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Media Technology and Society

Level of Study

Bachelor

Teaching semester

Autumn

Objectives and Content

The aim of this course is to provide a theoretical specialization in the relationship between media and communication technologies and their social and cultural practices. This course is less about the content of media than it is about the forms and meanings of media technologies themselves. It aims to create an understanding of the mutual influence between social and cultural contexts and the development of media and communication technologies through a combination of theory and practice.

The organization of the course is twofold: 1) A lectures series engaging with theories and perspectives pertaining to the historical and contemporary development of media technologies in their social and cultural contexts. 2) Workshops connecting theoretical insights to contemporary media culture through practice-based assignments.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The student

  • has knowledge about the relationship between media and communication technology, culture and society.
  • has knowledge about central theories of media and communication studies pertaining to the relationship between technology, culture and society.

Skills

The student

  • can discuss the relationship between media technology and society in a historical perspective.
  • can reflect upon central theories and perspectives on the development of modern media and how new technology creates new forms of communication and interaction.
  • can analyze the relevance of media technology for the development of modern forms of culture and society.

General competence

The student

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

Required Previous Knowledge

None, but the course build on MEVI101 - MEVI104.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

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 three workshop days, ca. 15 hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Approved pre-workshop assignments and workshop attendance (80%).

There is not time limit for approved work requirements.

Forms of Assessment

4-day home exam, approximately 4500 words.

Grading Scale

A-F

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

Contact Information

studieveileder@media.uib.no

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take-home exam

    Assignment handed out
    16.11.2020, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    20.11.2020, 10:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    02.11.2020
    Examination system
    Inspera
    Digital exam