Undergraduate course

Media Technology and Society

Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The aim of this course is to provide a theoretical specialization in the changing roles of media and communication technologies. The course is about the relationship between media, society and culture in a historical perspective. The central issue that the course seeks to explore has two angles: On the one hand the course studies what role media and communication technology have had in the development of modern culture and society; on the other hand it aims to create an understanding of how social and cultural practices are always involved in the development of media technologies. This course is less about the content of media than it is about the meaning of media technologies themselves. Theoretical perspectives discussed during the course technological determinism, phenomenology and social constructivism.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student should be able to:

* discuss the relationship between media technology and society in a historical perspective

* reflect upon the origin and development of modern media and how new technology creates new forms of communication and interaction.

* analyze the relevance of media technology for the development of modern forms of culture and society.

* employ central theoretical perspectives to explain and understand the development of media technologies and their societal role, and present such work in written form

Required Previous Knowledge

None, but the course build on MEVI101 - MEVI104.

Access to the Course

The course is open for students at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, ca. 16-20 hours, and seminars, ca. 16 hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved seminar essay and seminar attandance. Approved literature test.

There is not time limit for approved work requirements.

Forms of Assessment

A four day home exam. The exam should have 4500 words +/- 10%, excluded table of contents and bibliography.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester


Course Evaluation

The course is evaluated every 3rd year


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Note that the time may change up until 14 days prior to the day of the examination. The location will be published 14 days ahead.

  • Type of assessment: Hjemmeeksamen

    Submission deadline
    08.12.2017, 12:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam