MMP302 Media, Professions and Society

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Teaching semester: 
2020 Autumn
Program of study: 
Master in Media Practices
Assessment semester: 
2020 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge


Course content

In this course, the philosophies, role understandings and practices of media professions are discussed. The course addresses how media practices are legitimized and get – or invoke – a particular role in society, including in relation to social, cultural and political processes. Through critical perspectives, these assumptions are questioned – for example in relation to the role of the state, the market, ethics, and art. The subject is discussed from two different standpoints in parallel: with a basis in the individual worker’s professional understanding and with a basis in how media practices affect and are affected by media society’s various participants.

The course overlaps with DJM305 The Documentary and Journalism`s Role in Society. 

Learning outcome

In accordance with the national qualification framework, the student will have achieved the following learning outcomes after completing the course:

Learning outcome knowledge

The student has

  • advanced knowledge of legitimation, norms, ethics and autonomy in relation to her/his own and others’ exercise of roles
  • a thorough knowledge of how current media development challenges professions, understand of roles, norms and ethics
  • advanced knowledge of relevant professional theory and thorough understanding of the various social tasks that exist in the various professions in the media industry
Learning outcome skills

The student

  • can reflect on and analyze her/his own and others’ application of roles and independently show further development of their professional understanding in the face of other media processions
  • has developed a critical media awareness in which one sees her/his own professional practice in a broader context
  • can use various forms of media and theories for a critical discussion and analysis of various role understandings and practices linked to media and social development
  • can understand and analyze the tension between occupational boundaries and development (boundary work)
Learning outcome qualification

Ther student

  • has a thorough understanding of her/his own professional and social role and knowledge of the similarities with and differences between other media professionals’ role understandings and practices
Working and learning activities

Teaching is in the form of lectures and seminars throughout the entire semester.

Assessment requirements

Work requirements:

1. Prepare and conduct a presentation of selected curriculum texts.

2. Prepare a response to other students’ presentation of selected curriculum texts.

3. Write an academic essay using writing conventions and standards for scholarly publishing (approximately 1000 words). The topic should be one of the main subjects of the course.

4. Fill out the evaluation form of the course (done anonymously).


Evaluation system
Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Paul Bjerke
This course is part of these study programs
Master in Media Practices
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
Home examIndividual4DaysA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing gradeFinal assessment for the course is five days home assignment. 4000 words 1,5 spaced, 12 pt (+/- 20 percent leeway allowed)
Form of assessment:Home exam
Type of duration:Days
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Comment:Final assessment for the course is five days home assignment.
Supported material:
Scope: 4000 words 1,5 spaced, 12 pt (+/- 20 percent leeway allowed)
Approval signature: 
Odd Ragnar Hunnes 21.03.20