MKI3001 - Media and Communication Theory


New from the academic year 2023/2024

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course covers theories which explain how media and communication relate to society and different areas of social life. The course presents different perspectives on media development and on the relationship between different media types (e.g., traditional media and network media). By working with theories and the syllabus, students develop insight into a number of different approaches to media and communication and how theories can be used in empirical research.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have in-depth knowledge of central theories in media and communication research.
  • have in-depth knowledge of social scientific approaches of how to study the media's role in society.
  • have in-depth on the relationship between different media types (e.g., traditional media and network media).
  • understand the relationship between theory and empirical research.
  • be able to reflect on and critically evaluate theories tied to media and communication.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • understand, explain and critically reflect on the theories covered in teaching in an independent manner.
  • understand, explain and critically reflect on current events and developments related to the media using theories about media and communication in an independent manner.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars equivalent to 2 hours a week, includes supervision in groups and individually. Compulsory activity: Oral presentation. Parts of the lectures can be held in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory assignment

Required previous knowledge

80 credits specialization in media studies, communication, social science or the equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOS3051 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Media and Communication Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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