Media and News Literacy

7.5 credits

This course is open to any student who wants to become an enlightened citizen, by acquiring the necessary tools for decrypting media content, to fully and actively participate in the life of the democratic society.

Media literacy can be defined as “a critical-thinking skill that enables audiences to decipher the information that they receive through channels of mass communications and empowers them to develop independent judgments about media content”. Today, it is very important to assist young people to expand actionable skills to be able to find their way through the over-flow of information available in media. As a participant, you will learn to develop source criticism, to understand how news is produced, to grasp how media and money are interrelated, and, last but not least to figure out how representation in media and participation in the society are related.

At the end of the course, the following know-how will be acquired: to be able to work against stereotypes; to create intercultural dialogues; to understand the media process; and to develop critical thinking skills.

The course period starts with Welcome and Orientation Programme 12-13 July, 2019


The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.

The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.

In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.