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MEVIT3220 – Media and Globalization

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Course content

The current global media landscape is a complex web of multi-vocal, multimedia and multi-directional media flows. The course focuses on the media and cultural industries role in processes of globalization and on the globalization of the media and cultural industries. It introduces and discusses key theoretical approaches to globalization, ranging from claims of a ‘global public sphere’ to claims that ‘globalization is a myth’. The course analyzes the economic and technological changes within the global media and cultural industries, from the perspective of ownership and media policy and regulation. It examines the changing conditions for the production, distribution and reception of mediated communication with different media in various fields across the globe. And explores the implications of transnational media and cultural flows, through empirical case studies.

Learning outcome

The course will introduce students to different approaches to the study of the global media and cultural industries. The course work is aimed to develop the students’ skills of both oral and written presentation and critical argumentation. This will enable them to:

  • Critically discuss the main theoretical approaches to globalization and media, and how these key approaches relate to each other.
  • Explain the complex and contradictory globalization, regionalization and localization processes in international cultural industries and media markets.
  • Employ the theoretical framework and empirical insights to analyze similarities and differences in various political-economic contexts and cultural fields.


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Recommended previous knowledge

Analytical skills and basic understanding of the social sciences and the humanities.


A series of lectures and seminars. This cours is given on MA and BA level. Both BA and MA students will attend the same classroom teaching. BA and MA students will however have separate syllabi and also attend separate seminar groups, intended to differentiate between the different academic levels of BA and MA students.


exam on a given topic over a period of 3 days. The submitted paper may be up to 10 pages (one page is calculated to 2300 characters without spaces), and may be written in English or Norwegian. The course is graded with letters A-F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English. If you would prefer to have the exam text in English, you may apply to the course administrators.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic course evaluation autumn 2006

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