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220024 VO VO Introduction to Journalism & Society (2020W)


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 13.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 20.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 27.10. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 03.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 10.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 17.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 24.11. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 01.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 15.12. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 12.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 19.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Tuesday 26.01. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This series of lectures discusses the fundamental role journalism plays in societies across the globe. It explores the historical development of journalism in the context of democratization, before discussing a number of theories that explore the relationship between journalism and society. Special attention is paid to four key societal fields that are of concern to journalism studies: the political, economic, cultural and technological fields. These areas are explored against the background of current events and developments in journalism, such as the relationship between journalism and populism, increasing economic influences on journalism, the rise of 'soft' journalism, and the challenge social media and web analytics pose to journalistic cultures.

Due to Covid-19, all lectures will be held digitally this semester.

Assessment and permitted materials

Final exam. Depending on any Covid-19-restrictions the exam may be conducted digitally.
Written Exam: combined THERES module exam.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

1 (Very good): 87 - 100%
2 (Good): 75 - 86,99%
3 (Satisfying): 63 - 74,99%
4 (Sufficient): 50 - 62,99%
5 (Not Sufficient): 00 - 49,99%

Examination topics

Exam questions will be drawn from lectures and discussions

Reading list

Association in the course directory

Last modified: Th 14.01.2021 14:08