First year study programme in Aarhus

The aim of the first year is to give students the analytical skills needed to identify and analyse cultural, political, and technological challenges to and opportunities for journalism across the globe. Moreover, the courses in Aarhus are designed to prepare you for your specialisation and thesis work in the second year. In order to realise that aim, the courses in Aarhus will combine theoretical, methodological and practical perspectives.

You will gain knowledge about the identification of research questions and the development of research designs in the introductory course, and then use this knowledge to collect and analyse data in the subsequent research modules. Finally, in the second semester electives, you can pursue your particular interests within one of three fields or do an internship. See below for more information.

Please note that changes to the focus of courses and to the course content may apply.

Identifying Global Challenges to Journalism

Academic and practical inquiries

The purpose of the introductory course, which constitutes the centre-piece of the programme, is to identify the global challenges to journalism. Students will be presented with and asked to gather information about theories of how transitions in technology, politics and market relations redefine the role of media and journalism across the world. Students will be trained in transforming their new insights into journalistic products.

Researching Media and Journalism

Design, analysis & communication

The first research course is co-taught between Media Studies and the Danish School of Journalism. It centres on the interplay between media and journalism on the one hand, and the establishment, maintenance and erosion of identity in contemporary societies on the other. Specifically, the course focuses on strengthening the students’ understanding of how the evolving nature of news production and news consumption across cultural, social, and national boundaries affects the role of the media and journalism as a profession, and how the media and journalism in its turn affect news production and consumption.

As in the introductory course, this course highlights the importance of communicating both in academic and journalistic formats. Accordingly, based on their studies in the challenges to journalism caused by contemporary media developments, students will be trained in transforming their new insights into journalistic products.

Researching Society and Journalism

Design, analysis & communication

The second research course is co-taught between Political Science, Media Studies and the Danish School of Journalism. It focusses on the challenges to journalism posed by societal changes in general, particularly the interplay between the public and the political. The course introduces students to the role journalism has traditionally played in societies, and how this role may also be affected by the changing political developments, i.e. new political agendas, the rise of populism and shifting ideological and institutional balances.

As in the two other courses, this course highlights the importance of communicating both in academic and journalistic formats. Accordingly, based on their studies in the challenges to journalism caused by contemporary societal developments, students will be trained in transforming their new insights into journalistic products.

Electives

Each elective is designed specifically to prepare students for the transition to their specialism. Students can choose electives that fall under one of the following topics: technological challenges, societal challenges or market challenges.

Please note that the titles of the courses below are only meant as examples of what courses may be offered. The actual content depends on the teaching resources available and on the development of the field of journalism research.

Technological challengesSocietal challengesMarket challengesInternship
  • Introduction to data journalism
  • Social media analysis
  • Conflict studies and globalisation
  • Social movements
  • Entrepreneurial journalism
  • The journalist profession
  • The electives can
    be replaced by an internship.
    See below for more
    information

Internship
Students can replace their elective with a short-term internship position enabling them to use their knowledge and skills in a practical environment. It is the students' own responsibility to contact organisations with regard to setting up an internship with them.

Depending on the legislative regulations, internships can be taken anywhere in the world. However, the responsible programme coordinator must authorise and vouch for the quality of the internship. Both the organisation and the tasks of the internship should be relevant, and the student must document this in a short internship report. Travel restrictions may apply to non-EU citizens during their enrolment, but these students may still apply for an internship in Denmark meeting the requirements outlined above.

Second semester alternative

Selected students will have the possibility of an alternative option for their second semester studies. Click the link above for more information.

Aarhus University and the Danish Media and Journalism School
Denmark
Semester 1
  • Identifying Global Challenges to Journalism
    10 ECTS
  • Researching Media and Journalism
    20 ECTS
Semester 2
  • Researching Society and Journalism
    20 ECTS
  • Electives
    10 ECTS
Second semester alternative for selected students
30 ECTS