MMP302 Media, Professions and Society
In this course, the philosophies, role understandings and practices of media professions are discussed. The course addresses how media practices are legitimized and get – or invoke – a particular role in society, including in relation to social, cultural and political processes. Through critical perspectives, these assumptions are questioned – for example in relation to the role of the state, the market, ethics, and art. The subject is discussed from two different standpoints in parallel: with a basis in the individual worker’s professional understanding and with a basis in how media practices affect and are affected by media society’s various participants.
The course overlaps with DJM305 The Documentary and Journalism`s Role in Society.
In accordance with the national qualification framework, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes after completing the course:
The student has
- advanced knowledge of legitimation, norms, ethics and autonomy in relation to her/his own and others’ exercise of roles
- a thorough knowledge of how current media development challenges professions, understand of roles, norms and ethics
- advanced knowledge of relevant professional theory and thorough understanding of the various social tasks that exist in the various professions in the media industry
- can reflect on and analyze her/his own and others’ application of roles and independently show further development of their professional understanding in the face of other media processions
- has developed a critical media awareness in which one sees her/his own professional practice in a broader context
- can use various forms of media and theories for a critical discussion and analysis of various role understandings and practices linked to media and social development
- can understand and analyze the tension between occupational boundaries and development (boundary work)
- has a thorough understanding of her/his own professional and social role and knowledge of the similarities with and differences between other media professionals’ role understandings and practices
Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars throughout the entire semester.
1. Prepare and conduct a presentation of selected curriculum texts.
2. Prepare a response to other students’ presentation of selected curriculum texts.
3. Write an academic essay using writing conventions and standards for scholarly publishing (approximately 1000 words). The topic should be one of the main subjects of the course.
4. Fill out the evaluation form of the course (done anonymously).
Examination results are executed in accordance with the Directive for Admission, Studies and Examination at Volda University College.
|Form of assessment||Grouping||Duration||Type of duration||Grading scale||Proportion||Comment||Supported material||Scope|
|Home exam||Individual||4||Days||A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade||Final assessment for the course is five days home assignment.||4000 words 1,5 spaced, 12 pt (+/- 20 percent leeway allowed)|
|Form of assessment:||Home exam|
|Type of duration:||Days|
|Grading scale:||A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade|
|Comment:||Final assessment for the course is five days home assignment.|
|Scope:||4000 words 1,5 spaced, 12 pt (+/- 20 percent leeway allowed)|