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Entry requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or the equivalent, and English B or the equivalent.

Selection: On the basis of previous university credits. Between 30 and 285 credits may be taken into account.

Information about application for exchange students

  • Closed... AS17 week 35-44, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43126
  • 15/03/2018 AS18 week 36-45, fulltime100%, day. Application code: SH-43231

Comparative Journalism Studies

Course 15 credits

Comparative Journalism studies is a 15-credit course with two modules. The first provides in-depth knowledge of journalism in different social systems and its relationship with various fields of power, from the local to the global level. The second module focuses on the state and role of press freedom around the world, including its historical and ideological development.

The information below comes from the syllabus and is valid from: autumn semester 2015

Course design

Teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, seminars and group assignments. During the module, students are also expected to attend the higher seminars at the department.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the student is able to:

  • Independently and critically describe and analyse the field of journalism studies
  • Thoroughly describe similarities and differences between journalism in different parts of the world, concerning media content as well as the journalistic production processes and professional roles
  • Independently explore and problematise the historical and contemporary development of press freedom around the world
  • Analyse journalism’s position in relation to various fields of power from political, economic and global perspectives
  • Identify and compare challenges that journalism is confronted with in different societal systems
  • Independently evaluate and discuss press freedom in relation to media accountability and ethical issues.


Participation in seminars, oral and written assignments as well as a written take-home examination. Occasional missed seminars or other compulsory exercises may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for through written assignments.

Grading criteria will be distributed at course/module start.

Syllabus valid from autumn semester 2015

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