Course - Media Theory and Culture - MV1101
MV1101 - Media Theory and Culture
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Recommended previous knowledge
A list of set readings of approx. 1200 pages is provided at the start of term.
Credits: 15.0 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
- Media Studies and Communication
- Media and Communication Studies
- Media Studies
Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"