Course Information
FacultySocial and Economic Sciences
SchoolJournalism and Mass Communications
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorVasileios Vamvakas
Course ID600000932

Programme of Study: Master of Arts in Digital Media, Communication and Journalism-R

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
European JournalismElective Course belonging to the selected specialization (Elective Specialization Course)1110
Digital Media, Culture and CommunicationElective Courses1110
Risk Communication and Crisis JournalismElective Courses1110

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The central issue of this course is the theoretical and genealogical research of the relation between the public and private sphere throughout modernity. Trying to surpass critically the absolute distinction that certain aspects of social theory see between them, we concentrate on particular approaches of sociology and cultural studies that try to interpret without necessarily rejecting their reciprocal relation during the post-modern era in Europe (having always in mind the americanization impact). Basic topics and researching objectives of the course are the various representations of the European mass media concerning the dialectical confusion between public and private sphere: consumerism and life-style, political communication and scandals, autobiography in social media, pornographic aspects of the modern spectacle, the uses of cameras in everyday life, etc.
Educational Material Types
  • Slide presentations
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Written assigments26
Student Assessment
Participation & Presentations – 40% Presentations and verbal contributions by all students are essential. It is expected that students attend each class, do the required readings in advance of classes and participate actively in group discussions. Each student will be responsible for at least two presentations on weekly readings during the course, depending on enrolment. During the presentation, students present an effective summary of the prescribed reading, offer their insight into its arguments/significance and direct class discussion on it. In addition, students will make a conference-type presentation (15’ & ppt) of their final essay, in advance of its submission, aimed at fostering group discussion and using feedback to revise/improve final version. Essay – 60% Each student will write an essay (roughly 5.000 words, incl. references). Essay topics, relevant to the areas covered by the course, are formulated and suggested by the students. A page-long summary of the proposed essay topic must be submitted for approval by the end of the 6th week of the course, at the latest. Essay submission is due by email on January 29, 2016.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Additional bibliography for study
Koopmans, R., Statham, P. (eds) (2010), The Making of a European Public Sphere: Media Discourse and Political Contention. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press McNair, B. (2006), Cultural chaos journalism, news and power in a globalised world, London & NY: Routledge Habermas, J. (1962) The structural transformation of the public sphere: An inquiry into a category of bourgeois society, Cambridge: Polity Weintraub, J., (1997) "The Theory and Politics of the Public/Private Distinction," in Jeff Weintraub & Krishan Kumar, eds., Public and Private in Thought and Practice: Perspectives on a Grand Dichotomy (University of Chicago Press, 1997). Sennett, R. (1977), The fall of the public man, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Giddens, A. (1991), Modernity and self-Identity, Cambridge: Polity Press Lasch, C. (2002), The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations, NY: Penguin books Hartley J., (1996), Popular reality. Journalism, modernity, popular culture, London: Bloomsbury Academic Lipovetsky, G. (1994), The Empire of fashion. Dressing modern democracy, New Jersey: Princeton university press Beck. U., Beck-Gernsheim, E. (2002), Individualization: Institutionalized Individualism and its Social and Political Consequences, London: Sage Andrejevic, M. (2004), Reality TV . The work of being watched, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Foucault M., (1975), Discipline and Punish: the Birth of the Prison, New York: Random House Leiss, W., Kline, S., Jhally, S. Botterill, J. (2005), Social Communication in advertising, NY: Routledge Bauman, Z., (2007), Consuming Life, Cambridge: Polity Press Goffman, E. (1959). The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, New York: Doubleday Anchor Eco, U. (2004). On Beauty: A History of a Western Idea, Seeker & Warburg McNair, B. (1996), Mediated sex. Pornography and postmodern culture, London: Arnold Foucault, M. (1976), The History of Sexuality Volume 1: An Introduction. London: Allen Lane Tompson, T. (2000), Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media Age, Cambridge: Polity Press McNair, B. (2006), Cultural chaos journalism, news and power in a globalised world, London & NY: Routledge. Papacharissi, Z. (ed) (2010), A Networked Self Identity, Community, and Culture on Social Network Sites, NY: Routledge Jill Walker Rettberg (2014), Seeing Ourselves Through Technology, How We Use Selfies, Blogs and Wearable Devices to See and Shape Ourselves, NY: Palgrave
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