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Media History: Level 1

Course · 30 credits


The first level course in Media History is taught in English and comprises four modules of five weeks (7.5 ECTS) each.  

Course design

The teaching consists of lectures, seminars and exercises, carried out both in the classroom and at our digital platform Canvas. You will practise your skills in writing and analysing in your own blog, in papers and in digital forums. Together with your fellow students you will explore historical source material and secondary literature and improve your ability to make oral presentations.

Course content

The four modules are organised chronologically and address the most important strands of development in Media History and key perspectives on them. Communications through text, sound and image are discussed continuously in their mutual relation to economic, cultural, political and social change. Basic concepts and perspectives of Media History are introduced throughout the modules. The course adopts a broad definition of media and the idea that individual forms of media must be understood in relation to each other.

Module 1: From Stone Tablets to Bookprint, Media History before 1600
This module is an introduction to Media History. Important points of departure will be the broad concept of media, media and historical philosophy, and the relation between old and new media. Chronologically the module ranges from pre-historic time up to the 16th century. Important themes are the first writing systems around the globe, the relationship between oral and written cultures, as well as the introduction of the printing press in Europe, its connections with the religious conflicts of the time and the formation of modern nation-states.

Module 2: Newspapers among other Media, 1600-1850
This module deals with the main outlines of Western Media History with an accent on the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries. The broad themes are the formation of a modern mediated public sphere and the emergence of media markets in relation to the rise of industrial capitalism. In this context we will closely examine oral and written news media, freedom of speech and censorship, the postal system and the popular culture of chapbooks.

Module 3: The Rise of the Modern Media Society, 1850-1940
The module traces the emergence of the later modern media landscape, from mid-19th century until the 1940s. The thematic focus is on the entangled development of national and transnational media such as telegraphic communication systems. For instance, we closely examine the changes of the late 19th century press industry, the transformation of the contributors to the press from literary writers to journalists, the role of advertising and consumption in mass society, the development of audio media (radio, telephone and phonograph) in both private and public listening, early film, and media and propaganda in the era of the world wars.

Module 4: Old and New Media after 1940
This module focuses on the new media technologies that have emerged and spread in the wake of the Second World War. A clear emphasis is on digital media and network cultures, as well as the broad influence of television. Highlighted themes are the cultural understanding of technological development, convergence culture and intermedial relations. We also discuss the press media environment and the changing conditions for journalism, along with analogue and digital sound media. Finally, we analyse the arguments of some of the most influential late 20th century media theorists such as Raymond Williams and Marshall McLuhan.

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Media History

Visiting address
Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address
Box 117, 221 00 Lund

Requirements and selection

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies in Sweden

Selection criteria

Seats are allocated according to the following: The general average (GPA) of your higher secondary school leaving certificate: 34 %, The Swedish national university aptitude test: 34 %, number of previous ECTS at application deadline (up to 165): 32 %. If students have equal credentials, seats are allocated based on their results on The Swedish National University Aptitude Test. If this too is equal, seats are allocated based on a draw.

English language requirements

Most of Lund University’s programmes require English Level 6 (unless otherwise stated under 'Entry requirements'). This is the equivalent of an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or a TOEFL score of 90. There are several ways to prove your English language proficiency – check which proof is accepted at the University Admissions in Sweden website. All students must prove they meet English language requirements by the deadline, in order to be considered for admission.

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Start Autumn Semester 2024

Day-time Lund, full time 100%

In English

Study period

2 September 2024 - 19 January 2025


You can only apply for this course in the 'Swedish student' application round. Find out more: Applying for studies – when to apply

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.

When to apply for studies

Step 1: Apply online

  • Check that you meet the entry requirements of the programme or course you are interested in (refer to the section above on this webpage).
  • Start your application – go to the University Admissions in Sweden website where you create an account and select programmes/courses during the application period.
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  • Rank your programme/course choices in order of preference and submit them before the application deadline.

Step 2: Submit documents

  • Read about how to document your eligibility and how to submit your documents at the University Admissions in Sweden website. Follow any country-specific document rules for Master's studies or Bachelor's studies
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  • Get all your documents ready:
    - official transcripts and high school diploma (Bachelor's applicants)
    - official transcripts and degree certificate or proof that you are in the final year of your Bachelor's (Master's applicants)
    - passport/ID (all applicants) and
    - proof of English proficiency (all applicants).
  • Prepare programme-specific documents if stated in the next paragraph on this webpage.
  • Upload or send all required documents to University Admissions before the document deadline.
  • Pay the application fee (if applicable – refer to the section below on this webpage) before the document deadline.

* Note that the process is different if you are applying as an exchange student or as a part of a cooperation programme (such as Erasmus+).
* If you have studied your entire Bachelor's programme in Sweden and all of your academic credits are in Ladok, you do not have to submit transcripts or your diploma when applying for a Master's programme. However, there may still be other documents you need to submit! See the link below. 

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Tuition fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Full programme/course tuition fee: SEK 57 500

First payment: SEK 57 500

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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.

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 when you apply at the University Admissions in Sweden website. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

*Note that there are no tuition or application fees for exchange students or doctoral/PhD students, regardless of their nationality.

Scholarships & funding

Lund University Global Scholarship programme

The Lund University Global Scholarship programme is a merit-based and selective scholarship targeted at top academic students from countries outside the EU/EEA.

Lund University Global Scholarship

Swedish Institute Scholarships

The Swedish Institute offers scholarships to international students applying for studies in Sweden at Master's level.

Scholarship information on the Swedish Institute website

Country-specific scholarships and funding options

Lund University has agreements with scholarship organisations and funding bodies in different countries, which may allow applicants to apply for funding or scholarships in their home countries for their studies at Lund University.

External scholarships

Information about scholarships from external organisations