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MEDU3106 Theoretical Approaches to Media Culture, 5 ECTS cr. 
Code MEDU3106  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Theoretical Approaches to Media Culture  Abbreviation Theoretical App 
Credits5 ECTS cr.  Date of expiry  
TypeAdvanced studies Subject0199 Education, specially Media Education 
ClassCourse  Hours  
Study right   GradingPass, Fail, Grades 1-5 
Recommended timing 
Organisation Faculty of Education 

Marja-Riitta Maasilta 


After completing the course the student
- is familiar with different research traditions related to the topic
- is able to locate these traditions in their historical, cultural and societal contexts
- recognizes different theoretical-methodological approaches in studying media culture
- understands and is able to evaluate the strengths and restrictions of different theoretical approaches 


Through lectures and course readings students will get acquainted with different research traditions and contemporary debates and challenges in exploring media culture. The course focuses on research traditions examining media structures, media influences, media psychology, media and democracy, audience, popular and visual culture, gender and new media. The lectures are interactive by their nature and require participation in the discussion as well as in the exercises to be performed during the lectures.


20 hours of lectures, including discussions and exercises. Collaborative learning and reciprocal teaching are emphasized. Students prepare presentations on relevant topics in small groups.


Active participation in lectures and discussions, group work presentations and course examination.

Supplementary Literature 

Topical literature, articles and online material will be announced in the beginning of the course.





3. period


University lecturer of Media education B

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