MEVIT4810 – Introduction to media and communication research: Theory of science and methodology

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

Course content

This course gives an introduction to theory of science and research methodology for master students in media studies. Students will gain an understanding of the basic methodological knowledge necessary to plan an empirical research project. The course provides students with an understanding of scientific knowledge and its limitations, how to design a study, and the ethical implications and challenges associated with empirical research. It furthermore lays a foundation for more specialized methodology courses later in the MA programs in media studies.

Learning outcome


Upon completion of the course, the candidate:

  • is familiar with key perspectives in theory of science relevant to media studies research
  • can outline the epistemological and ontological positions characterizing important empirical research traditions in media studies
  • understands key concepts and research methods for quantitative, qualitative and textual approaches in media studies


Upon completion of the course, the candidate:

  • can formulate a research question and outline how this question can be addressed through empirical research
  • can present a research design for an empirical project in media studies
  • can identify epistemological and ontological positions inherent to a research project

General competence

Upon completion of the course, the candidate:

  • can make a realistic workplan for completing a project
  • can evaluate and provide feedback on a project proposal
  • has a clear understanding of research ethics


The teaching in this course consists of a lecture series. 

There are three mandatory assignments that you need to get approved in order to take the exam.


Portfolio exam. 


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 pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language