Postgraduate course

Media Aesthetics

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMEVI303
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course focuses on the form and expression of media and their cultural-historical context.

Based on the humanities-grounded areas of the media studies the topic provides the basis for theoretical reflection and analytical handling of, among other things, film, television, and computer games. Understanding of technological and production-related circumstances for the design and functions of the media texts is central to the course. The media forms and theoretical-analytical traditions emphasized in the course may vary.

This iteration of the course is about transmedia worlds in theory and practice. The lectures focus on various media forms and genres including TV, film, digital games, and comics, and how each can contribute to the design and development of a transmedial world. Along with a theoretical understanding of the function of different media in a transmedia context, the students will design their own transmedia worlds and in doing so get to expand their skills in content development, storytelling, and design.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:


The student

  • has knowledge of selected theoretical and analytical traditions central for understanding media form and content.
  • has knowledge of how the form and content of media is related to specific cultural-historical, technological, and production-related conditions.


The student

  • is able to compare, assess, and discuss important characteristics of different analytical traditions.
  • is able to apply theoretical insights and concepts in analyses of media expressions and genres.

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor¿s degree in Information Science or Media Studies or equivalent.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars and individual supervision.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Presentation of assignment at seminar. See own guidelines at the start of the semester.

Mandatory attendance at seminars and other activities as determined by the course coordinator.

Approved work requirements valid only in the teaching semester.

Forms of Assessment

Course essay written under supervision, approx. 7000 words.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Assessment only in the teaching semester.

Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated every three years.


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