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Norwegian Media in a Comparative Perspective

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ECTS Credits

15 ECTS

Level of Study

Bachelor

Teaching semester

Autumn

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 explores Norwegian media institutions, texts, use and culture, drawing on cases from television, radio/podcasts, news media, social media, video games and film 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. Each year, the course focuses on new cases - such as controversial films, new social media practices, a popular tv series, or political phenomena - to facilitate comparative persepcitves of media in Norway.

Learning Outcomes

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

Knowledge 

The candidate has a basic knowledge of

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

Skills

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

None

Recommended Previous Knowledge

-

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

None

Access to the Course

The course is open for students at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and workshops.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved workshop assignments (80%). The assignments may be oral or written and may include media production work.

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

Update: In the autumn semester 2021, the requirement to attend 80% of the workshops will not apply due to the corona situation. However, it is highly recommended that students attend as much as possible.

Forms of Assessment

7-day take home exam, approximately 3500 words.

Grading Scale

Graded A-F 

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester and the following semester

Reading List

The reading list will be ready before 1 June for the autumn semester.

Course Evaluation

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

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses. 

Course Coordinator

Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB.

Course Administrator

Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take home exam

    Assignment handed out
    15.11.2021, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    22.11.2021, 10:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    01.11.2021
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam