Topic outline

  • In the course we have three kinds of assignments:

    (1) homework screenings and readings.

    (2) Lecture notes that are posted to the Forum of this course.

    (3) A study done in small groups. The results of the groups' study work are reported in a form of a video essay.

    (1) The instruction to do the homework reading and screenings are given in the class

    (2) Take your notes from the lectures with a paper and pen. Take a photo of them and post to the Forum.

    (3) A study in a small group: video essay and voice over text

    In a small group, you will study media culture related concepts and prepare a video essay about it. The requirements for the video essays are:

    • 2-5 minutes long video explaining the results of your study work.
    • The video must have 2-3 minutes spoken voice over.
    • In addition to the video, you should deliver a text of your voice over.
    • References used in your study must be in listed in the last frames of the video and in the text of your voice over.
    • The videos should be uploaded to a video service of your choice.
    • Send a link to the video and the voice over text to Teemu - teemu.leinonen(at) (CC emmi.kaila(at) with the subject line: "DOM-E5024 video essay" and in the body of the message the names of the group members who did the video. 

    Here are instructions to do your study and to prepare the video essay:

    • Make the study work challenging for yourself. Read the relevant articles related to the topic and then set yourself a research question. Think what you do not know about the theme and study it. Start from your own level
    • Make it personal. Think how do you feel about the topics under study. Think are there any connection to your own work or life?
    • Be critical. Present criticism made by others and think why is this so important or is it at all?
    • Make connections to other fields, people, traditions and explain the context where the topics studied come from? Why is this topic discussed and by whom?
    • Video essays: Write a script and make the video. Sometimes a single image, infographic or diagram is better than a lot of moving things. Make sure your voice over makes sense. Add references.