6 ECTS credits
150 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 4016228FNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (F) Master - specialised level.

1st semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Economic & Social Sciences & Solvay BS
Communication Sciences
Educational team
Pieter BALLON (course titular)
Activities and contact hours

26 contact hours Lecture
45 contact hours Independent or External Form of Study
Course Content

This course will treat a number of current issues that are critical for the domain of New Media in Europe. They will be studied from a political economy point of view. The issues relate e.g. to Innovation and Diversity in Media, Advertising and Privacy, Competition and Bottlenecks in New Media Markets, Future Networks for New Media and Net Neutrality.

Course material
Digital course material (Required) : Slidesets and Background papers
Digital course material (Required) : Material will be available via PointCarré
Additional info


Learning Outcomes

Algemene competenties

This course contributes to the following general learning results of the master in communication studies:

  • Students demonstrate the ability to critically contextualise and evaluate current national and international developments and discussions, and are able to independently deepen insights related to complex problems on the basis of an original framework of analysis, thereby expanding the theoretical basis related to media, internet and globalisation.
  • Students show an open and constructive attitude whilst having respect for other views and beliefs. 
  • Students are open to scientific doubt and societal pluralism. They demonstrate courage, ambition and perseverance in questioning both established insights and alternative points of view.
  • Students demonstrate the skill to discuss and debate current societal and scientific topics and theoretical developments related to media, internet and globalisation. The students discuss issues on the basis of critical and substantiated reflections and research findings, open-mindedly and willing to acknowledge other arguments.
  • Students are able to communicate their point of view in a clear and scientific-grounded argumentation to various target groups. 


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • Oral Exam with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: Oral exam with short written preparation time at the start of the exam

Additional info regarding evaluation


Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Science in Communication Studies: New Media and Society in Europe