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Bridging Theory and Practice


Admission requirements

Only available for BDMS students and BDMS exchange students. Others may contact the course organisers.


This course consists of a series of partly obligatory, partly optional lectures, seminars, excursions and visits organized in relation to the field of expertise of Book and Digital Media Studies. The programme is flexible, and may be subject to change as a result of current developments. In any case, a series of BDMS lectures and a three-day combined visit to the Gutenburg Museum in Mainz and the Frankfurt Buch Fair will be part of the programme, as is a one-day excursion to the Plantin-Moretus Museum in Antwerp at the end of the first semester. Students may be requested to assist in the organisation of events. In the second semester students attend a cycle of workshops to prepare them for and get them started on the Master thesis.

Course objectives

  • Course objective 1
    Introduction to theoretical concepts and practical applications in the field of book studies;

  • Course objective 2
    Ability to reflect on relevant themes and issues in the field of book studies.


The timetable will be available by June 1st on the website.

Mode of instruction

A combination of lectures, seminars, symposia, visits to exhibitions, excursions, background reading.

Course Load

The course load of this course is 140 hours.

  • hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 30

  • visits, excursions: 40

  • time for studying the compulsory literature: 30

  • time to write papers (including reading / research): 40

Assessment method

To finish the course successfully students have to write two short essays (2.000 to 3.000 words max., weight 50% each), each on a subject related to the course and in consultation with the course organizers. The first essay has to be handed in at the end of the first semester, the second at the end of the second semester. For the thesis workshops in the second semester students need to hand in additional assignments, which will not be graded. In addition, students will have to produce a dossier of five activities (lectures, visits to exhibitions, etc.) in which they have participated.


This course is supported by blackboard.

Reading list

A reading list will be made available before the beginning of the course.


Students should register through uSis. If you have any questions, please contact the departmental office, tel. 071 5272144 or mail:

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Registration Studeren à la carte via:
Registration Contractonderwijs via:


MA Media Studies departmental office, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; mail:


“Participation in all sessions of this course is compulsory. Upon prior consultation, the lecturer can permit absence at one session for compelling reasons. Students who are absent twice in a half-semester course (7 weeks) will be excluded from further participation and will have to re-take the course. Students who are absent twice in a semester course (13 weeks) will be given an complementary assignment by the lecturer. Absence on three sessions in such a course will lead to exclusion from it.”