Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies C: Theory in Journalism Studies

Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap C: Teori i journalistikstudier


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV170
  • 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: 2017-10-26
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-05-19
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2023
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits in media and communication studies including 7.5 credits in journalism studies

  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • account for and explain central theories in, and with relevance for, the field of Journalism Studies,
  • account for and explain of how these theories deal with the different contexts - for example the social, cultural, and political contexts - of journalistic production.

Competence and skills

  • independently and critically analyze and present - orally and in writing - theoretical explanations on key issues and debates in journalism theory,
  • independently demonstrate how theories in the field of Journalism Studies can be applied in empirical research.

Judgement and approach

  • critically discuss the normative implications of different theoretical approaches to journalism
  • independently discuss questions about power relationships in journalism, in relation to for example gender, ethnicity and class, and the relationship between journalism and political and economic power.


This course, building on the foundations set in MCS B/Journalism Studies, elaborates further on the main theories in, and relevant to, Journalism Studies, and offers an in-depth exploration of the basic 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, on key issues in journalism studies.


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


The course is examined through active participation in compulsory activities, assignments, and a written examination.

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: Spring 2023

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Worlds of journalism : journalistic cultures around the globe Hanitzsch, Thomas; Hanusch, Folker; Ramaprasad, Jyotika; De Beer, A. S.

    New York: Columbia University Press, [2019]

    Find in the library


Additional reading in the form of book chapters and/or articles (600 pages).