Media and Society


1) To understand contemporary communication in a social perspective;
2) To acquire an integrated theoretical perspective on relevant research topics within media studies;
3) To acquire critical reading skills for contemporary social phenomena;
4) To understand processes of mediatization associated to new media and their integration in everyday life;
5) To articulate media studies, Human Rights and state of the art sociological research;
6) To master the fundamental knowledges within the field and develop analytical skills about them (theories, concepts, methodologies, instruments and research techniques);
7) To master critical reading skills of academic texts (from a set of readings);
8) To develop the capacity to apply the acquired knowledge in research problems (to develop research questions and projects, research work).

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Cláudia Cristina da Silva


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





Ahmed, Sara. 2014. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. 2. ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Univ. Press.
Butler, Judith. 1999. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. New York: Routledge.
Couldry, Nick, e Andreas Hepp. 2016. The mediated construction of reality: society, culture, mediatization. Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA: Polity Press.
Dijk, Jan van. 2010. The Network Society: Social Aspects of New Media. 2.ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Fuchs, Christian. 2011. Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies. Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge.
Nayar, Pramod K. 2010. An introduction to new media and cybercultures. Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Plummer, Ken. 1994. Telling Sexual Stories: Power, Change and Social Worlds. New York: Routledge.


Teaching method

Oral presentation of the class´ contents, from previous readings and group discussion.
Presentation of ongoing or completed research projects by guests.
Presentation and discussion of media products.


Evaluation method

In-class discussion and analysis(30%), Individual follow-up on assignments. Individual projects that articulate with the programme and with each student´s interests; deliverable is a written essay up until 9 thousand words, formatted as an academic paper(70%)

Subject matter

1) The network society and New Media
a. Public spheres after Habermas
b. The promises and disappointments of new media
c. Changes in how media studies deal with the \"public sphere\"
2) New media in everyday life
a. Connections between communication, media and society: deep mediatization
b. Personal, collective and institutional: agency and autonomy with new media
3) Changing citizenship - Emergent identities in new media
a. Intimate citizenship
b. Civic engagement and subactivism
c. The ambiguity of media representations
4) New media and intersectionality
a. Gender performativity
b. Racism and xenophobia online
c. Consumerism and class
5) Problematizing \"new media\"
a. \"Participatory media\" as an ideology
b. Social networks as new communication agencies
c. Uber´s/AirBnB \"Sharing economy\" and neoliberalism


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