SV9106 – Dissemination

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Course content

This course offers students an approach to how to handle inquiries from the media in a good way. The students will gain insight into journalistic working methods that will enable them to be proactive when they want to communicate their research in popular media channels such as newspapers, radio, television and social media. In addition to teaching from academics with broad experience of disseminating social science to the public, there are sessions with communication and media professionals.

Learning outcome

Knowledge and understanding

Students shall:

  • know the possibilities and limitations associated with various public-oriented communication channels and communication techniques
  • have an understanding of the researcher's and the journalist's points of view at the intersection of journalism and science
  • insight into the ethical aspects of public oriented research communication


Students will:

  • acquire knowledge of how they can use different media to focus on their own research or on research policy issues
  • acquire sufficient journalistic knowledge to take a journalist's point of view in various media cases
  • have learnt about and practiced on being interviewed in TV, radio and newspapers
  • be able to evaluate what medium is suitable for which matters, and which media channels they best can use to reach out with their message


The course is compulsory for all candidates on the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

PhD candidates must each semester register for classes and examinations through Studentweb.

The deadline for registering is February 1st for courses in the spring semester and September 1st for courses in the autumn semester.

This course is only available for candidates admitted to the PhD programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Oslo.


The teaching is given as a 2 day long course (15 hours of teaching). The teaching consists of ordinary lectures and practical exercises, and participation at the lectures and exercises is obligatory. The PhD students must be active in the learning process. Approved compulsory teaching and exercises is valid for the next two semesters the course is offered. Day 2 of the course is offered both on 18.10. and 25.10. You will get notified in Canvas of which day you are selected to attend.

Mandatory preparations

One week before the course starts, each student must upload a summary of their PhD project or MA thesis in Canvas. The summary will be used as background for the TV interview with the student. This coursework is a prerequisite for participation.


75% attendance is required.

A student who has completed compulsory teaching and exercises and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat the teaching and exercises. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory teaching and exercises or had these approved, is entitled to repeat the teaching and exercises, depending on available capacity.


Compulsory activities must have been approved by the Faculty before the student can take the exam. Attendance is minimum 75%.

Written assignment will be given as a home exam. The exam is to write a chronicle/op-ed to be published in a newspaper or on a website. The chronicle can be up to 6000 characters including spaces, typed with a margin of 2.5 cm, line spacing of 1.5 and a Times New Roman 12-point font. 

Assessment guidelines 


Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response 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

It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.

The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.

The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


Feedback from our students is essential if we are to offer the best possible courses and programmes of study. We carry out continuous evaluation of this course, and at regular intervals we request students to participate in a more comprehensive, periodic evaluation of the course

If the student needs confirmation on passing this course, he/she must do this through studentweb and use the description on this web page for information. We do not give out course confirmations in other ways.

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