MMP302 Media, Professions and Society

Course code: 
1 semester
Credits (ECTS): 
Level of study: 
Program of study: 
Master in Media Practices
Teaching semester: 
2021 Autumn
Assessment semester: 
2021 Autumn
Language of instruction: 
Required prerequisite knowledge


Course content

In this course, the philosophies, role understandings and practices of media workers are discussed. The course addresses how media practices are legitimized and get a particular role in society, including in relation to social, cultural and political processes. An important question in the course is how current changes in society, such as digitalization, affect the role of the media workers. The course also addresses questions about what kind om ethical and legal obligations a media worker has towards 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
  • advanced knowledge of relevant professional theory and thorough understanding of the various social tasks that exist in the various professions in the media industry
  • a thorough knowledge of how current media developments, such as digitalization and interdisciplinarity, challenge the roles, norms and ethics of media workers.
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 role understanding in the face of other media professions
  • 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. Write and deliver a first draft of an academic essay using writing conventions and standards for scholarly publishing (between 1000 and 2000 words). The topic should be one of the main subjects of the course.

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


Evaluation system
Minimum number of students: 
Maximum number of students: 
Person in charge: 
Ellen Lexerød Hovlid
This course is part of these study programs
Master in Media Practices
Form of assessmentGroupingDurationType of durationGrading scaleProportionCommentSupported materialScope
OppgaveIndividualSemestersA-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing gradeThe students shall deliver an essay about one of the main subjects of the course. 4000 words 1,5 spaced, 12 pt (+/- 20 percent leeway allowed)
Form of assessment:Oppgave
Type of duration:Semesters
Grading scale:A-F, A is the best grade and E is the lowest passing grade
Comment:The students shall deliver an essay about one of the main subjects of the course.
Supported material:
Scope: 4000 words 1,5 spaced, 12 pt (+/- 20 percent leeway allowed)
Approval signature: 
Kate Kartveit