SOS3520 - Modern Media and Digitalization


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignment 100/100

Course content

The course addresses key issues related to modern media and digitalization and offers analytical tools to enable the students to think critically on the importance of media development and digitalization for social organization. Over the last decade, we have seen a new wave of digitalization. Various digital platforms, such as social media, search engines, streaming platforms, content aggregators and robots, have become key arenas for the development of media and society. Processes of digitalization affect all aspects of social life and social organization, from microphenomena such as identity formation to macrophenomena such as economics, politics and social divisions. Naturally, issues related to digitalization and modern media have become part of most of the sub-fields of sociology, but often without having the tools to systematically reflect the relationship between the technological/material and the social aspects. SOS3520 enables the students to do just that. The course will present them to cand current and relevant research and to raise current topics and debates related to media development with a special focus on consequences for citizenship. Current topics to be discussed are for example the influence of digital platforms on our lives, filter bubbles and echo chambers or disinformation ("fake news").

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student shall:

* acquire knowledge of current international theory and methods development in the field of modern media and digitalization.

Skills - the student shall demonstrate the ability to:

* systematically reflect on the importance of media development and digitalization for societal development, and be able to critically reflect on the characteristics and significance of different digital plattforms.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. If few students attend the course in the first two weeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group based research assignment with oral presentation and project report

Further on evaluation

Form of assessment: Individual paper. The term paper must be retaken at a repeat of the exam.

Specific conditions

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

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods. The requirement must be fulfilled to be admitted to the course.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOS8533 10.0 AUTUMN 2019
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Sociology
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Sociology and Political Science


Examination arrangement: Assignment

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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