2023-2024 / COMU2145-1

Introduction to media and information


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in human and social sciences5 crédits 
 Bachelor in human and social sciences (New programme)5 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 


Pascal Durand

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

I. Etymology and semantic evolution of the word « information », « medias » and « mass-medias » II. Formation and development of the model of information in media practices, from the Acta diurna to the Gazette of Renaudot and from the French Revolution to the present day. III. Theoretical concepts of information and media : Lasswell, Lazarsfeld & Katz, Wiener, Shannon & Weaver, Jakobson, McLuhan. IV. Practical concepts of information: Gate-Keeping, Agenda-Setting, constructivist approaches, critical theories of journalism. V. Conclusions. Information and Communication: two equivalent notions? The course will feature an abundance of PowerPoint presentations.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

To introduce to various forms of information and to various conceptualisations, in the field of theories of communication and in the media.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

At least basic knowledge in English (because there are two texts in English in the portfolio).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The students have to read at least one daily newspaper. Topical issues will indeed be discussed during the course and will be included in the final MCQ.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Partly in presence, partly by podcast.

Recommended or required readings

Pascal Durand, Médiamorphoses. Presse, littérature et médias, culture médiatique et communication, Presses universitaires de Liège, coll. « Situations », 2d. ed. 2020.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

not available

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Pascal DURAND, ordinary teacher
Département Médias, culture et communication
Place du 20-Août, 7, 2nd floor

Caroline Duchesne
Place du 20-Août, 7, 2e étage
Tél. 04 366 44 13

Secretary's office
Tel. 04 366 32 86

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Online Notes
Notes are available on MyULg.