HFMK03111U FM, Module 1: Organizational and institutional analysis

Volume 2015/2016

Master in Film and Media Studies


This course provides a comprehensive overview of media institutions and organisations, their emergence, structuration and contemporary transformation. Participants will be introduced into classical and modern sociological theory of institutions and organisations as well as theories of management. Applied to the media, the course will offer a comprehensive overview on the emergence of global media industries which comprise several organisational types and institutions that range from public to private, from hierarchical to networked. The focus will be on comparison in two dimensions: first differences and similarities of types of media institutions and organisations (film, news, broadcasting and intenet) and comparison across different social and cultural contexts (within Europe and beyond).

Lectures held in English (Hans-Jörg Trenz)

Seminars (A, B, C og D)

A: Newspapers and journalism: organizational and institutional perspectives held in English (Hans-Jörg Trenz)

The seminar applies an institutional and organisational perspective to the study of journalism. It introduces into different methods and research designs and their relevance for the study of news production. Participants will develop case studies of single news organizations working practices, routines and performance. The focus of the seminar is comparison: Participants will develop an understanding of the diversity of organizational culture and practices of news production. They will further learn to compare media systems, convergence and divergence in Denmark, Europe and the world. The seminar further aims to develop an understanding of current challenges to the profession of journalism. The future of journalism will be discussed in relation to the potential of online news production and the particular organisational modes and revenue models linked to it.

B: Authorship, Copyright & Cultural Heritage held in english (Casper Tybjerg) 

This seminar will take an institutional approach to the concept of authorship. It will examine the way authorship functions within the larger institution of cinema, particularly art cinema, and how it affects the way films are marketed, interpreted, and regulated. The latter area raises the issue of copyright and how it has historically affected the film industry and other institutions of cinema, which will be the second key theme of the seminar. The third theme will be the institutions safeguarding the cultural heritage, particularly in the field of cinema, and how they are affected by the idea of authorship and by copyright regulations. 

C: Medieinstitutionernes digitale omstillingsprocesser held in danish (Cecilie Givskov)

Seminarrækken fokuserer mediernes forandringsproces i det nye mediemiljø. Det overordnede mål for undervisningen er at de studerende udvikler kompetencer i at analysere og vurdere udvalgte medieinstitutioners og organisationers udfordringer og muligheder knyttet til den digitale omstilling. Seminarrækken vil fokusere på film, journalistik og marketing og deres organisering, produktionsformer, ejerskabs- og arbejdsmarkedsforhold samt regulering i det nye mediemiljø. Der vil være besøg af gæstelærere fra brancherne. Undervisningen vil være organiseret omkring de studerendes undersøgende virksomhed og basere sig på fællesdiskussioner af teoretisk og empirisk funderede tekster om emnet samt casestudier af konkrete medieorganisationer, -industrier eller fænomener. 

D(Cancelled): Media politics in the post-communist world (Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and China): a Nordic perspective held in english (Miklos Sükösd)

The course compares media and communications in three post-communist regions of the world: the new member states of the European Union, Russia and China.  We focus on news media, social media, political journalism/communication, media policy, and media markets and ownership. Some aspects of popular media culture are also explored.  We use a historical angle, starting with long-term trends of social and media development, including the period of communist propaganda. However, the focus is on contemporary trends of media transition in the 21st century, up to 2015.  The course also explores Danish and Nordic media relations with the three post-communist regions.

Learning Outcome

Master in Film and Media Studies 2013-curriculum:
Module 1: HFMK03011E

Curriculum for Master´s Programme in Film Studies, The 2008 Curriculum:
Module 1: HFVA04111E 
Curriculum for Master's Programme in Media Studies, The 2008 Curriculum:
Module 1: HMEK03111E

Lectures and seminars
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Course Preparation
  • 365,5
  • Lectures
  • 14
  • Seminar
  • 30
  • Total
  • 409,5
Type of assessment
Seminar A, B & D: Exams will be conducted in English

Seminar C: Eksamenssprog er dansk
Criteria for exam assesment