English translation of course syllabus

Translation of the Swedish course syllabus

Comparative Journalism Studies, 15 credits

(Jämförande journalistikforskning, 15 högskolepoäng)

Course code 1106JO
Subject area Journalism
Main field of study Journalism
Progressive specialisation A1N (Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements)
Academic school School of Social Sciences
Disciplary domain Other fields 100%
Grading scale AF
Education cycle Second-cycle (Master)
Language of instruction English
Valid from Autumn semester 2018


This course syllabus was validated by the Faculty Board for the Faculty Board for Social Sciences  at Södertörn University on 2018-04-24 according to the stipulations in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Entry requirements

Bachelor´s degree in a social sciences or humanities subject or the equivalent, plus English B or equivalent.

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, both as regards media content and 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.

Course content, modules and examinations

The course has a global focus and includes two modules: one about comparative journalism studies and one about press freedom. The modules deal with the historical development of journalism and press freedom, as well as the specific roles of journalism in different societies and fields of power.

Journalistic cultures and power, 7.5 credits

(Journalistiska kulturer och makt, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

1001, Journalistic cultures and power, 7.5 credits

(Journalistiska kulturer och makt, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

Press Freedom in a Global Perspective, 7.5 credits

(Pressfrihet i ett globalt perspektiv, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

1002, Press Freedom in a Global Perspective, 7.5 credits

(Pressfrihet i ett globalt perspektiv, 7.5 högskolepoäng)

Grades permitted: AF

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.

Examination format

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.

The grading criteria are distributed prior to the start of a course or module.

If a student has a certificate from Södertörn University for compensatory support, the examiner has the right to decide on an adapted examination or alternative form of examination in accordance with Södertörn University's regulations.

Restrictions on accreditation

The course may not be accredited as part of a degree if the contents are partly or wholly the same as a course previously taken in Sweden or elsewhere.

Other stipulations

Following the Vice-Chancellors decision on internationalization and grade scale at Södertörn University College (dnr: 1148-1.1.2-2018), this syllabus replaces the syllabus with course code 1100JO, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1773-2.1.1-2018).