Syllabus for Media and Communication Studies B: Journalism Studies

Medie- och kommunikationsvetenskap B: Journalistikstudier

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2IV165
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Media and Communication Studies G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2017-01-26
  • Established by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Spring 2018
  • 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.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2018

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

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

    Hoboken: Taylor & Francis, 2009.

    Find in the library


Christians, Clifford G., et al. 2016, 10th edition. Media ethics: Cases and moral reasoning. Routledge.

Additional reading in the form of book chapters and articles will be given during the course.

Additional literature

  • Allan, Stuart The Routledge companion to news and journalism

    London: Routledge, 2010

    Find in the library

  • Allan, Stuart. Journalism : critical issues

    Maidenhead, England: Open University Press, 2005.

    Find in the library

  • Berglez, Peter Global Journalism : Theory and Practice

    Peter Lang Publishing Inc, 2013

    Find in the library

  • Croteau, David.; Hoynes, William. Media/society : industries, images, and audiences

    Fifth Edition.: Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, [2014]

    Find in the library

  • Franklin, Bob; Eldridge, Scott A. The Routledge companion to digital journalism studies

    Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2017

    Find in the library

  • Hovden, Jan Fredrik; Nygren, Gunnar; Zilliacus-Tikkanen, Henrika Becoming a journalist : journalism education in the Nordic countries

    Göteborg: Nordicom, 2016

    Find in the library

  • Kovach, Bill; Rosenstiel, Tom The elements of journalism : what newspeople should know and the public should expect

    1st rev. ed., completely updated and rev.: New York: Three Rivers Press, cop. 2007

    Find in the library

  • Hunter, Mark Lee Story-based inquiry : a manual for investigative journalists

    Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 2011

    Find in the library

  • Sainath, P. Everybody loves a good drought : stories from India's poorest districts

    New Delhi, India: Penguin Books, 1996.

    Find in the library

  • Schiffrin, Anya Global muckraking : 100 years of investigative journalism from around the world

    New York: The New Press, 2014.

    Find in the library

  • Ward, Stephen J. A.. Ethics and the Media : An Introduction

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

    Find in the library

  • Watson, James Media communication : an introduction to theory and process

    Fourth edition.: Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

    Find in the library

  • Allan, Stuart; Zelizer, Barbie Keywords in News and Journalism Studies

    Open University, 2010

    Find in the library

Berry, David. Ethics and media culture: Practices and representations. Burlington, MA Focal Press, 2013.

Starkman, Dean. 2014. The Watchdog That Didn't Bark: The Financial Crisis and the Disappearance of Investigative Journalism. New York: Columbia University Press. E-book available.

Last modified: 2022-04-26