SOS3051 - Media and Communication Theory


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course covers theories which explain how media and communication relate to society and different areas of social life. The course presents different perspectives on media development and on the relationship between different media types (e.g., traditional media and network media). By working with theories and the syllabus, students develop insight into a number of different approaches to media and communication and how theories can be used in empirical research.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

  • have in-depth knowledge of central theories in media and communication research.
  • have in-depth knowledge of social scientific approaches of how to study the media's role in society.
  • have in-depth on the relationship between different media types (e.g., traditional media and network media).
  • understand the relationship between theory and empirical research.
  • be able to reflect on and critically evaluate theories tied to media and communication.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

  • understand, explain and critically reflect on the theories covered in teaching in an independent manner.
  • understand, explain and critically reflect on current events and developments related to the media using theories about media and communication in an independent manner.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars equivalent to 2 hours a week, includes supervision in groups and individually. Compulsory activity: Oral presentation. Parts of the lectures can be held in English.

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved oral presentation

Required previous knowledge

80 credits specialization in media studies, social science or the equivalent. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the semester

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MKI3001 7.5 AUTUMN 2023
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-11-24 09:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
SL310 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 1
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-06-05 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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