MEVIT4616 – Internet, Self and Society

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Course content

We will develop an overview of the wider consequences of digital media – for our senses of selfhood and identity, as well as society more generally (including its cultural and political dimensions).

We will learn to conjoin both theories and empirical findings from various fields to illuminate three core questions:

  • Who am I?
  • How do I become a social being and sustain social relationships?
  • And how do we as social beings construct – and find ourselves constructed by – diverse social, political and economic institutions, arrangements, and possibilities?

Learning outcome

Students are to develop a critical understanding of a range of theories from Media and Communication Studies, Cultural Studies, Psychosocial Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy, and how these illuminate:

  • How diverse media technologies and our uses of them interact with diverse notions and emphases of subjectivity, identity, and selfhood.
  • What role digital, networked media play in shaping historical and contemporary understandings of social relationships (such as friendship, love and sexuality, spirituality, privacy, political contestation and conflict).
  • How our media uses and online forms of interaction come to play a formative role in shaping the social.


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.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

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


Coursework will consist of lectures conjoined with seminar discussions. We will run ten consecutive 3-hour meetings. Each meeting will consist of lecture parts followed by seminar discussions and applications.

The 3-hour time frame per session will allow for an active and lively exchange between the students and the course convener, as well as a cooperative and in-depth work process.

The lecture parts will highlight important principles, arguments, and other relevant aspects of the curriculum; the accompanying seminar parts will focus on discussions and additional perspectives on the texts, in part as developed and presented by the students.

Students are expected to read and make careful notes on the curriculum and other relevant texts. Such notes will then be useful resources for both in-class discussion and presentations, as well as for the term paper.

Obligatory qualifying assignments:

This course has obligatory qualifying assignments. Students are required to give two presentations in class:

  1. Presentation 1: The first presentation will be based on up to two texts from the curriculum in class during the course; this presentation will be scheduled at the beginning of the course.
  2. Presentation 2: By mid-semester, students will be asked to propose the topic(s) of their term papers (Norw.:"semesteroppgave"). They will offer a brief presentation during the final class meeting in which they outline their defining questions, primary theoretical and empirical approaches, and provisional expectations of what they will find and conclude.

Both presentations are mandatory, and must be passed in order to submit the term paper/exam at the end of the semester.

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. 

Access to teaching

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.


The exam consists of a term paper of up to 10 pages of 2 300 characters without space.

The obligatory qualifying assignments must be passed in order to submit the term paper/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 language is English, please consult the course convener if you would like to write your term paper in another language.

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

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 course evaluation, spring 2017 (PDF)

Periodic course evaluation, spring 2016 (PDF)

Periodic course evaluation spring 2013

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