Media and Communication Studies C: Theory in Journalism Studies, 7.5 credits

Academic year 2022/2023

  • Course code: 2IV170

    Autumn 2022, 50%, Campus

    Start date: 29 August 2022

    End date: 2 November 2022

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Registration: 28 July 2022 – 29 August 2022

Entry requirements: 60 credits in media and communication studies including 7.5 credits in journalism studies

About the course

The course explores the main theories in, and relevant to, journalism studies. It offers an in-depth exposé of the key academic debates in the field, examining, also, how these debates are re-articulated in the digital era. The starting point of this exploration consists of a thinking through, and re-thinking of, the very foundations of journalism, through a philosophical, ontological and ethical reflection, focusing on, among others, truth, objectivity, fairness and (social) responsibility.

The course then moves on to theoretically examine issues and phenomena of news production, content and context, with special focus on four social spheres (cultural, political, economic, technological), along three broad fields (critical theory and cultural studies, discourse studies, audience studies). This theoretical toolbox will allow students to critically reflect on, and analyse, issues of gender, ethnicity, class, identity, democracy, power, ideology, participation, conflict, in/tolerance and inclusion, in journalism and the news.

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