Science and the Media: Challenges for Journalism (MJ4300)

Master's course
For exchange students

This course draws upon studies on how the media represent science, scientific uncertainty and risk. You will be encouraged to explore other ways of representing science and science related issues in journalistic work. In a democratic society, science and scientific communities should be subject to a rigorous process of dialogue and critique. However, many journalists covering science have tended to regard themselves solely as a translators and disseminators of scientific knowledge. Scientific institutions have, for their part, become increasingly skillful in shaping the image of science in the public.

  • 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.

  • Teaching Methods

    This course will be based on two week-long gatherings including:

    • lectures
    • discussions
    • group-work
  • Course Description

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

  • 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 reportage covering science or science related issues, followed by a reflection paper that discusses and analyses the textual material theoretically helped by the syllabus (15-20 pages)
    • an analytic, theory-based paper investigating a limited media output where science, scientific uncertainty or risks related to science are covered (13-16 pages)

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