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.
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.