Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Journalism
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Introduction to Journalism

Objectives and Requirements:

This course is a required course in International Journalism. It is a general introduction of the history, studies, development of the theories about journalism and communication. The core content is to form a basic structure of journalistic and communicative learning. The course is emphasizing grasping the fundamental knowledge in journalism, also emphasizing use of sociological method for studying real journalistic problems flexibly.

This course hopes that students are able to master fundamental theories of journalism and communication, and the general processes of the development of theories and methods.

Textbook:
Normative Theories of the Media - Journalism in Democratic Societies
- By Clifford G. Christians, Theodore L. Glasser, Denis McQuail, Kaarle Nordenstreng, Robert A. White. The University of Illinois Press 10.5/2013
In the textbook, five leading scholars of media and communication take on the difficult but important task of explicating the role of journalism in democratic societies. Using Four Theories of the Press as the point of departure, the authors explore the philosophical underpinnings and the political realities that inform a normative approach to questions about the relationship between Journalism and democracy, investigating not just what journalism is but what it ought to be.

Contents:
Introduction
1. Beyond Four Theories of the Press

Part One: Theory
2. Evolution of Normative Traditions
3. Characteristics of Normative Theory

Part Two: Democracy
4. The Principles and Practice of Democracy
5. Roles of News Media in Democracy

Part Three: Roles
6. The Monitorial Role
7. The Facilitative Role
8. The Radical Role
9. The Collaborative Role

Prospects
10. Media Roles under Challenge

Credits: 3




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