Media Technology and Society

Undergraduate course

Course description

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 in history. 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.

This semester, a special thematic focus will be the changing relationship between gender and technology.

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.


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.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

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

Attendance in workshops (80%)

There is no time limit for approved work requirements.

Forms of Assessment

4-day home exam, approximately 4500 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.

Grading Scale
Assessment Semester

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 referred to the next regular exam.

Reading List
The reading list will be ready before 1 July 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 Administrator
The Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences has the administrative responsibility for the course