MV1101 - Media Theory and Culture


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

What is a medium? How are messages influenced by the media that communicate them? In what ways is our knowledge about the past shaped by historical media technologies? This course addresses such questions through theories from media and cultural studies.

Working with texts, theorists, and ways of thinking that have substantially shaped media studies as a discipline students will develop insight into a range of different theoretical problems and cultural phenomena, both in historical and contemporary contexts.

The course provides an historically grounded introduction to concepts and theoretical approaches that will be further developed and applied at more advanced level in the course MV2200 Media Analysis and Aesthetics.

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of this course students will have:
- general knowledge about salient aspects of historical and contemporary media cultures
- basic knowledge about a range of different theories of media and media cultures
- in-depth knowledge about selected terms and concepts from current media studies


Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- explain the importance of historical and cultural context for an understanding of media
- apply appropriate terms and concepts in order to explore different aspects of media cultures
- critically evaluate a range of theoretical arguments about media and their cultural relevance
- plan and organize written work to deadlines

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and obligatory seminars.

Compulsory assignments

  • 80 % seminar attendance
  • Written assignments

Further on evaluation

The examination is a six-day written take-home exam on a set question. The work submitted should be 3500-4000 words and conform to scholarly standards.

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.

More on the course



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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