject of study within Media and Communication Studies,

  • complete and publicly present an independent research project within the field of Media and Communication Studies.

    Competence and skills

    On completion of the programme, the student is able to

  • formulate an independent, Master's research project, with an aim, theory and method that is clearly related to the field of Media and Communication Studies; and a mode of analysis that demonstrates a clear connection between theory, method and empirical data,

  • present the results of this study in the form of a written report, in accordance with academic practice, and an article for an academic journal, in accordance with current standards,

  • defend the findings of this research report and article, and to review the reports and articles of other students, in the context of an academic seminar,

  • demonstrate a practical familiarity with the different technologies used in contemporary media production.

    Judgement and approach

    On completion of the programme, the student is able to

  • demonstrate a reflective, self-critical approach to the possibilities and limitations of Media and Communication Studies,

  • understand how Media Studies may be applied to the understanding of the development of culture and society, and how to make relevant connections between various aspects of media and communication in their social and cultural settings (ethical, legal, political, aesthetic, ideological etc.),

  • independently contribute to an advanced academic discussion; and to relate academic issues in the study of media and communication to a multidisciplinary setting,

  • demonstrate a reflective awareness of the developments in communication technologies, founded in theory and practice.

  • 4. Applicability

    The programme is designed to provide students with comprehensive knowledge about the theory and practice of the media, and acquire skills in problem solving, advanced analysis, and project completion that prepares them for a broad range of professional careers within the media sector. The programme is also designed to prepare students for doctoral studies within the field of media and communication, nationally and internationally.

    5. Qualification

    Title of qualification

  • Filosofie masterexamen med huvudområdet medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap
  • Degree of Master of Arts (120 credits) in Media and Communication Studies

    Qualification stipulation

  • The degree of Master of Arts (Two Years) is awarded on completion to a student who has passed courses equivalent to 120 credits with a degree of specialisation. At least 60 credits must be awarded for in-depth courses in the main field of studies, including a minimum of 30 credits for an independent project. A project of 15 credits is permissible if a Master’s project of 15 credits has previously been completed. A student must previously have been awarded a Bachelor's Degree equivalent to 180 credits, or have an equivalent qualification from abroad.

  • 6. Programme design

    The overriding aim of the programme is to provide students with advanced knowledge about contemporary and historical media theory and the ability to carry out and present independent and advanced research. As part of the programme, students take part in a multidisciplinary seminar and are introduced to current media technology and production processes. The programme is two years in length. During the first year, students study the theories and methods of media and communication. During the second year, students complete an advanced and independent research project.

    7. Compulsory courses

    Semester 1:
    -- Canonical Texts in Media Theory, 7.5 credits
    -- Media and Culture Industries, 7.5 credits
    -- Media and Everyday Life, 7.5 credits
    -- Media and Representation, 7.5 credits

    Semester 2:
    -- Optional Course/s (Advanced Level, 30 credits)

    Semester 3:
    -- Media Production (Advanced Level, 15 credits)
    -- Academic English (Advanced Level 7.5 credits)
    -- Strategies of Media Research (Advanced Level 7.5 credits)

    Semester 4:
    -- Media and Communication Studies: Master's Dissertation (Advanced Level, 30 credits)
     A student on a study programme is guaranteed a place on the compulsory courses or on the specializations/courses within the programme. (For entry requirements, see 11, Other Stipulations.)

    8. Optional courses

    One semester is optional. The courses are taken during the second semester at Södertörn University or elsewhere in Sweden or abroad, after approval from the programme coordinator. The aim of the optional semester is to give students a possibility to focus on a subject closely related to their upcoming Master's dissertation. It is also possible to take an independent course, given by the department or the supervisor.
     A student is guaranteed a place on a range of courses equivalent to a full workload. There is no guarantee that a student is offered a place on his/her first choice of course. For entry requirements, see course syllabus.

    9. Degree project

    Media and Communication Studies: Master's Dissertation, 30 credits

    10. Credit transfer for prior studies

    A student has the right to have prior learning assessed for accreditation within the study programme.

    11. Other stipulations

    For entry requirements for courses within a study programme, see course syllabus.