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JBV3800 Climate Change Journalism


Climate change encompasses most areas of human knowledge. The role and responsibility of journalists is to tell stories and make climate change relevant as a society issue. This course zooms in on aspects of the transformations in economics, politics, technologies and ethics. But students will be encouraged to pursue any topic, from human health to species migration, related to climate change.

Learning Outcome


The student has knowledge about

  • climate change
  • political, economic, and ethical questions raised by the need for transformative change of societies in the wake of climate change


The student can

  • analyse and reflect over the development of climate change as a nature and a society issue
  • convey climate change as a society issue in engaging ways for the general public

General competence

The student can

  • synthesize knowledge from different areas related to climate change
  • reflect on the norms and values of journalism in the context of climate change as a society issue

Organization and Working Methods

The class session will combine lectures on climate change and aspects of the societal transformations with group work to generate ideas by the students. Most of the sessions will take place during two intensive weeks of tutoring, where the presence of students is mandatory.

Course Requirements

Participation during class sessions is mandatory. Students who have more than 20 percent absence from class sessions will not be qualified to take the exam.

Assessment and Terms of Evaluation

There are two assignments: One journalistic reportage, and one term paper which both covers the curricula and reflects over the journalistic reportage. Both assignments must be written in English.

A newspaper reportage should not exceed 12 000 signs (spaces included). A radio or TV reportage should not be longer than 5 minutes. The instructor will give feedback to the journalistic reportage at the class sessions.

The term paper should be approximately 12 pages, or 4000 words, 1,5 space, font size 12, discussing the course curricula and reflecting theoretically on the journalistic work.  

The journalistic reportage and the term paper are given one grade, and are assessed according to a scale ranging from A to F, with A-E as pass grades and F as fail grade. Assessment is done by an evaluation committee consisting of both an internal and an external examiner.

Students with legitimate absence, or who have failed an ordinary examination, are entitled to a new examination.



Weart, S.R. (2008). The Discovery of Global Warming . Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Data. (215 pages)

Klein, N. (2014). This Changes Everything - Capitalism vs the Climate . Part 1 and 3. London: Allan Lane. (364 pages)

Stoknes, P.E. (2015). What We Think About When We Try Not to Think About Global Warming: Toward a New Psychology of Climate Action . Vermont: Chelsea Green (320 pages)



Lakoff, G. (2010). Why it matters how we frame the environment. In Environmental Communication . Vol 4, No.1 March. Pp. 70-81 (12 pages)

Vetlesen, A. J. (2012). Nature, technology and environmental crisis. In Bhaskar, R., Næss, P., Høyer, K.G. (eds.), Ecophilosophy in a World of Crisis. Critical Realism and the Nordic contributions . London: Routledge.  Pp 25-42 (18 pages)

Ytterstad, A. (2012). The climate crisis challenges the objectivity ideal in Norwegian journalism. In Ytterstad. A., Norwegian Climate Change Policy – Between Hegemony and Good Sense , Oslo: Unipub. (25 pages)


Available online
Anker, Peder (2016). A pioneer country? A history of Norwegian climate politics. In Climatic Change.  ISSN 0165-0009. doi: 10.1007/s10584-016-1653-x. pp 1- 13 . (13 pages)

Bjartnes, A. (2015). “What do we want with Statoil?” (10 pages)


The 2015 New Climate Economy Report (2015). Seizing the Opportunity – Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate. (76 pages)



Total: 958 pages


(Literature list last updated: May 2017)

About the course

Climate Change Journalism Bachelor's Programme in Journalism 15 ECTS 5 English 2017

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