MV1101 - Media History and Media Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 6 days

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.

By 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 MV2007 Media Analysis and Aesthetics.

Learning outcome


Students who successfully complete this course have:

  • general knowledge about salient aspects of media history
  • 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
  • knowledge of the use of sources and academic referencing systems in media studies


Students who successfully complete this course are able to:

  • explain the importance of historical 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 from a historical perspective
  • plan and organize written work to deadlines
  • make appropriate use of sources and academic referencing systems

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Compulsory assignment: The compulsory assignments are issued by the course convenor at the start of term and must be completed to receive a final assessment.

Students are required to use Blackboard actively for updates and information, in addition to other information resources of the course.

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Written assignments

Further on evaluation

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

The examination is a six-day written take-home exam on a set question. The work submitted should be 2500- 3000 words and conform to scholarly standards.

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Art and Media Studies


Examination arrangement: Home examination

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





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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