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JOVA8 Media Structures and Governance 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Journalism and Communication
Minimum preceding studies
20 ECTS.
Preceding studies

General description

Theoretically and methodologically the study module concentrates on comparative research of media systems, institutions, organizations and markets including policy and regulation of these areas. In addition, the module includes a review of approaches and concepts of the normative theories of the media, and demonstrates how to apply these measures to the comparison of media structures and regulation as well as to the analysis of current change. The module will give an overview of key approaches and research traditions of the field and, in particular, describe and analyze the ongoing change from policy and regulation to market- and actor-oriented governance.

Learning outcomes

Having done this module the student is able to conceptualize and analyse the structures and activities of media institutions and markets as well as the similarities and differences between the overall media systems. The student is able to depict the central factors which affect the background and development of media systems and to evaluate the consequences of change of these systems. The student will also learn to critically evaluate the normative basis of structures and activities of the media, and the approaches and methods of relevant research of the field.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h

Lectures (20 hrs) and lecture diary, plus a separate book exam.
Lectures and the diary (2 ECTS), book exam (3 ECTS).

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In Finnish
In English
In Finnish
In English
Written exam 
In English


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

A book exam (3 ECTS) through the electronic exam system (tenttis@uta.fi) of the university. The exam consists of altogether two books of which one is compulsory for all (Hallin and Mancini 2004) and the other is to be selected from the options at point 2 below.

1. Hallin & Mancini: Comparing media systems. Cambridge University Press, 2004. Available also as E-book through Tamcat.

2. One of the following:

  1. Terzis (ed.): European media governance: national and regional dimensions. Intellect, 2007. Available also as E-book through Tamcat.
  2. Christians (et al.): Normative theories of media. University of Illinois Press, 2009.
  3. Küng, Picard & Towse (eds.): The Internet and the mass media. Sage, 2008.
  4. Freedman: The politics of media policy. Cambridge: Polity, 2008.
  5. Holt & Perren (eds.): Media industries: history, theory and method. Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Communication, Media and Theatre
School of Communication, Media and Theatre
School of Communication, Media and Theatre