MEVIT4320 – Political Communication: Opinion Processes and Influence

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The political communication systems of established democracies are currently undergoing fundamental processes of change. Digitization changes the structure of the public sphere, challenges news media’s financial models, and alter people’s media consumption in fundamental ways. Political communication is about the flow of information and messages among political actors, citizens and the media, and the consequences of communication for allocation of public resources. The course addresses the conditions for and importance of political communication in today's digital media system, with an emphasis on what is going on at the frontier of political communication research.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed the Political communication: opinion processes and influence, will have acquired the following knowledge, skills and general competences:


After completion of the course, the candidate:

  • has advanced knowledge about essential theories and concepts in political communication, like opinion formation, misinformation, agenda-setting, framing, echo chambers, motivated reasoning, and populism
  • has advanced knowledge about essential developments in political communication in established democracies
  • has advanced knowledge about how a changing media system challenges established knowledge in the political communication field and changes the conditions for actors who wants to influence political processes


After completion of the course, the candidate:

  • can critically analyze how political communication systems inform and influence citizens
  • can critically analyze the influence of social media in today’s political communication environment
  • can critically analyze the communicative power relations between political actors
  • can critically discuss and disentangle scientific articles

General competence

After completion of the course, the candidate:

  • has a general understanding of how political communication influence power relations in society
  • is able to identify and analyze issues of social and scientific relevance from a political communication perspective


MA-students enrolled in the Political communication ("Politisk kommunikasjon") master's program will have priority for this course. Master students enrolled in other programs at The Faculty of Humanities or The Faculty of Social Sciences can also take the course if there is capacity.


Teaching in the course is organised as lectures and seminars.

Compulsory activity:

The students must have the following two obligatory activities approved in order to qualify for the exam:

  • At least 75% attendance to the seminars
  • Qualification assignment

Read about compulsory activities at the Faculty of Humanities.


4 hours take-home exam.

The compulsory activities must be approved before the exam.

See previous exams and grading guidelines.

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

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.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or 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.

Facts about this course

Every autumn
Every autumn
Teaching language

The teaching will be in Norwegian if there are only Norwegian speaking students in the class.