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Global journalism and the framing of societal problems


Comparative Journalism Studies

15 credits




This Master’s level course has a global focus and addresses the role of journalism and the media in how pressing societal problems and their solutions are presented, including issues such as gender (in)equality, international conflicts, political and economic pressure, sustainability, and intercultural communication.

Social issues to work with in the future

We have linked our educations to the UN's 17 global goals for sustainable development. These are goals that you can get tools to work with in the future:

Gender equality Gender equality
Reduced inequalities Reduced inequalities
Peace, justice and strong institutions Peace, justice and strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals Partnerships for the goals

Want to know why you should study at Södertörn University? Find out here.

Work with journalism with a curious, investigative and critical approach Studying Journalism at Södertörn University provides you with theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will benefit you in your working life. You will gain broad competence in both traditional and digital media, as well as the knowledge to conduct thorough research that you can then convey through various media. Studying Journalism provides you with the opportunity to express your creativity, while balancing this with a critical approach and theoretical reasoning about the role of the media in society, both now and in the future. You can then work in all forms of journalistic activities, both freelance or in employment, at various types of companies and organisations that work with media and communication. Examples of workplaces for former students are newspapers, Greenpeace, radio and television companies. During your studies you will have acquired wide-ranging knowledge of society, as well as a curious, investigative and critical approach to your surroundings. You will meet people at all levels of society and gain experience of different societal areas. You can also choose to combine Journalism with another subject, such as the Study of Religions, Ethnology or Political Sciences, so acquiring cutting-edge expertise. This course can be your first step to working in an international setting in the field of journalism or on your way to obtaining a formal qualification for admission to doctoral studies and a potential career in academia. Read about research in this subject
Journalism, freedom of the press and journalistic roles and production processes Are you interested in the global role of journalism and press freedom, or the part played by journalism around the world? This course has two modules: one covers the specific roles of journalism in different societies and fields of power, and the other deals with journalism and freedom of the press. You will analyse the field of journalism studies, thoroughly describing the similarities and differences between journalism in different parts of the world, both as regards media content and journalistic production processes and professional roles. Course design The course is built up around lectures, seminars and group assignments, and you are also expected to attend higher seminars at the department. Assessment is based upon your participation in seminars, oral and written assignments, as well as a written take-home examination. The course can be studied as the first course on the International Master’s in Journalism (60 credits) or as a freestanding course. If you choose it as a freestanding course and take the 15-credit course in Journalism and International Conflicts in the second half of the semester, you will have studied the equivalent of the first semester of the Master's programme.
Theory and practice that are vital for democracy Journalism is an interdisciplinary subject with a focus on media and communication. Practice and theory are intertwined in the subject. The practical elements include writing, photography, film, radio and web production. The theoretical elements comprise studies of the media’s role in society, media ethics, research and in-depth studies of society. Both the subject of Journalism and the profession have strong links to numerous current societal issues and are important to our democracy. During your studies, you will learn to cover trials, discuss ethics, conduct research into current societal issues, foreign coverage, write reports, make radio programmes and much more besides. You can also express your linguistic and investigative creativity and, along with a critical approach and theoretical reasoning about the media’s role in society, you create a good balance and broad basis for future work. Studying Journalism suits you if you have a social conscience, want to reflect critically on society and to work with either traditional or digital media. Cooperation between Journalism and Media Technology at Södertörn University brings together studies of digital tools and journalistic practice. You will independently explore and problematise the historical and contemporary development of press freedom around the world and analyse journalism’s position in relation to various fields of power from political, economic and global perspectives. The course also covers the identification and comparison of challenges that confront journalism in different societal systems and you will evaluate and discuss press freedom in relation to media accountability and ethical issues.