Media and Communication Studies: Network Society Studies


Network Society Studies is a student-led literature based course where the flipped classroom approach will be applied. This means that students will be given texts to read before class and online or in class seminars will be used to put the readings in the context, to discuss their relevance and applicability in understanding the times we live in. The discussions will be led by three experts in the field, who will all suggest readings close to their heart and interests. At the same time, the students will be given a choice, which seminars they will want to engage in more deeply and which classes they prefer to watch later and not engage in the discussions.

Admission requirements

30 credits on advanced level in Media- and Communication Studies, Communication for Development or other Social Science discipline + English B.


credits 100%


Syllabus for students autumn 2017, autumn 2016

Course Code:
KK648A revision 1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
No main fields
Date of ratification:
18 October 2015
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
29 August 2016

Entry requirements

30 credits on advanced level in Media- and Communication Studies, Communication for Development or other Social Science discipline + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can be part of the degree requirements for a master's degrees.


In this course, students choose topics which interest them around the issues of network society studies and get a better understanding of the field of media and communication studies in relation to the advances in our understanding of networking technologies in society. The course consists of readings and discussions on the topic of how technologies and societies relate and what kind of changes this brings in the area of media and communication studies.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
After completing this course, students shall 1) have a deep understanding of what constitutes as network society; 2) demonstrate a deep understanding of how different social fields are affected by the technologically mediated networking opportunities.

Competence and skills

After completing this course, students shall 3) demonstrate high level skills in handling academic texts and reports in strategic manner; 4) demonstrate skills in theoretical and conceptual level comparisons suitable for higher level academic writing.

Judgement and approach
After completing this course, students shall be able to 5) relate the theoretical knowledge in a critical and ethics conscious manner to real life problems.

Learning activities

The course is web-based. It consists of lectures and seminars that take place either physically or digitally, and of written assignments and assignment discussions.


Students write 1) individual course diaries where they reflect on their skills development concerning theoretical and conceptual issues (learning outcomes 1, 3 and 4 for 7,5 credits), and they carry out comparative network society study project either individually or in pairs (learning outcomes 1, 2 and 5 for 7,5 credits).

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Castells, M. (2004) Informationalism, Networks, and the Network Society: A Theoretical Blueprint. (,%20Networks%20and%20the%20Network%20Society.pdf)
Ess, C. (2013) Digital media ethics, 2nd Edition. Cambridge: Polity Press.

Rainie, L and Wellmann, B. (2012) Networked: The New Social Operating System. Cambridge, Mass.: The MIT Press.

Additional readings will depend on student preferences and choices and will be made available in the beginning of the course.

Course evaluation

Written course evaluation carried out at the end of the course.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the department School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

MCS Malmö University,


12 November 2018 - 20 January 2019 100% Distance (Malmö) Application code: mau-82441

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 21000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 21000 SEK

Open for late application


02 September 2019 - 10 November 2019 100% Distance (Malmö) This course is offered as part of a program