Norwegian Media in a Comparative Perspective



Mål og innhald

What role do the media play in Norwegian society? As the Nordic welfare states are changing, so is the relations between citizens, the media and democracy, and this course seeks to grasp the essence of these changes. The course explores Norwegian media institutions, texts, use and culture, drawing on cases from television, radio/podcasts, news media, social media, video games and film to critically discuss key features of the media in Norway, and to facilitate comparison across societies globally. From the perspective of media studies, the course provides a historically grounded, case-based introduction to understand Norwegian media in the digital era. 


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

  • the societal role of media in liberal democracies
  • key features of Norwegian media
  • media use in Norway
  • key economic and political conditions for media production


The candidate can

  • critically compare features of the media across different societies
  • give an overview of the characteristics and organization of Norwegian media in a global context

Studiepoeng, omfang

15 studiepoeng

Studienivå (studiesyklus)



Autumn - irregular 
Krav til forkunnskapar
Krav til studierett
The course is open for students at the University of Bergen
Arbeids- og undervisningsformer
Lectures and workshops.
Obligatorisk undervisningsaktivitet

Approved workshop assignments. The assignments may be oral or written and may include media production work.

Accepted compulsory requirements is valid this term and the following term of exam.


7-day take home exam, approximately 3500 words.

The exam will be given in the language in which the course is taught.
The exam can be submitted in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish.

Bokstavkarakterar A-F  

Assessment in teaching semester and the following semester

In this course, a regular exam is offered in both semesters. Students who meet the requirements for a retake exam (according to UiB Regulations § 5-6) are therefore referred to the next regular exam.

The reading list will be ready before 1 July for the autumn semester.
All courses are evaluated according to UiB's system for quality assurance of education.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses. 
Administrativt ansvarleg
Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course