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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 formal and expressive aspects of media and on their cultural-historical context. Grounded in media studies as a discipline within the humanities, the course will provide a basis for theoretical reflection and analysis of (for instance) films, television, photography and computer games. The significance of technological and production-related circumstances for how media texts are created, produced and function is central to the course. The media forms under scrutiny and the theoretical-analytical traditions we will engage with will vary with each iteration of the course.

Few phenomena are as formative of our experience of the visual world as displays of suffering and representations of violence. Through a series of lectures and film screenings followed by discussions, this course will examine and analyse images of pain as they appear in visual culture. We will be concerned with a miscellany of case studies from media and the visual arts, including pictorial art, sculpture, photography, comics, animated documentaries, movies, TV series, computer games, and internet culture, and address various historical, aesthetic and ethical questions that they raise.

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.

Compulsory attendance at seminars (80%) 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

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