SOS3606 - Social Media


New from the academic year 2016/2017

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oppgave 100/100

Course content

The course will focus on the framework for the development and use of social media. There will be an introduction and overview of key developments and current theories in the sociology of social media Moreover, the main focus will be on presenting key analytical approaches to texts and practices, with the aim of giving students a "toolbox" to perform specific analysis of current issues, e.g. in studies of textbased (blog) and visual media (Instagram), the presentation of self and identity, digital subcultures, the use of social media in crises. The course will focus on a variety of themes and topics.

The term paper should be an independent study of a theme presented in the course, preferably with relevance for later use in a thesis.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student is supposed to:
-know the central discussion and newer research in the Sociology of Social Media in both Norwegian and international contexts.
-know how to critically reflect on the changes brought about in the areas of social media.

Skills - the student is supposed to demonstrate the ability to:
-treat one of the themes addressed during instruction in an independent method through written work.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. If few students attend the course the two first weeeks of teaching, the course will be given as an individual study course with supervision. Please contact the departement for further information.

Form of assessment: Individual paper

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentations

Required previous knowledge

60 credits including SOS1002 or an equivalent course in research methods.

Course materials

To be decided at the start of the course

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SOS3503 7.5
SOS8527 5.0
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2016

Language of instruction: Norwegian


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 Oppgave 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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