Undergraduate course

An Introduction to the Norwegian Media System in a Global Context

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

Teaching semester


Objectives and Content

The course gives an introductory overview of the Norwegian media system, its characteristics and its organization in a comparative international context. The media system plays a key role in developing and fostering democratic conditions in Norway. It serves as arena for freedom of speech, is characterized by a high level of press freedom and is populated by a strong public service broadcasting institution. It thus provides an interesting case for comparison. From the perspective of media studies, the course provides a historically grounded introduction to Norwegian media institutions which also deals with recent developments of digital media.

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

  • key Norwegian media institutions
  • the characteristics of the Norwegian media system
  • media use in Norway
  • key economic and political conditions for media production


The candidate can

  • give an overview of the characteristics and organization of the Norwegian media system in a global context
  • critically assess the role of this the Norwegian media system in Norwegian society

Required Previous Knowledge


Access to the Course

The course is open for students at the University of Bergen

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and weekly seminars.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Participation in a weekly seminar and submission of a written exercise is mandatory.

Accepted (mandatory) exercise is valid this term and the following term of exam.

Forms of Assessment

6 hours written school exam (in English or Norwegian)

Grading Scale


Subject Overlap

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

Assessment Semester

Assessment in teaching semester and the following semester


Contact Information


Exam information

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    23.09.2019, 09:00
    6 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam