MV2013 - The Image in Society


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination. For a complete course description, see previous academic years.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 30 minutes

Course content

Media and communication technologies are crucial to our modern way of living. New media technologies make opportunities for connections and information flows across cultural borders, and modern systems of transport and communication create a ”global village” where people in different parts of the world are increasingly part of each others’ lives. Systems of communication integrated on a national or international basis enable the forging of formal as well as informal communities, while at the same time facilitating the drawing of new lines of conflict based on bigotry, nationalism, and various kinds of religious fundamentalism. People’s identities are not given, but increasingly negotiated through mediated encounters with others, where media contribute both to identification and alienation. This course explores questions of media, globalisation and identity through themes like the role of media in forming individual and group identities; commercialisation and celebrity culture; gender perspectives; sexualisation of public sphere and media content; surveillance and self presentation in social media.

Learning outcome

Knowledge Upon successful completion of this course, students will have: - knowledge of a broad range of theories on the roles of media in a globalised world - awareness of the relationship between visual media and cultural identity - knowledge of the uses of images in self presentation in the past as well as the present - knowledge of theories on how media relates to visibility and power. Skills Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: - apply theories for critical reflection on questions of media, globalisation and identity - explain how different media enable the forging of individual and group identities - identify cultural stereotypes and assess the extent to which specific media presentations contribute to creating, maintaining or undermining established notions of ourselves and others. - Reflect critically and independently on problems relating to the power aspect of visual technologies

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. Compulsory assignment: The compulsory assignment is a reading report. Students must have had their reading report approved by the course leader before sitting the final exam. 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

  • Syllabus

Further on evaluation

The final assessment consists of a 30-minute oral exam which is evaluated by letter grade. Prior to the examination date, students will be given a selection of relevant topics from the reading and screening lists that will form the basis for the examination. It is the student's duty to familiarise themselves with the current topic of oral exam prior to the final assessment.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

Admission to the Bachelor's programme in Media Studies.

Course materials

Approx. 600 pages of set texts - plus films shown in connection to the teaching.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MV2012 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
MV2005 7.5 AUTUMN 2014
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


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: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral 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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