Limited to the traditional mass media and the Flemish situation (within a Belgian context), this course intends to offer students an insight into the world of press, radio and television. Theroetically the course is based on a structural political economy approach of the media as organisations, and different aspects are considered from the point of view of both a critical and consensus paradigm. The am is to provide insight into the general organisational characteristics (external and internal factors) as into the history, developments and characteristics of the Flemish mass media as an institution (organisation, structure, …). New developments such as digitalisation that bring down the boundaries between the traditional media are dealt with throughout the course. Even though the course material is mainly factual, attention is being paid to wider theoretical and interpretative aspects, in order to enhance the critical abilities of the students.