Media History and Text Theory
2009-2010 - IMT2352 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The students shall acquire a basic knowledge about the social history of the media (with an emphasis on the history of the media in Norway). The students shall also know the typical structures and genres of today's digital media, as well as having established a critical understanding of common terminology about modern information technology and digital media.


Spoken and written language
Printing and the coming of a literate and political public sphere
The nineteenth century's media innovations
Media development in the twentieth century
Convergence and divergence
Structures and genres in digital media
The digital-literate institution

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

Writing of two essays with formative-iterative assessment during the semester.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 3 hours

Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

Essay (counts 45%)
Written Exam, 3 hours (counts 55%)
Summative assessment of two essays after the end of the semester.

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

Coursework Requirements


Teaching Materials

  • Bastiansen, Henrik G. og Hans Fredrik Dahl (2003; eller nyere utgave). Norsk mediehistorie . Oslo: Universitetsforlaget (excerpt)
  • Eriksen, Trond Berg (2000) ; Budbringerens overtak . Andre utgave. Oslo: Universitetsforlaget (excerpt)
  • Schwebs, Ture og Hildegunn Otnes (2006). strukturer og sjangrer i digitale medier . Andre utgave. Oslo: Landslaget for norskundervisning / Cappelen Akademisk Forlag
  • Schwebs, Ture og Helge Østbye (2007); Media i samfunnet . Femte utgave. Oslo: Samlaget (excerpt)
  • Additional material