Media and News Literacy

7.5 credits

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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 10-11 July, 2020.


In Kalmar, Linnaeus University is located in the city centre. Universitetskajen is entirely newly-built and located just next to the sea. Here you become part of a creative knowledge environment.

The city centre is also where most students live. Everything is available within a ten-minute bicycle ride, regardless of whether you want to take a swim in the sea, study, do some shopping, or work out. Historical buildings and cobblestone streets give charm to the city. When it is sunny, the area next to Kalmar Castle’s moat is filled with studying and sunbathing students. Student life is a natural part of Kalmar. This is where your dream of the future begins!

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