Media and Communication: Digital Media and Analysis
General entry requirements plus either
- field-specific eligibility A6 (Civics 1b or 1a1+ 1a2)
- field-specific eligibility 6 (upper secondary school level English B and Civics A).
EducationThe degree programme Digital Media and Analysis is ideal for anyone with an interest in the social effects of digital media. Students learn to identify urgent issues from both strategic and research perspectives and to choose the appropriate methods of analysis to provide relevant information. Through practice-based courses students develop skills in areas ranging from Application Programming Interfaces to data visualisation. In a process of "learning by doing", students learn to master advanced methods such as text mining, link analysis, social network analysis and online ethnography. The courses in the first semester, taught in Swedish, are for all students in media and communication studies.Then students specialising in Digital Media and Analysis move on to in-depth courses in digital media and their relationship to technology, culture, and society. The courses include the technical foundations of digital media, design processes in digital environments and the importance of analytical methods in evaluating and developing services. Overriding issues of power and ethics in today's digital markets are central as is the practice of adopting a reflective attitude to the use of different methods. The bulk of the courses are taught in English, preparing students for an international job market. The first part of the third year consists of elective courses (30 ECT credits), giving students the opportunity to profile their degree with complementary courses in Media and Communication Studies, internship-based courses or study abroad.
Form of InstructionTeaching is in the form of lectures, seminars and group work. The number of scheduled hours per week varies. Students are required to study on their own. The programme represents full-time work, i.e. an average workload of 40 hours per week.
ExaminationExamination usually takes place at the end of each course, module, or unit. There are no set examination periods, and generally no final exam at the end of a semester, an academic year, or a complete study programme.
Study AbroadThe elective 30 ECTS credits offers students the opportunity to study abroad. Karlstad University has exchange agreements with many universities around the world to which students at the university are eligible to apply.
Professional ContactA number of companies and organisation are involved in the programme, contributing real-world data material and research questions. Students have the opportunity to establish professional contacts through guest lectures, and/or via internship in organisations during the elective term.
Course of study
|Semester 1||ECTS credits|
|Introduction to Media and Communication Studies (Obligatory)||15|
|Text, Communication and Organization (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 2||ECTS credits|
|Professional Role, Jurisprudence and Ethics (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Social Media & Social Theory (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Media Audiences in the Digital Age (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Strategic Communication and the Analytical Organisation (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Semester 3||ECTS credits|
|Technical Foundations of Digital Media and Digital Design (Obligatory)||15|
|Digital Analysis Methods (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 4||ECTS credits|
|Data Visualisation and Communication (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Project in Media Analysis (Obligatory)||7.5|
|Data, Power and Ethics (Obligatory)||15|
|Semester 5||ECTS credits|
|Optional course (Obligatory)||30|
|Semester 6||ECTS credits|
|Independent research project: Digital analysis (Obligatory)||30|
Elective course: Students are free to choose among certain alternative courses, often depending on their choice of specialisation.
Optional course: Students are free to choose any course offered at Karlstad University or at other universities. Courses listed are examples of recommended or frequently chosen courses for a specific programme.