Media Education Programme Structure

Media Education (120 ECTS) Degree Structure:

  • Major Studies 95 ECTS
  • Minor studies 25 ECTS or Bridging studies 25 ECTS

Media education

Media Education studies are formed of three themes that complement one another. These themes are
1) Media in Teaching and Learning,
2) Media in Society, and
3) Media and Psychosocial Well-being.

Some of the courses in each theme are compulsory, while others can be selected by the students according to their own interests (e.g. literature).

1) Media in Teaching and Learning
In this theme students get acquainted with how media as well as information and communication technology (ICT) can be utilised in teaching and learning processes. This is done from the viewpoints of learning theory, constructivism, and society and culture. The students examine the use of media and ICT in different formal and informal learning environment contexts through production, reception, and critical observation. The goal is that the students are able to utilise media and ICT in a pedagogically appropriate manner. They also are familiar with a variety of pedagogical models and methods for using ICT in teaching and learning. The students also learn methods for online guidance and tutoring. They will familiarise themselves with multidisciplinary media education research and can analyse it critically.

2) Media in Society
In this theme students get acquainted with the role of media in society and the historical and philosophical foundations of critical media education. This is done through the viewpoints of media and cultural studies, sociology, philosophy, and critical media education. The students examine the mediatization of society and the role of media in the society’s political, economic, cultural, and gendered structures. The goal is that the students understand the role of media in society and are familiar with theories explaining empowerment, control, and influence of media. Students are also able to search, read, and critically analyse research literature dealing with the role of media in society and the principles of critical media education

3) Media and Psychosocial Well-being
In this theme students get acquainted with the roles of media in the psychosocial well-being of individuals and communities. This is done through the viewpoints of social psychology and psychology. The roles of media in the psychosocial well-being of people of all ages are examined especially from the viewpoints of emotional and cognitive processes, behaviour, identity, social relations, and communality. The goal is that students are familiar with theories explaining psychosocial well-being and media effects, and understand the interactive and culturally shaped nature of the relationships of individuals and communities with media. In addition, the goal is that students are able to search, read, interpret, and critically analyse research publications dealing with the topic of media and psychosocial well-being.

Persons with a degree in media education work as experts for example in media education, web-based teaching, and ICT-related teaching applications in various types of design, development, research, and content production tasks. They can work in the public sector as well as in industry and commerce. One’s personal orientation is supported by selecting the most suitable minor subjects for the degree.


Students admitted for the programme make a personal study plan together with the teacher tutor. Those students who do not have enough previous studies in Media Education will be required to complete complementary bridging studies of 25 ECTS. When necessary and as agreed student may also do general studies in education.


Students with previous media education studies:

a minor subject (25 ECTS) from any subject in which minor studies are offered at the University of Lapland

Students with no previous media education studies:

Bridging Studies 25 ECTS

  • MEDU2207 Introduction to Global Media Education 5 ECTS
  • MEDU2205 Pedagogical Models in Educational Use of ICT`s 5 ECTS
  • MEDU2203 Critical Media Analysis 5 ECTS
  • MEDU2208 Theoretical Approaches to Media Use and Psychosocial Well-being 5 ECTS
  • MEDU2209 Media Educator in Working Life 5 ECTS


  • MEDU3101 Research of Media Education 5 ECTS
  • MEDU3105 Internet Use and Psychosocial Well-Being 5 ECTS
  • MEDU3106 Approaches to Media Cultures 5 ECTS



    These courses can be selected from the course offering from the whole University of Lapland to support advanced Media Education studies. University of Lapland is also a member of many networks offering courses for the students of University of Lapland. It is advisable to agree about the suitability of a course with the Media Education teacher tutor before enrolment to the course.

    Course examples:

    • MEDU3107 Experiencing Media 5 ECTS
    • MEDU3104  Media Education Literature 5 ECTS
    • KKAS3117 Internationalisation Studies 5-10 ECTS
    • YMEN1804 Scientific Information Retrieval 2 ECTS




    A three-month period that includes working in a placement of student’s choice and reflective online tutoring. Previous work experience can be considered sufficient (evaluated on individual basis).

    • MEDU3700 Practical Training 8 ECTS
    • MEDU3800 Reflecting on Practical Training 2 ECTS





      • KENG0005 Academic Writing 5 ECTS
      • YMEN1367 Qualitative Research Methods 5 ECTS
      • YMEN1368 Quantitative Research Methods 5 ECTS
      • KMEN1310 Research Methods for the Online World 5 ECTS