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[liberationtech] New MA Programme in Digital Media & Society at Uppsala University

Christian Fuchs christian.fuchs at
Thu Oct 27 15:34:13 PDT 2011

Dear colleagues,

We have a new MA programme in Digital Media & Society at Uppsala 
University. Please help us to spread information about it by informing 
your students about the existence of this programme or forwarding them 
this message.

Thank you for your help.
With kind regards,
Christian Fuchs


New MA Programme in Digital Media & Society at Uppsala University

Uppsala University has introduced a new master programme in Digital 
Media & Society as part of the Social Science Master. It is a 
2-year-programme that will start at the end of August 2012 with its 
first year of students. The programme's teaching language is English.

The application period for students starts now and lasts until January 
16, 2012.

The goal of this programme is that students acquire skills to critically 
study the role of digital media in society. Students study the economic, 
political, cultural, social and practical impacts of digital media. This 
programme focuses on teaching theoretical, empirical, ethical, critical 
and practical skills for studying digital media in the information society.

European Union students do not pay fees for studying in Sweden.

Uppsala University is among the 100 best universities in the world 
(Times Higher Education University Ranking 2011: #87). Every year 45,000 
undergraduate and graduate students enroll for classes. Uppsala 
University offers some 30 international master programmes and 300 
single-subject courses taught in English. It is the oldest university in 
the Nordic countries - founded in 1477.


The programme consists of one semester of advanced core courses (30 
credits) that focus on theoretical knowledge, empirical skills and 
ethical reasoning required for understanding and analyzing digital media 
& society. 30 credits (= 4 courses, one semester study time) is made up 
of basic social science skills courses that are taught together with the 
other specialties in the Social Science Master. Another 30 credits are 
elective courses that the students choose from various courses taught at 
Uppsala University. Also an internship at a company or a research 
internship at a university department are options for the elective 
courses. The master’s thesis (30 credits) is the final stage in the 

The four core courses are:
* Introduction to Information Society Studies (semester 1)
* Internet, Social Media and Society (semester 1)
* Cyberculture and Politics (semester 2)
* Organizations and Communication in Global Society (semester 2)

The four skills courses are:
* Quantitative Methods
* Qualitative Methods
* Science Theory and Methodology
* Social Science Methods and Research Design

Further information for students:
Flyer (PDF)
Programme site:

Application site:
All applicants need to verify English language profiency. This is 
normally attested by an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or 

Bachelor’s degree equivalent to a Swedish degree of at least 180 ECTS 
credits (i.e. three years of full-time studies), including at least 90 
ECTS credits of studies in social sciences or a comparable field that 
qualifies for studies on the specilisation in Digital Media & Society.

Selection and Application Letter
Selection will be based on previous academic studies and degrees with 
emphasis on grades in relevant fields and degree project (if any), a 
summary in English (1–2 pages) of a previous degree project (if any), 
and a statement of intent (3–5 pages).
Students should accompany their application with a statement of intent, 
in which they engage with each of the following questions:
* Please describe the undergraduate (bachelor) studies that you completed.
* What were your favourite topics, main interests, favourite courses in 
your undergraduate (bachelor) studies and why?
* Why are you interested in studying in the master’s programme focusing 
on Digital Media & Society?
* What do you expect to learn studying Digital Media & Society?
* What qualifies you for studying in the field of Digital Media & Society?
* What are your future plans and goals after you have finished your 
studies and how can a social science master’s degree focusing on Digital 
Media & Society support you in achieving your goals?
* Why do you want to study in Sweden and at Uppsala University’s 
Department of Informatics and Media?

Department of Informatics and Media
Uppsala University
Director of Studies Göran Svensson
goran.svensson at
Tel +46-18-4711514

Prof. Christian Fuchs
Chair in Media and Communication Studies
Department of Informatics and Media
Uppsala University
Kyrkogårdsgatan 10
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
christian.fuchs at
Tel +46 (0) 18 471 1019
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Book "Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies" (Routledge 
Book "Internet and Society" (Paperback, Routledge 2010)
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