Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

Through key television theory as well as recent research in television studies, this course will seek to understand television as an important contemporary fictional form.

Through theoretically informed analyses of in particular the television series AtlantaBetter ThingsCurb Your EnthusiasmEuphoriaFleabagHow to with John WilsonSuccession and Twin Peaks: Return, this course unpacks the formal components of contemporary television fiction and presents critical contexts and lenses for analysis.

The course will investigate research questions such as “How can we conceptualize contemporary television fiction?” and “What stylistic and narrative tendencies characterize contemporary television fiction?”.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, students will:

·      have a critical understanding of various analytical and theoretical approaches to contemporary television fiction

·      be able to discuss theoretical concepts such as quality television, narrative complexity and women’s genres


After completing the course, students will be able to:

·      conduct theoretically informed textual analyses of television fiction

·      analyse and critically evaluate television fiction as a contemporary aesthetic and cultural expression

General competence

After completing the course, students will be able to:

·      understand television fiction in an aesthetic, ideological, institutional and cultural perspective


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Admission as master student, with a Bachelor´s Degree in Media Studies or equivalent.

The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

It is however highly advisable that the students have obtained fundamental textual analytical skills and knowledge of central theoretical perspectives in the humanities (such as MEVIT1110MEVIT2110MEVIT2700MEVIT2532, MEVIT3528MEVIT3510/4510, EST3010).

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with MEVIT3117 – Contemporary TV fiction


The teaching will consist of seven four hour lectures/seminars/screenings. Attendance and familiarity with course materials is expected. Students are required to actively participate in class discussions.


The exam for this course is a term paper of up to ten (10) pages, where each page is calculated to approximately 2300 characters excluding spaces. The page count does not include the front page, literature list/bibliography or appendices. 

The obligatory activities must be fulfilled to be able to hand in the term paper.

See also the department's exam information

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

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

Resit an examination

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Periodic evaluation Autumn 2010 (in Norwegian)

Facts about this course

Every spring
Every spring
Teaching language