Media, entertainment and culture
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-CWB2027
Credits (ECTS)5
CategoryB2 (Second year bachelor)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Communication Science;
dr. S. Daalmans
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dr. S. Daalmans
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Contactperson for the course
dr. S. Daalmans
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dr. S. Daalmans
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J. Hendrix, MSc
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Academic year2023
PER4  (08/04/2024 to 12/07/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

At the end of the course Media, Entertainment and Culture, the student is able to:
  • thoroughly describe and clarify the most important theories, central questions and themes relating to mediated entertainment messages in the field of culture in communication science, from a socio-cultural perspective.
  • illustrate the relations between the theoretical concepts within the field of culture in communication science and the (potential) place(s) and function(s) of mediated entertainment messages in culture and society.
  • thoroughly analyze societal issues that touch upon, are related to or entwined with mediated entertainment messages and study related research and theory, in order to formulate possible solutions for these issues.
  • critically analyze and discuss research articles within the field of culture in communication science with regard to the presence of central themes and theories of this field.
Course content
This course covers theories, questions and themes that are central to the field of culture within communication science. Within the field of culture, we analyze the content of mediated entertainment messages and study its potential uses and consequences from the perspective of the individual user as well as from the vantage point of the societal and cultural context. The central idea is that media function (with)in and for a community: society at large as well as the various subcultures within. Media-content – in this course specifically mediated entertainment content - is seen as the reflection of a society and as one of the most important binding forces in a community.

Within this course the media will be discussed in the context of contemporary societal issues. We will, for example, discuss what role the various media forms play as a symbolic source that helps in creating and maintaining a subcultural identity, the role the media play in the construction of images about minorities, the use of popular culture in political participation and the cultural lessons that are communicated by various media-contents.

During the course, you will attend interactive lectures and working groups. The lectures, coupled with the literature, will provide theoretical and thematic insights into the field of culture in communication science. These theoretical insights are directly applied to contemporary societal and professional cases in the working groups. The final grade is based on group assignments and an individual final exam.

Presumed foreknowledge
Bachelor students Communication Science must have obtained 42 EC from B1. This course has limited accessibility for students from other study programmes and international students. 
We refer students from other study programmes to the admission requirements for B2 and B3 elective courses in this study guide under the heading Students from other study programmes.
Test information
The examination in this course consists of mandatory weekly group assignments (which are averaged, and then together form 40% of your final grade. All individual assignments have to be a 5,5 or higher).
The course is rounded off with an individual exam, which will make up 60% of your final grade and also has to be a 5,5 or higher.
Required materials
Kidd, D. (2014). Pop Culture Freaks: Identity, Mass Media, and Society. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
To be announced
Articles, as prescribed in the weekly overview

Instructional modes

Contribution to group work
weekly working groups with mandatory assignments

Sustainability certificate

Test weight3
Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
OpportunitiesBlock PER4, Block PER4

Assignments total
Test weight2
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock PER4, Block PER4