Level of Study
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.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
- INFOMEVI201 (15 sp)
- MEVI224B (15 sp)
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.
Assessment in teaching semester and the following semester
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
Type of assessment: Take-home exam
- Assignment handed out
- 16.11.2020, 09:00
- Submission deadline
- 20.11.2020, 10:00
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam