Journalism in a Changing Europe

The highlight of the course ‘Journalism in a changing Europe’ is the study trip to Bruxelles where we visit the main EU institutions and the Norwegian delegation to the EU. The programme includes meetings with journalists, diplomats and central actors such as EFTA and the EEA, and an evening hanging out with the ‘Eurocrats’ at the Place de Luxembourg is also part of the trip.

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 subjects for the journalistic assignments can be chosen from the course framework and the student can choose 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 theory assignment will be given in the beginning of the semester and its length shall be 3-5 pages. Feedback on this assignment will not be provided before it being handed in.



Application deadline

15 April

Admission requirements

The main target group is BA degree students in journalism or media studies. Other interested candidates with higher education entrance qualification will also be considered, but please notice that students are expected to produce journalistic work. The student should have a working knowledge of English. Course start presupposes a minimum of ten students.


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

Contact us

Academic coordinator:  Bjørn Westlie

Administrative coordinator:  Bjørg Halvorsen 

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