MV2007 - Media Analysis and Aesthetics


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2020/2021

Course content

Drawing on theories of media aesthetics and established approaches to media analysis, this course explores the aesthetic, narrative, and political potential of a range of popular media forms within contemporary culture.
In addition to learning about similarities and differences between media as aesthetic forms as well as about helpful terms and concepts for their analysis, students will also have the opportunity to pursue case study–oriented research on a media form of their choosing.
The course thus not only further strengthens and applies the theoretical and historical knowledge offered by MV1100 Media Theory and Culture but also develops a solid methodological foundation for the Bachelor's Thesis in Media Studies.

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of this course students will have:
- knowledge about the similarities and differences between media as aesthetic forms.
- broad knowledge about a range of theories of media aesthetics.
- in-depth knowledge about different approaches to the aesthetic analysis of media.


Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- apply appropriate terms and concepts in order to analyze different media as aesthetic forms.
- critically and independently evaluate a range of theoretical arguments about media as aesthetic forms.
- independently pursue case study–oriented research that demonstrates the ability to gather, summarize, and put into dialogue material from different sources.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and obligatory seminars.
Course requirements:
Seminar participation. Seminar tasks will be specified by the course tutor at the start of term. 80 % attendance at seminars is required in order to receive a final assessment.
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

  • 80 % seminar attandance
  • Written assignments

Further on evaluation

The final assessment is based on a letter-graded term paper of approx. 5000-6000 words.

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.

Required previous knowledge

MV1100 Introduction to Media Studies, MV1101 Media Theory and Culture.

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: Intermediate course, level II


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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