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Undergraduate course

Norwegian Media in a Comparative Perspective

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMEVI111
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

What role do the media play in Norwegian society? As the Nordic welfare states are changing, so is the relations between citizens, the media and democracy, and this course seeks to grasp the essence of these changes. The course draws on cases such as teen drama series SKAM, news use in social media, and issues of censorship and free speech to critically discuss key features of the media in Norway, and to facilitate comparison across societies globally. From the perspective of media studies, the course provides a historically grounded introduction to understand Norwegian media in the digital era.

Learning Outcomes

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The candidate has a basic knowledge of

  • the societal role of media in liberal democracies
  • the characteristics of the Norwegian media system
  • media use in Norway
  • key economic and political conditions for media production


The candidate can

  • critically compare features of the media across different societies
  • give an overview of the characteristics and organization of Norwegian media in a global context

Required Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

In combination with the completed exam in MEVI101, a successful exam in the MEVI111 will only result in 10 ECTS.

Access to the Course

The course is open for students at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, weekly seminars and workshops.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in a weekly seminar and submission of written exercises is compulsory. The exercises may be oral or written in form. Seminar attendance 80%.

Accepted compulsory requirements is valid this term and the following term of exam.

Forms of Assessment

7-day take home exam, approximately 3500 words.

Grading Scale


Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester and the following semester

Course Evaluation

All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take home exam

    Assignment handed out
    24.09.2020, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    01.10.2020, 10:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam