SOS3051 - Media and Communication Theory


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

The course covers theories which explain how media and communication relate to social life and society. It presents perspectives on media development and on the relationship between mass media and network media. As part of the course the students must have an oral presentation which critically analyze theories, methods and results in media- and communcationresearch.

Learning outcome

Knowledge – the student shall:
- have a fundamental knowledge of the central theories in the Media and Communications discipline.
- have a basic knowledge of the approaches within the social science of how to study the media’s role in society.
- have knowledge on the relationship between the traditional media and network media.
- be able to reflect and critically evaluate theory tied to Media and Communications.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:
- through written and oral means, treat themes which have been discussed in instruction 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. Form of assessment: 4 hours written exam

Compulsory assignments

  • Approved oral presentation

Specific conditions

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

Bachelor’s degree with 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

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2

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: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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