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Journalism and Populism/Nativism

The course deals with the relationship between contemporary journalism and what has been defined as "populist" and "nativist" twists in modern politics.

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Journalism and populism
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A study of the political, organizational, ideological and technical foundations of contemporary journalism will form the basis of this focus. Initially, the term "populist" is examined, as is research that critically examines "populism," in order to provide students with a basic understanding of a concept that has become widely accepted but often oversimplified and misunderstood. This is followed by an examination of the role that journalism (privately owned and public service), alternative media and social media platforms play by not only representing and reporting on the populist phenomenon, but also providing space for this political movement to develop and grow. The course will also address the development of related phenomena such as disinformation, "fake news" and "hyperpartisan media".

  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The teaching consists of lectures and seminars. Course requirements: seminars are compulsory elements of the course. Teaching is in English. For more detailed information, please refer to the course description

    Learning outcomes

    For a passing grade on the course, the student must be able to: - account for current research and theories about populism / nativism; - present current research and theories on the relationship between journalism, media and social media and populism / nativism; demonstrate the ability to critically examine the effects of media structures, practices, funding, use and reception on the development of populism and nativism.


    a. The course is examined through an individual exam and written assignments. For more detailed information, please refer to the course description. The course description is available no later than one month before the start of the course. b. Grading takes place according to a goal-related seven-point grading scale: A = Excellent B = Very good C = Good D = Satisfactory E = Sufficient Fx = Insufficient F = Completely insufficient c. The written grading criteria are communicated to the students at the start of the course. Announced goal-related grading criteria are binding. d. In order to pass the final grade on the course, a minimum grade of E is required on all examination assignments and completed course requirements. If there are special reasons, the examiner may, after consultation with the responsible teacher, grant the student exemption from the obligation to participate in certain compulsory teaching or fulfillment of compulsory tasks. The student can then be assigned a compensation assignment. Examination assignments that are not submitted on time are not assessed. e. For each course opportunity, at least two examination opportunities are offered. In the academic year in which a course opportunity is missing, at least one examination opportunity is offered. Students who have received the grade Fx or F on an examination twice in a row by one and the same examiner have the right to have another examiner appointed at the next examination, unless special reasons militate against it. Requests for this must be made to the department board. Students who have received the lowest grade E may not undergo a re-examination for higher grades. f. Opportunity to supplement the grade Fx up to a passing grade is not given on this course.


    Examiner is found here

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  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Director of Studies Journalism