3GJ311 Nordic Media

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Course code: 3GJ311

Course name: Nordic Media

Semester: Spring

Location: Kristiansand

Academic year: 2021–2022

Language: English

Credits: 10 ECTS Credits

Available for course students: Yes

Application: Apply at our local applicationpage

Required prerequisite knowledge

Admission to the MA Programme in Global Journalism

Relevance within study programme

GJ 311 Nordic Media is an optional course in the MA Programme in Global Journalism at NLA University College and takes place in the second semester of the programme.


GJ 311 Nordic Media studies the media–s role and behaviour within the Nordic societies (mainly Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland). The course examines political and economic conditions for the journalistic media with a view on the peculiarities of Nordic media policy and accompanying state subsidy models. The course builds on the material covered in GJ 301 Journalism, Media and Globalization and places the Nordic media in an international context. The course pays particular attention to public service media philosophy, a topic which is widely discussed in Nordic media research. The course also offers media visits to relevant media organizations. 

Learning outcomes descriptors

Learning outcomes


The student:

  • is familiar with past and present developments of the journalistic media in the Nordic countries 
  • has knowledge of various forms of government subsidy for the Nordic media
  • is able to explain a Nordic approach to public service media


The student:

  • can assess the homogeneity and heterogeneity of the Nordic media system and discuss how it relates to other media systems
  • can discuss how media policy in the Nordic countries affects journalistic behaviour
  • can identify and discuss strengths and weaknesses of the Nordic media system

General competence

The student:

  • is able to assess the relationship between a regional media system, media structure and journalistic behaviour


Course details

GJ 311–1: Nordic media structures and journalistic practice

The first section of the course provides an historical and contemporary overview of Nordic media and journalism in the Nordic countries, including recent developments on the digital media scene. The section discusses to what extent the democratic corporatist model fits the current Nordic media situation, and acquaints students with the differences that exist between the various national media systems/structures in the countries concerned. 


GJ 311–2: Public service media

This section of the course discusses developments in the public service media from a Nordic perspective. A key concern emanating from the research literature is the prospect of a public service media philosophy in an era dominated by online technology and marked by audience fragmentation. With the Nordic countries serving as a departure point for the theory of public service media this part of the course also seeks to demonstrate how public service media are subject to diverse interpretations in different national and cultural contexts. Examples of public service journalism in other parts of the world will be discussed.


GJ 311–3: Nordic media events in global perspective

The third section of the course takes a –case study– approach by treating stories which originated in the Nordic media with subsequent international attention. The purpose of the study is to examine global news exchange mechanisms where a story travels across national and cultural boundaries, receiving different treatment in different media societies. 

Teaching and learning methods

The course has an introductory week with intensive teaching from Monday to Friday. The remaining six weeks of the course have weekly lectures. Online connection is available for the weekly lectures, but not for the introductory week. Times for media visits will be announced when the course begins. 


250 to 300 hours.

Coursework requirements

Compulsory components

Lectures in GJ 311 are not compulsory, but students are encouraged to be present in order to create a conducive learning environment. The written exam and the assignment are compulsory.

Final assessment

The assessment of GJ 311 comprises two parts:

  • A 4000 word written assignment/paper studying a focused aspect of the Nordic media (51 % of the final grade)
  • A 4 hour written exam (49 % of the final grade)

Permitted aids under examination

1. Written assignment: All

2. Written exam: None

Grading, examination

Both parts should be individual assignments and are assessed according to the standard A-F grading system. One final grade is given for the course.

Assessment language

English or a Nordic language



Course evaluation

Annual course evaluation in accordance with the quality assurance system for NLA University College. Students may also give their feedback on the course in the student group/in class.

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Reading list and academic resources

Reading list and academic resources are found here.