Introduction to Contemporary Media
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Sissejuhatus nüüdismeediasse
Course title in English
Introduction to Contemporary Media
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2018/2019  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
Course objectives: This course will provide students a general overview of the economic, social, and political environment of contemporary media. It will serve as a basis for understanding past, current, future trends in contemporary media markets and industries and their inter-dependency with society at large.
Brief description of the course
The course will cover following topics:
a) Defining economy, society, politics and their connection with contemporary media (markets, industries, civil society, digital society, information society, culture, globalization, EU policy, regulations, law, democracy etc.)
b) Changes and trends in environment of contemporary media
c) Systematization of critical research texts and concepts/theories in the field
The course will include lectures from the variety of recognized experts in the field.
Independent work
Students get group-homework based on the lecture theme.
Learning outcomes in the course
As a result the students have a systematic overview and broad knowledge of concepts, theories and current trends in the field of contemporary media.

Assessment methods
An essay on a given topic
Andres Kõnno
Study literature
Habermas, J. (1962) „The structural transformation of the public sphere“
Fiske, J. (1982) „Introduction to communication studies“
Albarran, A. B., Chan-Olmsted, S. M., & Wirth, M. O. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook of media management and
economics. Routledge.
McLuhan, M. (1964) „Understanding media. The extensions of man“
Replacement literature
Peale iga loengut saavad tudengid soovitatava lisalugemise nimekirja.
For each of the topics and lectures, students will receive a seperate list of literature that they can consult for the various topics.