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MEVIT4618 – Mediatization of culture and society

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Mediatization is about the interrelation between changes of media and communication and the changes of culture and society. The course gives a critical and updated overview of approaches to mediatization and ‘media logic’. It inspires own studies of mediatization processes and mediatized phenomena.

Mediatization may be analysed in mediatized areas, from science to art, from families to bureaucracies. Transformations within politics and religion are among the most researched. Mediatization could also be characterized through its modes. What does digitization and networked media do to mediatization processes compared to ‘legacy’ mass media?

The course moves within the scope of modernity, discussing the role of media and mediatization in different historical epochs and at various levels of analysis, from mediatization as meta-processes alongside globalization and individualization, to studies of everyday micro processes.

Learning outcome

You learn to:

  • Understand and explain the main directions and approaches in contemporary theories on mediatization of culture and society
  • Understand and explain the difference between ‘mediation’ and ‘mediatization’
  • Critically examine and discuss mediatization theories versus other processes and theories of social and cultural change
  • Apply mediatization theory more in detail on a selected field or process as part of your work on the term paper
  • Plan and write a term paper according to academic standards and references
  • Present and discuss your term paper outline with other students, as well as offer critical reading of your co-students term paper ideas
  • Reflect over ethical aspects in your own and other's research through your work with the term paper
  • Apply mediatization theories in your thinking and contribution as a student of Media and Communication in relevant areas and innovation processes in society


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.

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


Teaching is given through lectures and student activities in an integrated four hour session (with breaks) once a week. Emphasis is on the development of your term paper.

Obligatory qualifying activity, with two elements:

An outline of your term paper is to be handed in and presented orally in a seminar. This is obligatory for all students who want to take the exam.

  1. Submission of a short one page powerpoint or pdf outline in Canvas. Further information will be given in seminars and in the course room in Canvas.
  2. Oral presentation in the following course session.


The exam consists of a term paper of up to 10 pages, where each page is calculated to approximately 2 300 characters without spaces. The front page, bibliography/list of references and any appendices are not included in the 10 page limit.

Both elements of the obligatory activity must be passed to take 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

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

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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.

Evaluation of MEVIT4618 spring 2014.

Evaluation of MEVIT4618 spring 2017

Facts about this course






This course is not available spring 2019


This course is not available spring 2019

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