Media and Communication Studies C: Theory in Media Studies

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 2IV168

Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Media and Communication Studies G2F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
Finalised by
The Department Board, 8 December 2022
Responsible department
Department of Informatics and Media

Entry requirements

60 credits in media and communication studies including 7.5 credits in media studies

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • account for and show in-depth understanding of central theories within the field of Media Studies and for related perspectives from the philosophy of science,
  • account for and show in-depth understanding of historical and contemporary debates about central concepts within the field of Media Studies,
  • account for and show in-depth understanding for the role and significance of the media for culture and society.

Competence and skills

  • independently and critically analyze and present theoretical explanations on key issues and debates in media theory,
  • independently demonstrate how theories in the field of Media Studies can be applied in empirical research.

Judgement and approach

  • independently and critically reflect upon media theoretical questions,
  • independently and critically discuss media power and its implications for individuals and society.


This course, building on the MCS B/Media Studies, further explores the main theories and theoretical debates in the field of Media Studies. The course also shows how these discussions reflect changes in the contemporary digital media landscape. The theoretical explorations and comparisons lead to a deeper understanding of central epistemological, ontological and ethical questions in Media Studies.


Lectures, seminars and assignments.


The course is examined through seminars, assignments, and in a final examination.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.