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Big Media


Admission requirements

There are no additional requirements.


This course aims to provide an introduction to the development, transformations, and cultural functions of major media in western contemporary society. Media like the visual arts, literature, television, games, photography, cinema, the Internet, and social media, can all be viewed as major media in western contemporary society. In this course we will discuss the changing landscape in which such media can be situated. We will examine how changes, continuities and convergences of media use, determines our notions of (popular) culture, ethics, and aesthetics, and how these changes colour the social, political, and cultural role of these media.

Course objectives

  • Students become familiar with the major forms and technological underpinnings of media such as books, cinema, television, games and digital media.

  • Students become acquainted with and will be able to make use of the main introductory texts on the topic of the theory and function of media in society.

  • Students develop an understanding of what the main cross-media themes are in the study of media and acquiring knowledge of how these themes can be contextualized.

  • Students learn to understand on a general level the social and cultural implications of the introduction and advance of (new) media.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture (recordings and guest lectures).

  • Workgroup (discussion/seminar)

  • Quiz

Assessment method


  • Final exam (100%): Written exam with short open questions.


The weighted average of the (constituent) examinations must be at least 6.0 (= a pass).


A resit/ rewrite can be done for constituent examinations which are failed. As far as applicable all resits take place at the same time, after the final (constituent) examination.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

The booktitles and / or syllabi to be used in the course, where it can be purchased and how this literature should be studied beforehand.
The reading list will be available on Brightspace


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website

Registration À la carte education, Contract teaching and Exchange

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of À la carte education (without taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.

Information for those interested in taking this course in context of Contract teaching (with taking examinations), eg. about costs, registration and conditions.
For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.