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JBV3200 Journalism in a Changing Europe

How do journalists cover the rapid changes in European politics?
How is Norway's position inside the EU common market, but outside the EU Parliament?
What about Brexit, increased European nationalism and the refugee crisis?

Aims and contents

To cover European societies and how the cooperation between the countries work, demands knowledge about how the European institutions function. Knowledge about these institutions are also important in order to recognise and understand the influences of the EU on the lives of people in the member states as well as in Norway.

More about aims and contents.

During the class session there will be lectures from journalists, researchers and professionals in the field. Discussions would cover a large area of relevant topics from how the idea of Europe developed, whether there is such a thing as a European identity and culture, the relationship with neighbouring regions, to aspects of the financial crisis and what it does to the EU, and the battle of EU in Norway. How to find significant information about the EU and choose relevant sources for journalistic work is also a central part of the course.

The objective of the course it to provide the student with knowledge about the EU and the EEA and about political, cultural, legal and economic questions related to Norway’s relations with the EU. After the course the student should be able to analyse and reflect over developments in the European project and convey the consequences of political decisions and their impact on people’s daily lives.


There are three assignments: Two journalistic works and one theory assignment. The teacher selects subjects for the journalism assignments from the course framework, but the student can choose freely between different genres. These two assignments are to be handed in the course of the study and will receive feedback from the course leader. The student will then have the opportunity to improve the assignments before the final handing in.

The theme of the theory assignment is given at the beginning of the semester. The length is 3-5 pages. Feedback on this assignment will not be provided before it being handed in.



Application deadline

15 April

Admission requirements

The course is open to BA degree students in journalism or media studies from our partner institutions. Course start presupposes a minimum of ten students.

Programme information


JBV3200 Journalism in a Changing Europe Autumn 2018 15 ECTS 1 semester, undergraduate Pilestredet, Oslo English Exchange students do not pay semester fee

Contact us

Academic contact:  Bjørn Westlie

Administrative contact:  Bjørg Halvorsen 

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