Syllabus for American Mass Media

Amerikanska massmedier


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 5EN715
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: English G1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2008-11-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Languages
  • Revised: 2012-09-19
  • Revised by: The Board of the Department of English
  • Applies from: week 01, 2013
  • Entry requirements: General entry requirements and English 6 or English B
  • Responsible department: Department of English

Decisions and guidelines

The syllabus was adopted by the Board of the Faculty of Languages on 2008-11-13.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course students will
- be able to show knowledge of how today's US mass media society developed
- be able to give an account of what factors and interests have shaped the US mass media industry
- be able to show knowledge of how news reporting in the US has changed since the advent of television
- be able to analyse, in both spoken and written English, how the mass media depict US society today.


The course illuminates media developments from a historical perspective and takes up the question of how various media, primarily television, convey knowledge about politics and social issues in today's US.


Lectures and group instruction with use of DVD and VHS films.

Active participation in course seminars is obligatory. In cases of absence students will be given the opportunity to complete an extra assignment within the framework of the course period.


Examination is done both orally and in writing and by continuous assessment. Grades used are either Fail, Pass, or Pass with Distinction.

Students who do not achieve a passing grade on the regular examination will have another opportunity to take the examination within a reasonable period of time after the regular examination.

Students who fail a certain examination twice have the right upon request, following consultation with the head of department, to have another examiner appointed.

Transitional provisions

For transitional regulations in the case of changes in the syllabus, please contact the student adviser.

Other directives

For admission to the course American studies B1 another 22.5 credits from American Studies A1 are required. The course cannot be counted toward a degree together with the course American Studies A1

If the syllabus or course reading for a component has been changed, students have a right to be examined under the original syllabus and course reading on two occasions during the following semester. Normally this right then expires. Otherwise there are no limitations on the number of examination opportunities.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2020

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Barkin, Steve Michael American television news : the media marketplace and the public interest

    Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, c2003

    Chapters 5-8 are replaced by:

    Find in the library


  • Vogan, Travis Keepers of the Flame: NFL Films and the Rise of Sports Media

    University of Illinois Press, 2014

    Pages 1-34.

    Find in the library


  • Deninger, Dennis Sports on television : the how and why behind what you see

    New York: Routledge, 2012

    Pages 65-88, 203-217

    Find in the library


Photocopied material. Press and Internet sources.

Reading list revisions