Syllabus for Journalism, Global Media and Society

Journalistik, globala medier och samhälle


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV132
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Media and Communication Studies G2F

    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: 2014-12-04
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-10-25
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 27, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Media and Communication Studies A and B or the equivalent, or admittance to the Master's Programme in Social Sciences, specialising in Digital Media and Society.
  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Learning outcomes

After having completed the course the student will be able to:

  • perform information retrieval within the academic area of journalism studies,
  • critically reflect on the role of media and journalism in contemporary societies, demonstrating good insight into current research in journalism studies, from global and inclusive perspectives,
  • independently analyse the (changing) forms of journalistic expression, in the global, digital environment,
  • explain and evaluate the importance of diversity, and of culturally sensitive and gender perspectives in journalism,
  • critically debate on the contemporary phenomena within journalism and global media, in theoretically informed short essays and oral presentations.


The course provides knowledge of the contemporary roles and challenges for journalism and media in a globalized and changing media landscape. The relationship between journalism, democracy and citizens is theoretically examined and discussed. Current debates about global journalism are introduced, further enriched by critical theories and approaches on media and journalism. The course looks at the new forms of professional journalism in the digital media landscape. It also examines issues related to a nuanced and inclusive journalism, addressing the debates and theoretical approaches on diversity, gender, ethnicity, minorities, in media and the news.


Lectures, seminars, individual and group-work activities in class.


The course is assessed through active participation in lectures, seminars and successful completion of oral and written assignments.

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.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 27, 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

Recommended literature

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

    2nd edition.: London: Routledge, 2020

    Find in the library

Reading list revisions