NB: Since asked, some general instructions concerning essays have been added; see the bottom of this page.

Dear students of the course European Media and Communication Policies:
Basic Principles and Contemporary Issues.

In order to develop better courses it is essential that the lecturers receive your feedback.
Would you please fill in the assessment form in the link below:

in case of any problems, please get in touch with Yonca.Ermutlu [ät]

Timetable, course materials and assignments:

Tue 11 March: Introduction to European Media policy
Thu 13 March: Copyright
Tue 18 March: Audiovisual media
Thu 20 March: Telecommunication
Tue 25 March: Easter break (no session)
Thu 27 March: Theme: Self- and co-regulation
Tue 1 April: Theme: Public Service Broadcasting
Thu 3 April:Theme: EC communication (NB: Pohjoisesplanadi 31 @ 14.00!)
Tue 8 April: European information society
Thu 10 April: Issues in European media ethics
Fri 9 May: Deadline for the submission of course works (no session)

Study units:– A9a Julkisuus ja demokratia 5 op (3 ov)
– S14 Viestinnän syventävät erityisalueet 5 op (3 ov)
Time and venue:– Tuesdays and Thursdays 14–16 from 11 March to 10 April 2008, U37 room 1General aim:– familiarising students with the main principles and institutions of European media and communication policies
– equipping students with conceptual and theoretical tools to analyse the development of the media and communication in European countriesMethods of working:– lectures and discussion
– course assignments, based on e-articles
– coursework (an essay)
– participation required at least to seven sessionsParticipation:

– maximum number of participants: 40
– students are expected to participate actively in discussions, deliver their course assignments in time, and submit their coursework by the 9th of May


1. The course assignments (questions):
– there will be 7 questions, of whom at least to 6 must be answered (to be uploaded to BSCW)
– the answers are supposed to be sent (to the BSCW) before the next lecture (the ultimate deadline is by the 9th of May)
– the literature (articles or documents) are meant to be used to support the answer, not necessarily to be read in full
– the length of an answer: about ½ to 1 page (1½ spacing)

2. The Coursework (essay):
– there are four alternative topics from which a student chooses one
– the length of the essay: 6 pages with 1½ spacing
– use relevant literature
– submission: by Friday, May 9, 15:00 o’clock (if not otherwise agreed with the lecturer
– topics (choose one):

1) Do we need Pan-European Public Service Media? If so, what do you think should be their tasks?
2) Do we need copyrights? In your opinion, what would happen if there were no copyrights?
3) What are harmful contents in the media? Do they differ from media to media? In your opinion, what would be the best way to control them?
4) Is commercialism a real threat to European media and communication? If so, what do you think we should do about it?

General instructions concerning an essay:

An essay is usually a free form study on a given subject, with a length of 5-15 depending on its purpose. The essay enables the writer’s personal approach to the subject. If no obligatory literature has been prescribed in connection with the subject, the writer has a freedom to choose the literature that he/she feels most relevant from her/his point of view. Literature can be articles or other types of research literature dealing with the subject, but also other types of documents can be applied (e.g. legislation and its background works). The minimum amount of literary sources is usually three different sources.

Reference literature: link.