JOUR4200 – Theoretical Perspectives in Journalism Studies

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Course content

JOUR4200 is a compulsory introductory course for the students taking the MA in Journalism. It runs during the first semester.

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the theoretical questions and research traditions in the field of journalism. This enables students to build their further studies on solid ground and to get started straight away with the work for their final dissertation.

The course provides an introduction to the core issues in journalism research. The teaching will draw on theoretical perspectives from the existing literature, actual research, and explain how theory can be applied to empirical investigation.

Learning outcome

At the end of the course, as a student, you will:

• have acquired research-based knowledge about the role of journalism in society, the media market in which it operates, the impact advances in communication technologies have on journalistic work, journalists’ relationship with sources, and about journalism's news values, genres and interpretation frames
• be able to formulate independent research questions related to a theoretical perspective in journalism research
• have developed the skills to analyze how digital technology and new media affect journalists' professional roles and working routines
• be able to identify and reflect critically on ethical issues and dilemmas in journalistic practice


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

Priority will be given to students who are enrolled into the Journalism Master's program.


The course has a combination of lectures and seminars.

Compulsory activities.

The course has two compulsory activities. 

(i) All students must write and get approved a draft of the semester paper in order to be able to take the exam of the course. Individual feedback will be given on thedraft.

(ii) Compulsory attendance of all seven (7) ONLINE sessions unless a reason is provided.

It is your responsiblity to familiarize yourself with the rules regarding compulsory activities at the Faculty of Humanities, and which reasons will give valid absence.


Term paper.

The exam paper should consist of 10 pages, +/- 10%.  Front page, bibliography and pictures (if any) will not be counted. A normal page consists of about 2300 letters. 

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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

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