Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies B: Journalism Studies

Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap B: Journalistikstudier


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV165
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Media and Communication Studies G1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-01-26
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-10-25
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 01, 2019
  • Entry requirements: 15 credits in media and communication studies
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Decisions and guidelines

This course is part of the Bachelor program in Media and Communication and Journalism studies. The course may be given in English or Swedish.

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand the main theories and academic debates in the field of Journalism Studies,
  • understand the societal roles of journalism and the main challenges for journalism in the contemporary media environment.
Competence and skills
  • reflect on the main theoretical debates in the field of Journalism Studies,
  • reflect on the professional, ideological and ethical challenges, as well as the broader social context, of journalism,
  • present and analyse, in oral and text-based forms, theoretically driven accounts of the above debates, challenges and phenomena, in the field of Journalism Studies.
Judgement and approach
  • demonstrate an understanding of the importance of the ethical and legal implications of journalistic practice,
  • demonstrate insight into the importance of investigative journalism, for societies, at their many levels.


This course provides the foundations for understanding the main theories, discourses and academic debates within Journalism Studies. The course also elaborates on the roles and challenges for journalism in a globalized and changing media environment. Normative theories and sociology of journalism, but also, critical theory and cultural studies, will be used to present and discuss a number of phenomena and debates, structured around four thematic areas: i. news production (professional identity and newsroom culture, news values and news selection, journalists and their sources), ii. news content (agenda setting, news framing, ideology in the news, news narratives), iii. journalism and society (social, cultural, political, economic and regulatory environment of media and journalism, journalism and democracy, news audiences), iv. contemporary trends in news media (global media, digital media, social media, convergence, participatory and alternative media). This general and broad study of journalism will be complemented by two smaller modules focused on the ethical and legal dimension of journalism and on investigative journalism.


Lectures, seminars and workshops are combined with individual and group work activities and assignments.


The course is examined through active participation in compulsory activities, in individual and group-work assignments, and in oral and/or written exam.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 01, 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • McBride, Kelly; Rosenstiel, Tom The new ethics of journalism : principles for the 21st century

    Los Angeles: SAGE, [2014]

    Find in the library


  • Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin; Hanitzsch, Thomas The handbook of journalism studies

    Second edition.: New York: Routledge, [2020]

    Find in the library


Articles and book chapters max 300 pages.

Reading list revisions