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International journalism in a changing media landscape


International Master's Programme in Journalism

60 credits




This one-year Master’s programme provides a global perspective on journalism, investigating the role of journalism in different media systems and socio-cultural contexts, giving you the knowledge and skills necessary for work in an international setting. You will also examine changes to the global media and their implications for professional journalism.

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Research or practice in international journalism After graduating from this Master’s degree, you will have the necessary knowledge and skills for work in an international setting, for example with organisations for journalists and media professionals. If you already work as a journalist or have previously studied journalism and media, you will benefit from the programme if you want to report more on foreign affairs and apply global perspectives to your work. You will also have obtained formal qualification for admission to doctoral studies and a potential career in academia. Read about research in this subject
Journalism, democracy and conflict This is a one-year Master’s programme. It starts in the autumn semester with a 15-credit course in Comparative Journalism Studies, which examines media systems, journalistic cultures (values, ideals and practices) and press freedom in different parts of the world. This is followed by a 15-credit course in Journalism and International Conflicts in the second half of the autumn semester, which focuses on the role of journalism in mediatised conflicts, specifically regarding information warfare and propaganda. Each of these courses can be taken as a freestanding course. The second semester concentrates on your dissertation, which is worth 15 credits and is an autonomous academic investigation of a particular subject. Throughout the year, you will be able to participate in research seminars and, in some cases, in ongoing media research projects at the Journalism department. Semester 1 Comparative Journalism Studies 15 credits, Journalism and International Conflicts, 15 credits Semester 2 Master’s Project in Journalism, 30 credits Course design The programme is full-time and campus-based, so you are required to attend lectures, seminars, supervision meetings, etc. Examination forms include participation in seminars, oral and written assignments and written take-home examinations. Occasional missed seminars or other compulsory exercises may, after consultation with the examiner, be compensated for through written assignments.
Gain global perspectives on journalism’s role in societal issues Are you interested in examining the role of the media in global conflict? Or reflecting on the changes in global media systems and professional journalism? This programme brings together students with backgrounds in the social sciences and the humanities, providing you with the necessary skills to critically reflect on and autonomously analyse the role of journalism in various types of media systems and in different parts of the world, including the professional role of the journalist and freedom of the press in different places. You will investigate the professional role of the journalist, ethical issues and problems of media freedom and democracy, while reflecting on and problematising journalism and power. This programme not only provides knowledge and skills that are vital when working in an international setting, it also provides the necessary formal qualification for admission to doctoral studies. While the programme’s focus is theoretical, as it provides a meta-perspective on journalism, you will have the opportunity to practice journalistic writing and meet experts and practitioners in the field of journalism.