MEVIT4323 – Immigration Debates in the Nordic Public Sphere

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How are questions of immigration covered in the Nordic mainstream media? What characterizes public debates about immigration in an increasingly competitive and fragmented public sphere? What are the consequences of participating in such debates? What can public debates about immigration tell us about boundaries and questions of responsibility in a Nordic perspective? And what kinds of methodological challenges are researchers facing when conducting research on immigration?

In this course, such questions will be addressed through an interactive and research-based learning model. The students will be given short introductory lectures about relevant theories, methods and studies in the field and expected to engage in critical evaluations of these. The students will, throughout the course, be invited to take part in groups activities and carry out small research projects using content analysis. The aim of these group activities is that the students will get first-hand experience about the implications of particular methodological choices and to critically reflect around how they may affect the results.

Learning outcome

When you have completed this course, you are expected to be able to:

  • Outline and critically discuss different theoretical perspectives on the role of the public sphere in democratic societies, free speech and legal and ethical boundaries and editorial power and responsibility in the context of public debates on immigration in the Nordic region
  • Identify and evaluate theoretical and methodological choices in academic studies on immigration within the field of media and communication, and critically analyse the implications for the results
  • Demonstrate theoretical and methodological knowledge by carrying out small content analyses and engage in oral and written discussions of the results


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.

Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

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


Teaching for the course will be conducted in three-hour sessions, consisting of a mix of interactive lectures and work-intensive seminars. Students are expected to participate actively throughout the course by searching for and interpreting relevant literature, studies and statistics. Furthermore, students will be engaged in research based group activities throughout the semester. 

This course has one (1) obligatory activity:

  • Obligatory attendance in 7 out of 9 sessions.

Obligatory activities and absence

It is the student's own responsibility to stay informed about the obligatory activities, comply with the requirements for attendance and to uphold deadlines. Everyone must familiarize themselves with the rules concerning obligatory activities at the Faculty of Humanities. If you get ill or have other valid reasons for being absent from obligatory activities, you must apply for a leave of absence as soon as possible and no later than the day of absence or the deadline. Documentation of the absence must be sent to the institute within three working days. 

You must fulfill the obligatory requirement to be able to take the exam in this course.


Three day take-home exam.

The obligatory activity must be approved before the exam.

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

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

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Withdrawal from an examination

A term paper or equivalent that is passed may not be resubmitted in revised form.

If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline, 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 evaluation spring 2018 (partly in Norwegian)

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Spring 2019


Spring 2019

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