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Journalism’s role in societal conflict and crises


Journalism and International Conflicts

15 credits




This course aims to impart knowledge about the profession of journalism in crises and conflicts. It covers research on journalism's role in societal conflicts and in peace and development efforts, and is based on current research findings in journalism and practical experience, with examples from crises and conflicts in Europe and other continents.

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 could be your entry to working in an international setting in the field of journalism, or to obtaining a formal qualification for admission to doctoral studies and a potential career in academia. Read about research in this subject
The role of journalism in crises and conflicts This Master’s level course addresses the role of journalism and the media in how acute societal problems and solutions to them are framed, including such issues as gender (in)equality, international conflicts, political and economic pressure, sustainability, and intercultural communication. You will be encouraged to independently reflect on and problematise the media’s role and the specific problems of journalism in relation to international conflicts. You will also make independent critical assessments of journalistic sources in international conflicts, as well as conducting autonomous research. The course also discusses ethical issues that arise in relation to journalism in international crises and conflicts, and reflects on power relationships in these situations. Course design Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars, group work and individual assignments. You are expected to attend the higher seminars at the department, where you can meet journalism researchers and practitioners. The course is assessed through participation in seminars, oral and written assignments, and a written take-home examination. The course can be studied as the second 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 Comparative Journalism Studies in the first 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. As this course is focused on the role of journalists and media workers in international conflicts, it is specific and highly relevant to both media practitioners' and scholars' knowledge of the challenges posed by crisis and conflict situations.