Media Aesthetics - History and Theory
- ECTS credits15
- Teaching semesterSpring
- Course codeMEVI223
- Number of semesters1
Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The aim of this course is to strengthen students' knowledge of the aesthetics of visual texts, and to develop the ability to use central theories and analytical perspectives on texts such as classic and newer Hollywood films, European films, alternative or non-Western films, art films. and documentaries, contemporary television series, and computer games. An emphasis is placed on linking the aesthetics of the texts to the institutional, technological and production framework conditions, and on placing the texts in a wider cultural-historical context. The course may also focus on particular genres, practices, and themes.
Upon completion of this course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- has knowledge of the history and aesthetics of visual texts
- has knowledge of selected visual media and genres, such as documentaries, TV series or computer games.
- can make a critical assessment of academic literature and sources to shed light on issues of media aesthetic
- can reflect on the connection between the aesthetics of visual texts and their institutional, technological and production framework conditions
- can engage in critical discussions through oral presentations and written presentations
- can apply central theoretical knowledge in the analysis of visual texts, and present this in an independent written work
- can use libraries, databases and other sources of information to find relevant information in connection with a project, and to stay updated on relevant literature.
Required Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
- MEVI213 (5 ECTS)
- MEVI223B (15 ECTS)
Access to the Course
The course is open for students at the University of Bergen
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and workshops with film screenings.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Approved workshop assignments (80%). The workshop assignments can be written and/or oral, and can accommodate practical exercises in media production or dissemination. There is not time limit for approved work requirements.
Forms of Assessment
4-day home exam, approximately 4500 words +/- 10%, excluding table of content and reference list.
Assessment in teaching semester and the following semester.
The reading list will be ready before 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 Decemeber for the spring semester.
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB.
Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study programme.
Type of assessment: Take home exam
- Assignment handed out
- 22.05.2023, 09:00
- Submission deadline
- 25.05.2023, 14:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam