Comparing Media Structures

  • Teaching

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    Faculty Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences
    Domain Communication and Media Research
    Code UE-EKM.01250
    Languages English
    Type of lesson Lecture
    Level Master
    Semester SP-2022

    Schedules and rooms

    Summary schedule Monday 13:15 - 15:00, Hebdomadaire, PER 21, Room D230
    Hours per week 2

    Teaching

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    Description

    Media structures matter. They influence media performance and societal communication. Yet media structures are not natural: They are shaped by media policy. The decision whether and how to regulate media and platforms influences the conditions under which communication in the public sphere is created, disseminated and used. Therefore, comparing media structures is essential for revealing and explaining similarities and differences between media systems.

    In this lecture we will first immerse into the relationship of media structures and media performance as well as the conceptual and methodological fundamentals of comparative communication research. Next, we will discuss, one after the other, the importance of organizations, institutions and systems for understanding media and communication by introducing essential theoretical perspectives and presenting topical empirical studies. For instance, we will see how journalism is influenced by organizational rules and changed by convergence and the algorithms of online platforms, how media as institutions mediatize political communication, or how characteristics of media systems, markets and cultures differ. Then we challenge the status quo of comparative communication research, both problematizing its Western bias and introducing ways for dealing with the increasing interdependence of media systems due to the transnationalization of media and communication. Finally, we take a look at the important role of media policy in shaping media structures, putting a special emphasis on dynamics of power.

    Training objectives

    1) You comprehend the influence of media structures on media performance and communication in the public sphere as well as the role of media policy in shaping media structures.

    2) You become familiar with theories that conceptualize media, journalism, platforms and algorithms as organizations, institutions or systems as well as with challenges for comparative communication research.

    3) You are able to critically assess (comparative) studies of media structures and to discuss their contribution to communication research and practice.

    4) You are able to develop a proposal for a comparative research project.

    Softskills
    Yes
    Off field
    Yes
    BeNeFri
    Yes
    Mobility
    Yes
    UniPop
    Yes
    Auditor
    Yes

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  • Dates and rooms
    Date Hour Type of lesson Place
    21.02.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    28.02.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    07.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    14.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    21.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    28.03.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    04.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    11.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    25.04.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    02.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room C230
    09.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room D230
    16.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room D230
    23.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room D230
    30.05.2022 13:15 - 15:00 Cours PER 21, Room D230
  • Assessments methods

    Evaluation continue - SP-2022, Session d'été 2022

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    Descriptions of Exams

    Kurs mit fortlaufender Evaluation: nach der Einschreibeperiode können Sie sich nicht mehr von der Einschreibung zurückziehen (s. Sessionskalender auf der Webseite der Fakultät).

    Keine Wiederholungsprüfung

  • Assignment
    Valid for the following curricula:
    Complementary learnings in SES
    Version: ens_compl_ses
    803 - MA course offering for Mobility Students

    Ma - Accounting and Finance - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2021/SA_V01
    Course - 72 ECTS > Minimum 0 / maximum 1 optional master course offered at the University of Fribourg, if 72 ECTS not yet reached in the above modules > SES Master level courses

    Ma - Communication and Media Research - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2015/SA_V01
    Courses - 60 ECTS > Basismodul «Theories, Methods and Research Fields»
    Courses - 60 ECTS > Inter- and Transdisciplinary Perspectives > SES Master level courses

    Ma - Communication and Society - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2021/SA_V03
    Forschungsbereiche > Forschungsbereiche > Forschungsbereich Media Structures & Media Performance > Schwerpunkt 1 - Vorlesung
    Forschungsbereiche > Forschungsbereiche > Inter- & Transdisciplinary Perspectives > SES Master level courses
    1107 - Optionswahl > Schwerpunkt Media Structures & Media Performance > Courses > Schwerpunkt 1 - Vorlesung

    Ma - Economics - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2021/SA_V03
    Elective courses > Wahlkurse der SES-Fakultät - max. 15 ECTS > SES Master level courses

    Ma - European Business - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2017/SA_v01
    Courses - 63 ECTS > Additional courses: Any Master courses of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, as well as maximum 9 ECTS from all Master programmes of the University. > SES Master level courses

    Ma - International and European Business - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2021/SA_V01
    Courses > Additional courses: Any Master courses of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, as well as maximum 9 ECTS from all Master programmes of the University. > SES Master level courses

    Ma - Management - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2021/SA_V01
    Courses: min. 72 ECTS > Elective Courses : max. 18 ECTS > SES Master level courses

    Ma - Management - 90 ECTS [MA]
    Version: 2017/SA_v01
    Courses: min. 63 ECTS > Cours facultatifs : max. 18 ECTS > SES Master level courses

    Ma - Marketing - 90 ECTS
    Version: 2021/SA_V02
    Courses > Elective Master courses from the whole university > SES Master level courses

    MiBa - Kommunikationswissenschaft und Medienforschung - 30 ECTS
    Version: 2015/SA_V01
    Kurse > Vorlesung "Comparing Media Landscapes" (HS)

    MiMa - Communication and Society - 30 ECTS
    Version: 2021/SA_V01
    Pflichtkurse 15ECTS