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Archived Curricula Guide 2017–2019
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JOVA5 Research Directions in Communication and Media Studies 5 ECTS
Organised by
Degree Programme in Journalism and Communication
Minimum preceding studies
20 ECTS.
Preceding studies
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Communication, Media and Theatre
Curricula 2015 – 2017

Learning outcomes

Having done this module, the student has a broad, historically and socially sensitive, understanding of research that deals with media, culture and communication. She/he identifies the particularities of main scholarly directions in the field and recognizes their key interfaces and issues of shared interest. The student is able to assess how the research traditions connect with the economic and technological conditions of their time.


Teaching in the module contextualizes the diversity of research on media, culture and communication by illuminating paradigm changes in the field and by analyzing how these changes relate to broader societal developments. Major focus is on the concepts, themes and approaches that provide fruitful intersections for the study of communication and interaction in a post-industrial and increasingly technologically mediated world.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h

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 Finnish
Further information 

Individual and group essee.

The module consists of a lecture course (2 ECTS), which includes research articles and is completed with an individual essay, and group work (3 ECTS) in which the students familiarize themselves with key problematics in the field through certain research traditions and their representatives; completion with a group essay and a seminar presentation based on it.


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

The following books and articles are used as supplementary material for group work:

Pietilä: Joukkoviestintätutkimuksen valtateillä. 1997
Peters: Speaking into the air: A history of the idea of communication. 2001
Katz & al (eds.): Canonic texts in media research. 2003 
Lister & al (eds.): New media: A critical introduction. 2003 or newer
Mörä & al (toim.): Mediatutkimuksen vaeltava teoria. 2004 
Pietilä: On the highways of mass communication studies. 2005
Lum (ed.): Perspectives on culture, technology and communication. The media ecology tradition. 2006
Craig & Muller (eds.): Theorizing communication: Readings across traditions. 2007
Jensen: Media convergence: The three degrees of network, mass and interpersonal communication. 2010 Hesmondhalgh: Why Music Matters. 2013

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Communication Sciences
Faculty of Communication Sciences
Faculty of Communication Sciences
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