MV1100 - Introduction to Media Studies


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

This course provides an introduction to core perspectives in humanities-oriented media studies as well as an overview of various media formats, their communicative affordances, and rhetorical strategies. Students are also introduced to a basic media studies vocabulary and its application. The course particularly focuses on how image, text, and sound are used within different media formats, and across different genres and platforms. Academic writing and referencing skills are practiced as an integral component of the students’ work in this course.

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of this course students will have:
- Basic knowledge of core perspectives and concepts from media studies
- General knowledge of salient media genres and formats
- Knowledge of the use of sources and academic referencing systems in media studies


Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Recognize and explain core perspectives and concepts from media studies
- Develop a basic vocabulary for understanding and discussing various media forms
- Apply this vocublary to different media genres and formats.
- Make appropriate use of sources and academic referencing systems

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, group supervision, and screenings. The course has compulsory activities related to teaching.

Students are required to check the result of their assignments and to stay updated on any information provided by the department or course leader via Blackboard.

This course may be taught in Norwegian or English, depending on staff availability.

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignements

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of a practical exercise and a four-hour written exam. Each of these partial assessments is given a separate letter grade. The written exam counts for 60 %, while the practical exercise counts for 40 %. Both partial assessments must be passed to pass the course.

The day before the written exam, a screening related to the exam may be arranged.

Further information on the partial assessments is given at the start of the semester.

It is only possible to take the practical exercise in the fall semester. In case of documented illness, the student may apply for a school exam in the spring, provided that the compulsory activities and the practical exercise have previously been passed.

Specific conditions

Limited admission to classes.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

A list of set readings of approx. 1200 pages is provided at the start of term.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MV1005 7.5 01.09.2020
MV1010 15.0 01.09.2020
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies



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