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MA IN MEDIA EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF LAPLAND 120 ECTS

Media Education studies are formed of three themes that complement one another. These themes are
1) Media in Teaching and Learning,
2) Media in Society
3) Media and Psychosocial Well-being.
Some of the courses in each theme are compulsory, while others can be selected by the students according to their own interests (e.g. literature).

1) Media in Teaching and Learning
In this theme students get acquainted with how media as well as information and communication technology (ICT) can be utilised in teaching and learning processes. This is done from the viewpoints of learning theory, constructivism, and society and culture. The students examine the use of media and ICT in different formal and informal learning environment contexts through production, reception, and critical observation. The goal is that the students are able to utilise media and ICT in a pedagogically appropriate manner. They also are familiar with a variety of pedagogical models and methods for using ICT in teaching and learning. The students also learn methods for online guidance and tutoring. They will familiarise themselves with multidisciplinary media education research and can analyse it critically.

2) Media in Society
In this theme students get acquainted with the role of media in society and the historical and philosophical foundations of critical media education. This is done through the viewpoints of media and cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, and critical media education. The students examine the mediatization of society and the role of media in the society’s political, economic, cultural, and gendered structures. The goal is that the students understand the role of media in society and are familiar with theories explaining empowerment, control, and influence of media. Students are also able to search, read, and critically analyse research literature dealing with the role of media in society and the principles of critical media education

3) Media and Psychosocial Well-being
In this theme students get acquainted with the roles of media in the psychosocial well-being of individuals and communities. This is done through the viewpoints of social psychology and psychology. The roles of media in the psychosocial well-being of people of all ages are examined especially from the viewpoints of emotional and cognitive processes, behaviour, identity, social relations, and communality. The goal is that students are familiar with theories explaining psychosocial well-being and media effects, and understand the interactive and culturally shaped nature of the relationships of individuals and communities with media. In addition, the goal is that students are able to search, read, interpret, and critically analyse research publications dealing with the topic of media and psychosocial well-being.

MA IN MEDIA EDUCATION, UNIVERSITY OF LAPLAND 120 ECTS

Media Education 15 ECTS
MEDU3101 Research on Media Education 5 ECTS
MEDU3105 Internet Use and Psychosocial Well-Being 5 ECTS
MEDU3106 Theoretical Approaches to Media Culture 5 ECTS

Elective studies 10 ECTS
MEDU3107 Diversity in Media Education 5 ECTS
MEDU3104A Media Education Literature: Media in Teaching and Learning 5 ECTS
MEDU3104B Media Education Literature: Media in Society 5 ECTS
MEDU3104C Media Education Literature: Media and Psychosocial Well-being 5 ECTS
KKAS3117 Internationalization Studies 5-10 ECTS
These courses can be selected from the course offering from the whole University of Lapland. University of Lapland is also a member of many networks offering courses for the students of University of Lapland. It is advisable to agree about the suitability of a course with the Media Education academic staff before enrolment to the course.

Practical Training 10 ECTS
MEDU3700 Practical Training 8 ECTS
MEDU3800 Reflection on Practical Training 2 ECTS

Methodology 20 ECTS
TUTA0311 Qualitative Analysis 5 ECTS
TUTA0312 Quantitative methods 5 ECTS
KMEN1310 Research Methods for the Online World 5 ECTS
KENG0005 Academic Writing (CEFR B2) 5 ECTS

Master Thesis and seminars 40 ECTS
MEDU3011 Research Seminar I 5 ECTS
MEDU3012 Research Seminar II 5 ECTS
MEDU3013 Thesis 30 ECTS
MEDU3014 Maturity test

Bridging Studies 25 ECTS
MEDU2207 Introduction to Global Media Education 5 ECTS
MEDU2208 Theoretical Approaches to Media Use and Psychosocial Well-being 5 ECTS
MEDU2203 Critical Media Analysis 5 ECTS
MEDU2209 Media Educator in Working Life 5 ECTS
MEDU2205 Pedagogical Models in Educational Use of ICT’s 5 ECTS


YMEN1804 Scientific Information Retrieval 2 ECTS