MV2012 - The Image in Society


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

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

Course content

Images are essential for communication, media and entertainment and they are ubiquitous. People's identities are not given, but are increasingly negotiated through mediated meetings with others. This course explores issues related to media, identity and power, including the media's role in the formation of identity, both individually and as a group. Students are introduced to current research in media studies in general and at NTNU in particular.

The course further develops the students' analytical, theoretical, and historical perspectives and examines the visual culture within a historical, cultural, and social understanding framework. 

Learning outcome


Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

  • thorough knowledge of a broad range of theories on the roles of media in a globalised world
  • extended awareness of the relationship between visual media and cultural identity
  • extensive knowledge of the uses of images in self presentation in the past as well as the present
  • in-depth knowledge of theories on how media relates to visibility and power.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • apply theories for critical reflection on questions of media and identity
  • explain how different media enable the forging of individual and group identities
  • reflect critically and independently on problems relating to the power aspect of visual technologies

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars.

Emphasis is placed on collaboration-based and activity-based activities in the teaching.

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

  • Compulsory assignment

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of a six-day written take-home exam.

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester.

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Media Studies (BMV)

Course materials

Approx. 1200 pages of set texts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MV2005 15.0 AUTUMN 2014
MV2013 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2022

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Media Studies
Contact information

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 UTS Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD 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.

For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"

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