About the course

From Fridays4Future, #metoo, and Black Lives Matter; to reactionary far-right mobilisations opposing social justice policies, multiculturalism, and feminism; new waves of social movements have swept across the world. These movements are all intricately linked to digital technologies, from hashtag activism to mainstream media. This course explores the complex relationship between media, digital technologies, and social movement activism, and the changes and continuities of this relationship over time. It brings together theories from Media and Communication Studies, Communication for Development, Sociology, and Political Science, to critically examine the role of both legacy media and new digital technologies in contemporary forms of activism, as well as to trace historically how activism and media have developed in tandem to create significant political, social, and cultural changes.

Course content

The course explores the complex relationships between media technologies, communication processes, and social movements. We will delve into the growing body of scholarship on new forms of digitally-enabled activism, exploring the role of technology in organising, mobilising, and building collective identities around various social causes and political projects.

The course brings together theories from different fields to critically examine contemporary forms of activism action facilitated by media, as well as to trace historically how social movements and communication technologies have developed in tandem to create significant social and cultural changes.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

45 cr. advanced level studies, and the equivalent of Swedish higher secondary school English 6.


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

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