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JOUR3422 – Trends in International Journalism

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Course content

The course discusses the challenges facing international journalism. It deals with the paradox of that on the one hand journalism in all media seem to be more influential than maybe ever before, on the other hand journalism everywhere seem to be under attack for not fulfilling its obligations.

Theoretically the course is be based on a discussion of the role of journalistic media in relation to democratic politics. Eg: What are the social consequences of journalistic activity for individuals, groups and institutions? What role does journalism play in liberal democratic societies? How have changes in technology and the advent of rolling news programmes affected contemporary journalistic practice? And what are their relationships with their institutions, the owners who control those institutions and the politicians who seek to regulate them?

The course analyses news values, journalistic genres and discourse, and the institutional framework of journalism in various parts of the world.

Learning outcome

The course provides basic understanding of central issues facing international journalism. The course aims to develop critical discussion skills during the seminar sessions.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No prerequisites.

Recommended previous knowledge

The course is open to BA students.


Beginning autumn semester 2007, attendance is mandatory at both the first lecture and the first seminar group. Unforeseen absence (e.g. due to illness) must be reported to
Students without admission to a seminar group may not sit for exams.

Lectures and seminars. Omly the first seminar is mandatory, but students are encouraged to take part. Students who do follow them are expected to participate actively in seminar discussions.


Home exam on a given topic over a period of 3 days. The submitted paper may be up to 10 pages (one page is calculated to 2300 characters without spaces). Letter grades A to F where F is fail.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

It is possible to submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Periodic course evaluation spring 2007 Only in Norwegian.

Periodic course evaluation spring 2008 Only in Norwegian.

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