Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Link past technological phenomena to contemporary new media
  • Work with dead media platforms

Other learning outcomes depend on the particular implementation that changes every year.

Credits: 3

Schedule: 10.05.2021 - 14.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Markku Reunanen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Markku Reunanen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The actual contents varies depending on the year and teacher, but there is always a historical communication/software/hardware-related topic that is analyzed, connected to contemporary phenomena and experienced first-hand.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    This time Alive Dead Media will be all about creative programming and home computers. You'll learn how old computers handled text and graphics, how ingenious demo and game programmers circumvented the limitations, and most importantly: you'll make classical visual effects, such as colorbars, tunnels, starfields, scrollers and more yourself.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    An intensive week of lectures and hands-on assignments. 80% attendance and completed assignments are required to pass the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    80 % presence, completed assignments. Grading: pass/fail.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    35 hours of contact teaching, independent work 10 hours, 3 ECTS


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Published on MyCourses throughout the course. Other possible reading material according to the theme.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    As provided on the "Materials" page.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    DOM-E5024 Introduction to Media Art and Culture or similar course recommended.


Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    See the frontpage. Note that May 13 is a public holiday.