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Undergraduate course

Media Technology and Society

  • ECTS credits15
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeMEVI224
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester


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:


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


Recommended Previous Knowledge

None, but the course build on MEVI101 - MEVI104.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


MEVI224B (15 ECTS)

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 pre-workshop assignments.

There is no time limit for approved work requirements.

Forms of Assessment

4-day home exam, approximately 4500 words.

Grading Scale


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

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

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Take home exam

    Assignment handed out
    13.02.2023, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    16.02.2023, 14:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam