JOUS1021 Media Systems and Journalism Cultures in a Changing World (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Language and Communication Studies
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The content of the course consists of two parts:
1) theoretical concepts of media systems, journalism cultures, journalistic professionalism and freedom of expression and their application for analyzing the media performance in various countries; 2) comparison of journalism cultures and the working conditions of journalists under various political regimes.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, group work, written assignments

Assessment details

Passing the course requires completion of all required assignments in line with stated learning outcomes and active participation in classes (80% obligatory attendance, participation in the first class is required).

Grade-specific assessment criteria are introduced in the course.

Learning outcomes

The student
- will understand the concept of the models of media systems in a comparative perspective
- will understand the concept of journalism cultures in a comparative perspective
- will have knowledge and skills for explaining specific aspects of media-society relationships in terms of media systems and journalism cultures in different countries
- will be able to interpret the notion of professional ideology of journalism in an international perspective
- will have skills and knowledge for analyzing aspects of journalistic professionalism in connection with freedom of expression world wide.

Additional information

Recommended timing: 4th or 5th year (Journalism Master's Degree Programme students: 1st or 2nd year)


  • Zielonka (ed.) 2015. Media and Politics in New Democracies. Europe in a Comparative Perspective
  • Research articles and chapters
  • Hallin & Mancini 2004. Comparing Media Systems. Three Models of Media and Politics

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
No published teaching