Translation of the Swedish course syllabus 
Journalism and International Conflicts, 15 credits
(Journalistik och internationella konflikter, 15 högskolepoäng)
Course code: 1105JO
Subject area: Journalism
Main field of study: Journalism
Academic school: School of Social Sciences
Disciplinary domain: Not specified 100%
Grading scale: AF
Education cycle: Second-cycle (Master)
Progressive specialisation: A1N (Second cycle. Entry requirements: completed first-cycle course/s)
Language of instruction: English
Valid from: HT 2018 (autumn semester)

1. Validation

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

2. Entry requirements

Bachelor's degree in Humanities or Social Sciences subject, and English 6 or English B or equivalent.

3. Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is able to:

Knowledge and understanding
  • independently reflect on and problematise the media's role in international conflicts
  • independently reflect on and problematise journalism's specific problems in relation to international conflicts.

    Skills and abilities
  • independently make critical assessments of sources used in journalism during international conflicts
  • conduct independent journalistic research about international crises and conflicts.

    Judgement and approach
  • reflect on ethical issues in journalism in relation to international crises and conflicts
  • reflect on power resources and the use of power in international crises and conflicts.

  • 4. Course content, modules and examinations

    The purpose of this course is to impart knowledge about the profession of journalism in crises and conflicts. The course covers research on journalism's role in social conflicts and in peace and development efforts. The course is based on findings in current research into journalism and experience in practical journalism with examples from crises and conflicts in Europe and other continents. The working language of the course is English.

    • Journalism and International Conflicts, 15 credits
      (Journalistik och internationella konflikter, 15 högskolepoäng)

    • 1001, Journalism and International Conflicts, 15 credits
      (Journalistik och internationella konflikter, 15 högskolepoäng)
      Grades permitted: A/B/C/D/E/F

    5. Course design

    Teaching is conducted through lectures, seminars, group work and individual assignments.

    6. 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 with written assignments.

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

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

    7. Reading list

    If there are changes in the reading list between semesters, a new list for the next semester is to be validated no later than July 15 and December 15 respectively.
    Valid from Valid to Decision date Decision board
    HT 20182018-05-09Ämnesrådet för Journalistik

    8. 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.

    9. 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 1102JO, with the difference that the grade system has been updated. The syllabus is determined through special order (dnr: 1773-2.1.1-2018).