Course code: MKVN13
Swedish title: Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap: Medier och mångfald
Credits: 15

NB! The course is not given this semester. The information below was about autumn semester 2023.

Study period: autumn semester 2023
Type of studies: full time , day
Study period: 2023-10-27 – 2024-01-14
Language of instruction: English

Introductory meeting: 2023-10-27 at 13:00 – 14:00 in SOL:A129b

Teachers: Deniz Duru , Tobias Linné , Fredrika Thelandersson


Whether we are an expat, a local inhabitant, a colleague, an international student, a migrant, a refugee, a spouse, a parent, unmarried, unemployed, or a differently abled person, we all live in increasingly culturally diverse settings, negotiate our multiple belongings, identifications and political position. We find it crucial to understand, explore and conceptualise the diversity we live in, and the central role of media (books, newspapers, TV, social media, social networking sites and so on) here.  In the last decade, the global order has been challenged by various crises, notably the climate crisis, the 2008 economic crisis, the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ and the rise of extremism and populism in different parts of the world. In today’s world of mobility, crises, and flows of migration, we come across many different types of diversities in our daily life and we ask:

  • How do people coming from different ethnic, class and religious backgrounds live together in today’s rapidly shifting world?
  • What is the role of media in representing diversity?
  • How can we investigate and understand the diversity we live in?

Diversity can be seen as one of key programme values of the MSc in Media and Communication studies, and a course on Media and diversity will engage this topic from a range of different perspectives. We offer a course that critically evaluates ideas about diversity and the role of the media in creating space for diversity, and in the construction of a society's moral imaginary; and, therefore, in the representation of others and in how media practices contributes to this understanding. Can media be a space for challenging polarisations and injustices, regarding issues such as racism, Islamophobia, environmentalism, and humanitarianism? In doing so, we aspire to higher education becoming a transformative experience, creating socially aware, socially engaged, tolerant, open, respectful students and global citizens, who will contribute to the wider society or world they live in.


This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for 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.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

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.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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