MUS4531 – Music and media

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Course content

How is music heard, experienced, and mediated? And how have ongoing developments in media and technology changed our understanding of, and interaction with music?

This Master’s course examines the role music and media play in contemporary society. The interdisciplinary course introduces students to a variety of analytical, historical and theoretical approaches to understanding the production, distribution, and consumption of music.

We will examine popular music and its mediation from a variety of perspectives, including cultural, technological, and ideological aspects. Students will be introduced to key research methodologies in music and sound studies, and will be provided with a well-equipped toolkit to understand and interrogate music and its mediation.

Learning outcome

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Communicate a critical understanding of music, media technology and infrastructure
  • Explain the social, cultural and economic impact of music media in everyday life
  • Describe technologies of musical production over the past century, including key historical developments in the mediation of music
  • Understand how media shapes and impacts our experience of music
  • Develop skills as an independent researcher through a range of research methodologies, oral presentations, and writing assignments


There will be 8 double hours of lectures, and 4 double hours of seminars.

Coursework consists of the lectures, seminars, in-class presentations based on individual case studies, and writing exercises. Lectures provide an introduction to various themes and debates as explored through the readings and case studies. Seminars are devoted to group guidance on research methods and the assessment tasks (see below).

Students are expected to prepare for and participate in lectures and seminars through advance reading of the curriculum and participating in discussions and Q+A sessions.

To qualify for the final exam, each student must complete the following to the satisfaction of the course instructor:

  • Qualifying Oral Presentation: 10 mins presentation + 10 mins questions
  • Qualifying Written Statement: Abstract & Bibliography

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.


Final term paper (15 pages, approx. 34500 characters, spaces not included).

The assessment criteria for MUS4531 can be found here.

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

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English or Norwegian.

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

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.


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