Course code: MKVN05
Swedish title: Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Medier och politiskt engagemang
ECTS credits: 7.5

Study period: autumn semester 2014
Type of studies: full time, day
Study period: 2014-09-01 – 2014-09-30
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-23611
Eligibility: At least 150 credits (five terms), including a Bachelor s degree essay in one discipline in the Social Sciences and Humanities, or another equivalent educational background. English 6/English Course B

Introductory meeting: 2014-09-02 at 10:00 – 12:00 in SOL:A129b

Teachers: Peter Dahlgren, Annette Hill, Tobias Olsson


Please note that schedules are preliminary and that changes may be made before the course starts.


Course outline

Media and political engagement is concerned with the study of the political and non-political in social and cultural life. As democracy encounters difficulties, many citizens are turning to alternative politics and making use of media and new communication technologies. This significant impact of media on political engagement offers new modes of participation and emergent political cultures.

The course takes the themes of media and global public spheres, citizenship and democracy, civic cultures, and the political web, and critically examines these themes from a multidisciplinary perspective of media and communication and social and cultural theory. For example, the course examines how the political is embedded within culture and society, diverse ways cultural and social practices open up understanding of political engagement and disengagement, global public spheres and civic cultures.  

Teaching and Assessment

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and workshops that all students are expected to attend. Seminars involve group work related to the course literature. Workshops involve different approaches to media and political engagement, and to critically analyse the theories and ideas for understanding the political within Media and Communication Studies. Assessment is based on the following:

  • a written essay related to the key literature and empirical cases as studied during the course. The essay should be between 2000 -2500 words for 7.5 credits and 5000-6000 words for 15 credits.
  • an oral presentation based on course literature for seminars.
  • group based practical assignments for seminars and workshops.
  • active participation in the lectures, seminars and workshops.


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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