Media in War, Crisis and Conflict (MJ4401)

Master's course
For exchange students

This course brings together theory and practice to explore the possibilities and challenges involved in contemporary reporting of peace and conflict. The minority and gender dimensions of conflict reporting will be of particular interest to discussions of whose perspectives we actually get to hear or see through the news media. Parts of the course reflect upon how in times of war, crisis and conflict, the dangers media workers are exposed to are more imminent than in ordinary times, and focus on what individuals and institutions can do to limit such dangers.

  • Admission requirements

    The target group is master's students of journalism or media studies from our partner institutions. Please notice that you are expected to be familiar with the production of journalistic content.

  • How to apply

    International exchange students select courses when applying for exchange.

    Application deadline: 1 October.

  • Content

    • general theories on media, crisis and conflicts
    • war, peace and human rights
    • physical and digital safety when covering crises and conflicts
  • Teaching methods

    This course will be organised as two seminar weeks including:

    • lectures
    • seminars
    • group work
  • Course description

    For more information about this course, take a look at the course description (

  • Course schedule

    The subject is taught in a block format with two sessions, each lasting five days. This arrangement is designed to allow students to take this and other journalism master's subjects offered in the same semester.

  • Costs

    There is no semester fee for exchange students.

  • Exam and assessment

    For the main assessment, you may choose one of these two term papers:

    • a term paper of 15-18 pages
    • a reportage either in digital or print format (5-6 pp. plus photos), radio (7-8 minutes), TV (4 minutes) or photo (approximately 8 photos) followed by a reflection paper, 5-8 pages

Questions about this course?

You can contact us by e-mail if you have questions about this course.

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