Course code: MHIA05
Swedish title: Mediehistoria: Sociala medier i historiskt perspektiv
ECTS credits: 7.5

Teaching – spring semester 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect our education and most of the teaching must take place completely digitally until further notice. Pay attention to the information in the schedule and/or in Canvas – the information is continuously adjusted based on current decisions and recommendations.

Read more at Covid-19 and the academic year 2020/2021.

Study period: spring semester 2021
Type of education: only online
Type of studies: full time, distance course
Study period: 2021-03-24 – 2021-04-30
Language of instruction: English

Application code: LU-E5731

Application code: LU-72611

Introductory meeting: 2021-03-24 at 10:00 – 12:00


The main aim of the course is to critically examine the widespread notion that social media are something new and revolutionary.

Using the concept of participatory media, the course covers everything from citizen newspapers of the 18th century, via the engagement of audiences at the great exhibitions of the 19th century and through to 20th century information campaigns and today’s digital media. There is a focus throughout on the variety and evolution of media forms, as well as ever-changing ideas about what constitutes an audience.Studies in Media History are beneficial to a wide range of settings and professions, related to work in for instance teaching, social media, libraries and archives, museums and journalism. The course also works as an excellent complement to studies in other fields within the social sciences or humanities, such as journalism, media and communication studies, strategic communication, information science, art and film studies, history, sociology, political science and gender studies.


The course is not open for applications through / next semester. Please contact the department for more information!

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

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EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

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